Menopause is the time when menstrual periods stop permanently and one can no longer get pregnant. It is not a disease but a profound change in life cycle.
Women passes two important stages during her life cycle. The first being starting of Menstruation and second being cessation of menstruation permanently.
Average age for Menopause is 42 to 50 years. When menopause starts one notice changes in menstrual cycle like early menstruation, delayed menstruation, little menstrual flow, excessive menstrual flow.
Eventually the duration between two menstrual period increases and when one would not get menstrual cycle for at least 12 months, it can be said as menopause.
Premenopausal Symptoms start appearing well before actual Menopause sets in.
The body goes through various physiological changes during this period.
The most important physiological change happens in Menopause is that ovaries no longer release an egg.
Every woman experiences various sets of symptoms at the beginning and during the commencement of menopause.
During the period of menstruation, activities of ovarian follicles are reduced to a large extent so it produces very less amount of reproductive hormones. Among these reproductive hormones, estrogen is most important hormone as lower production of estrogen is responsible for many symptoms related with menopause.
Various symptoms appear during menopause according to an imbalance of Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Hot flushes, irritation, migraine, anxiety, heavy bleeding during menses, late menses, depression, headache, joint pain, vaginal infection, insomnia, mood swing.
Ayurvedic Treatments for Ailments happening during Menopause
Ayurveda has profoundly explain and propose various herbs and treatment to tackle symptoms of menopause and to maintain health during and after this period.
“Every woman should welcome this change in her life with positive approach.
It is a sign of maturity and part of the ageing process, so it should be welcomed with grace. It should be a time for celebration and becoming ready for upcoming new phase.” – Dr. Avani Pandya
One can fight premenopausal symptoms successfully with healthy diet, regular routine, exercise.
Family support plays an important role during this time.
During this time important elements like Calcium, Vitamins, Iron etc get depleted due to hormonal changes.
It is important to properly replenish these depleted elements to maintain health.
Among these Calcium is most important to keep check, as it is most important for bone health.
Panchakarma for Menopause:
During Menopausal changes, Due to extreme changes happening in hormonal system, the digestive system at macro and micro level gets affected and is thus responsible for production of more Ama.
It is advisable to undergo 14 days of Panchakarma Treatment, with which one can be free from Aam and thus maintain normal equilibrium of dosha to achieve health.
Diet & Exercise for Menopause:
It is advisable to include natural calcium source in regular diet like milk, curd, paneer, tofu etc.
One should consult Ayurvedic Doctor to know current Dosha (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) imbalance in their body and they should select food according to doctor’s advice, which can subside the aggravated Dosha.
Another big change in body take place during Menopause is body weight. Most of the female experience weight gain during Menopause. One should reduce intake of oil, sugar, rice, potato from their daily diet.
It is advisable to take a brisk walk regularly for 45 minutes at the speed of 120 steps per minute.
Herbal supplements for Menopause:
One can take praval pishti or bhasm along with honey or milk cream to get proper calcium as a nutritional supplement. This ayurvedic combination will boost bone density and cures tiredness and bone pain.
To reduce stress, anxiety, depression, negative thoughts and to improve mental stability one should take nervine tonic like Ashwagandharishth, Shankhapushpi and Brahmi along with milk.
One can take Satavari powder after roasting it with ghee – one tablespoon twice a day, which will protect the uterus from various ailments during menopause.
One should take Aamla, Haldar, Giner, Kuvar pathu etc on regular basis in their diet.
Yoga for Menopause:
Yoga and Meditation plays an important role in easing symptoms of menopause. One should learn and practice Yoga and Meditation senseriourly on a daily basis.
Yoga has three aspects to be followed properly.
One should practice Yoga with empty stomach and clear bowel. One should take restful sleep before practicing yoga. One should have a light dinner so that it gets digested easily and one feels fresh in the morning. One should practice Yoga with positive approach and without any dislike.
One should start with sukshma kriya (suttle procedures) and then perform different asanas (Postures) and Surya Namaskar followed by various stretching exercises.
Yoga practice should end with performing Pranayama and Savasan. And finally, one should sit for meditation for fix period of time.
For 1 to 1.5 hours after yoga practice, one should not stay in air-conditioned room, should not drink cold water and should not eat oily food. One should take more liquid after yoga practice.