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Painful menstruation and Ayurveda

Updated: Aug 30, 2023


Stress is un avoidable part of modern life.Due to lack of self care modern women loose their health.

Menstruation is a natural event as a part of the normal process of reproductive life in females. Ritucharya & Rajasvalacharya is described in Ayurveda as a regimen for women to maintain female health .Due to today’s sedentary lifestyle and lack of exercise, dysmenorrhoea is becoming today’s burning problem throughout the world which causes discomfort for women’s daily ensuing

day to day activities.


According to the studies 25-50% of adult women and about 75% of adolescents experience pain during menstruation, with 05-20% reporting severe dysmenorrhoea or pain during periods .Dysmenorrhea is a cramp labor-like pain in the lower abdomen that radiates to upper abdomen, waist and thighs and is sometimes accompanied by systemic symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache and dizziness.


Dysmenorrhoea is described in Ayurvedic classics as Kashtartava (dysmenorrhoea)

Doshas involved may be vata predominent tridoshas.

Life-style changes for Dysmenorrhea


Exercise regularly-minimum thrice a week

Ensure sound sleep of at least 6-8 hours

Avoid smoking and alcohol

Reduce caffeine



Diet

Eat healthy, warm and fresh foods

Eat 5-6 small meals

Have fresh fruits like plums, dark grapes, apples,

pomegranates.

Eat more leafy vegetables

Regularly use ginger in food preparations

Avoid high fat and sugar

Take supplements like calcium, magnesium, vitamin E, B6,

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Yoga: Yoga activities can help to reduce and prevent the severity of many ailments that specifically women’s health and give strength, stability, and suppleness. Yogasanas are considered as the most convenient, drugless, and inexpensive method. Yoga is also found to have encouraging effect on increasing the pain threshold capacity in individuals. In Yoga, various types of Asanas have been mentioned. Among them Ushtrasana, Bhadrasana, Gomukhasana, and Vajrasana have a pain relieving effect


Ayurvedic Treatment: According to Ayurveda menstruation is guarded by vata dosha. Derangement or aggravation of vata dosha gives rise to this symptom. The treatment, which alleviates vata, gives excellent results in this disease. Panchakarma treatments like Uttarbasti, anuvasa or matrabasti are the treatments which will specifically target derangement of vata in menstrual problems. Garbhashaya balya aushadhi -herbs tresngthening the female reproductive system -will also reduce associated symptoms.


Sesame seeds ,Pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds-The high magnesium and zinc content in sesame seeds is also thought to help relax the muscles, reducing pain and cramping. Simply incorporating sesame seeds into your diet can be one of the easiest and most effective ways to alleviate menstrual cramps. It help balance levels of estrogen and progesterone.


Cumin or Jeera water is known to have antispasmodic properties that help to relax the uterine muscles, minimizing the pain and cramps experienced during periods. Additionally, jeera water has anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce the pain associated with menstrual cramps.


Ajwain, also known as carom seeds, contains thymol, which is a natural antispasmodic. This property of Ajwain makes it an effective remedy for menstrual cramps. The herb is also known to have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce the pain and discomfort associated with menstrual cramps.


Yoga activities can help to reduce and prevent the severity of many ailments that specifically women’s health and give strength, stability, and suppleness. Yogasanas are




considered as the most convenient, drugless, and inexpensive method. Yoga is also found to have encouraging effect on increasing the pain threshold capacity in individuals. In Yoga, various types of Asanas have been mentioned. Among them Ushtrasana, Bhadrasana, Gomukhasana, and Vajrasana have a pain relieving effect.

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