Ayurveda and Menopause

Ayurveda, the knowledge of life, has in it tremendous remedial scope for almost all sort of diseases. Ayurvedic science believes that a woman’s health is not merely her physical well-being. In fact the ayurvedic definition of a healthy woman is one who enjoys spiritual, physical and mental bliss. Most health issues faced by women are in one way or other related to their mental state. An unhealthy mindset can surely result in further ailments. This is due to hormonal discrepancies that occur within the body right from puberty to menopause. If menstruation is referred to “womb’s cry for its loss”, menopause is the end of that cry. When body stops going through the periodical changes that it has been going through for the past, say, 40 years; consequences are most likely.

As in every other case, body gives warning alarms that are called symptoms. A few of them include night sweats, palpitation, hot flushes, irritability, insomnia, chills, decreased interest in sex, fatigue etc. Ayurveda considers menopause as the final outcome of the three doshas, namely vata, pitta and kapha. However, there is nothing to worry, as this is a natural phenomenon. Of the three above-mentioned doshas, vata results in anxiety, insomnia, nervousness, and mental depression. Hot flushes result from aggravated vata, which is called as pitta dosha. Numbness, lowered digestion rate and inactivity are the results of increased kapha dosha.

Along with the release of unwanted blood caused by the erupted blood vessels a lot of toxins also get ejected out of female body at the time of menstruation. Once she attains the stage of menopause, all these toxins slowly get deposited within the body. This is the reason why back pains are common in women after menopause. These materials result in fat accumulation in thighs, hips and belly. Bhritvata Chantamani, Vata Kulantak Rasa and Prawal Pisthi are the Ayurvedic prescriptions to fight the many sided torture posed by menopause. This along with a balanced diet containing plenty of fibrous foodstuffs and regular breathing exercises will certainly help women in tackling the threats posed by menopause effectively.

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