Friday, February 24, 2017

Menopausal Syndrome - Ayurvedic Treatments



Menopausal Syndrome: Natural Remedies
In Ayurveda, menopause is called rajonivrutti. It means that the menstrual flow stops forever. As this is a natural phenomenon, it is not considered a disorder in Ayurveda. However, a common understanding is that the three dosas are imbalanced during menopause. Symptoms of menopause can be correlated to change in dosa dynamics. Among the three dosas, vata is of prime importance. It is said that there is not a single disorder of the reproductive system without aggravated vata. Women generally reach menopause after the age of 45, which is when vata is dominant in the body.

The major goal of the treatment is to reduce symptoms and discomfort as well as to enhance well-being and prevent cardiovascular changes or osteoporosis. No drastic cleansing procedures are advised to menopausal women. Shirodhara (continuous flow of medicated oil, decoctions, or buttermilk on the head) and gentle a body massage are advised, as these treatments relieve muscle spasms, pains, burning, and restlessness.
Internally, chandanasava, ushirasavam, and draksharishtom are some of the drugs that reduce hot flashes, burning, and urinary incontinence. Shatavari, vidari, and kumari are the herbs that reduce fatigue and vaginal dryness and give a rasayana effect. For psychological symptoms, like irritability, anxiety, or depression, there are very effective drugs like brahmi, vacha, jyotishmati, and shankhapushpi or formulas such as panchagavya ghrita, kalyanaka ghrita, stresscom cap, and manasmitra vatakam. On the whole, Saraca indica (ashoka) is the herb of choice that takes care of most of the problems.
No specific diet is advised other than avoiding those that have been mentioned above for other conditions.
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS): Ayurvedic Treatments



Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS): Symptoms & Natural Treatments
In Ayurveda there is no specific information about this disease. The concept and symptoms can be perceived on the basis of tridosa theory. The symptoms like heaviness of breasts, change in appetite, nausea, vomiting, depression, and nervousness can be correlated to kapha imbalance. Aggravated pitta contributes to irritability, anxiety, anger, vomiting, headache, food cravings, and sleep disorders. Bloating of the stomach, pelvic pain, headache, difficulty in concentrating, sleep disorders, mood swings, and anxiety are the features of provoked vata.

Some habits or addictions like eating salty food and consuming alcohol and cold beverages containing caffeine aggravate the problem.
Externally, oleation with sesame oil and fomentation with herbal decoctions give excellent results. In severe cases, medicated oil enema (anuvasana basti) is very beneficial (e.g., sesame oil and dashamoola kwatha). Internally, ashokarishtam and A. vera in combination with some other drugs are used in Ayurvedic practice. For vata and pitta symptoms, shatavari (asparagus), ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), amalaki (Indian gooseberry), and yashtimadhu (licorice) work very well. To reduce kapha symptoms such as heaviness of breasts and fluid retention, herbs such as triphala, trikatu (pepper, ginger, and long pepper), and vacha (Acorus calamus) are very useful. Jeerakadyarishtom, manasamitra vatakam, saraswatarishtam, shatavari kalpa, and kumaryasavam are some of the effective herbal formulas.
Women suffering from this disorder should specifically avoid vata aggravating a week before the menstruation. Examples include dried fish and dry meat, deep fried and very spicy foods, very cold foods, sprouts, beans, and potatoes.
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Female Infertility: Ayurvadic Treatment

Infertility (in Woman): Natural Treatment
In Ayurveda, if the breasts, ovaries, and uterus are not well developed and the patient cannot ovulate, then it is considered primary infertility (shandi yoni). Women with this condition cannot conceive due to a genetic defect. The monthly cycle may or may not be regular in such women. Decreased fertility (vandhyatva), which is also primary infertility, can be treated. Secondary infertility is known as kakavandhya according to Ayurveda.

There are four major causes for primary infertility: systemic (dosadhatu mediated), congenital (beejadosa), vaginal and organic defects (yonivyapat), and idiopathic (daiva). Conventionally, infertility is attributed equally to both factors, male and female. In the female factor, congenital and acquired structural abnormalities, ovulatory defects, and a hormonal imbalance should be investigated. The psychological factor is a very important precipitating factor and needs to be considered.
The infertility can be primary or secondary. Primary infertility refers to those who have never conceived. Secondary infertility applies to those who have conceived in the past.
Ayurvedic treatment differs according to etiopathogenesis. When infertility is due to congenital or idiopathic causes, it cannot be treated. It is clearly mentioned in the classical texts that when a woman has any local defect, she cannot conceive. Those disorders should be treated first and her menstrual cycle should be regular. Cleansing therapies are carried out using herbs and formulas that have a penetrating capacity (e.g., Triphala/Trikatu kwatha, kshara taila). The jeevaniya gana, rasayana, and vajikarana group of formulations not only enhance strength and vigor, but improve the internal environment of the reproductive system. Formulas such as ashokarishta, phala ghrita, and shatavari kalpa give excellent results. Amalaki, guduchi, bala, and ashwagandha are some of the uterine and ovarian tonics which promote fertility.
If infertility is due to anovulation, then using clomiphene citrate alone or in combination with some steroids or human gonadotrophins will be the best choice.
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