Ayurvedic Medicine For Menopause symdrome

By - Dr. Mrs. Sushama Patwardhan

Ayurvedic Treatment For Menopause-

Simple Ayurvedic remedies are very useful in these conditions.They use substances known as phytoestrogens (natural hormones). They are estrogen-like substances derived from plants. They mimic the actions of the estrogens in the body but are free from their side-effects.

Ayurvedic Medicines for Menopause are -

Ashok Ghana, Dashamool Ghana, Lodhra Ghana,Manjishtha Ghana,>

Trivang Bhasma,Dashamool quath, Dashamularishta, etc.

Useful Ayurvedic Tips For Menopause

(to complement the beneficial effect of Ayurvedic Medicines):

* To compensate for the low calcium in your body, consume more of calcium-rich foods such as skimmed milk and palak.
* To keep a check on your cholesterol levels-
* Nourish yourself with whole, natural foods. Avoid saturated fats such as cheese and butter. Instead eat low fat butter.
* Have adequate amount of unsaturated fat such as sunflower and corn oils in your diet.
* Limit your intake of tea or coffee to one to two cups daily.
* Avoid sedentary lifestyle.
* Make exercise a daily routine (after consulting your doctor) to keep yourself fit.
* Practise yoga and meditation for calming effect and mind control, and hence stress management.
* Develop positive approach towards menopause.
* Most importantly, avoid smoking and drinking alcohol.

Key factors in achieving graceful menopause

A smooth menopause transition and great health in the years to come can be achieved with the help of -
1. Balancing Doshas - Ascertain the imbalance dosha according to your symptoms and follow the advice given above to balance that dosha.

2. Balancing Diet - Diet plays a key role in balancing hormones during and after menopause. It is well known that Japanese women rarely experience hot flashes, probably because their diet contains large amounts of soy/soya, a food rich in certain plant estrogens called "isoflavones." Soya products are not the only source of plant estrogens, however. Another equally healthful source of phytoestrogens are "lignans," compounds found in a variety of whole foods including grains and cereals, dried beans and lentils, flaxseed, sunflower seeds and peanuts, vegetables such as asparagus, sweet potatoes, carrots, garlic and broccoli and fruits such as pears, plums and strawberries. Common herbs and spices such as thyme oregano, nutmeg, turmeric and licorice also have estrogenic properties. Eat a varied diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and dried beans .It's a rich source of phytoestrogen. Variety and moderation are important because just as too much estrogen is unhealthy after menopause, too much phytoestrogen may also be dangerous.
3. Balancing Apana Vata - It governs the genito-urinary tract, elimination, and menstruation, is a key area to attend to when preparing for menopause. Drink plenty of warm water throughout the day. Eat plenty of cooked, leafy greens, as this helps elimination and is also a good source of calcium. For both Pitta and Vata imbalances, a breakfast of cooked apples and prunes and figs is a good way to start the day, as it balances the doshas and cleanses the digestive track.
4. Panchakarma - More serious symptoms, such as frequent hot flashes, continual sleep disturbance, and moderate to severe mood swings, are signs of deeper imbalances. Ayurveda describes that these stubborn symptoms are usually due to the buildup of wastes and toxins, referred to as "ama," in the body's tissues. In this case, a traditional Ayurvedic detoxification program "panchakarma," may be needed to clear the body's channels and gain relief. This internal cleansing approach is also the treatment of choice for more serious problems such as osteoporosis and high cholesterol.

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