Management of Menopause – An Ayurvedic Perspective

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Menopause is termed as Rajonivritti in Ayurveda (Rajah- Artava or menstrual blood, Nivritti– Discontinuance). It is not described separately as a pathological condition or severe health problem in Ayurvedic classics, rather it is termed as a normal physiology. ⁣ ⁣ ???????????? ???? (????????? ??????):⁣ According to Ayurvedic scholar Sushruta, 50 years is mentioned as the age of Rajonivritti, when the body is fully in grip of senescence or old age. Acharya Arunadatta opines that 50 is a probable age and not a fixed one, and there may be some variation. Considering the variations, external factors influencing this are either environmental or the individuality of a woman. Ayurveda gives more importance to Ahara (eating habits) and Vihara (lifestyle habits) in the maintenance of health, and these factors too should be considered for this fluctuation. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ?????????? ?? ???????????? ???????? (?????????? ????????):⁣ ⁣ ????????:⁣ Rasayana (rejuvenatives) belongs to a special class of medical treatment of Ayurveda which constitutes the crux of entire gamut of preventive and primitive health care approaches. They can be termed as “system tonics” which are good for different functions and tissues of the body. They typically consist of prescribed herbal substances preserved in ghee or honey. The speciality of Rasayana is accelerated nutrition leading to improved biological competence of the body. ⁣ ⁣ ?????? ?? ???????? ???????:⁣

  1. Long life, heightened memory and intelligence, freedom from disease, youth, excellence of lustre, complexion, voice, optimum strength of the body and senses – all these are obtained by the use of Rasayana Therapy (Vitalizers). They are called vitalizers because they help to replenish the vital fluids of the body. (Charaka chikitsa sthana 1/7-8)⁣

  2. Further, Acharya Charak has specifically mentioned that the use of Rasayana delays senescence. Rasayana therapy simultaneously affects the body and the mind by furthering our physical and psychic improvement which prevents the effects of aging.  As Rajonivritti is also manifested as a part of aging, it should be treated with same vitalizer therapy i.e. Rasayana. ⁣

⁣ The Rasayana therapy can be used at different stages to slow the Rajonivritti Lakshana such as:

  1. During the active reproductive period of women, as a preventive method.

  2. After establishment of climacteric symptoms as curative aspect to improve the quality of life. ⁣

  3. In later stage of Rajonivritti to prevent long term depletion of Dhatus (tissues). ⁣

⁣ ??????????? ⁣ ⁣ ?????⁣ – This is a medicated enema, consisting of two stages of oil followed by herbal tea mixtures.  Consistent basti use will result in the balancing of Vata during the time of Rajonivritti lakshana. ⁣ ?????- Nasya Karma is a specific treatment methodology of Ayurveda mainly indicated for Urdhwajattruroga Vikara(disease of head and neck).  This is when medications are administered through the nasal passages, which work well for psychological afflictions. It is one of the therapies in the Panchakarma schedule and done after Basti karma (medicated enema). Though the indication of Nasya karma in Rajonivritti lakshana is not described in the classics to mitigate the psychological disturbances observed in this stage, this therapy can be adopted to deal with this obstacle. ⁣ ⁣ ????????? ????:⁣

For women, menopause is a reality check that your body is changing. This is a time to take care of yourself by making healthy lifestyle choices, eating well and being physically active.  The consistent maintenance of healthy Ahara and Vihara will make this midlife transition easier.  Here are some tips for a menopause diet:

  1. Get enough calcium: Eat and drink two to four servings of dairy products and calcium rich foods a day. ⁣

  2. Pump up your iron: Eat at least three servings of iron-rich foods a day. The recommended dietary allowance for iron in older women is 8mg/day. ⁣

  3. Get enough fiber: Help yourself to foods high in fiber, such as whole grain, pasta, rice, fresh fruits and vegetables. Most adult women should get about 21 grams of fiber a day. ⁣

  4. Eat fruits and vegetables⁣

  5. Drink plenty of water ⁣

  6. Maintain a healthy weight ⁣

  7. Cut back on consuming high fat foods

  8. Use sugar and salt in moderation⁣

⁣ ⁣ ??????? & ?????????? ???????????? ????:⁣ ⁣ It has been advocated in Ayurvedic literature to experience and create mood elevation, cheerfulness and concentration. Everyone should eat foods that are both sweet and sour, and consume foods with aroma. Commonly used fruit juices can definitely work as replenishing foods for anxiety and depression such as: rose, strawberry, pomegranate, Amla (Indian gooseberry), lemon juice etc. ⁣ ⁣ Vitamin B6 is also known as anti depression agent. ⁣ ⁣ If you’re having hot flushes during menopause, you may find it helpful to avoid certain “trigger” foods and drinks like spicy food, caffeine, and alcohol. ⁣ ⁣ ????????? ??? ????⁣ ⁣ Aging gracefully isn’t always easy, especially when the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause set it. Between nightly hot flashes, heightened anxiety and moodiness, and painful menstruation and intercourse, menopause can be a nearly universal source of stress for post 50 women. As women experience emotional and physical fluctuations in their life as a part of the natural aging process, yoga can serve as a useful tool to help regulate hormones. The hormonal changes we experience in menopause are the same hormones that affects us during menstruation, which can also cause PMS symptoms.   ⁣ ⁣ Here are seven great reasons why Yoga can help ease the transition of menopause for women:⁣

  1. Lowers stress⁣

  2. Physical pain and discomfort is alleviated⁣

  3. Hot flashes are decreased⁣

  4. Blood pressure is reduced ⁣

  5. It is even better when combined with Aromatherapy ⁣

  6. Great for the joints ⁣

  7. It is a natural remedy ⁣

We hope that these tips of Rasanaya, Panchakarma and Yoga will help guide  you in the menopausal stage in your life.

⁣ References:

  1. “Menopause” by Vd. Khyati S Sud and Charak Samhita

  2. The Ayurvedic Institute 

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