Is there anything worse than stress and anxiety in women? Yes, Menopause! Most of the women find it difficult to manage menopause. Unfortunately, governed by the hormonal disorders, menopause and menopausal syndrome often creates a chaos in women. From mood swings to bone loss to hot flushes, the fluctuation of the hormones affects even the daily routines.
While age related hormonal imbalance is the main cause, women can easily manage the menopausal syndrome the ayurvedic way.
Menopause – Transition from Pitta to Vata
Menopause is a natural transition in a woman’s life. By nature, it is the period of transition from Pitta to Vata Dosha. Being a transition, luckily this doesn’t come to stay!
According to Ayurveda menopausal discomforts happen due to three reasons.
- The transit phase from heat to dry, as stated above. Although it is natural, if a woman has significant Vata or significant Pitta imbalance, it affects her during the menopause or per menopause period. The hormonal changes aggravate the existing Dosha imbalance, making it worse.
- Ama is another reason that leads to menopausal syndrome. Ama means accumulation of toxins. In some or other way everybody tends to accumulate toxins in the body. These digestive impurities cause blockages in the transport channels, which contribute more to menopausal syndrome.
- Emotional stress is the third major factor that takes a toll on women during menopausal phase. Again, this happens due to Vata and Pitta imbalance. The unhealthy stress hormones team up with the fluctuating reproductive hormones and take away the serenity of both body and mind, leaving behind a suffering soul!
Ayurvedic Diet Tips
- Diet plays a crucial role in managing the menopause without any odds. Right foods help you go with ease and manage yourself without chaos.
- You should go for Pitta Shaman (pacifying)diet and Vata Shaman diet.
- In general foods should be fresh, sweet, and moist. You can add a lot of stews, warm soups, fresh fruit juices, steamed / boiled vegetables, herbal drinks, fresh fruits, etc.
- Include the Pitta reducing herbs and spices like fennel, cumin, cardamom, mint, coriander, cinnamon etc.
- Avoid talking deep fried foods, and excessively salty foods.
- Whatever you eat, make sure it is cooked fresh.
- Do not starve, it worsens the symptoms.
- Include healthy fats like ghee and coconut oil in your diet, of course in moderation as per the body type.
Getting the regular Panchakarma therapy (purification and rejuvenation) which is a combination of a series of detox therapies at least once a year helps you maintain your health and hormones intact.
When you are otherwise healthy, you do not need all stages in Panchakarma therapy. Based on diagnosis, appropriate therapies like Abhyanga (oil massage), Pizhichil , Swedana (steam bath), Basti shall be administered based on the Ayurvedic physician’s discretion.
Rasayan herbs are very useful as in the Menopause age, the “Rasa” of body starts drying up.
Ayurvedic Lifestyle Tips for Menopausal Syndrome
- Eat according to the season and also what is grown locally and naturally, if not organic. As it suits your body more. Ayurveda always insists on living in tune with nature.
- Do not eat if you are not hungry. At the same time, do not starve. It aggravates vata.
- Do some gentle exercises everyday without fail.
- Do not skip the main meals of the day. Always remember eat your meal in the noon when the digestive power is strong.
- Stick to a routine for eating and sleeping time.
- Get adequate sleep and rest.
Age gracefully without the hassles of menopausal syndrome! Contact now to consult with the professional ayurvedic practitioner at Ayurways, in Melbourne.