Female Infertility & Postpartum Depression - Dr. Rucha Kelkar
Rucha Kelkar, BAMS, MPT,San Francesco, California, USA
Dr. Rucha Kelkar is the director of AyurblissTM- Ayurveda Wellness for Mind, Body and Spiritual Health. She received her graduate degree from University of Pune, India and secured a top rank in all academic years of her ayurvedic education. She is also a licensed physical therapist and has a master’s degree in physical therapy from California State University, Long Beach. Dr. Kelkar is an accomplished Ayurvedic practitioner and educator and provides health consultations, classical panchakarma therapies and comprehensive workshops based on the authentic science of ayurveda. She has been a lecturer for Ayurveda Institute of America and also teaches for leading ayurveda schools including Kerala Ayurveda Academy and Mount Madonna Center. She is also a writer for various ayurvedic magazines and journals and has been a featured presenter at the NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association) Conference on multiple occasions. Her articles on ayurveda have been published in LA Yoga and LOAJ. Dr. Kelkar is initiated into Kriya Yoga Meditation, is a Reiki healer and provides meditation classes for her clients
Female Infertility: A 32-year-old woman presented with history of irregularity of menses, hypothyroidism, cystic acne, PCOS, high testosterone levels, and the presence of anxiety because of the inability to conceive for over 2 years. The diagnosis was based on Ayurvedic principles, which included a pulse diagnosis, a ten-fold Ayurvedic exam (Dasha Vidh Pariksha) and a thorough diet and lifestyle interview (hetusevan). Ama, Apana, Vyaan and Prana- Vata dosha and Ras and Rakta Dhatu played a key role in the disease process (samprapti). The physical treatments included panchakarma- basti (anuvasan and niruha) and herbs (ref: Charak Samhita) and the psychological treatment included meditation and counseling (ref: Charak Samhita). The patient showed significant improvement within a month and was pregnant at the end of the third month of treatment. Vandhatva, when appropriately, managed can have a very successful outcome.