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Ayurvedic Help for Women at Menopause

Vadiya Radhakrishnan Sankaraina Jha

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

Self Help
  • Take a well balanced, nutritious diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Keep yourself busy
  • Avoid cigarette smoking
  • The family should afford full support, love and affection to the woman during the climacteric period
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.

Changes That Take Place During Menopause
  • Fall in the oestrogen level
  • Decrease in the oestrogen androgen ratio
  • Fall in progesterone level
  • Ovaries, fallopian tubes and the uterus atrophy and become smaller in size.
  • vag*** becomes narrower and Doderlien's bacillus is absent. The va***nal pH becomes alkaline
  • Vulva atrophies and the pubic hair become scantier
  • Br**st fat is reabsorbed and the nipples decrease in size. Ultimately they become flat and pendulous
  • Loss of muscle tone leads to anatomical changes in the urethra, neck of bladder and the uterus.
Dietary Changes During Menopause
During the reproductive years, a woman’s cycle is regulated by a variety of hormones, the most important of which are osestrogen 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 disturbances and loss of libido. The hormonal changes that accompany menopause are also associated with an increase in risk of certain medical conditions such as osteoporosis.

Certain dietary changes may help women during and after the time of menopause and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Soya products and soya milk may help to reduce hot flushes and reduce the risk of osteoporosis because they contain certain compounds that have oestrogen like activity in the body.

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 conntrol 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.

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