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AYUSHDHARA | Year : 2015 | Volume : 2 | Issue : 1 | Page : 35-38


Vidya Rani. S1*, Ch. Ravinder2

*1P.G. Scholar, 2Professor, P.G. Dept. of Prasuthi and Stree Roga, Dr.B.R.K.R.Govt. Ayurvedic College, Hyderabad, Telangana, India.

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Dr. Vidya Rani. S , P.G. Scholar, P.G. Dept. of Prasuthi and Stree Roga, Dr.B.R.K.R.Govt. Ayurvedic College, Hyderabad, Telangana, India. Mob: +919989306173

How to cite this article:
Vidya Rani. S, Ch. Ravinder. Efficacy of Yoga Vasti in Anovulation: A Pilot Study. AYUSHDHARA, 2015;2(1):35-38.

Received: 20-01-2015; Accepted: 28-02-2015

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Infertility is commonly increasing problem which any gynaecologist has to face in their gynaecological carrier. Infertility is a common problem of about 10% of women aged 15 to 44. It is a significant problem that affects many couples mental and physical health and disturbs there family as well as social life. Evaluation is the starting point for treatment of infertility as it may suggest specific causes and appropriate treatment modalities. The causes of female infertility is multifactorial, a systematic approach typically is used and involves testing for ovulatory factor, uterotubal factor, and peritoneal factor. Anovulatory dysfunction is a common problem and is responsible for about 40% of female infertility. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) remains one of its leading causes. Ayurveda explains many treatment modalities pertaining to infertility. The present pilot study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of yoga vasti & oral administration of Ayurvedic drugs (Artava pravartakas & Artava janakas) in the management of Ovulation factor in infertility. This article clearly gives an idea about some successes cases of infertility with anovulation, done in OPD and IPD of PG Dept of prasuti and stree roga of Dr BRKR Govt. Ayurvedic Hospital, Hyderabad.

Keywords:  Infertility, Ovulation factor, Yoga vasti, Oral drugs, Gynaecology.

Infertility implies apparent failure of a couple to conceive. If a couple failes to achieve pregnancy after one year of “unprotected” & regular intercourse, it is an indication to investigate the couple[1]. Any vitiation in Garbha sambhava samagri (ruthu, kshetra, ambu, beeja), Garbhakara bhavas & Garbha vriddhi can lead to Vandhyatwa & unsuccessful continuation of pregnancy, hence identifying the aetio-pathology by different clinical & laboratory examination and proper management accordingly is inevitable[2]. The causes of female infertility are attributed to dyspareunia and vaginal causes, congenital defects in the genital tract, infection in the lower genital tract, cervical factors, uterine causes, tubal factors, ovaries (30-40%. Dysovulatory, Anovulation, Corpus luteum insufficiency), Chronic ill health[3]. Anovulation is the failure of the ovary to release ova over a period of time generally exceeding 3 months. The normal functioning ovary releases one ovum every 25–28 days. This average time between ovulation events is variable, especially during puberty and the perimenopause period[4].

A Pilot study was conducted in OPD of P.G. Dept. of P.S.R. Dr.B.R.K.R.G.A.H. On 8 patients with marital life more than 2 years & Anovulation. With no H/O Thyroidism & Regular Menstrual cycles.

1) 2541 2) 3156 3) 3196 4) 3898 5) 7006 6)7106 7) 8262 8) 8320

Vata is the main causative factor for Vandhyatwa (~Infertility). Without Vata the yoni (~female genital organs) never gets spoilt. Vasti is best therapy for vatic disorders. Treatment of anovulation according to modern medicine include usage of ovulation induction by HMG Injections, Gonadotropins, Clomiphene etc. Treatment which is cost effective, which improves the quality of life with nil or minimal side effects is the need of hour in this particular disease. Vasti therapy has been doing wonders in the treatments of Ayurveda. Though it has been indicated for almost all the diseases, the prime importance of Vasti has been specified in the management of Vata disorders. Hence Vata correction is very important so as to bring normalcy. Vasti has multi dimensional properties, It acts as Rasayana, Vrisya (Aphrodisiac), Lekhana, pacifies Vata. Hence Yoga vasti is selected for the present study. The drugs present in the Vasti and the oral drugs are very cost effective, easily available and without any known side effects.

Ashwaasana (re-assurance) - to control Prana vata by relieving stress.

Rajah Pravartini Vati[5] 2 tabs twice daily
Pushpadhanwa Ras[6] 2 tabs twice daily
Phala Kalyana Ghritha[7] 15ml twice daily with milk
Lakshmanarishta[8] 20ml twice daily with water
Yoga Vasti[9] with Dhanvantari taila[10] & Dashamoola[11] kashaya
Panchakarma Yoga Vasti for 8 days for 3 consecutive cycles after cessation of menstruation.
Pre operatively: Gentle massage is done over lower body parts, for 15minutes. Nadi Swedana (fomentation) with the decoction of Nirgundi leaves is given to the areas for 5 minutes where massage was done.

Anuvasana vasti for 5days with Dhanvantari taila 60ml, 10gms of Shatapushpa churna, 10gms of Saindava lavana.

Nirooha vasti for 3 days with Dashamoola decoction 460ml, Dhanvantari taila 240ml, Honey 120ml, paste 50gms (Shatapushpa 20gms, Lashuna 10gms, Shatavari churna 10gms, Hingu 10gms), Saindava lavana 20gms.

Day 1 - Anuvasana with Dhanvantari taila
Day 2 - Anuvasana with Dhavantari taila
Day 3 - Nirooha vasti with Dashamoola kasaya
Day 4 - Anuvasana with Dhanvantari taila
Day 5 - Nirooha vasti with Dashamoola kasaya
Day 6 - Anuvasana with Dhanvantari taila
Day 7 - Nirooha vasti with Dashamoola kasaya
Day 8 - Anuvasana with Dhanvantari taila
Exclusive criteria: Hypothalamo pituitory disorder, Thyroid, Adrenal gland disorders.
Inclusive criteria: PCOD, Poor egg quality.
Results are assessed based on Follicular Study done on day 12 to day 16 for every alternate day. Follicular study is a trans vaginal ultrasonography.

Table 1: Follicular Study of patients during the treatment [Table 1]   

The ingredients in Rajah Pravartini Vati are Tankana, Hingu, Kaseesa, Kanyasaara. Indicated in nastartava. All are Aartva pravartakas (beeje rupa aartava). Pushpadhanwa Ras Stimulates ovaries and causes Maturation of follicles. In Phala kalyan Ghritha the main ingredient is Shatavari. It is a female reproductive tonic which acts as a hormone balancer. The steroidal saponins thought as oestrogen regulator. It is fertility drug having Adoptogenic, immune-modulator, anti-oxidant properties. It is a hormone regulator in females which react with the receptors over the ovary and thus acts over the H-P-O axis in a reverse direction to stimulate the Hypothalamus to release the needed hormones for follicular growth and ovulation. Acts on Dhatu dosha and Artava dosha. Lakshmanarishta is Uterotonic & indicated in Infertility in women. Dashamoola[12] Kashaya is Kapha vata shamaka, Deepana, Ama pachaka, Sotha hara. The constituents of Dashamoolas have the capability in dissolution of cystic follicle condition thereby establishes the normal H-P-O axis leading to ovulation. Dhanvantari Taila The main ingredient is Balamoola. Bala is Pitta vata hara, Balya & Prajasthapana[13]. It link up with progesterone receptors & helps in regulation of cycle as axis as progesterone levels will be low due to no corpus luteum in anovulation.

Vata causes ‘Dhatu vyuhakara’[14] - controls all physiological processes. Vibhajana - Ovum is prepared in ovary by cell division. This function of cell division in the secondary oocyte to form ovum is completed by vata. ‘Pravartana’. Because of this kind of action ovum is escaped from the ovary and ovulation takes place. Vata dominance creates Sankocha[15] (~stenosis).

Pitta is responsible for Paaka[16] (proper maturation of follicles), leading to ovulation (Beejothsarga). Hormones, enzymes & neuro transmitter synthesis & reactions.

Kapha - sroto Avarodhaka (obstruction of lumem) and Shophajanaka[17] (inflammation) properties by virtue of its Guru, Picchla, Manda etc., Gunas.

Action of Abhyanga - Skin is main seat of Vata. Adhodhara pradesha is the main seat of Apana vata, vitiated Apana vata gets its normalcy. Stimulates the sensory & proprioceptive nerve fibers of skin. Vasodilatation. Removes the toxins[18].

Action of Nadi sweda - Sleshma vishyandate (Dissolves sleshma). Khani mardhavam ayanthi (softens channels). Increases temperature of skin & underlying tissues. Increases small non myelinated fiber activity[19].

Has both local & systemic affects. The drugs used in Vasti cross rectal mucosa. Gut is a sensory organ consisting of neural, immune & sensory detectors & cells and provide direct input to local (intra mural) regulatory systems & information that passes to CNS by mesenteric & sub mucosal plexus of gut. Also act on the neurohumoral system by stimulating CNS (Prana vata) through ENS (Apana vata). This Visceral afferent stimulation may result in activation of HPO axis (Prana vata) leads to timely release of FSH & LH. Spasm is caused by vitiated Apana vayu causing obstruction to the ovum. The Tila Taila[20-22] is Vranashodhaka, Garbhashayashodhana & Yonishulaprashamana. Taila enters into the Srotas & removes the Sankocha by virtue of its Sookshma, vyavayi and Vikasi. Shatavari[23] with is pharmacological action and chemical constituents sarsapogenin, beta-sitosterol, diosenin, favonoids has effect on the peripheral oestrogen. It supports the H-P-O axis to regulate the hormones, result in the maturation of the follicles. They have the capability to increase the size of the follicle and also to disolute the multiple small follicles which restrict the dominant follicle to grow. Hence, these drugs are more useful in the anovulation caused by the PCO condition. By the Ushna veerya of these drugs the Pitta required for the maturation of the follicles is full filled helping them to rupture. Helps in dissolution of multiple small follicles which are arrested in maturation. Lekhana of Avarana caused due to Kapha (liquor folliculi). Thus develops normal movement of Apana Vata. Increases the FSH & LH receptors in granulosa & theca cells of ovary respectively. Causes contraction of micro muscle present over the theca external leading to ovulation. The rectum consists of ENS, drugs used in Yoga vasti stimulates the CNS there by synthesizing & regulating the required hormones in required time.

Infertility is global problem in the field of reproductive health. About 24% women suffering from infertility due to anovulation[24]. They can be considered under Beeja dhusti & Artava vaha sroto avarodha. Yoga vasti causes detoxification of the body, pacifies Tridosha especially Vata & stimulates the H-P-O axis. No significant complications evident in this study, with this procedure. Easily accessible, cost-effective Ayurvedic therapy for anovulation. Still further studies to evaluate the recurrence of anovulation are needed, to establish it as a reliable therapeutic measure. Trial in larger sample is required to generalise the outcome.


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