I hadn’t considered that there are those who approach menopause by not acknowledging this chapter of their lives. Almost a case of “if I don’t talk about it, then it’s not happening”. Today, on a completely random topic, the same thing came up. Well, ladies and young women, we must talk about menopause. If only for the reason that we are able to pass through this chapter without experiencing symptoms which could make our life pretty miserable. So, if you fall into this category, let me share with you something that might change your mind-set.
There are three stages in a woman’s life.
- The maiden, who is fair and young
- The woman, who is mature and has her worldly responsibilities
- The Crone, who is wise and old
Let’s start this blog by stating, menopause is not a disease. It is a natural process in every woman's life. From a physiological point of view, menopause is the ending of a woman's monthly menstrual cycles and ovulation and fewer amounts of certain hormones, mainly oestrogen and progesterone.
Pathology findings indicate that symptoms of menopause start to show approximately two to eight years before menopause starts, a time known as perimenopause . How healthy you are overall and how balanced your life is when you reach menopause largely determines how smooth or intense your transition will be. If you have been rushing, stressing, overworking, eating poorly, not resting enough, or living an unfulfilled life during your 30s and 40s, you are more likely to develop symptoms such as mood swings,weight gain, sleep problems and troublesome hot flashes when your hormones start to change. On the other hand, if you have established healthy lifestyle habits, followed a proper diet according to your Ayurvedic individual constitution, and managed your stress and emotions effectively through introspection, yoga, yoga nidra and meditation, you are likely to breeze through menopause without any major problems during or after this transition.
Observing changes draws our attention before menopause even starts. The vast array of symptoms, physically, mentally and emotionally indicates that we are all different and we cannot approach menopause with a cookie cutter. Different symptoms show due to our individual Ayurvedic constitution and there is a likelihood that imbalances in the body that were already there before menopause are exaggerated and brought into light by the stress of shifting hormones. It is at this stage we should not consider that it’s natural to get osteoporosis, to age quicker, or to have heart problems and other diseases after menopause. Rather we should take this time to consider our lifestyle habits, exercise routine, stress, unresolved emotions and detox programmes.
Menopause symptoms are simply your body’s wake-up call to let you know that you need to pay more attention to your health and take action to prevent further imbalances. In any case, Ayurveda and Yoga can help you with this important transition and set you up on a program that will benefit you for the rest of your life.
Menopause symptoms according to Ayurveda
Ayurveda classifies symptoms based on the three dosha’s: Vata being space and air, Pitta being fire but has components of water and Kapha being water and earth. Some of the common symptoms of menopause are due to vata dosha increasing and pushing the other doshas. The treatment will depend on your individual predominant dosha or dosha imbalance. The following are the general symptoms according to the predominant dosha, and women with dual doshic constitutions will have mixed symptoms.
Symptoms: Anxiety, nervousness, panic, palpitations, mood swings, vaginal dryness, loss of skin tone, chilly sensations, irregular periods, insomnia, mild or variable hot flashes, constipation, bloating, joint aches and pains.
Symptoms: Anger, irritability, feeling hot, hot flashes, night sweats, heavy periods, excessive bleeding, urinary tract infections, skin rashes and acne.
Symptoms: Weight gain, sluggishness, lethargy, depression, fluid retention, yeast infections, lack of motivation, slow digestion.
Shankaprakshalana and Panchakarma for detoxification
More serious or intense symptoms of menopause, such as frequent hot flashes, continual sleep disturbances, joint pains and aches, and moderate to severe mood swings, are signs of deeper imbalances that are most likely caused by the build-up of toxins (or ama) in the tissues.
In this case, Panchakarma, which is Ayurveda’s unique detoxification and rejuvenation program may be needed not only to clear your body's channels and gain relief, but also to prevent more chronic and serious conditions later on. This internal cleansing approach is also the treatment of choice for problems such as arthritis, osteoporosis, high cholesterol, and others.
A Shankprakshalana can also be considered. This is a salt water intestinal detox with prescribed yogic postures. Scripture states that it assists with balancing vata which influences the symptoms during menopause and helps to alleviate them
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Yoga Classes: We have four classes per week. If you have Vata or Pitta symptom’s, we suggest our general yoga classes. If you have Kapha symptom’s we suggest our Intermediate yoga classes.
Yoga Nidra: A must for all to help alleviate your existing symptoms
Abhyanga massage: Detox and stress releasing massage with oils based on your individual dosha
Wellness Plan: Our 3 step or 5 step personalised plans provided, focusing on specific lifestyle, diet, yoga and breathing techniques.
Detox: Digestive detox or Panchakarma by appointment
Workshop: Ageing Gracefully
Let's get into a good routine to manage any symptoms that starts to show up.