Articles Tell-a-friend

Ayurvedic Help for Women at Menopause

Vadiya Radhakrishnan Sankaraina Jha

The period of life when there is a permanent cessation of menstruation is known as menopause. It is one of the difficult times in a woman's life where she has to come to terms with many changes that take place in her body. Menopause is a physiological change in a woman's life, which is inevitable. Most of the women do not need any particular treatment and the phase passes on its own.

During the reproductive years, a woman’s cycle is regulated by a variety of hormones, the most important of which are oestrogen and progesterone. Around the time of menopause, the production of these hormones reduces dramatically and this can give rise to a number of symptoms including night sweats, hot flushes, mood disturbance and loss of libido. The hormonal changes that accompany menopause are also associated with an increase in risk of certain medical conditions such as raised blood cholestrol, heart disease and osteoporosis.

The period of life when there is a permanent cessation of menstruation is known as menopause or ‘Rajonivruti’. It is one of the difficult times in a woman's life where she has to come to terms with many changes that take place in her body. Menopause is actually the end of the reproductive life of a woman when she can have no more children.

Menopause is confirmed when the woman does not menstruate for six consecutive months. Menopause is the stage when ovaries permanently stop producing ova and oestrogen.

Menopause is often confused with climacteric, which is the period in a woman's life during which there is a regression of ovarian function. Climacteric covers a period ranging from 5-10 years on either side of menopause. Menopause occurs normally between the age of 40 to 55 years. Artificial menopause following removal of ovaries or hysterectomy may occur earlier also.

With natural menopause, menstrual periods may remain irregular but continue for several years before the final period. Cycles may be shorter or longer, periods missed, bleeding heavier or lighter or different premenstrual symptoms. As the production of oestrogen falls, symptoms such as hot flushes and headache may occur for several years before menstruation ceases.

Menopausal symptoms

In majority of females there are no symptoms except for the cessation of menses. But many women suffer from symptoms that disrupt their health as well as their lives. For such women proper support, love and affection of the family is very important. The range of symptoms is very wide and they occur due to hormonal changes and vitiation of Vata affecting female reproducitve system and nervous system. Menstrual symptoms can occur suddenly or gradually. Changes include the cardiovascular system, neurological changes, locomotor changes and the genital tract.

The most common symptom during menopause is hot flushes. It is a feeling of heat that develops around the face and head often accompanied by flushing and a tingling sensation. This may spread to the whole body also. Flushing subsides after a few minutes only to be followed by profuse cold sweating. These flushes may occur several times in a day disturbing a woman's day to day activities. These hot flushes persist for several months or years and then subside gradually. The patient experiences palpitations and the pulse rises by 20 beats per minute.

Dyspareunia (painful inter****se), atrophic va****tis, painful urination, recurrent urinary infection, diminished libido and endometritis are the other symptoms that may occur during menopause.

Psychological symptoms occur due to decreased oestrogen levels. Insomnia, headache, anxiety, irritability, depression, lack of energy and confidence are common psychological manifestations during menopause.

Health Hazards

There is a greater re-absorption of bone after menopause following the reduction in the oestrogen levels. This results in osteoporosis and increased risk of fractures. This is the reason why arthritis usually develops in women after they have attained menopause. The rise in lipid levels preceding menopause makes the women more liable to develop heart disease.

Treatment

Menopause is a physiological change in a woman's life, which is inevitable. Most of the women do not need any particular treatment and the phase passes on its own. But in many cases where the women suffer from severe hot flushes or other symptoms, treatment becomes necessary. Ayurvedic treatment aims at palliation of Vata. There are various herbs that control female reprodcutive organs like shatavari, aloe, lodhra and sariva.

The medicine of choice is tablet chandraprabha 250 mg, 3 times a day with punarnavasava or lodhrasava 15 ml, 3 times a day for a month. Tablet pradarari lauha 125 mg, 3 times a day with dashamoolarishta 15 ml, 3 times a day for a month gives good results.

Page [1] [2] >>


 

 

T E L L - A - F R I E N D
 
Tell A Friend
*Message to friend
(You may change or add to this message)
:
*Your name :
*Your country :
*Your E-mail address :
Your webpage :
*Friend 1 - E-mail address :
Friend 2 - E-mail address :
Friend 3 - E-mail address :
Friend 4 - E-mail address :
Friend 5 - E-mail address :
     
    By submitting your data you accept our terms.
*Mandatory