Dr. Mrunmayee Jategaonkar has a postgraduate degree in Ayurvedic Samhita and Siddhant (study of the basic principles and texts of Ayurveda) and in Sanskrit. She completed her practical training in Ayurveda with her father Atulchandra Thombare, who is a highly respected vaidya in the field of Panchakarma Chikitsa and has been working in Ayurveda for over 35 years.
Dr. Mrunmayee Jategaonkar practices in two private clinics in Pune. She has special experience in the field of infertility, pre- and postnatal treatment and consultation. She treats patients with both Panchakarma (Shodhan) and Shamana.
The Srotasas are specific channels, those conduct the circulation of specific elements which they carry and to the tissues which they serve as carriers. As long as these channels are healthy, they keep the health of the body by keeping the disorders away. If one can understand Samprapti properly then he can understand the disease to give particular treatment. Under normal circumstances, the Agni helps body to digest the food and water and converts them into Dosha, Dhatu and Mala which ultimately behold the body. The elaborated procedure of formation of the bodily elements, which gets fulfil it with the help of Srotasas as their holding channels. When and if any Dosha when gets vitiated due to different Hetus (causes), it can cause unhealthy combinations with one another or with Dushyas to form disease causing factors. These combined toxic factors further travel and find the weakest spot in the body. Hampered digestion and nutrition of the body together, lead the body towards causing weak spots in many regions. Here we can see the actual need of the Srotasas as they act as the main working tool that holds all these elements.
Our entire body is made of different channels i.e. Srotasas, they usually tend to get weakened due to above processes causing Kha-vaigunya in them. These spots are often homes of the diseases. The location of Kha – vaigunya in specific Srotas will develop disease accordingly. In any diseased condition that develops in the body, it usually has a specific etiological factor or group of factors that can determine the specifics of disease. If any part of any Srotasa gets hampered or damaged, structurally or functionally, then it will result in diseased conditions regarding that particular Srotasa or can even cost the life of that person.
According to Ayurveda, it is the etiological factor or group of factors which ultimately results in formation of disease by vitiating Doshas and Dushyas. Individually or together in combination with one another they will find the weak spot in the Srotasa by acting as the disease causing factor to develop the diseased condition in that particular Srotasa. Same goes for Aartava vaha Srotasa, as we can easily conclude that, all these 3 Doshas have their specific roles in many diseased conditions by possessing peculiar symptoms.
The Aartava vaha srotasa that carries Aartava and Raja which are responsible for reproduction and menstruation respectively; we can easily calculate the risk involved in impairment of this Srotasa. Aartava vaha Srotasa impairment when acts as a disease causing factor can lead a female in many gynaecological problems.
The diseases caused by Dosha vitiating Aahara – Vihara and Dosha Sammurchchhana with Dushyas have major role in impairment Aartava vaha Srotas. Common srotasa impairment symptoms i.e. Atipravrutti, Sanga, Siraa granthi, Vimaarga gamana as well as specific symptoms of damage to Aartava vaha Srotasa i.e. Vandhyatva, Maithuna asahishnuta, Aartava nasha are considered for pathogenesis with relation to Srotasa impairment. Like Aartava vaha Srotasa impairment as a disease factor, every other existing Srotasa can be explained as a disease causing factor in Samprapti.
Infertility (Vandhyatva) is one of the growing problems of our time. The changes taking place around the world have an impact on people's health and well-being. Changes in the ecological, social and physical aspects of human beings mean that the infertility rate is increasing day by day, which is a very alarming situation. To overcome this situation and for a healthy future generation, it is necessary to rely on the continued, stable Ayurvedic principles that have guided our humanity for centuries.
From an Ayurvedic point of view, the causes of infertility are specific and create a different perspective on the issue. The treatment options available in Ayurveda for infertility are Shodhan (purification) and Shaman (pacification), i.e. internal and external medication combined with counselling. As Ayurveda is the science of life, it also has well-researched regimes for nutrition and routine for a normal and healthy life. Nutrition, exercise together with Tridosha balance is still a very promising solution with good results.