Role of Shodhana with Haritakyadi Yoga in Increasing Sperm Count in the Case of Oligozoospermia: An Open-labeled Clinical Trial
Mandip R Goyal, Anup B Thakar, Shilpa B Donga, Divyarani Kathad
Keywords : Haritakyadi yoga, Shodhana, Vajikarana., Oligozoospermia, Total sperm count,Ayurveda
Citation Information :
Goyal MR, Thakar AB, Donga SB, Kathad D. Role of Shodhana with Haritakyadi Yoga in Increasing Sperm Count in the Case of Oligozoospermia: An Open-labeled Clinical Trial. J Res Ayurvedic Sci 2018; 2 (4):233-239.
Aim and objectives: Infertility is often defined as the inability to conceive after 12 months of regular sexual intercourse without the use of birth control. Around 10% of women aged 25–44 years are estimated to have difficulty conceiving or staying pregnant. Worldwide, 8–12% of couples experience fertility problems. Between 45% and 50% of cases are thought to stem from factors that affect men. Oligozoospermia refers to semen with a low concentration of sperm and is a common finding in male infertility. Hence, the present clinical trial was planned to assess the role of Shodhana (biocleansing) performed by Haritakyadi Yoga in increasing the sperm count in the case of oligozoospermia. Vajikarana therapy improves the nourishment and function of the reproductive organs and vitalizes tissues of the reproductive organs, increasing semen potency specially administered after Shodhana (biocleansing). Haritakyadi Yoga is mentioned in the Rasayana chapter of Charaka Samhita for the purpose of Shodhana (biocleansing) before administration of Rasayana and Vajikarana (aphrodisiac) drugs.
Materials and methods: For the clinical study, 93 male patients suffering from primary or secondary infertility for more than one year and having sperm count less than 15 million/mL were selected irrespective of religion and caste. The effect of the therapy was assessed by the status of seminal parameters before and after the Shodhana procedure.
Results and discussion: Performing Shodhana (biocleansing) with Haritakyadi Yoga induced Vamana (emesis) and Virechana (purgation) with a moderate type of Shuddhi in a maximum number of treated patients. It also provided a statistically significant increase in the total sperm count (71.24%), sperm motility (16.82%), semen volume (47.14 mL), serum luteinizing hormone (LH) (19.84%), serum follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) (33.09%), and serum testosterone (20.56%).
Conclusion: Results of the present clinical trial indicates that performing Shodhana (biocleansing) with the Haritakyadi Yoga procedure is effective in the case of oligozoospermia.
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