Ayurveda for Women's Health

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Dear Readers,

 

Women are the caretakers for us all but they often neglect themselves and their own health and wellness for the benefit of those around them or to live up to society's pressures. Multiple roles as the mother, daughter, wife, homemaker, wage earner is physically and mentally quite taxing. As a woman, she might share some common health risks with men, such as Hypertension, Diabetes etc. but because of her special reproductive role, she is at risk of some distinctly female disorders.

The natural progression of life is like the changing of seasons. A woman goes through different phases of physical and physiological changes during her lifetime. Accordingly specific diet and lifestyle regimens are advised to follow during these phases as well as proper support needs to be there so as to manage her with the changes properly. In this newsletter we shall see how Ayurvedic principles can help women maintain health and well-being.
 

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Ayurveda is holistic health care for repairing the body and teaching it to thrive, thus living a life of greater comfort, ease and bliss. Ayurveda has best natural health supplements and products to manage the changes in the body right from puberty to menopause. A women goes through different phases namely – menarche, menstruation and menopause. Ayurveda recommends specific diet and lifestyle regimen to be followed during these different phases to maintain health.

All the three doshas are always present in the body but relative predominance of doshas changes in different conditions or ages. For e.g. Artava (Menstrual blood) being Agneya (Predominance of Fire element) in property hence there will be Pitta dominance during menstrual phase. So women should follow specific diet and lifestyle according to the state of health and dosha predominance at different stages of her life in order to maintain health.

The following table illustrates the status of doshas in different stages of a women’s life.
 

Classification of Age

Sub classification

Age limit (years)

Changes in body

Status of Doshas

Balyavastha (Childhood)

Bala

10

General development

Kapha predominant

 

Kumari

10 to 12

Development of secondary sexual characters

Kapha predominant

 

Rajomati

12 to 16

Menarche and the lady is capable of conception

Kapha & Pitta predominant

Madhyamavastha (Middle Age)

Yuvati

16 to 40

Maximum reproductive capacity, full maturity

Pitta & Kapha predominant

 

Praudhavastha

40 - 50

Pre menopause

Pitta & Vata predominant

 

Adhirudha

After 50

Menopause

Mainly Vata predominant and Pitta second predominant

Vriddhavastha (Old age)

Vrddha

After 55 or 60

General decline

Vata predominant

Lifestyle guidelines during menarche
Ayurveda opines that menarche is generally attained at 12 years of age. During this phase a girl should adopt healthy diet and lifestyle to support the physiological changes in her body. Staying awake at night for long hours, sleeping during daytime, sedentary lifestyle without much physical activity, excessive exposure to sexual content in television, internet, etc. should be avoided.

Common health problems during menarche –Amenorrhoea, Oligomenorrhoea
Herbs recommended –  Shatavari, Kumari, Hingu, Ajamoda

During menstruation
During menstrual phase, a woman should take nutritious diet, which is freshly prepared, light to digest, warm and unctuous. She should restrict excess intake of salt, spicy food, fried food, processed food items. She should avoid excessive physical activity, strenuous physical exercise, sexual indulgence, mental strain, exposure to excessive wind, sunlight, etc.

Common problems during Menstruation - PMS (Pre – Menstrual syndrome), Menorrhagia, Metrorrhagia, Dysmenorrhea, PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome)
Recommended herbs –Lodhra, Shatavari, Manjishta, Ashoka, Triphala, Yavani

During Menopause
Menopause!! This is a "pause" period of the menstrual cycle. This phase is an important corner of the life for a female, which brings a lot of changes in her life. Ayurveda explains that menopause occurs due to ageing which is a 'Vata' predominant stage of life. Common menopausal symptoms experienced are Hot flushes, Night sweats, Mood swings, Palpitations and Vaginal dryness. Strengthening and rejuvenating diet, ghee and milk are advised. Yoga, meditation and exercise should be done daily. One should avoid excessive physical strain and mental stress.

Common health problems during menopause – Obesity, Improper lipid metabolism, Osteoporosis, Thyroid imbalance
Recommended herbs
– Shatavari, Guduchi, Amalaki, Gokshur, Brahmi, Sariva

Diet and Lifestyle regimen during menopause
Ayurveda is a holistic health care system and its main principle is keeping the body toned in tune with the nature. Women are complex and delicate and they can be benefited with Ayurveda. Ayurvedic healthcare is the perfect solution for women to maintain health, beauty and zest.

This article is written by Vaidya Mita Kotecha, Professor & HOD Dravyaguna department, NIA, Jaipur.


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Shatavari Kalp Granule is a caffeine free herbal beverage prepared in natural sugar base. It is widely used in the treatment of gynecological conditions. It is indicated for proper growth of fetus during pregnancy and as a galactogogue after delivery.

 

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Indications - Threatened abortion, PCOS, PMS, dysmenorrhea, metrorrhagia, menorrhagia and menopausal symptoms.

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