Menopause is the natural ending of ovarian function. The reproductive hormones estrogen and progesterones stop producing, so the woman also stops menstruating. The age menopause starts varies from woman to woman. Women typically enter menopause in their late forties or early to mid fifties.
When we live in alignment with nature and the principles of Ayurveda, we don't need to fear this shift. For women in their forties and fifties, menopause can be seen as the ultimate freedom! Focusing now on projects, not children, and devoting their time and attention to aspects of their lives that they find fulfilling for their own sake, can be wonderful.
According to Ayurveda, menopause is the Vata time of life, when it is most dominant in us and most easily pushed out of balance, into excess. Irregularity of body functions like irregular periods, and underproduction of tissue, are sure signs that Vata Dosha is out of balance.
So it is imperative that Vata Dosha be managed properly in order to manage Vata-related symptoms of menopause. Stress, poor nutrition and caffeine can trigger irregular menstruation and increase Vata. Living an Ayurvedic lifestyle with regular routines and nourishing self-care will minimize the potentially negative impact of the menopausal years.
To reduce stress, daily exercise, time in nature, Yoga and meditation are necessary choices. Healthy food and eating habits will improve your nutrition and take away the need for caffeine and other stimulants.
As the famous Ayurvedic saying goes, “If diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. If diet is right, medicine is of no need.” By making simple dietary and lifestyle changes, you can support this shift and decrease the severity of the symptoms from a sudden reduction in estrogen.
As written before, when women age, Vata begins to accumulate. The body is still in the Pitta time of life, typically fully capable of reproduction, but the Vata Dosha is slowly creeping in more and more. We can see this in subtle changes in the body, shifts in metabolism, and fluctuations in energy, always changes and movement, characteristic of Vata. You pacify Vata through routines, especially routines around food and sleep.
This holds true no matter what stage of life you're in, but make sure your foods are whole, fresh and organic. Your digestive system is strongly impacted by what you eat, when you eat and how you eat. When foods are fresh and organic, you'll have a better opportunity to convert that food into high quality tissue and strength. But stress and other typical aspects of our modern lives disturb digestion. Food you eat may not be fresh and organic. Distracted eating is also common, one hand on the phone and an eye focused on a nearby screen.
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Herbal steam inhalation is a great way to help open congested sinuses and bronchial airways caused by a cold, flu, or allergy. Herbal steams are also used before Nasya therapies to help open the nasal airway.
The steam from the boiling water is often sufficient to help congestion; however, by adding herbs that help respiratory disorders, the effect is far more notable.