Fertility is one of the best indicators of health, regardless of desire for children. Our bodies are built for reproduction, and when all of our systems are in balance and working together, fertility is more likely. On the flip side, when the body is undernourished, stressed, or out of balance, it can sense its unsuitability for reproduction, and fertility is compromised. Using Ayurveda for fertility helps to support the body and encourage healthy reproductive function.
Ayurveda offers powerful strategies for optimizing fertility through the improvement of overall health and constitutional balance. These strategies can be supplemented with herbal remedies to further optimize reproductive health and promote fertility. It is valuable to optimize fertility, even for those who have no interest in having children. As mentioned at the beginning of this post, fertility is an excellent indicator of overall health, and for the most part, healthy bodies are fertile (there are exceptions to this of course, but for the most part I would say this is the case).
Too often, the burden of pregnancy preparation and infertility challenges are placed on women. Women are the focus of most attention regarding pregnancy preparation, and are often seen as being at fault for a couple’s inability to conceive. It is also vital for men to prepare for conception and identify any potential roots of infertility. This post focuses on ways both men and women can use Ayurveda for fertility. Continue reading “Ayurveda for Fertility: Diet, Lifestyle, and Supplementation”→
Shatavari, or Asparagus racemosus, is a climbing plant that grows natively throughout India in low jungles. Translated as ‘she who possesses a hundred husbands’, it is the primary rejuvenative herb for the female reproductive system (as Ashwagandha is for the male). It helps women transition through all life stages, supporting health of the female organs throughout puberty, reproductive ages, into menopause, and beyond. Shatavari is supportive of fertility and libido and also increases love and devotion.
In addition to supporting reproductive health in males and females, shatavari promotes brain and digestive health. It calms the nerves and nourishes the brain, helping to balance Vata disorders such as spasms and insomnia. Digestive problems such as dryness and inflammation can benefit from supplementation.
Energetically, shatavari is sweet, cool, and bitter. It reduces Pitta and Vata and, in excess, increases Kapha.
Shatavari and Reproductive Health
Shatavari is known for its rejuvenative effect on female reproductive health. It can be used by both men and women, working in a number of ways to support healthy reproduction.
Shatavari can be used by women and men to improve fertility. As an adaptogenic herb, it helps to protect the mind and body from stress. Excess stress can impair fertility, and reduction of stress in both men and women can help to improve fertility. Shatavari can also act as as an estrogen regulator, which can help to promote menstrual cycle regulation and fertility. In men, it can increase the production of semen and thereby improve the likelihood of conception.Continue reading “Shatavari for Health and Fertility”→