Menstruation is a normal process in every women’s life, but it becomes horrible when it causes severe pain and discomfort that can significantly interfere with everyday activities for several days each month.
Dys means – painful
Menorrhea means – menstrual cycle
According to Ayurveda, dysmenorrhea means Kashtaartava. Mainly Vata dosha is involved, as well as pitta dosha is involved in very less extant.
Causative factors are:
Vata prakruti individual:
Vata aggravating aahara/vihara – like potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, bread….
Anxiety, smoking, awake for long night, working for long time without break, eating very less quantity.
Pitta prakruti individual:
Pitta aggravation aahara/vihara – like papaya, green chillies, capsicum …..
Alcohol, caffeine, working/walking in too hot sun, working under stress, hormone imbalance.
Ayurveda tells us that, main place of Vata is large intestine and its function is to remove the products out of the body like, stools, urine, foetus, bleeding from vagina, etc.,
Doshas present during menstrual period is mainly Vata, but to some extant Pitta is predominant during this period. When the individual consumes the Vata aggravating factors, Vata starts accumulating in the lower abdomen. As Vata`s main character is producing pain. Therefore pain in the lower abdomen and low back is seen.
Due to the pitta aggravation, we can observe the acne, burning micturition, in some women`s little more bleeding when compared to normal individual.
This phenomena is known as dysmenorrhea.
Symptoms of dysmenorrhea:
Due to Vata: Spasmodic pain in the lower abdomen, pain in low back, around the hips, thighs, head and cramps in the calf muscles. If it is more severe, stomach upset, vomiting and loose motion seen.
Due to pitta: Acne, rashes on the skin, burning micturition and in some little more bleeding is seen.
Ayurveda line of treatment:
Virechana: To balance vata dosha in the body.
Matra basti: To balance vata. Followed after virechana.
Kati basti: To reduce low back pain, lower abdomen pain and strengthen the nerves supplying to the pelvic organs.
Lower abdomen massage and steam: To reduce the lower abdominal pain.
Full body massage: To strengthen the body and reduce the body pain.
Herbal facial: To reduce the acne.
Some home remedies:
For Vata predominant:
Cinnamon tea: In 1 cup of hot water add ¼ tsp of cinnamon powder, stir well. Cool it and add 1tsp of honey. Sip slowly for about 2 to 3 cups a day. Drink 2 days before menses.
Sesame: 1tsp of sesame seeds and ½ tsp of jaggary. 2 times a day. 2 days before menses.
Asafoetida: 1 pinch of asafoetida, put into the banana and eat. 2 times a day. 2 days before the menses.
Note: Follow any one among the above.
For muscle cramps: Massage with sesame oil, followed by hot towel or hot water bath.
Loose motion: 1tsp of fennel seeds and 1cup of hot water. Boil in a low flame, for about 5min. Drink 2 times a day, till motion under control.
Vomiting: Pomegranate juice, sip by sip. 1-2 cups a day.
Headache: Tea with ginger and lemon grass. Apply lemon grass paste on forehead, 2 times a day.
For pitta predominant:
Coriander water: Boil a few stems of fresh coriander leaves in water. Drink for whole day instead of normal water. During menstruation for 2-3 days.
Cumin water: Take 1 litre of water in a bowl, boil the water and switch off the fire. Immediately add 1tsp of whole cumin and stir well. Close the bowl and live for 5min. Filter through the cloth. Drink this cumin water instead of normal water.
Note: Follow any one among the above.
Acne: Neem powder, sandal powder and multani mitti each 1tsp, make a paste with rose water and apply to the face.
Burning sensation: Oil massage with coconut/olive oil. Drink plenty of water or tender coconut water or coriander water or cumin water.
Rashes: Apply Aloe vera pulp on the affected part. 2 times a day, till the rashes reduces.
Dr. Asha Vinay Pathange completed her M.S (Ayu) from Rajiv Gandhi University, Bangalore in Shalya Tantra.
She was the First lady in Japan with master degree in Ayurveda. She stayed in Japan for long years and can communicate in Japanese. She did health counselling for several health issues and seminars, courses on several health topics. Some of the topics were, Child care, Menopause, Skin care, Dinacharya, Ritucharya, Pancha karma, etc., and courses like Abhyanga, Kati basti, Janu basti, Netra tarpana, etc.,
After returning back to India, she practiced in one of esteem Ayurveda centre in Kerala. Then she started her own Chikitsalaya (clinic & treatment centre) as Sakura Ayurveda Clinic, in Mysore. She treated several diseases with much positive results. Some of successful results are, Infertility, PCOD, Piles and Fistula, Psoriasis, Osteo-arthritis, Rheumatic arthritis, Allergic rhinitis, Skin allergies, many Skin problems and etc.,
She is doing various Ayurvedic therapies like, Pancha karma (Vamana, Virechana, Nasya karma, Basti and Rakta mokshana), Full body massage, Steam, Patra pinda sweda, Shirodhara, Shashtika shali pinda sweda, Netra tarpana, Kati basti, Janu basti, etc.,
Centre: Sakura Ayurveda Clinic
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