According to Ayurveda, the 5000-year-old ancient Indian healthcare system, menopause is often associated with the process of aging in women. It is just a natural transition in women at the age of 45 to 55 years. Mainly there are three types of menopause – Vata dominated menopause, pitta dominated menopause and Kapha dominated menopause. Ayurveda lays emphasis on the process of identifying the dosha imbalance and restoring the body equilibrium.
Common Symptoms of Menopause
- The occasional feeling of intense heat in the body
- Irregular menstrual periods with excessive or scanty bleeding
- Hot flushes
- Irritable nature
- Profuse sweating at night
- Vaginal dryness with itching
- Weight gain
- Slow digestion
- Fluid retention
Ayurveda Treatment of Menopause
Ayurveda treatments are based on the body constitution of the person, the season, and the environment. It also depends on the symptoms and the severity of the problem. Generally, Ayurvedic treatments involve herbal medicine, purification procedures, diet and lifestyle changes, and the practice of yoga, Pranayama, and meditation. Spiritual healing is also recommended.
Depending upon the person’s dosha type menopause can exhibit different symptoms. For instance, the Vata-type menopausal symptoms include anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Pitta-type symptoms are mostly anger and hot flashes. People of Kapha type menopause show symptoms like weight gain and feelings of heaviness. The type of treatment depends upon the dosha disturbance and each type of menopause needs different treatments. There are some common symptoms of menopause that are experienced by most women.
With proper guidance and simple lifestyle changes, they can easily avoid most of the unpleasant side effects of menopause, to a great extent. Ayurvedic herbs are very helpful in coping with the discomforts of menopause. These herbs have properties that help in strengthening and rejuvenating the female reproductive system. Apart from this, herbs can regulate hormones. They calm the emotions by soothing the nervous system. Aloe Vera gel, Ashwagandha, Kapikacchu, Shatavari, and Saffron are some herbs that are used in the treatment of menopause. These herbs should be taken in milk decoctions for relief from the symptoms of menopause. The bark of the Arjun tree, Cardamom, Garlic, Guggul, Mukul, and Sandalwood are other herbs that are useful in the treatment of menopause.
Along with the Ayurvedic herbs and treatments for balancing the Tridoshas and lifestyle changes many women actually benefit from yoga and meditation combined with other relaxation techniques and exercises.