Perimenopause – Menopause
According to Ayurveda, menopause is not a disease but rather a natural transition in women that occurs between the ages of 45-55 years. This is a transition that should be honored. Menopause is also associated with the process of aging in women. Since aging is a ‘Vata’ predominant stage of life, the symptoms of menopause experienced by some women are often similar to the symptoms associated with an aggravated Vata. There are three types of menopause: (1) vata dominated menopause, (2) pitta dominated menopause and (3) kapha-dominated menopause.
Some of the symptoms experienced by women going through menopause include hot flashes, night sweats, tension, irritability, headache, palpitation, insomnia, numbness, depression, dryness, dizziness and a lack of interest in sex.
With the proper Herbs and simple lifestyle changes, women can easily avoid most of the unpleasant side effects associated with menopause. The proper use of Herbs can help in strengthening and rejuvenating the reproductive system as well as in regulating the hormones and calming the emotions.
Recommended Herbs Include:
Shatavari, Ashwagandha, Sandalwood, and Licorice.
Licorice contains estrogenic compounds and is useful in the treatment of depression. Licorice also reduces stress levels by preventing the breakdown of adrenal hormones such as cortisol, the body’s main stress-fighting hormone, making them more available to the body.
Ashwagandha is considered an adaptogen. It also improves physical energy and increases white blood cell formation, thereby increasing immunity and vitality.
Ashwagandha stabilizes hormonal balance. It helps to reduce panic attacks, insomnia and mood swings. It improves memory and cognitive function. Due to an aphrodisiac property, it helps to improve the libido in women during and after menopause. It also has a mild sedative effect on the central nervous system and acts as a muscle relaxant.
Guduchi works as a rasayana and promotes the reversal of aging. It is an antiinflammatory, anti-pyretic and diuretic alterative. Guduchi is used in the treatment of urinary disorders, general debility, autoimmune diseases and dyspepsia. It also acts as a mild cleanser.