Infertility, typically defined as the inability of couples to become pregnant after 12 months of regular unprotected sexual intercourse. Female infertility accounts for 45% of all infertilities among couples. In Iranian Traditional Medicine (ITM) there are variable recommendation for the prevention and treatment of female infertility and one of the most important is nutrition. The purpose of this study is to review the nutritional effect on female infertility in view of Iranian Traditional Medicine.
Materials and methods
In this study, specific data related to the subject among all referral ITM texts such as, Al- Qanun Fi Al-Tibb (The Canon of Medicine) by Avicenna, Kholaseh Al-Hekmat, Zakhireh Kharazmshahi, Exir Azam were evaluated.
In ITM, the etiology of infertility in addition to the reproductive system disorders can be due to failure of other organs such as the brain, liver, stomach and heart and also obesity and thinness. The present review showed that, ITM has two major aspects in female infertility regimen: recommended foods and foods to be avoided. These regimens may be modify distemperaments or strengthen reproductive system and other related organs. For example honey, figs, peas and deal are suitable for treatment of cold uterus distemperaments and these patients should be avoided some foods like yogurt, watermelon and cold water. On the other han
Nutrition in ITM could be used for prevention and treatment of female patients who suffer from infertility in medical centers.