Menopause

Definition

Menopause is the end of menstruation. This means that a woman’s ovaries stop producing an egg every four weeks. She will no longer have a monthly period or able to have children.

It is caused by a change in the balance of the body’s sex hormones. In the lead up to the menopause oestrogen levels decrease, this causes the ovaries to stop producing an egg each month.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Menopause:

According to Ayurveda, menopause is correlated with transitional imbalance. It’s observed as a natural transition in the body.  Ayurveda links menopause with ageing.

Here is a simple analogy to explain menopause; take, for instance, there are bumps on a road due to changing from one sort of pavement to another, but if you know the bumps are approaching, you can take precautions by slowing down, so you don’t get tires blown.

Menopause takes place during the transition between the Pitta stage of life and Vata stage of life.  Since menopause occurs towards the end of Pitta kala and beginning of Vata kala, it is common for a person with menopause to experience both vata and pitta related imbalances.

Symptoms:

  • An imbalance in vata dosha can create symptoms such as insomnia, memory lapses, anxiety, vaginal dryness, ageing skin, joint pains, generalised tiredness, and that’s because Vata imbalance disturbs the nervous system and dries up bodily tissues.
  • Imbalance in Pitta dosha can result in hot flashes, urinary tract infections, anger, irritability, hyperacidity, skin breakouts, as Pitta controls the level of digestion, metabolism, and heat production in the body.
  • Kapha imbalance creates symptoms of heaviness in the body, depression and slowing of digestion.

Line of treatment:

Balancing the aggravated dosha, improving metabolism, strengthening the immune and nervous system, body detoxification, improving nutrition, Counselling.

Treatments:

The treatment modalities include panchakarma, external therapies, internal medications, Activities, Advice of food and life style changes.

  • Panchakarma – Virechana, Basti
  • Externally – Yoni Pichu (Tamponing)
  • Yoni Prakshalana (Douche)
  • Abhyanga
  • Takra Dhara
  • SSPS
  • Internally – Shatavari (Asparagus recemosus) is considered as the best herb.

Activities:

  • Specific Asanas, Panayamas, Bandhas, Mudras

Food:

  • Improving on the intake of water preferably warm water which helps digestion.
  • Fried and spicy, sour foods should be avoided
  • Improved intake of fruits in their natural form.
  • Timely regular wholesome meals in a  non-disturbing atmosphere
  • Lifestyle changes:  specific to the individual’s constitution, nature of work and geographical conditions.