The principles of Ayurveda do not focus solely on disease. The main focus of Ayurveda is on wellness in all aspects of life.
A branch of Ayurveda deals with reproductive issues, including infertility. This branch is known as Vajikarana.
The name "Vajikarana" is derived from "vaji" which means "horse". This is one dramatic example of virility. And in Ayurveda, virility is not separate from reproductive capacity.
In Ayurveda, healthy shukra dhatu, or reproductive tissue, will determine a couple's ability to conceive. And healthy shukra dhatu is built on the health of the rest of the body. Shukra tissue produces a woman's ovum (egg), and a man's semen.
Impurities or imbalances in health for the body can cause problems with the reproductive system as well. Lifestyle changes that emphasize good eating habits, proper exercise and rest are important for the foundation of health in the body.
Ayurveda devotes itself to development of healthy shukra dhatu. An Ayurveda doctor will make recommendations that analyze diet and lifestyle. They will recommend cleansing and rejuvenation therapies.
The Ayurveda doctor will suggest nutritional supplements and herbs that can address any problems with ovulation and menstruation, or other hormonal irregularities. They will suggest meditation and yoga for stress management.
A first visit with an Ayurveda doctor can last over an hour. This first visit will determine the patient's body humor, or dosha, as to whether it is Vata, Pita or Kapha. According to Ayurveda, an imbalance here can cause infertility.
To ascertain the patient's dosha, the doctor will monitor the patient's pulse, to determine the whole body's health status.
The doctor will examine the appearance, color and coating of the tongue. This helps the doctor to discover which organs may be out of balance.
The doctor will examine the color and shape of the patient's nails, for signs of dosha imbalance. The color, shape and size of the eyes can indicate the patient's dosha.
Next, the doctor will proceed with panchakarma treatments, which flush out toxins.