Menopause is the period marked by the end of menstrual cycles. It is seen when a woman has missed her periods for 12 months in a row. It is usually seen in women in their 40s or 50s. Menopause is a natural condition which is associated with symptoms like hot flashes, emotional symptoms that may disturb ones sleep, lowers the energy and affect emotional health. It also involves thinning of hairs, mood swings, loss of breast fullness, low libido, fluid retention, vaginal dryness, dry skin, weight gain and slow metabolism.
According to Ayurveda, distinct doshas predominate throughout different stages of our lives. From birth to puberty, Kapha is predominant, pitta is predominant till midlife, and Vata is predominant after 50 years. The change from pitta to Vata phases of life is accompanied with menopause. Menopause is marked by a rise in Vata and pitta, with no change in Kapha.
In Ayurveda, the condition of menopause is completely manageable by establishing the balance in between the doshas and strengthening the digestive fire (Agni). The treatment is initiated by eliminating toxins from the body and then by pacifying the symptoms of Vata-Pitta dosha. Various panchakarma treatments are accompanied to detoxify the body and eliminate toxins entirely. Also, ayurvedic herbs like shatavri, nutmeg, turmeric, licorice, brahmi and chandana are also suggested to reverse the condition and symptoms of menopause.
Menopause is associated with aging in Ayurveda, which is a Vata (air)-dominated period of life. As a result, some women's symptoms of menopause are similar to those found when the Vata Dosha grows and disrupts the body's regular equilibrium. Depression, anxiety, and sleeplessness are among the Vata-type menopausal symptoms. Menopause can cause an increase in the other two doshas as well. Women who have Pitta (fire) symptoms are frequently furious and have hot flashes. Listlessness, weight gain, and feelings of mental and bodily heaviness are all indications of the Kapha (water) type.
Menopause therapy in Ayurveda focuses on reviving and strengthening the reproductive system. Herbal remedies are used to control hormones, relieve mental tension, and keep digestion in check. Autoimmune tonics are also used to improve immunity and rejuvenate the body. To naturally preserve health and boost vigor, dietary and lifestyle changes are recommended.
The procedures included in the treatment for menopause includes:
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