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Ayurveda for Menopause

By on March 3, 2016

Menopause is a “pause” period of the menstrual cycle. It is called “Raja Nivrutti” in Ayurveda, which literally means retirement of menses.

According to Ayurveda, menopause is linked with aging. Menopausal phase is an important benchmark for a woman. It brings upon a lot of changes in a female’s life. All these changes and their effects are commonly known as “Menopausal Syndrome”.

Menopausal Syndrome is not a disease. However, when all these changes are aggressive, it brings a lot of dis-ease in the life and can make this syndrome a disease.

Menopausal symptoms are experienced by 75-85% of woman. A diet containing hot spicy food, alcohol, caffeine and a stressful lifestyle will often exacerbate the symptoms of menopause.

Herbs can help soothe the symptoms of menopause. Ayurvedic herbs possess certain phytoestrogens that connect with the body’s estrogen receptors. These estrogen receptors enable the hormones to function properly, thereby help smooth the transition through menopause.

These herbs address almost all the changes of the menopause, without any side effects. In fact, they have an effect almost parallel to hormone replacement therapy and synthetic hormones medication.

Common Herbs Used for Menopause-

1. Anethum sova (Mishreya) acts as an emmenagogue, which imparts active ingredients that increase more blood supply to the pelvic area and uterus.

2. Saraca indica (Ashoka) is the best uterine tonic, which strengthens the muscles of uterus and reduces vaginal discharge and pain.

3. Trigonella foenum graecum (Methika) contains estrogen-like saponins, which help to improve uterine functions, reduce excess fat, and levels of cholesterol, LDL and triglycerides safely and naturally.

4. Asparagus racemosus (Shatavari) has phyto-estrogen that helps in hot flashes, night sweats, and anxiety and enhances libido.

5. Hemidesmus indicus (Sariva) it is a blood purifier, which acts on the tissue level and effective in issues like hot flushes.

6. Emblica officianalis (Amalaki) is an anti oxidant, rejuvenator and has anti aging properties, thereby promoting health of all organs including the uterus. It is a good cardiac tonic, hair tonic and complexion enhancer too.

Treatment of Menopausal Symptoms

Dryness of vagina – Vaginal tampon with sesame oil.

Irritation and mood fluctuations – Avoidance of caffeinated products, alcohol, refined sugar and hot, spicy food, including ghee (clarified butter) in diet.  Practicing meditation also helps.

Hot flashes and night sweats – Cold infusion of coriander seeds and fennel seeds are beneficial. Also intake of herbs like Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Yashtimadhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra) and Sariva (Hemidesmus indicus) helps.

Bone health – Natural foods rich in calcium like milk, yogurt, cheese, leafy greens and seafood are useful.

Loss of libido – Herbs such as Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Gokshur (Tribulus terrestris) and Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) are beneficial.

Ayurveda is the perfect solution for a healthy aging and can create wonders. Ayurvedic healthcare can help one go through the menopausal phase with greater comfort and ease, without many problems.

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About Dr. Lakshmi Anoop

Dr. Lakshmi Anoop is an Ayurveda consultant, Head of Panchakarma Department and Editor of Ayurveda Newsletter at Chakrapani Ayurveda Clinic & Research Center, Jaipur, India. She has handled Ayurveda trainings and workshops, conducted research in Ayurveda and written articles for various health magazines. Learn more on her Facebook page and website.

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