Premenstrual Syndrome – PMS by Dr.Asha
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) refers to physical and emotional symptoms that occur in the one to two weeks before a woman’s period. Symptoms often vary between women and resolve around the start of bleeding. A woman’s pattern of symptoms may change over time. Symptoms do not occur during pregnancy or following menopause.
The cause of PMS is unknown. Some symptoms may be worsened by a high-salt diet, alcohol, or caffeine. The underlying mechanism is believed to involve changes in hormone levels. Calcium and vitamin D supplementation may be useful in some. Anti-inflammatory drugs may help with physical symptoms. In those with more significant symptoms birth control pills or the diuretic may be useful.
But Ayurveda always thinks in doshic level. The PMS main predominant dosha involved is Vata and Pitta. Sometime Kapha dosha will be involved. Finally all the three doshas may be involved.
Depending on the individual`s prakruti PMS symptoms are seen. PMS is not a disease, according to Ayurveda. It is just a symptom, seen in some individuals. This symptom starts 5 to 15 days before the menstruation.
Period cycle & dosha
Before knowing about the PMS, we will know about dosha predominant, in a month of women`s life…
Menstruation 1 to 5 days Vata + Pitta
Ovulation 6 to 15 days Kapha + Pitta
Pre-menstruation 15 to 30 days Vata + Pitta + Kapha
From above chart you come to know that all the three doshas are involved in pre-menstruation time. During this time, if the individual indulges aggravating factors like,
Vata prakruti individual:
Vata aggravating aahara/vihara – like potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, bread….
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 …..
Working/walking in too hot sun, working under stress, hormone imbalance.
Kapha prakruti individual:
Kapha aggravating factors – like fatty food, oily food, over eating, eating large amount at a time.
Sitting for long time at one place, loss of exercise.
General causes for PMS are:
The cause of PMS is unknown due to the complexity of mysterious symptoms. Several theories have been advanced to explain the cause of PMS and none of these theories have been proven.
All the three dosha aggravating factors, especially vata and pitta.
Toxins accumulating in body and blocking the channels. Poor nutrition, poor digestion, mental stress, family tensions, caffeine, alcohol, smoking, etc.,
Due to causative factors, vata and pitta dosha is imbalanced. Sometimes kapha dosha may be imbalanced. Once the doshas are imbalanced, accumulation of the toxins in the body starts. These toxins blocks the channels and leads in improper (or lowers the) circulation in the body. Lower circulation leads to improper nourishment of tissues and results in reduction of immunity. Once the immunity is reduced in an individual the person is more prone to the diseases. This type of individuals suffers from PMS.
Symptoms in PMS:
Collection of physical, psychological and emotional symptoms that appear between 5 to 15 days before the menstruation begins.
Due to vata: Mood swing, cramps, anxiety, insomnia, headache, lower abdomen pain, low backache, pain the breast.
Due to pitta: Acne, burning sensation in the body, more sweating, angry.
Due to kapha: Depression, weight gain, bloating, heaviness in the breast.
Ayurveda line of treatment:
Pancha karma: To remove toxins from the body.
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.
Shiro pichu: To reduce the headache and reduce the insomnia.
Meditation: To reduce the anxiety and depression.
Some home remedies:
Yoga, exercise, meditation, lower abdominal exercise, aerobic exercise, drink plenty of water, take rejuvenating food – bananas, apple, apricot, asparagus, dates, almond, rich fibre food like – beans, carrot, cabbage, green leaves, calcium rich food like – milk products, sea shall, crabs, eat six small meals, and get 8 hours good sleep.
Potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, eggplant, bread, papaya, fatty food, oily food, over eating, alcohol, smoking, coffee, tea, working under stress, late night work, etc.,
Note: These above do’s and don’ts should be followed during the 5 – 15 days before menstruation.
Dr. Asha Vinay Pathange, BAMS., MS(Ayu)
Dr. Asha Vinay Pathange completed her M.S (Ayu) from Rajiv Gandhi University, Bangalore in Shalya Tantra.
She stayed in Japan for long years and she was first lady Ayurvedic master degree holder in Japan. She did lot of health counselling and was did seminars in different health topics. Some of topics were, child care, menopause, skin care, dinacharya, ritucharya, pancha karma, etc., Some courses like Abhyanga, kati basti, janu basti, netra tarpana, etc.,
After setting back to India, she practiced in one of esteem Ayurveda centre in Kerala. Then she started her own chikitsalaya by name Sakura Ayurveda Clinic, in Mysore. She treated lots of diseases with much positive results. Some of main treated successfully are, Infertility, PCOD, Piles and Fistula, Psoriasis, Osteo-arthritis, Rheumatic arthritis, Allergic rhinitis, skin allergies, many Skin problems, 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
Address: #512, 1st main, 13th cross, Srirampura 2nd stage, Myrose-23