Ayurvedic remedies For Menopause symdrome

By - Dr. Mrs. Sushama Patwardhan

Menopause is a natural hormone (estrogen) deficient state that occurs at the age of 45-55 years. After the age of 40 years, ovaries reduce their production of sex hormones. As a result, the menses as well as other body functions are disturbed. Finally the menses cease permanently. This ultimate pause is described as menopause. Needless to say that this phase also marks the end of fertility in a woman. Irregular periods, hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness and itching, and mood swings-- all these are typical symptoms of menopause. Osteoporosis (thinning and weakening of bones), heart disease, and Alzheimer's disease (progressive loss of memory and concentration) are the long-term hazards of menopause. With an increase in life expectancy, menopause has become an inevitable phenomenon in a woman's life and many years are spent in the postmenopausal phase. In this millennium, a woman perceives menopause as an opportunity to concentrate on new activities and bring out the best in her. Consequently, treatment of this transitional phase has now gained more importance than ever before.

Menopause Symptoms - -
1]Anaemia, Weakness,
2]Feeling of intense heat in your body on some occasions
3]Profuse sweating at night
4]Excessive falling of hair,
5] Irregular menstrual periods with excessive or scanty bleeding,
6] Burning and increased frequency of micturation,
7]vaginal dryness and itching
8]Joint pain,
9] Oedema,
10]Irritable nature,
11] Sleeplessness Lassitude.

According to allopathic medicine normally physicians prescribe 'H.R.T.' ( Hormone Replacement Therapy). In this cyclical treatment with Estogen and Progesteron is given.Besides being expensive, H.R.T. is apprehended by many women because of the associated risk of developing breast and uterine cancers. H.R.T. is also contraindicated in women with hypertension, myocardial infarction, recent blood clots, migraine headaches, liver disease and gall bladder disease.

Menopause Ayurvedic View -
Ayurveda links menopause with aging. Aging is a 'Vata' predominant stage of life. Thus, the symptoms of menopause experienced by some women are similar to the symptoms seen when the Vata dosha rises and upsets the normal balance of the body. Vata-type menopausal symptoms tend to include depression, anxiety, and insomnia. Menopause may also manifest itself as a rise in the other two humors also. Women with Pitta-type symptoms are often angry and suffer hot flashes. Kapha type symptoms include listlessness, weight gain, and feelings of mental and physical heaviness.
Ayurved, the science of life, advocates a holistic treatment of menopausal syndrome by utilizing various herbs and minerals and offers a reliable option to the conventional treatment.

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