Ayurveda and fertility support
All three Doshas can influence reproductive health. Here’s a quick overview of the Ayurvedic perspective.
Note – Imbalances in the different Doshas can present with identical symptoms, and a particular Dosha imbalance only indicates ‘tendencies’ towards certain symptoms – so it’s not as straightforward as simply saying that symptom X means that Dosha Y is imbalanced!
This is why it is so crucial to conduct a consultation with an experienced Ayurveda practitioner to accurately trace the chain of causality back to the ‘root cause’.
Dosha imbalance and menstrual issues
Vata Dosha: Imbalances in Vata are thought to cause irregular or painful periods, light bleeding, and fertility challenges due to disruptions in blood and hormone flow, as Vata governs movement and circulation.
Pitta Dosha: Pitta imbalances may result in heavy bleeding, hot flashes, and irritability during menstruation. Governing digestion and metabolism, Pitta issues can lead to inflammation, infection, and excessive body heat.
Kapha Dosha: An imbalance in Kapha, governing structure and lubrication, may contribute to heavy, sluggish periods, fluid retention, and ovulation issues. Excessive mucus can lead to sluggishness, slowness, and blockages.
Dosha imbalance and specific fertility-impacting conditions
Fibroids: Ayurveda associates fibroids with Kapha imbalance. Excess Kapha can lead to the formation of cysts and tumours.
PCOS: Ayurveda views PCOS as a combination of Pitta and Kapha imbalances. Pitta is said to contribute to inflammation and hormonal imbalances, while Kapha is said to lead to insulin resistance and weight gain.
Light menstruation: Vata imbalance is often associated with light or irregular periods. The lack of Vata’s grounding and nourishing energy is believed to lead to inadequate blood production.
Heavy menstruation: Heavy bleeding is often associated with Pitta imbalance. Excessive heat and inflammation in the body can lead to heavy and prolonged periods.
Anovulation: Ovulation is a delicate process that requires a balance of all three doshas. An imbalance in any Dosha can disrupt ovulation and lead to infertility.
Endometriosis: Ayurveda views endometriosis as a result of Vata and Pitta imbalances. Vata governs movement, and an imbalance can lead to the displacement of uterine tissue. Pitta governs inflammation, and an imbalance can contribute to the pain and discomfort associated with endometriosis.
What does a Dosha analysis look like?
Here at Thrive Journey, Dosha analysis happens through a one-on-one online consultation with me.
We’ll include a thorough review of your daily lifestyle routine, a personalized interview, and observation. This comprehensive approach enables us to pinpoint the ‘root cause’ of infertility.
In some cases, further refinement of the analysis can be achieved with a pulse reading known as ‘Naadi Parikshai.’
The pulse readings not only disclose your current constitution (Vikriti) but also unveil your constitution at the time of birth (Prakriti). The disparity between these two states guides me in determining the corrective measures needed to restore balance.
What does Ayurveda suggest to restore balance to your Dosha and improve fertility?
Ayurveda recommends a mix of lifestyle adjustments; including eating and diet, exercise, and sleep.
Additionally, Ayurvedic formulations are created to help manage and eliminate excess Dosha. An essential detoxification tool, Ayurvedic oil massages, will also be advised.
These components are considered a standard package and are meant to be done together, not separately.
After the standard treatment package, a 7-day cleanse known as ‘Panchakarma’ is suggested as a way to ensure a more thorough removal of toxins.