Ayurvedic Fertility, The Misaligned Superwoman & Juicy Radiance | Heather Grzych {Podcast #043)

Fertility is not only a physiological condition required to have a baby, but is also a crucial state for overall health and a way to utilise the potent energy that is available in a woman.

About Heather Grzych

Heather Grzych is the author of The Ayurvedic Guide To Fertility.

A board-certified Ayurvedic practitioner, she bridges the worlds of conventional and alternative medicine to help women and men heal their physical and emotional lives.

Heather is on the board of directors for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and has consulted with doctors, governments, and insurance companies. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.


In this Episode we Discuss:

The Epidemic of Infertility

The Australian Department of Health reports 1 in every 6 Australian couples suffers from fertility problems, which they attribute to the decision to have children later in life as well as declining sperm count. 

According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 10 percent, or 6.1 million, women in the United States have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant each year.

Male Infertility Epidemic

According to the largest and most comprehensive meta-analysis of its kind published in August 2017, sperm counts around the world declined by more than 50% between 1973 and 2013, and continue to shrink.

Feature Article: Sky Rocketing Male Infertility Skyrocketing Warns the Human Race

Fertility is not just about having a child, it’s a by-product of good health.

Re-identifying the role of a woman to benefit the women

The Misaligned Superwoman

  • The challenge to harmonise between the divine masculine and the divine feminine in the workplace.
  • Excess androgens (male hormones) in woman.
  • Women want success financially and in their job, but they are less successful at making babies.
  • Controlling a time to have a child.
  • Intellectual mind dominating the primal mind.
  • PCOS - excess androgens.

The Trend of Having Children Later In Life

Although we are extending our longevity as a species, we are not extending the age of our fertile window.

The Physical Benefits of Having a Child in Earlier Years

Freezing Eggs

Your Eggs Are In Your Grandmother / You (Woman) Are Born Containing Your Grandaughter

  • Modern science says that all your eggs in your ovaries. All of them.
  • You don’t grow new ones in your life.
  • While your grandmother was growing your mum, you were one of the follicles in her teeny tiny ovaries.
  • Ovarian Follicle - secretes hormones and has the potential to develop into healthy eggs that could be available for a future baby.
  • This oocyte may undergo divisions to form an ovum - a mature female reproductive cell, which can give rise to an embryo, usually only after fertilisation by a male cell.

If you are pregnant right now with a girl, you are carrying your daughter AND the of your future grandchild.

This is bija dosha - and why consciousness conception ie. preconception health is so important for your future generations (plural).

Don’t let the man off the hook either.

Smriti

Cellular memory of perfect health and enlivening health at a quantum level.

Sex During The Menstrual Period

  • The most inauspicious thing one can do according to Ayurveda.
  • Blocking the pathway and blocking the cleansing.
  • Reversing the flow towards upwards.
  • Reversing the energy.

Deep respect and honour for the very special event that is the menstrual cycle

Related Listening:

Podcast Episode 5 - Ayurveda for Menstruation, Pre-Conception and Conscious Conception with Dylan Smith and Laura Poole (Part 1) on MahaSoma Podcast

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Synthetic Hormonal Contraceptive contributing to causing infertility

Sex Fast

Not only to pull back the bow for stronger ojas and fertility, but a time to perform introspection on your sexual energy, sensations, arousal levels, emotions, desire for sex - where do I put my energy when I’m not having sex?

Good to practice pre-conception.

Fertility Awareness

Daisy: Natural Intelligent Fertility Tracker

Daysy is an intelligent fertility tracker that lets you get to know your very own menstrual cycle. Thanks to Daysy, you know exactly when you are in your fertile window and when you are not.

The technology-based temperature method used by Daysy is one of the most reliable methods in the world for fertility tracking.

 Daysy allows every woman who wants a health-conscious lifestyle to monitor her individual monthly cycle and determine her fertile and infertile days in natural harmony with her body.

Check it out HERE

The Ayurvedic View on Sex

How much to have and when.

Essential Elements for Conception

Garbha Sambhava Samagri

“Fetus forming ingredients”

  1. Rtu - ideal season, in terms of fertile period in a woman. Ideal climate in the garbhashaya (uterus and fallopian tubes) for the sperm to fertilise the ovum.
    • Sperm should enter the uterus a couple of days before ovulation. Ovulation is the release of egg or ovum from the ovary in woman.
    • Dvadasaratram: Day 12 when artava is manifested. Days 12-16 (fertile period) is the ideal kala for conception.
    • If not fertilised, the ovum gets distorted.
    • As lotus flower closes positively when the day is over, a woman's uterus contracts after the period of conception is over (thus, does not receive the seed).” S.S. Sarira Sthana, Ch 2.
  2. Kshetra - Fertile land. Mother. Healthy womb (uterus).
    • Good land for implantation to occurs. Implantation: the ovum which is coming towards to uterus following ovulation meets the sperm. Then fertilisation occurs. The fertilised ovum (sukra shonita) now comes into the uterine cavity and gets adhered in to the wall of the uterus.
    • Now, uterus is home for the garbha and growing foetus until it gets matured until delivery.  The first home of all living beings.
    • Treat diseases related to the uterus before conception so a healthy women allows for proper implantation.
  3. Ambu - Proper water supply for the land.
    • Rasa dhatu to supply nutrient for the foetus.
    • To create this: PK, shodana, nasika, pranayama, asana, ensuring spine is in good position always.
    • If this rasa to the garbha is cut off, the foetus doesn’t grow properly or one can find stunted growth or mal-formation.
    • Foetal circulation - the exchange centre of the two bloods of mother and foetus is the Jarayu (placenta). The circulation takes place trough the blood vessels of the mother drain and receiving through the umbilical cord of the foetus (nahbi) via the umbilical cord.
  4. Bija - healthy seed.

~ Susruta Samhita, Sarira Sthana, Ch 1 & 2.

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Your Guide to Birth Control Methods, The Contraceptive Pill & Hormones | Wendy Dumaresq {Podcast #013}

Contraception: Become aware of the various methods out there and become educated about what each contraceptive method is actually doing to the body of yourself, your partner, your family member or friend.

Check out the associated article for a more comprehensive birth control guide.

About Wendy Dumaresq

Wendy Dumaresq is a herbalist and Natural Medicine Women’s Health provider, two times published author, event leader, speaker and Teacher/Healer with nearly three decades of combined study and clinical practice. 

Her mission is to share natural and safe, inspiring and empowering solutions for women of all ages.  She Knows that when you have the support, information and appropriate tools you can hugely improve your vitality, energy and enjoyment of life.

Wendy also incorporates Ayurveda into her work and is an expert in accessing the cyclical charts of females.


Daisy: Natural Intelligent Fertility Tracker

Daysy is an intelligent fertility tracker that lets you get to know your very own menstrual cycle. Thanks to Daysy, you know exactly when you are in your fertile window and when you are not.

The technology-based temperature method used by Daysy is one of the most reliable methods in the world for fertility tracking.

 Daysy allows every woman who wants a health-conscious lifestyle to monitor her individual monthly cycle and determine her fertile and infertile days in natural harmony with her body.

Check it out HERE

In this Episode we Discuss:

 What exactly is “The Pill” and how it works.
Once you learn this, you may alter your choice of it.

“The only pharmaceutical used on people without a health problem.”

Other Hormonal Pharmaceutical Contraceptive Methods 

The history and the current trend of constantly changing the composition of the pill due to associated risks and incidents. 

The highly common trend of an inability to conceive after taking the pill.

Potential side effects and diseases that are associated with The Pill.

The pill as the first line of treatment for teenagers with hormonal symptoms like irregular cycles, period pain and acne.
Even though there are so many effective natural options.

The oral contraceptive pill as masking symptoms and not getting to the root of the issue.

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) - A very exacerbated version of PMS.

Taking the pill continuously vs. taking breaks.

The importance of non-hormonal barrier methods of contraception.

The importance of raising contraceptive options with your GP, if you want to be well.

The importance of men being aware in this so they can respect their partner's health.

Natural Birth Control Methods 

Natural Fertility Management
For couples to learn about the lunar cycle and when is safe to have unprotected sex and not.

Why the menstrual cycle is the greatest gift to a woman.

How every period influences, builds and paves the way for the future offspring.

*A couple corrections to the podcast:

The diaphragm is not placed over 'vagina', it is placed over the cervix.

*Special Offer* for Vital Veda listeners who sign up to one of Wendy's courses will be bonus resources such as the "Happy Hormones E-Journal." Must mention Vital Veda for this speial offer.


Daisy: Natural Intelligent Fertility Tracker

Daysy is an intelligent fertility tracker that lets you get to know your very own menstrual cycle. Thanks to Daysy, you know exactly when you are in your fertile window and when you are not.

The technology-based temperature method used by Daysy is one of the most reliable methods in the world for fertility tracking.

 Daysy allows every woman who wants a health-conscious lifestyle to monitor her individual monthly cycle and determine her fertile and infertile days in natural harmony with her body.

Check it out HERE

Resources

Article: Birth Control Guide: Become Educated & Aware of Your Options + The Birth Control Pill by Dylan Smith

Article: Are we overprescribing the oral contraceptive pill to teenage girls? Daily Telegraph - Aug 30, 2017.  by Wendy Dumaresq.

Radiant Woman Book - chart your temp. familiarise yourself more with your hormone cycle.

Free eBook: Get Your Midlife Mojo Back - 8 common Signs of menopause and what to do about it. 

Natural Woman Network

Courses including “Thrive Through Menopause” and “Happy Hormones, Peaceful Period.”

Facebook live with Wendy Dumaresq - Every Monday 12pm, 5-8 mins - “Thrive through Menopause” Facebook page.


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Ojas: Invigorate Your Vitality

According to Ayurveda, there is a special substance in the body that governs ageing, immunity, vigour, reproduction, mood, sleep, radiant skin, digestion, spirituality and physical strength. This substance is called ojas (OH-jas).

Ojas is a bio-celestial liquid substance that predominantly dwells in the heart and also circulates everywhere throughout the body to maintain life activities.

It is soft and pure, the colour of ghee (initially) and tastes like honey.

It is the first essential element of the embryo, the most refined by-product of digestion, and the physiological expression of pure consciousness. Hence, ojas is strongly linked to spiritual and emotional wellbeing.

It is the chief fluid material of the body on which life depends.

If ojas is destroyed, the human being will also perish. If ojas is healthy the human is kept happy and healthy.

The 10 Qualities of Ojas

  1. Madhura (Sweet)
  2. Sheeta (Cold) - A pleasant cold like the full moon. Oja Soma Atmakam.” (see below)
  3. Mridu (Soft)
  4. Snigdha (Unctuousness)
  5. Sandra (Density)
  6. Shalakshna (Smoothness)
  7. Picheel (Slimy)
  8. Guru (Heavy)
  9. Sthira (Stable)
  10. Prasanna (Clarity) - freedom of all defects.

Interestingly, milk is comprised of the same 10 qualities. Thus, milk is an excellent elixir and ojas enhancer.

"Oja" = Pleasant.
"Soma" = Moon that flows consciousness.
"Atmakam" = energy field.

"Oja Soma Atmakam" = The moon that flows pleasantness to those in it's field of horizon.

Two Types of Ojas

1. Superior Ojas (Para Ojas)

  • Eight drops[1] in quantity. Fixed volume. Any diminution in the volume would amount to instantaneous death.
  • Site: Dwells in the heart.

2. Ordinary Ojas (Apara Ojas)

  • Half an anjali (ardhanjali) in quantity. (One anjali represents the volume equal to that of two hands joined in the form of a cup).
  • Site: The vessels attached to the heart and circulates all over the body along with plasma and blood to provide physical strength and immunity to resist disease.
  • The substance is similar to that of Kapha (Sarira 7:15).
  • Diminution is possible, as in cause of diabetes mellitus.

Activities That Increase Ojas

  • Loving others.
  • Laughing.
  • Performing activities that you are passionate about.
  • Giving and serving others unconditionally.
  • Yoga and breathing (pranayama).
  • Meditation
  • Being in nature.
  • Proper sleep (bed before 9.30/10pm, up with the sun. Sleeping amongst minimal EMF exposure).
  • Eating fresh whole-foods in a relaxed manner.

Eat Ojas Increasing Foods

“The root of living being, strength, complexion and ojas is diet.”
Susruta Samhita, Sutrasthana

Building Ojas is an art. Perhaps one of the best ways to consistently build Ojas is to eat a diet of fresh unprocessed, seasonal whole foods, and have a balanced agni to support the process. A handful of special foods even metabolise to nourish and build Ojas directly, fast-tracking the tissue metabolism process.

Activities that Reduce Ojas

  • Anger
  • Hunger - can include fasting for over one day.
  • Worry and stress.
  • Grief
  • Physical exertion - Includes over-exercising. Not taking days to rebuild. Excessive mouth breathing during exercise.
  • Masturbation.
  • Excessive sex both in sperm and ovum (daily for extended periods of time and considering the season and age).

Results of Decreased Ojas

  • Increase of fear, particularly related to loss of life (all fear essentially is the fear of death. Even little fears of unfulfilled desires, “my body only lasts a certain time, and my checklist is not getting ticketed before the big deadline”).
  • Debility.
  • Unstable mind and mental disturbances including excess worry and anxiety.
  • Discomfort in the sense organs including pain.
  • Bad complexion.
  • Dryness, roughness and emaciation of the body. 

How the Body Makes Ojas

Kedarikulyanyaya: The Law of Transmission 

According to Ayurveda, the entire digestive process takes 30 days[2] to complete. Nutrients from food (known as aharasa) are used to build the 7 major tissues (dhatus) of the body. The culmination of this transmutative process is the production of ojas. However, as mentioned, many factors exist that can compromise or block its production.

Here is how it is made, step-by-step:

Step 1: Healthy, wholesome, unprocessed food is ingested. The coordinated efforts of the stomach, pancreas, and liver/gallbladder (jathara agni) prepare the food to be assimilated. Nutrients are drawn out of the food to produce the first product of digestion, a nutrient fluid called rasa.

Rasa is the first of the seven major tissues of the body. It can be likened to plasma/lymph. A small amount of ordinary ojas is released into rasa, while the gradual process of building supreme ojas begins. 

Step 2: The rasa or first product of digestion is converted by enzymes (agni) —into blood, which in Ayurveda, is called rakta. Here, another small amount of ordinary ojas is released into the blood. This process of transmission can take 5 -7 days.[2][3]

Step 3: The rakta or blood converts into muscle or mamsa with the help of blood-based enzymes. A small amount of ordinary ojas is released into the muscles.

Step 4: The mamsa converts into fat or medha with the help of muscle enzymes, and releases a small amount of ordinary ojas into the fat.

Step 5: The medha or fat  converts to bone or asthi, and releases a small amount of ordinary ojas into the bone.

Step 6: The asthi or bone converts to nerve tissue or majja, and releases a small amount of ordinary ojas into the nervous system/bone marrow.

Step 7: The majja or nerve tissue converts into the reproductive fluid, where a small amount of ojas is released into the sperm or ovum. Remember, supreme ojas has been building with the production of each tissue, making the reproductive fluid the bodily tissue with the most accumulated ojas.

Step 8: The final product, supreme ojas, is released and stored in the heart. From there, it nourishes the subtle energy in the body which, in turn, feeds the body’s vigour, vitality, and immunity.

How the Seven Body Tissues Can Deplete Ojas 

When one of the tissues are vitiated, it will disrupt the transmissive process, depriving the body of ojas.

Rasa (lymph) - Stress releases stress-fighting hormones that have acidic waste products. Excess acidity causes lymphatic congestion.
De-stress and improve lymphatic drainage with self-abhyanbga.

Rakta (blood) - Inflamed and toxic blood carries damaging, inflammatory and degenerative chemicals throughout the body.
Liberate toxic blood with Raktamokshana.

Mamsa (muscle) - excessive exercise and exhaustion can deplete ojas.
Restore muscle tissue with abhyanga.

Medha (fat) - excess stress can hamper adipose circulation, leaving no nutrient for ojas. Most toxic chemicals are fat-soluble, hence are stored in the fat in times of stress.
Increase fat metabolism with the Vital Short Home Cleanse.

Asthi (bone) - Chronic issues such as osteopenia and osteoporosis can deplete ojas. These conditions can be caused by stress, lack of vitamin D and sunlight, poor ability to absorb vitamins, minerals and light frequencies.
Enhance your ability to absorb Vitamin D by improving your skin physiology with self-abhyanga.

Majja (bone marrow and the nervous system) - Stress and excessive activities stimulates the release of degenerative hormones which accelerate ageing, invite chronic disease, fatigue, sleep issues, and much more.
De-stress with Vedic Meditation.

Shukra (reproductive fluid) -  Excessive and untimely sex and masturbation will deplete this precious substance.
Rebuild with nourishing rasayanas and golden milk elixir.

Golden Milk Elixir

Just like grandma used to cook up for you with love and foresight. This anabolic tonic holds great wisdom, incorporating ojas building foods with the intelligence of natures herbs and spices. You’ll sleep like a baby and super charge your reserves of ojas.

Recipe here.

References:
(1) Caraka; A.S.V. ch. 19, 29-34
(2) Susruta: Sutra 14:14.
(3) Caraka Samhita, Sutra Stahan, Ch. 28

Credits:
Dr. John Douillard’s Lifespa.

Podcast: Rhythms and Cycles in Nature – Exploring the Innate Stages of Life

Listen to the Recording Here

Natures intelligence is constantly prevailing our life.

The elements rotate in dominating segments of the day. Each season uniquely effects our body. Elemental influences govern the different generational age groups in life.

How in tune are we with our own nature to progress in life with minimal friction?

How do we prepare our body for healthy adulthood, reproduction, smooth menopause and comfortable “elder years”?

Join Ayurvedic master Vaidya Krishna Raju as he is interviewed by Matt Ringrose to dissect the elegant sequence of life.

Vaidya Raju will share how to access and utilise the power of these crucial life-transitioning periods with simple, accessible and powerful actions for you to live a rewarding and vital life.

About Vaidya Krishna Raju

The Raju Family are internationally renowned leading experts in authentic Ayurveda (the science of health and longevity).

Practising for over 13 generations, they specialise in creating very effective and individualised treatments using precise knowledge and application of rare and powerful herbal formulas.

Vaidya Krishna Raju is the director and head doctor at his family clinic in Hyderabad, India, where they treat thousands of people who travel from all over the world for their expert treatment and advice for everything from prevention to treatment of the seemingly incurable.

About Matt Ringrose

Matt is the founder of Bondi Meditation Center. Matt came to meditation from an entrepreneurial and corporate background. It changed his life so postiively that he transitioned to dedicate his life to sharing this transformative knowledge with others. Matt is now committed to passing on this ancient Vedid knowledge in a way which is practical, enjoyable and relevant to modern life.

Show Summary and Notes

The importance of the menstrual cycle.

Regimen for menstrual cycle.

The menstrual cycle is according to the 27 star constellations (nakshatras), rather than the moon.

The moon's influence on the mind.

A males hormonal cycle.

Menopause - requirements for smooth transition.

Abhyanga (Oil massage) to prevent and treat 90% of menopausal symptoms, the best tool to balance vata + more.

Overview of Vata, Pitta, Kapha - the role of these 3 bio-intelligences.

The importance of baby massage.

Banana Treatment: Powerful therapy for promoting perfect health. For PMS, infertility and all hormones issues.

“Jaggery Medicine” given by the Raju for infertility as a treatment back in muslim empire.

The role of Ayurvedic herbs.

The two types of immunity. Congenital and acquired.

Pulse Diagnosis - a profound tool for knowledge. 

Self-Pulse for healing, reducing stress and anxiety plus more. Lesson on that here.

Seasonal cycles, daily cycles, ageing cycles - all intertwined. 

Seasonal pathology. State of doshas in each season.

Daily bowel movement for regular purification.

Dinacharya:

Heart Attack - What is actually happening during the protection mechanism.

Cholesterol Issues - Liver is producing fatty liver in even skinny people due to dryness. Ghee is one solution.

Ghee - benefits. Muscle and blood vessel elasticity. No sclerotic changes = no heart attack + more.

Why soldiers used to apply oil on the soles of the feet while they sleep.

Different metals to boost immune system or skill your enemy slowly.

Bhasmas - metallic preparations for medicine.

Smriti preparation - featuring gold bhasma.

Squatting while urinating to prevent prostate enlargement.

Treatment for constricted urinary tubes in males.

Panchakarma (detox and rejuvenation) - good for anything but should not be given for acute conditions.

Migraines and chronic headaches - causes, pathology, treatment and prevention.