Vedas and fertility

11:02 am Health Care

Infertility has been known from the Vedic era. Examples of fertility and assisted reproduction can be read in cases of King Dashrath, Ganesha, Kartikeya, Dhritarashtra, Vidur and Pandu etc.

The three Shahi Snans mentioned in our Vedic literature are undertaken in the month of Magh, Vaishakh & Kartik (Vikram calendar) months. Shahi snan denotes exposure to sunlight to get Vitamin D. The rituals also involve eating the calcium-rich sesame seeds in a fasting state. Increase in both vitamin D and calcium are necessary to increase fertility.

The main wedding season starts from Devuthan Ekadashi, Tulsi Vivah followed by Amala Navami. The seeds of Shyama Tulsi are known to increase the viscosity of semen and in women they help the release of eggs, a clomiphene-like action. Amla also increases sperm concentration.

Pooja means dharam karam i.e. whatever we offer to God, we should also offer to ourselves (God is in me, the basis of Advaita philosophy).

Indian doctors have been practicing Fallopian tube patency test or HSG (hysterosalpingography) for years. In this test, water or medicated oil dye is used to test and flush the fallopian tubes. It was noticed that post-HSG, the women showed improved fertility.

Now, with the advent of CT, MRI and hysteroscopy, use of HSG has reduced, while the need for IVF has increased. Can we consider the use of vedic era methods and HSG to get better fertility results?

Unfortunately, IUI, which was done by GPs, has gone in disrepute because of some unethical practices by so-called sadhus and saints and is now in the domain of IVF specialists only to the extent that it is now being covered under a separate Act.

Dr KK Aggarwal
National President IMA & HCFI

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