Menstruation is the term used for the natural monthly cycle of periods in the female body. The periods are when the unfertilized eggs are ejected out of the reproductive system with blood and several other tissue cells. This stream comes once a month. The flow is abundant on a particular day of the month. However, the discomfort of the periods could usually last three days.
The female reproductive system is indeed wonderful. Every month, the ovaries produce an egg that is deposited in the fallopian tube. The uterine wall known as the endometrium thickens and there is increased blood circulation throughout the reproductive system. Everything is in preparation for a pregnancy. However, if the woman does not become pregnant, all these things must be expelled from the body. This is known as the period. Once the expulsion is complete, the ovaries produce a new egg and the cycle continues for another month.
Women can face many difficulties during their menstrual cycle. There is an increase in moisture in the vaginal area, and there could be infections. Women may have fevers, extreme pain in the groin area, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, and so on. In some women, the effects are more aggressive than others. And the most worrying thing is that the symptoms can recur month after month. The biological term for menstrual problems is dysmenorrhea
In Ayurveda, menstrual periods (ie the flow of the menstrual period) are considered to be the excess of pitta that occurs. flows from the body. He calls Raja. Hence the menstrual flow is also called Raja Pravritti. Although menstruation is a typical pitta phenomenon, the effects on vata and kapha are also visible. Some women suffer from insomnia and mood swings during their period. This is the vitiation vata. Some women gain weight.
(1) Herbs useful in the treatment of menstruation
b) Asafetida (Ferula fetida)
Asafetida is known to increase the secretion of the female hormone, progesterone. Thus, it facilitates menstruation. The use of asafetida gum fried in ghee and mixed with goat's milk and a spoonful of honey for a month can reduce pain during menstruation and also reduce flow.
c) Asoka (Saraca indica)
The bark of the asoka tree is given to women who experience extreme blood loss during menstruation due to leucorrhea or fibroids uterine. The plant has a stimulating effect on the uterine wall and the mucus layer in the reproductive tract.
d) Bamboo (Bambusa bambos)
Bamboo acts as an emmenagogue that stimulates menstruation. Its leaves are prescribed for this purpose. Regular consumption of bamboo leaves is prescribed to promote and regulate the menstrual flow.
e) Bloodwort (Achillea millefolium)
The infusion of hot bloodwort leaves is taken as an emmenagogue. A decoction of the herb can correct irregular periods. The herb also gives an oil that can be used in the treatment of reproductive disorders in women.
f) Chicory (Chichorium intybus)
Chicory seeds are prepared in decoction to treat obstructed menstrual problems.
g Dill (Anethum sowa)
This fragrant herb is effective in stimulating menstrual cycles. It helps women who have time to get their periods on time. Anemic girls are prone to spasmodic menstruation, which can be very painful. A decoction of dill is prepared with parsley leaves to treat such problems.
h) Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Cold climates can sometimes cause painful and irregular periods. An infusion of sweet ginger with sugar is taken to correct these problems.
i) Henna (Lawsonia alba)
Henna is a cooling agent. The suppositories of her leaves are made and placed in the vagina for women who have excessive menstruation problems.
j) Hermal (Peganum harmala)
The hermal is a little known herb, but in Ayurveda it is routinely prescribed for menstrual problems such as painful periods and irregular periods.
k) Indian Aloe (Aloe vera)
Indian Aloe is a stimulant of the uterus. From where it is given in cases of painful menstruation.
l) Indian spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi)
Jatamansi is a very popular Indian herb used in the treatment of painful and irregular periods.
m) Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon citratus)
Citronella is used in painful and difficult periods. It can be taken in the form of a tea.
(2) Dietary Treatments for Menstruation
The following dietary counseling is beneficial to women who have painful or irregular periods: –
1 Avoid all constipating foods, especially in the last week of the menstrual cycle. This includes fried foods, sour foods and protein-rich legumes.
2 Fish is a good dietary indication for painful periods. Fish contain omega-3 fatty acids that help relieve spasms during menstruation. Meat, poultry and dairy products should be avoided.
3 Among vegetables, white pumpkin, papaya, pestle, snake squash, bitter gourd and cucumber are good for dysmenorrhea. Potato, yellow pumpkin and eggplant should be avoided.
(3) Ayurvedic Treatments for Menstruation
Kumari is the drug of choice for menstrual problems in Ayurveda. This is nothing but the aloe vera plant. It is taken in the form of Kumarasava in a dose of six teaspoons twice a day. There is a special preparation called Raja Pravartani vati, which contains aloe and asafeti as main ingredients. This medication is taken in the form of pills – two of them twice a day a week before the time is due.
(4) Home Remedies for Menstruation
1 Fry asafetida in ghee and add a teaspoon of buttermilk. Have this once a day in case of dysmenorrhea.
2 Mix some sesame seeds in a glass of water. Drink this twice a day when you have menstrual pains.
3 Have salads with boiled beet or beet juice.
The following exercises help reduce the pain of menstruation: –
chair and stand behind her holding your hands firmly on the back of the chair. Lift one heel and then the other. Continue this for about ten minutes. You can also do knee bends.
b) Lie on your back on a firm bed. Bend your legs and bring your knees to your chin. Repeat this ten times.