Ayurveda–a woman’s true best friend
|Women often have multiple roles to fulfil– daughter, wife, mother, homemaker, and also a bread winner. Satisfying all these roles can be extremely stressful and may pose threats to their health and well-being, leading to various disorders. Having a friend like Ayurveda, could really help!
Women are most prone to:
- Menorrhagia- abnormally heavy and prolonged menstrual periods at regular intervals
- Anaemia - low haemoglobin in the blood
- Amenorrhoea - absence of menstrual periods in a woman of reproductive age
- Dysmenorrhoea – painful menstrual periods
- Fatigue and general weakness
Symptoms to look out for:
- Heavy blood loss during menstrual periods
- Bleeding or spotting between periods
- Cramping and lower abdominal pain
- Headaches or migraines
- Breast tenderness and enlargement
- Weight gain
- Mood swings
- Reduced concentration
- Reduced libido
- General debility
Ayurveda - A helping hand Ayurvedic treatments are known to be sensitive to the special health needs of women. These treatments come in various forms like tonics, supplements, etc., for prenatal, postnatal, neonatal care and to ensure good reproductive health.
Ayurveda is known to have the best natural health supplements and products to manage the changes in the body right from puberty to menopause. It ensures to keep the health, beauty and zest of women intact throughout their lives. Treating the symptoms of hormonal imbalance in woman with Ayurveda is proven to be extremely beneficial. The commonly recommended therapies are mentioned below.
For general weakness: A composition of Ayurvedic ingredients such as Dashmula [Bilva (Aeglemarmelos), Shayonaka (Oroxylumindicum), Gambhari (Gmelinaarborea), Patala (Stereospermumsuaveolens), Agnimantha (Premnaintegrifolia), Shalaprani (Desmodiumgangeticum), Prishniparni (Urariapicta), Brihati (Solanumindicum), Kantakari (Solanumsurattense), Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris)], Pushkara (Inularacemosa), Amalaki (Emblicaofficinalis), Yashti (Glycyrrhizaglabra), Rasna (Pluchealanceolata), Pippali (Piper longum), Puga (Areca catechu), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Draksha (Vitisvinifera), ShvetaChandana (Santalum album), Lavanga (Syzygiumaromaticum), Nagakesara (Mesuaferrea), Dhataki (Woodfordiafruticosa), Tvak (Cinnamomumzeylanicum), Sukshmaila (Elettariacardamomum), Tvakpatra (Cinnamomumtamala), Pippali (Piper longum), Madhu etc. helps combat general weakness and fatigue in women, improves symptoms of loss of appetite, and provides stamina and glow.
Supari Pak composed of Pooga, Dugdh, Ghrit, Sharkara, Mustaka, Nnagakesher, Chandan, Shunthi, Maricha, Ppippali, and Jatipatra etc. also helps treat general weakness in women.
For irregular and heavy menstruation: A composition of ingredients ShodhitaLoha (Purified, herbal processed Iron), ginger, black pepper – Piper nigrum, long pepper – Piper longum, haritaki (Terminaliachebula), vibhitaki (Terminaliabellierica), amla – Indian Gooseberry – Emblicaofficinalis, yavani (Trachyspermumammi), vidanga (Embeliaribes), mustaka (Cyperusrotundus), eranda (Ricinuscommunis), dhataki (Woodfordiafruticosa), honey and jiggery – is useful to rebuild the lost haemoglobin. Dashamula a vata shamak, helps reduce abdominal pain. Ashok Chaal, also called shreemitra; along with DhatakiPushp, GhritKumari, Hareetaki, Daruharidra etc. are very effective during heavy menses.
Mensta contains Ashok Chaal (Saraca indica), DhatakiPushp (Woodfordiafruticosa) ,Nishoth (Ipomoea turpethum), Kalaunji (Nigella sativa) , Ajwain (Tachyspermumammi) ,Shunthi (Zingiberofficinale), Amla (Emblicaofficinalis), Bahera (Terminaliabelerica), Hareetaki (Terminaliachebula), Mustak (Cyprus rotundus),Safed Jeera (Cuminumcyminum), Vasaka (Adhatodavasica)Pippali (Piper longum), GhritKumari (Aloe vera), Daruharidra (Bereberisaristata), Chandan Red (Pterocarpussantalinus), Amrasthi (Mangiferaindica), Hing (Ferula asafetida) and Madhu (Honey). It is useful to restore harmony of the health of women.
Lovasava and Ablari are recommended for many menstrual disorders. Ablari contains various Indian drugs of repute such as Ashoka, Valerian etc., which are noted for their sedative and beneficial action on the uterus. It exerts a stimulating effect on the endometrium and the ovary, and is indicated in menorrhagia, metrorrhagia, post-partum hemorrhage, dysmenorhoea and primary amenorrhoea. It is recommended in PCOD and associated weakness due to heavy bleeding.
For low haemoglobin levels, 4 TSF of Lohasava can be taken with 4 TSF of water, twice a day.
For infertility: A composition of ingredients such as Ashoka (Saraca asoca), Dhataki (Woodfordiafruticosa), Musta (Cyperusrotundus), Utpala (Nymphaeastellata), Amalaki (Emblicaofficinalis), Haritaki (Terminaliachebula), Bibhitaka (Terminaliabelerica), ShvetaChandana (Santalum album), Shvetajiraka (Cuminumcyminum) etc. help cure problems of infertility. It is helpful in improving the strength, stamina and overall health of women. It is also useful for women during their menstrual periods.
Enhance health with an Ayurvedic diet!
The nutritional needs and diets change for women across their lifespan. In general, women need more iron than men, since younger women lose iron through menstruation.
During adolescence and early adulthood, women must consume food that is rich in calcium so as to reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis.
Women between 23 and 50 should eat about 2,200 calories per day to maintain their current weight, while older women need fewer calories.
Fat, protein, and other nutrients that have been accumulated over a period of time are used up during pregnancy for fetal nourishment.
A healthy diet must include 6-11 servings of complex carbohydrates, 2-3 servings each of fruits and vegetables, 1-2 servings each of dairy products and proteins like tofu, or beans, and sparingly consume fats and sugars.
|Tastes matter too! |
Ayurveda recommends the inclusion of the following 6 tastes in your diet every day:
||Sweet – sugar, honey, rice, pasta, milk, etc.|
Sour – lemons, hard cheese, yogurt, vinegar, etc.
Salty – salt, any salty food
Pungent – chili peppers, cayenne, ginger, any hot spice
Bitter – leafy greens, turmeric, lettuce, etc.
Astringent – pomegranate, beans, lentils, etc.
|Boost fertility the Ayurvedic way! |
Simple dietary modifications can boost fertility in women. Include the following foods in the diet:
- Fresh organic fruits and vegetables, whole grains, dairy proteins, moongdaal , soaked almonds and walnuts, sweet, juicy fruits, dried fruits, asparagus, broccoli, rice pudding, spices such as ajwain (bishop’s weed) powder, cumin, turmeric and black cumin.
- Black gram cooked with equal parts of turmeric, cumin, coriander, and fennel
- Garlic, nuts, potatoes
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