Problems of different age group of women are still present and the most important suffering age group is forty-plus due to change in reproductive life by permanent cessation of menstruation called as menopause. Every woman faces physiological and psychological changes during this phase as a part of hormone disarrangement. In some women, these disturbances attain the stage of disease or syndrome known as “Menopausal Syndrome” which is accompanied by various psychological, genital, locomotor and GIT related symptoms. The factors include disturbed lifestyle and over-stress which affect the ovarian functions and can bring multiple complications in the long run.
According to Ayurveda
- In Ayurveda, menopause is termed as “Rajonivritti” and it is considered as a normal physiology. Raja means Menstruation and Nivritti means retirement. According to Ayurveda, menopause takes place during the transition between the Pitta stage of life and the Vata stage of life, so it is common for a woman to experience both Vata and Pitta related imbalances. This period is often associated with inevitable manifestation of aging process.
- Menopause is a natural biological process that a woman has to go through. It marks the permanent end to monthly menstrual cycle and it is confirmed when woman has no menstruation for 12 months. If women have a prior knowledge about the symptoms of menopause, women can be mentally prepared and therefore able to manage physical and mental stress caused due to the transition.
Common features of Menopausal Syndrome:
- Prolonged bleeding or scanty menstruation
- Body ache
- Irregular menstruation
- Numbness in body parts
- Hot flashes
- Mood elevation
- Loss of sleep
- Breast tenderness
- Vaginal dryness
- Urine urgency or urine leakage while coughing or sneezing
- Regular oil massage with sesame oil is the best option as it is highly beneficial in headache, body pains, sleeping problems, arthritis and joint pains. Depleted calcium and bone strength are the common symptoms after menopause. So, oil massage with sesame oil is recommended.
Diet rich in calcium like –
- Green leafy vegetables, soy food, beans, sesame seeds, chick peas, peanuts, roasted almonds, walnuts, flax seeds etc. must be included in diet.
Cow ghee (Clarified butter)
- Clarified butter must be the part of every woman’s diet. It will balance Vata and Pitta disorders.
- Shatavari is considered as a best tonic for women for all age groups. The use of Shatavari herb in menopausal women help to manage symptoms such as – hot flashes, insomnia, vaginal dryness through the balancing action of phytoestrogen.
- Include beetroot in your diet in the form of salads or juice. Take half cup beetroot juice three times a day.
Include spices such as
- Cinnamon, cardamom, fennel, coriander and cumin seeds in the diet as they are Pitta reducing spices.
- Early morning walk for half an hour is recommended as it improves physical as well as mental health. Make Meditation and Pranayama as a part of your daily schedule as this will help to keep mental balance and women will be better equipped to handle mood swings and stress.
- For stress, anxiety, mood swings and sleep disturbances, Ashwagandha in the form of powder or capsule with milk is recommended as ashwagandha is used in the treatment of stress, mood swings etc.
- Take 50 grams each of cumin seeds and fenugreek powder and fry them in cow’s ghee. Take 50 grams of jaggery, powder it and add it into this mixture. Make round balls of 10 grams each and take 1-2 round balls with lukewarm milk. This remedy helps to prevent trace elemental deficiency caused during this period in women.
- Take 5 grams each of cashew nut, ground nut, jaggery, sesame seeds and ginger powder and pound them well. This semi-solid mass should be taken along with lukewarm water empty stomach in the morning. This remedy helps in restoring the vitality and prevents fatigue which are the common symptoms of menopause.
Things Not to be Taken
- If there are hot flashes, avoid excess spicy foods and intake of tea or coffee. Avoid high amounts of fried foods, oils and excess oil intake.