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Ayurvedic treatment for Premenstrual Syndrome

Dr. K.Y. Iyer

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  • Pittaja premenstrual syndrome:
  • Diet: Favor cool, liquid diet sweet meals. Restrict spicy and bitter. Avoid alcohol, coffee, tea, chocolate, cheese, yogurt, and animal products. Use coconut oil
  • Oleation (Snehan), sudation (Swedan) and enema (Vasti) with Pitta pacifying drugs.
  • Oleation of lower abdomen with coconut oil. Start oleation a week before the expected date of menses
  • Followed by hot tub bath- sudation
  • Use tampons medicated with Panchvalkal kwath or coconut oil around 7 days before menses start.
  • Take 2 spoons of Phal ghrita or Shatavari ghrita orally after meals once a day
  • Take 1 tsf Erand sneh (castor oil) at night-time with warm milk.
  • Take tea made of aloe vera leaves.
  • Kaphaja premenstrual syndrome:
    • Diet: Favor foods that are light, dry, and warm. Favor foods that are spicy, bitter, and astringent Avoid salt, cheese, yogurt, chocolate, and refined sugars and flours for one week before and during the period. Vegetarian diet is highly recommended
    • Include ginger and lemon in your daily diet.
    • Use tampons medicated with Dashmool kwath around 7 days before menses start.
    • Take 10 ml of Abhya-arisht mixed in 10 ml water twice after meals.
    • Take 1-2 tsf Trikatu churn with water twice daily
    • Take 1 tsf powder made of turmeric, dried ginger, black pepper and cinnamon (Dalchini) in equal parts twice a day with water.
    • Surgery-Women whose symptoms are severe and do not respond to treatment may need to undergo a hysterectomy, including removal of the ovaries, followed by estrogen replacement therapy.

Symptomatic treatment

  • Take Capsule Amalki one morning, one evening before meals to avoid flatulence and bloating.
  • Take a capsule of Muscalt Forte in case of inflammation, pain or cramps in legs.
  • Take a tablet of Neo twice a day after meals in case of severe anxiety/ depression.

How can alternative therapies help you?

  • Decreasing or avoiding caffeine (including chocolate), saturated fats, sugar, salt, dairy, meat, poultry, and alcohol can help reduce the intensity and duration of symptoms.
  • Nutritional deficiencies may be addressed with these supplements.
    • Vitamin B6 (100 to 200 mg a day) with B-complex (50 to 100 mg a day)
    • Magnesium (400 mg a day)
    • Vitamin E (400 to 600 IU a day), especially with br**st tenderness
    • Essential fatty acids: omega-3 and omega-6 (3,000 to 4,000 mg a day for three months, then decrease dose by 1,000 mg every two months)
    • Chromium (250 mcg one to two times per day) to reduce sugar cravings in case of diabetes.

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