Each phase of a woman’s life is beautiful and should be considered as gracious. Right from the moment that she enters the world, or when she steps into adolescence which makes her capable to be prepared to experience motherhood, or finally the transition of menopause. This is because she is created by God to be special to be able to bear the uncertainties of life with the inner strength that she possesses!
The initial 40 years of a woman’s life are spent in achieving knowledge and gaining confidence, yet when her womanhood takes a turn, that is, when she has entered Menopause, she often loses her self-confidence and her energy levels seem to drop down. Well, this should not be- with the right information, diet, and the treatments suggested in Ayurveda, you can sparkle through this changeover. So accept this phase gracefully instead of feeling weary.
Let us see what Ayurveda has for menopause treatment. First we will go through the symptoms followed by the Ayurvedic treatment.
Symptoms Of Menopause:
Menopause symptoms can start many years before it actually sets in. For some women, it usually begins with irregular periods, which might be heavy or light. This is the pre-menopausal phase and can be an alarm for you that can help you to be prepared for the transition to begin.
It usually starts in the mid-forties and happens because the ovaries stop producing the needed amounts of oestrogen and progesterone.
How Ayurveda Explains Menopause:
According to Ayurveda, menopause manifests itself in a different manner with every woman. For some, if the symptoms are related to Vata dosha, then the treatment is different, whereas if the symptoms look like Pitta or Kapha, it is treated in a different manner.
Menopause with Vata related symptoms:
- Mood swings
- Vaginal dryness
- Pale skin tone
- Cold feeling
- Lack of sleep or Insomnia
- Hot flashes that could be Mild or Variable
- Joints aches and pains
Treatment For Vata Related Symptoms
Wake up early and go to sleep early as well. Meditate or practise Yoga. Take up moderate exercise like walking.Have warm food and water. Have limited amount of caffeine, refined sugar, aerated drinks. Include herbs like guggul, garlic, ashwagandha, cardamom, sandalwood.
Menopause with Pitta related symptoms
- Increase in anger
- Feeling irritable
- Feeling hot
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Heavy periods
- Urinary tract infections
- Skin rashes and acne.
Treatment In Ayurveda for Pitta related symptoms of Menopause
Regulate your bed timings with early sleep and early wake up time. Practise Yoga and meditation to keep anger away. Minimize your exposure to the Sun. Avoid hot and spicy food, alcohol. Increase your water- intake. Have sweet fruits and their juices like grapes, pears, melons, apples and cool and pacifying food items like cucumber, fennel seeds. Use herbs like aloe vera, shatavari, sandalwood.
Menopause with Kapha related symptoms
- Unusual Weight Gain
- Feeling sluggish and lethargic
- Experiencing slow digestion
Treatment in Ayurveda Kapha Related Symptoms for Menopause
Regulate your wake up time and bed time. Sleep and wake up early. Include legumes and increase your fruit and vegetable intake. Have dry and warm food and try not having a heavy meal after sunset. Use herbs like black pepper ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, guggul. Avoid non vegetarian food, cheese and aerated cool drinks.
Age Gracefully And Wisely
As you enter this phase of life, just try to understand your body, and all the changes that it is going through. Allow yourself to feel happier and healthier.
Eat A Diet Which Pacifies The Vata But Does Not Aggravate The Pitta:
This means that you should include herbs and spices like cumin, fennel, coriander, saffron and turmeric.
Strengthen Your Agni
Make your Agni strong by improving your digestion and nourish your body. Give yourself a pre-appetizer of grated ginger, with a few drops of lemon and some black salt before you start your meals.
Increase the intake of herbs that improve digestion like cumin, coriander and fennel seeds.
Your bone mass gradually starts decreasing in your mid-thirties, and when you have your last menstrual period, the bone loss is the greatest, so take care of your bones by including loads of calcium and iron in your diet. Have milk and green leafy vegetables regularly to keep things intact.
Calm Yourself with Yoga And Meditation
Don’t be self-critical, instead focus on diet, your sleep and relax yourself with yoga and some meditation.