Menopause is a condition that every woman has to experience after a certain age. It is a common biological phenomenon, which signifies the period usually after she has stopped menstruating. In simple words, this means that her reproductive system has stopped functioning.
To be more specific, it is the period when the ovaries stop producing the reproductive hormone named estrogen. And this is a common phenomenon that is seen in every woman normally when she reaches her mid 40s to 50s. However, this can take place prematurely due to various reasons and may also delay due to many reasons.
Causes of Menopause Hot Flashes
The normal menstruation cycle is a very scientific one. Every woman has a certain number of eggs that she contains in her ovaries from the time of her birth. The ovaries also release or secrete two important reproductive hormones and those are progesterone and estrogen. Along with these two hormones, the eggs are released from the ovaries through the menstrual cycle every month.
During menopause ovaries stop secreting eggs and releasing sufficient hormones, so the menstruation cycle stops. Due to this hormonal decline and reduced ovarian functions, women experience some physical and mental symptoms. These symptoms are known as postmenopausal symptoms.
There are three basic stages of natural menopause. All women have to undergo under normal biological circumstances. These stages cannot be manipulated at any condition.
Symptoms of Menopause
Menopause comes along with quite some symptoms that clearly pronounce the coming of it. The most common one is hot flashes. This is a feeling of warmth on the upper part of the body differs from woman to woman. Whereas most women have a mild sensation of body heat along with sweat and blushes, some other experience severe warmth and hot flashes in the body. However many other symptoms will clearly indicate that menopause is approaching. They are:
Risk Factors and Complications of Menopause
Although it is a natural phenomenon, the utility of menstrual cycle and the adverse effect of menopause, are distinctly noticed in some or the other way in almost every woman. The main reason behind these adverse effects is the absence or loss of the useful hormone called estrogen that obstacle many diseases in the woman body. The risk and health complications that a woman experiences post this, are huge.
Ayurveda considers menopause as a natural phenomenon that is mandatory to take place. However, it tells all the women that menopause should not be considered as the end of youth or sexual urges, rather be enjoyed as the end to the youthful restrictions and welcome the greater freedom that the next life is awaiting. A proper Ayurvedic knowledge and understanding leads to the possibility to age gracefully.
Ayurveda defines menopause as a manifestation of the ‘doshas’ or imbalances of the hormones in the body that are taking place for a very long time and are being implemented in the form of the stop in menstrual cycle.
Ayurveda considers this as a signal that the body needs to take care of the health more from now onwards. There are many useful herbs and ayurvedic medicines, which help to ease in menopause and decrease menopausal symptoms.
Some Ayurvedic herbs work extremely well on the post-menopausal health risks and complications. Before using these herbs, you should consult ayurvedic doctor for a complete ayurvedic health evaluation and right choices of herbs. You can also contact Dr. Gurnam Saini or Dr Pooja Saini at Pure herbal ayurved clinic, Melbourne, Australia for ayurvedic treatment. The following herbs help in menopausal symptoms.
Ashoka tree's bark
The Vata type symptoms like anxiety, nervousness, panic, vaginal dryness, mood swings, loss of skin tone etc. can be reduced with the intake of Ashoka tree’s bark regularly in a little amount in empty stomach. It has medicinal values that can take care of these symptoms and calm the body.
Asparagus is yet another herb that is used in the treatment of symptoms of menopause. Shatavari gives strength to the uterus and vaginal muscles. It prevents dryness and pain during intercourse.
Brahmi and its uses are very extensive in Ayurveda, not only for menopause, but also for many other diseases. It reduces the symptoms like constipation, variable hot flashes, bloating and joints aches and pains, palpitations.
The usage of Licorice is very useful for menopausal symptoms. It reduces various health risks that are caused by menopause. It helps in reduction of mood swings, hot flashes and fatigue.
Amla (Indian gooseberry)
Indian gooseberry helps in reducing symptoms during menopause. It reduces hot flashes, tiredness, Mood swings, Night sweat, vaginal dryness, Sleep problem and mental irritation. It also provides nourishment to all parts of the body because it contains good amount of nutrients and vitamin C. It delays aging and enhances the health of the skin.
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
Valerian is one of highly beneficial herbs used during menopause. It helps when the menopause is yet to approach. It will reduce the complications like hot temper, irritability, anger, hot flashes, feeling hot, heavy periods, night sweats, urinary tract infections, excessive bleeding, skin rashes and acne.
Although this is used extremely commonly in regular Hindu food habit, but its utility is not widely known. The medicinal values of this herb reduce the health risks post menopause to a great extent.
Every patient has uniqueness in the body, so need to identify body humors and individual needs. If you are seeking ayurvedic treatment, you can meet Dr. Gurnam Saini, Pure herbal ayurved clinic, melbourne.
Ayurvedic body massages
Ayurvedic body massage has very relaxing and soothing effects on the body. Women in menopause suffer from tiredness, mental agitation, muscle pain and stress. All these symptoms can be relieved with a regular use of ayurvedic body massage.
Shirodhara is a wonderful ayurvedic treatment that works easing menopausal symptoms. It reduces stress, depression, mental irritation, fatigue, Mood swings, Night sweat, sleep problem and headache.
Ayurveda also gives importance to yoga and exercise. It says that only a person who is in a regular habit of yoga can delay aging and stay healthy. In treating with every disease and its extent, there is no better and wholesome treatment process than yoga. It can also take care of the irregular menstrual cycle and the health risks and complications in post menopause. The breathing practice, resting and sleeping positions are very beautifully cured through yoga. Some yoga poses help in menopause are Kapalbhati, Alternate Nostril Breathing, Tada-asana, Hast- Padana, Warrior pose, Angle (Kona-asana)-1, Triangle (Trikonasana), Tree Pose(Vrikshasana), Padmasana, Yogmudra, Butterfly (badhakonasana), Shavasana, Pawanmuktasana, Lying down Spinal twist, Cobra pose and Child Pose.
Lifestyle Changes for Menopause
Menopause leads to various health risks. It is always necessary that one should have a control on her lifestyle to stay healthy and reduce this risk.
Ayurveda is the science of life that can help to relieve disturbing symptoms of menopause. It helps easing in menopause and reduces symptoms. You can book an appointment with Dr. Gurnam Saini or Dr. Pooja Saini for ayurvedic treatment of menopausal symptoms.
Dr Gurnam Singh Saini
Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery
MD Alternative Medicine
Panchkarma Detox Expert
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