Uttar basti: Importance in management of infertility
Dr. Manali Rajendra Bodke
Infertility is a common problem affecting one couple in six. Infertility is a failure of conceiving within 1 year of regular unprotected coitus. According to the Indian Society of Assisted Reproduction, Infertility currently affects about 10- 14 % of the Indian population, with higher rates in urban areas According to sushruta, woman, in whom Artava has been destroyed, is termed as Vandhya which is termed as Infertility in Modern Science. According to Acharya Sushruta the four main factors required for the proper conception are Ritu (Ovulatory period), Kshetra (endometrium), Ambu (Hormones) and Beej (Ova and Sperm). Abnormality in any of these factors leads to vandhyatva, only a suddha yoni and garbhasya can conceive properly. Diseased yoni may lead to habitual abortion or infertility. As per Ayurveda Uttar basti (insertion of medicated oil or decoction through vagina and uterus) after shodhan, is indicated as the line of treatment of kshetra. Indications of Uttar basti are mentioned in our classics. Vata dosha is the prime cause of Vandhyatva (Infertility) and Uttar basti is Vata-shamak & has Ropan and Shodhan property, so uttar basti is be the best line of treatment in Infertility (Vandhyatva).