Ayurveda and menstrual care

Information on how to take care of your hair, how to take care of your teeth, or how to mainatain body  is found everywhere. Along with them, it is also necessary that someone teaches us on how to take care of ourselves during menstrual cycle.

Ayurveda gives ample knowledge  on how to do this. Here menstrual  flow is considered  the by product of the first dhatu (tissue) in our body, that is the rasa dhatu – the plasma tissue.

Ayurveda consider menstrual cycle as a monthly cleanser for all women. So this is the time a woman needs care and rest which rejuvenates her completely.

Often a women experiences irregularities or disturbances in the cycle. She may experience the following difficulties.

  1. Excess and heavy bleeding
  2. Periods are longer or shorter than normal 2-7 days/
  3. Bleeding occur outsides the correct 21-35 day cycle.
  4. Sometimes absence of bleeding.

Causes

1) Stress, tension and anxiety

  1. Emotional disturbances
  2. Dietary habits – less nutritious food intake or excess junk food.
  3. Excess exercise
  4. Conditions like anemia, thyroid hormones imbalance.
  5. Sexual activity
  6. Alcohol and drugs

Sometimes girls soon after menarche  will experience  irregularities, this will get normal after some months and so treatment for this is usually not taken.

The following herbs are very useful   to regularize the menstrual cycle.

  1. Ashoka – Uterine tonic, regularizes heavy bleeding and pain.
  2. Kumari (Aloe vera), it is cool and cleanses the blood, plasma and urine.
  3. Shatawari – Maintains health of female reproductive and urinary tract.
  4. Manjishta – Blood purifier, reduces pitta, removes congestion & stagnation in reproductive tract.

5.Ashwagandha – Great tonic for the nerves.

6.Triphala – Removes toxic substance  from body. Also a rejuvenator.

  1. Tulasi – nourishes the rasadhatu.

Ayurvedic medicine to regularize the menstrual cycle

  1. Ashokarishtam
  2. Kumaryasavam
  3. Jeerakarishtam
  4. Raja pravarthini vati
  5. Kanchanara guggulu
  6. Chandraprabha guggulu

Guidelines to follow during menstrual cycle

  1. Eat good and nutritious diet – avoid spicy food.
  2. Take rest and avoid exertion – like excess talking, exercising, sexual activity – since all these take in a lot of energy.
  3. Meditate – This will ease the emotional status.
  4. Drink sufficient liquids usually warm tea, ginger tea or lemon tea.

Yogic asanas beneficial to regulate cycle

  1. Vajrasana
  2. Bhujangasana (cobra posture)
  3. Pavanamukthasana
  4. Arda chakrasana (Half wheel posture)

DR.PRAPANCH

BAMS,MD(AYU) MS(Psychotherapy and Counseling) Grandson of ayurvedic legend Edayadi kunhikannan vaidyar (known as Edayadi Vaidyar) who held the lamp of great wisdom of Ayurvedic Ashtavaidya System.Read More...