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5 Ayurvedic Remedies To Treat Common Health Problems In Women

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Who can deny the importance of women’s health and immunity for a healthy society? Being exposed to a variety of social, biological and physical conditions, women neglect their health due to family responsibilities, sedentary lifestyles, stress from career/daily activities and lack of awareness – all of these factors influence their health and immunity.

According to Ayurveda, good health is defined as “approach that restores and balances Vata, Pitta & Kapha”. Disruption of these doshas disrupts the body’s rhythm and leads to illness and immunity related problems† Ayurvedic treatments offer tremendous benefits in gynecological conditions and improved immunity.

Ayuveda elaborates the sequential process of nutrition (Ahar Ras) which is derived from the digested food we eat. It is achieved in the form of a sequential stepwise flow from the use of nourishment by Dhatwagni for the nourishment of various tissues of the body, namely Ras dhatu, Rakta dhatu and so on. During the process when ahar ras moves from ras dhatu to rakta dhatu after feeding, Artav (menstrual blood) & Stanya (breast milk) are formed as by-products. Artav goes to the womb and is eliminated during menstruation.

immunity related problems

Well-nourished tissues supported by regular exercise/yoga, meditation (for mental health) and good sleep increase Ojas (vitality, radiance and strength) which improves digestion, physical strength, mood, spirituality – leading to improved immunity In the body. The flow chart above shows the relationship of food we eat to the flow of nutrition in the body and other lifestyles to overall well-being, health and immunity.

Women are more vulnerable to a wider range of health problems, manifested by changes in their bodies from the menarche (beginning of the menstrual cycle) to the menopause (end phase of the menstrual cycle) of their lives. During these life stages, female hormones play a key role in emotional and physiological changes. Ritu chakra (menstrual cycle) is considered to begin on the first day of a menstrual period. The average cycle is 28 days long,

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Common Problems Women Face

Some common problems/irregularities related to menstrual cycle or gynecological disorders (Yonivyapad) that women face are:

  • Dysmenorrhea (kashtartava): Severe painful cramps occur during menstruation. According to Ayurveda, the Apana is vayu that regulates the movement of menstruation which is disturbed by some causative factors leading to kasthartava.
  • Menorrhagia (Asrigdara): It is menstrual periods with abnormally heavy or prolonged bleeding leading to back pain, lower abdominal pain and weakness. Asrigdar happens due to damage of Vata and Pitta doshas
  • Metrorrhagia (Rakta pradara): The irregular uterine bleeding between expected menstrual cycles is a sign of underlying conditions due to hormonal or uterine problems or other health conditions.
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS): Symptoms include mood swings, breast tenderness, fatigue, irritability, depression
  • PCOS/PCOD: PCOS – hormonal imbalance in women of reproductive age where the ovaries do not regularly release eggs and develop follicles/cysts. Symptoms include irregular or prolonged periods, increase in male hormones, excessive hair growth, acne, weight gain, hair thinning. Ayurveda considers it as Kapha disorders
  • ANEMIA (Pandu Rog) – condition caused by insufficient red blood cells leading to shortness of breath, fatigue, weakness, frequent dizziness, lethargy, fatigue, headache.
  • DEPRESSION (avasd rog) – condition caused by a lowering of the person’s mood and loss of interaction in any activity, leading to low self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • Female infertility (bandhyatava): unable to conceive or have miscarriages. Factors for infertility can include ovarian factors, fallopian tube factors, age related factors, uterine problems, PCOS, endometriosis etc.
  • Menopause (Rajonivrutti): It is a natural biological transition, which begins between the ages of 45 and 55. It is the absence of menopause for 12 months continuously. Symptoms include hot flashes, vaginal discharge & dryness, mood swings, headache etc. During Rajonivrutti, Vata dosha is aggravated leading to imbalance of Vata pitta & Kapha dosha, gradually leading to dhatu shaya (decrease in body tissue masses)
  • Leukorrhea (Shweta pradara): It is due to the imbalance of the vaginal microflora, causing the infection to lead to thick whitish or yellowish discharge.
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI): Infection of part of the urinary tract causing pelvic pain, increased urge to urinate, painful urination, blood in the urine.

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Impact of Ahar Vihar Dincharya (Lifestyle)

Ayurveda has prescribed a well-planned daily routine (Din Charya) for achieving good health and immunity

  • Get up early in the morning, cleanse your senses – eyes, ears, teeth and tongue; Evacuation of bowel and bladder (can drink lukewarm water to remove toxins from your intestines), regular Vyayam (exercise), Abhyang (oil massage), bathing, meditation for mental health; have a light breakfast, follow your work or study.
  • Lunch should be good (in the right amount) to suit your body needs and body type (prakriti) – as the digestive fire is high during the day.
  • Dinner should be light, followed by a short walk. Principle of “Early bedtime” is strongly recommended – avoid using electronic gadgets/cell phones after dinner.

During menstruation, the diet and treatment should also be followed according to the respective Dosha:

Vata Dosha

An imbalance in Vata can cause anxiety, sleep disturbance and constipation with occasional pain in the lower back or around the hip. To balance Vata, soft warm foods with healthy fats are recommended. Spicy, bitter, cold, dry foods and caffeine should be avoided. Rice, wheat, well-cooked vegetables should be taken while sweet fruits, banana, grapes, melons, berries, etc. are good. Hot water bottles (for the heating effect) should be used for any cramps.

pitta dosha

During the cycle, pitta imbalance causes heavy bleeding and a feeling of warmth around the cycle. Mood swings, anger, irritability, strong desires can be felt. Other problems include swelling in the body, headache, breast tenderness, acne, etc. To overcome these problems, a pitta-soothing diet and lifestyle is recommended. Mindfulness exercises such as meditation are also good – cold foods, hot spicy acidic foods are prohibited. Milk, butter, ghee in moderate amounts are considered good. Avoid sour curd/cream/cheese.

Kapha Dosha

During the cycle, imbalance of kapha patients suffer from an extremely heavy feeling. Menstrual blood may be heavier in such cases due to excessive mucus formation. Such patients are prone to fungal infections or excessive itching. Sometimes they experience depression or emotional eating. In Ayurveda, a kapha restful diet is recommended throughout the month – which mainly focuses on the intake of warm light foods. Digestive herbs can be added to food, but excess salt should be avoided. To reduce kapha, the elevating properties in warm milk with a pinch of ginger/turmeric give good results. Reduce nuts, avoid excess rice/wheat, on the other hand, barley/millet should be eaten instead.

Conclusion

According to Ayurveda, health is not freedom from disease but is a state of physical, mental and spiritual balance, which can be achieved by taking proper food intake, discipline, fitness regime and lifestyle as discussed above. Ayurveda the holistic health system has been practiced since ancient times and its health benefits are now scientifically proven using principles of modern clinical research. Ayurveda is extremely effective at providing “root remedies” and “general health benefits” for everyone – including: health problems in women and strengthening their immunity.

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