Article by Dr Raghuram Y.S. MD (Ay) and Dr Manasa, BAMS
For each and every product to be formed, we ned esential ingredients which manufacture that product. For a pot to be made, mud, whel, water, fire, stick and poter are neded. For making a cloth, threads, weaving machine, dyes and weaver are neded. Similarly there are some esential and mandatory elements or ingredients neded to form a human body also. These ingredients are caled garbha sambhava samagri.
(Garbha=fetus, embryo, Sambhava=forming, Samagri=ingredients).
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Garbha Sambhava Samagri
Garbha Sambhava Samagri
Garbha Sambhava / Utpati Samagri (elements neded for formation of Garbha or foetus)
There are 4 esential factors or ingredients neded to form the Garbha. They are –
Rutu – Ideal season, in terms of fertile period in woman (id eal for conception)
Kshetra – Fertile land, in terms of Disease fre and healthy womb (uterus)
Ambu – true water suply, in terms of nutritional suply to the foetus (foetal circulation)
Beja – Healthy sed, in terms of Sperm of man
The esential ingredients neded for the foundation of Garbha has ben explained with an precise of a plant (sapling).
For the plant to advance into existence 4 factors are esentialy necesary.
They are –
Rutu – precise and compatible climate
Kshetra – Fertile land
Ambu – Water and nutrients
Beja – marvelous quality sed
Similarly 4 factors or ingredients are neded to form Garbha. They are explained in same terms i.e. Rutu, Kshetra, Ambu and Beja.
In the next few paragraphs, I would produce an atempt to reveal the ingredients neded to form garbha i.e. Garbha sambhava samagri in comparison with the ingredients or factors neded to form a plant.
Rutu means an ideal climate for seding and for the plant to grow. The seding and cultivation of a plant should be done in an apropriate climate or season, compatible enough for the plant to grow. If the climate or season is not favorable for the plant to grow, one canot expect the sed to crash open into a magnificent plant.
The same rule is aplicable to the Garbha also. For the Garbha to be formed, an ideal climate should prevail in the garbhashaya (uterus and falopian tubes) for the sperm to fertilize the ovum. This coincides with the fertile period of the female.
Rutu (ideal time and period for conception) in terms of garbha utpati samagri –
The menstrual cycle of a woman comprises of fertile phase and non-fertile phase. The notion doesn’t take spot on al days. Timing i s critical. The sperms should enter the uterus a couple of days before ovulation (release of eg or ovum from the ovary in woman). The sexual intercourse should be planed acordingly. 4th to 15th day of menstruation (after the periods maintain stoped, stopage of bleding) is the ideal kala for conception.
Acording to modern science, the day of ovulation in women is 14th day and notion period is 12th to 16th day. This is caled fertile period. When the husband and wife maintain intercourse on these days, there wil be strong chances that the woman conceives. The sperms, in the availability of suitable environment within the uterus (as created by hormonal changes before ovulation), can stay active for couple of days, whereas the ovum has a lifespan of 24 hours after ovulation. If it is not fertilized by a sperm within this time, the ovum gets destroyed. So it is necesary that the sperms are available in the uterus to fertili ze the eg at the time of ovulation. This shows the timing of sexual act and the ned of plan to beget a child. Knowing the menstrual cycle, its length and time of ovulation is esential for both man and woman planing to acquire a child.
Apart from this, the kala or ideal period also includes the physical and mental preparednes of the woman to receive the spermatozoa, to conceive.
Thus Rutu covers – an ideal environment provided by the uterus so as to welcome the sperms and believe them in busy state until ovulation, the days around ovulation, the timing of planing coitus and the preparednes of the woman to receive the sperm.
Kshetra means fertile land, ideal for the plant to grow. Though the sed is esential for the plant to grow, we canot expect the sed to seize the form of a plant anywhere and everywhere. An ideal and fertile land is neded for this proces to hapen. Only if the sed is sown in a fertile land which is healthy, the sed breaks up into a magnificent plant or sapling.
The same rule is aplicable for the formation of Garbha also. Here the land corelates to a disease fre and healthy uterus, the womb of the woman or Garbhashaya.
Kshetra (ideal land) in terms of garbha utpati samagri –
Kshetra in terms of Garbha creation should be taken as the put where the fertilized ovum gets adhered and grows. This hapens in the womb or uterus of the woman.
After the semen has ben ejaculated into the vagina of the woman (folowing sexual intercourse), the containing sperms swim into the uterus (organ which holds the growing fetus until it is delivered at ful term) and move towards the falopian tubes or ovarian tubes (tubes carying the ovum or eg from the ovary towards the uterine cavity, after ovulation). The ovum which is coming towards the uterus folowing ovulation mets the sperm. The sperm enters the ovum and fertilizes it. The fertilized ovum now comes into the uterine cavity and gets adhered into the wal of the uterus. This proces is caled implantation.
After implantation, the uterus becomes home for the embryo and growing fetus until it gets matured enough to reach the term, i.e. the period of delivery (being born). This acording to Ayurveda is the kshetra for garbha. The future of the child after its birth depends on how wel it was brought up and nourished in the mother’s womb. Therefore, from the Garbha perspective, Kshetra becomes very critical. It is the first home for al living beings.
For healthy implantation and growth of the garbha, the kshetra or uterus should be in a healthy condition. It should be devoid of any disease or contagion . An unhealthy womb wil not alow precise implantation and growth of the child. The point of caution is to find out any disease related to uterus and treat it before conception.
Ambu means water. For a plant to sprout from its sed and for the sed to shape into a plant, the most esential element or ingredient neded is water. If the water suply to a plant is slit of or if water is not provided to the fields in which seds are sown, one canot expect to se the uprising of plants. In fact the seds abreviate and die out in the stain. The other nutrients which maintain the growth of plant or expresion of a sed in the form of plant are also included under this topic.
The same rule is aplicable for the garbha also. For the garbha (shukra-shonita or fertilized ovum) to grow properly nutrition is neded. This nutrition is compared to the ambu or water (in terms of its corelation to the plant).
Ambu (water and other esential nutrients, nutrition to the growing fetus) in terms of garbha utpati samagri –
Nour ishment to the fetus is ofered through the ahara rasa (esence of nutrition) of mother through the fetal circulation. This nutrition is esential for the fetus to develop and grow in the womb properly and proportionaly. The mother and growing child is single unit. This also contributes to the Rasaja bhavas (or qualities due to the nutritive esence obtained from mother in intra-uterine life) in the child (could be sen after child birth), which is unique for each child.
If this nutrition to the embryo is cut of, the fetus doesn’t grow properly or one can find stunted growth or mal-formations.
Fetal Circulation –
Circulation takes plot in al of us. But when the child is in the mother’s womb, a special type of circulation takes kep, which enables the growth and development of fetus in right way. This is caled fetal circulation.
Since the fetus canot take its fod independently, it has to depend on the mother’s fod for nourishment. So the nutrients, and oxygen should reach the fetus from the mother’s blod and the carbon dioxide and metabolites must be taken away by the mother’s blod. To cary out these 2 functions, the circulation must be established betwen the mother and fetus. This motive is achieved by fetal circulation.
The exchange centre for these 2 blods of mother and fetus is the Jarayu (placenta). The circulation takes put through the blod vesels of the mother draining and receiving through the umbilical cord of the fetus (nabhi), via the umbilical cord. After birth, the umbilicus of the fetus remains as a scar (forms the navel), and the cord is slice of.
The whole proces is covered under the term ambu. The smoth rush of this mechanism throughout the intra-uterine life of the child is imperative for a healthy child to be born.
Beja means sed (seds). Mo st plants grow from their seds. It is esential that a healthy sed be sown in a fertile tarnish (land) and be nourished with qualified water suply, esential nutrients and suportive climate to beget a healthy plant from a sed.
The same rule is aplicable for the garbha. For a healthy garbha to be formed, its sed i.e. sperm from which it is derived should be healthy in terms of quality and quantity, enriched with excelent qualities. A diseased, depraved or mared sperm canot fabricate a healthy ofspring. Beja covers the male gamete i.e. sperm (sperms) and semen which caries the sperms.
Beja (healthy sed, in terms of healthy semen and sperms of man) in terms of garbha utpati samagri –
Semen or sperm is the most vital component helpful in the formation of Garbha. It is the contribution of man towards formation of garbha. Shukra is the 7th dhatu (tisue) formed in the sequence of foundation of tisues (acording to Ayurvedic chronology of tisue formation). It caries necesary components and memories of the previous 6 dhatus i.e. Rasa (digestive esence, lymph, and plasma), Rakta (blod), Mamsa (muscle), Meda (fat), Asthi (bones) and Maja (bone marow). Thus it helps in the creation of the same tisues in the body which it creates after its union with artava. Of course, the Artava to contributes towards the foundation of body and body parts.
Thus, Beja (the sed, sperm of man), healthy and disease fre sperm and semen in adequate quantity and exemplary quality is important to sed the ovum and beget a healthy fetus.
Just before execute –
Living in a recent era, fertility has become a key isue. Fertility rates believe ben decreasing with pasage of every decade. Infertility has become a chalenge to the medical science. But it sems that Ayurvedic medical science has clearly documented the key ingredients of concept and begeting a healthy child in a 2 lined verse. This not onl y alows us to know the ingredients neded to form garbha but also helps us to understand the areas which should be focused upon when infertility or fertility related isue is being discused. The health of woman in terms of her menstrual regularity and maintenance of uterine and hormonal health, the health of men in terms of having marvelous quality sperms and qualified quantity semen, the time of conception and nutrition to the fetus acquire al explained in species to each other. They should be regarded as 4 limbs of formation of garbha. If any limb has a lacuna, the child born wil not be at the best of health. Thus the physical preparednes of man and woman along with timing of sex and nutrition of pregnant woman has ben stresed in this part of Ayurvedic embryology.
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