Everyone desires a magic pill for fertility. Since infertility itself is not a disease, there is no magic pill for fertility. Here we are excluding structural problems in genital organs, such as polyps, fibroids, cysts, tube blocks, scars, leaving only weak ovum or sperm count/motility issues which are most encountered situations. Former problems can be treated and cured by using well documented and experienced ayurvedic approaches. For latter problems, other than Nature cure, no other science has much to offer. Food itself becomes medicine here. If one understands the root cause of this disorder called infertility, the query for magic pill itself will be unnecessary.
Fertility” is the property awarded by superpower to every species, so that the species will always exist on this planet. All the grains, vegetables and fruits have this fertility property. We are what we eat. Then who reduced our fertility? Obviously diet. Seedless grapes, fruits, fruits having reduced sugar content, fruits and vegetables grown with chemical fertilizers and sprayed with pesticide sprays etc. And to maximum extent, the genetically modified grains where the farmers have to buy them every year for fresh sowing, not able to use the grains he harvested last year. The fertility in the genetically modified (GM) grain itself has been manipulated to offer higher yields in a single crop, not save anything for the next generation to multiply.
The food must be such that it has a capacity to grow further or allow growth of organisms. Ayurveda terms all such foods as “Kapha” genic. Milk, ghee, legumes etc. If you add a little yogurt (curd) to milk see how fast the lactobacillus bacteria grow and set the milk to fresh yogurt. If you soak any legume see how fast it sprouts. This is “fertility” an abstract idea but can be understood with these examples. Now we have several cereals, vegetables, fruits, eggs, chicken, meat etc as food.
The extent of the fertility property can be understood by noting the chance of growth by seed. Thus certain fruits have more than 100 seeds per fruit, while certain fruits have only one or two seeds. Nature is trying to maximize the number of seeds when chances that each seed will grow into a tree are less. Mango has a single seed, so are dates and almonds. All these are “high” fertility fruits as far as humans are considered. Why? The reason is humans also release only one or two seeds(ovum) every fertile season(menstrual cycle). These fruits are closest to human number. Ayurveda calls these as “Shukra” fruits, meaning that they strengthen “shukra” dhatu, the dhatu which drives creation of ovum and sperms. Coconut, grapes, apricots several examples can be given and all of these have been advocated as “fertility” boosters in ayurvedic teachings. If you extend these ideas to animals, extracts of goat testicles and ovaries have been used in various ayurvedic and unani medicines for boosting fertility. Goat too offers similar number of ovums in each cycle as humans.
And extract of some exotic fishes in the form of oils have been sold in some countries to boost the fertility.
In fruits, all fruits which have glycosugars, milk of Indian cow having high lactose content all are loaded with the property “fertility”. Freshly married brides are asked to carry a glass of milk and yellow skinned naturally ripened banana to nuptial chamber, so that she conceives earliest. Some addition of cow ghee is also made, so that milk is more potent.
Any food which gives stronger early morning erection to male member of the society is a “fertility” loaded food. Take horse gram or bengal gram or black gram as an example. The Idli made from rice and black gram dhal, partially fermented is also fertility food on this criterion. Idli is often consumed with ghee, coconut chutney etc. Rice/wheat boiled in milk till cooked is also a high fertility food. Ayurveda terms these foods as “Vrishya” means strengthening the semen/ovum.
Author: Dr.Shirish Bhate