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Amenorrhoea (Anartava) and Ayurveda

Amenorrhoea is the absence of a menstrual period in a woman of reproductive age.
Amenorrhea (primary)is the term used to describe the absence of a period in young women who haven't started menstruating by age 16.
Amenorrhea (secondary) is a condition of absent menses occurring after menstrual cycles have become established.

Amenorrhoea Causes -
Causes of amenorrhea include pregnancy, breast feeding, and extreme weight loss caused by serious illness, eating disorders, excessive exercising, or stress. Hormonal problems (involving the pituitary, thyroid, ovary, or adrenal glands) or problems with the reproductive organs may be involved. Physiological states of amenorrhoea are seen during pregnancy and lactation (breast feeding). Outside of the reproductive years there is absence of menses during childhood and after menopause. Female athletes or women who perform considerable amounts of exercise on a regular basis are at risk of developing 'athletic' amenorrhoea

Pathogenesis: -
In the female body, lower pelvis or the seat of Apana Vata that is responsible for the elimination of menstrual blood, stool, urine and reproductive fluids. Due to anxiety and stress Apana Vata increases at the onset of menstruation. There are situations to where aggravated Vata causes accumulation of toxins in minute channels, which carry the menstrual blood and blockage of these channels causes Amenorrhea.

Treatment -
Diet: The ability of the body to go through the natural cleansing cycle of menses should not be impeded in any way, so avoiding hard-to-digest foods like beef, ice cream and cheese or lots of raw vegetables and cold drinks is important. Warm, nutritious and easily digested foods like Kitchari and soups give the GI tract a rest and facilitate cleansing, as does drinking hot water throughout the day. Alcohol should be avoided, as well as very salty or very dry foods.

Lifestyle recommendations: Strive for a healthy balance in work, recreation and rest. Assess areas of stress and conflict in your life. Regular meditation and relaxation techniques are important to reduce mental stress. Fear, worry and anxiety are "anti-menses" emotions. Daily oil massage with dosha appropriate oil can be helpful in restoring balance.

Medical treatment given to women in this ailment is as follows:
Using Triphala to insure that bowel movements are regular (2-3 per day), as well as not suppressing the natural urges to urinate or defecate are important recommendations. (Please note: We do not recommend Triphala during pregnancy.)

Shatavari is another helpful herb for amenorrhea.Shatavari in Sanskrit means "one who can have a hundred husbands". It is the main herbal rejuvenative for females but works on both sexes as well. Shatavari nourishes and cleanses the female reproductive organs and ovum. Shatavari Kalpa is very useful.

Prepared Medicines: Rajapravartni Vati