Monday, 23 May 2011

Ayurveda for the Health of Women

Ayurveda for the Health of Women

You can easily find instances of certain health problems that are distinctive only to women. For example, only women go through problems like dysmenorrhea- often known as painful periods, menopause, pregnancy and leucorrhoea. Though, there exists various kinds of solutions in the market that can help you get rid of these problems; undoubtedly Ayurveda has emerged as one of the most reliable remedies known to mankind to fight against these problems naturally.
How can Ayurveda help you in Dysmenorrhea?

If you look at what Ayurveda has to say about dysmenorrhea, you will find that it is common in vata doshas, pitta doshas and kapha doshas. Usually, practitioners in Ayurveda rely on antispasmodic herbs combined with emmenagogues that are focused to relax your muscles and relieve you from pain. Some of the herbs used are-

A special type of herb that is used by practitioners for treating dysmenorrhea for almost every type of dosha is cyperus. The reason why this herb is so widely used is that it works remarkably to help you reduce menstrual cramping pain. Another similar kinds of herbs used are Guggul, Myrrh and Ashoka herbs.
In case, you fall under the category of Vata type of dysmenorrhea, you are likely to suffer problems like constipation, colicky pain, headache, dry skin, gas, abdominal distension, palpitations and anxiety. To fight against these problems, it is recommended that you must take Anti-Vata diet along with oily and moist foods. Herbs that can prove to be useful in this type of dysmenorrhea are turmeric, ginger, asafetida, jatamamsi, valerian, shatavarni, licorice and nutmeg.
In case, you are suffering from dysmenorrhea that comes under the pitta type, herbs like passion flower, jatamamsi, hops and Gotu kola can really help you.
In case, you are a victim of kapha type dysmenorrhea, you must use spicy herbs as well as antispasmodics such as calamus, cinnamon, ginger, myrrh, nutmeg and guggul.

How can Ayurveda help you in Leucorrhoea?

Leucorrhoea, in Ayurvedic terms, is often identified as ‘Shveta Pradar’ or ‘white’. The reason why it is called so is the white fluid that gets discharged from the vagina. Some of the remedies that are used by Ayurvedic practitioners to treat Leucorrhoea are as follows-

One of the herbal remedies that are very beneficial in Leucorrhoea is Pushyanuga Churna. Taking 3 grams of this churna with rice wash or simply a cup of milk twice a day is quite helpful.
Another remedy that is usually taken up along with Pushyanuga Churna is Ashokarishta. It is also taken twice a day with water.
Another dose that is given as a remedy in Leucorrhoea is an amalgation of Pushyanuga Churna and Pradarantaka with Chandaprabhaand root of Ktisha grass. This dose is to be taken twice in a day.
A dose of a mixture of Kukkutananda Twaka Bhasma with Yashada bhasma and amla churna is suggested along with honey.
It is strongly recommended that you must avoid non-vegetarian diet such as chicken, meat, fish, eggs etc. for a few days at least and plenty of green leafy vegetables along with milk and ghee should be taken.

A Word of Caution-

It is always advisable to consult your ayurvedic practitioner before you start with any treatment. Usually, ayurvedic remedies have been proven to treat almost all problems unique to women. However, in case you find that it isn’t working for your problem; a change of remedy is suggested.

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