Prenatal Ayurvedic Rituals for the Body, Mind and Soul
By: Dr. AmbalakshmyP
Ayurvedic therapies, are for a known fact time tested. The fact that it is a multidisciplinary science specializing even in toxicology and gynecology is a shock to many. Post-natal Ayurveda rituals are a norm in many parts of India and has been gaining all the more popularity this Millenia. Prenatal advices, the details of embryology, treatments to menstrual disorders be it Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), Endometriosis, cyst or a fibroid: Ayurveda has a comprehensive natural solution to it all.
Scriptures state that there are 4 main aspects to a healthy pregnancy or an offspring. Ayurveda always draws parallels from nature and these are classic ones.
- Ritu (climate, or season literally) the season of ovulation: This is like nature’s most well-kept secret. Today, women are equipped with mobile applications or computerized charts to help them keep track. It is when such sure shot technological interventions fall short that we realize there’s more to cracking the code of nature. With one in ten women falling under the PCOS bracket, many of them still unaware: Ayurveda is the “old new way” to better cycles, naturally. To all of us who ignore or obsess with our cycles, making sure our ovulatory period is tapped is one step closer to conception.
- Kshetra (proper area for development): A healthy womb is the seat for continuity of mankind. A uterus free of any disorders, cysts, fibroids, with the right thickness is the home for a healthy embryo. When nature decides against it, she herself has also provided us with suitable solutions that will help us creating a healthy uterus. From Uttara Vashti to Shirodhara, Ayurvedic Panchakarma is a treasure trove of remedies.
- Ambu or water (literally for the plants, nutritions for humans) in the generation of overnutrition, ayurvedic expertise could rule out milk as junk food for you or promote wine in certain cases. It is the individuals prakriti, state of current dosha, any prevailing disorders, climatic influences all play various roles in determining a suitable wholesome diet for the patients.
- Beeja (quality seeds): The parents of 21st century believe in giving their children the best, as responsible parents Ayurveda asks us to forget the “jeans” make sure they receive the best “gene”tic information . The quality of the egg and sperm is vital, and there are no shortcuts in nature. “Shukra” male reproductive factors “are considered as the quintessence of metabolism and the last tissue to be developed. A healthy lifestyle will give healthy results and according to Ayurveda, it takes approximately 35 days for the food we consume to show effect on the sperm and ovum.
These four factors are the ingredients necessary for healthy conception. For conceiving, Ayurveda mentions an Agrya (most important) “SAUMANSYA” a happy mind. So, when we include Shirodhara in every prenatal procedure, it is to promote the natural phenomenon of conceiving. It is time we consider ayurvedic prenatal rituals which include herbal supplements and external massage therapies as the new norm. Abhyangam, Shiro Dhara, Uttara Yasthi or Shatavari, they are the best for your system. Prepare your body to conceive naturally or artificially through Ayurveda. As we know understand, Ayurveda is beyond destress and detox, it is nature’s answer to our primary care. So, let us improve ourselves holistically for Generation Z.
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You can find Dr. AmbalakshmyP at Santhigram Wellness Kerala Ayurveda Center in Coppell.