Dysmenorrhea is a medical term used for the pain that occurs during menstruation, specifically in the area of lower abdomen. Menstruation involves contraction of the uterine walls, which may lead to the blockage of blood vessels, tissue death and hence, causes pain in the lower abdomen which many women experience just before or during the menstrual periods.
The intensity and severity of the condition may range from annoying or a discomfort to more severe so that it creates difficulty in doing everyday activities for a few days every month. But since our culture values pushing ourselves to the limit and can make it difficult to carve out the time and space for extra rest, women, especially those who experience painful periods, have the task of advocating for themselves and setting boundaries around their time and lifestyle choices.
Dysmenorrhea can be classified into two: primary and secondary.
Primary dysmenorrhea is the usual menstrual cramps that are caused by rise in levels of prostaglandins made in the lining of uterus. Pain usually decreases as each day od menstruation passes. Secondary dysmenorrhea is caused by a disorder in reproductive system such as endometriosis, fibroids and adenomyosis that may worsen over time.
Other signs and symptoms of dysmenorrhea include: back pain, nausea, fatigue, headache, dizziness and mood swings.
In Ayurveda, the condition of dysmenorrhea is known as kashtaartava. Inappropriate food and lifestyle, over exertion, malnutrition are considered to be the main causes which brings imbalance to body and all the body elements.
As per Ayurveda, the factors which cause dysmenorrhea aggravates apana vata, disturbs its natural downward direction and make it to move in upward direction (pratiloma gati). The change in direction of the Vata dosha alters the menstrual blood flow leading to painful menstruation.
Our ancient acharayas has mentioned several classical ayurvedic formulations for the cure of dysmenorrhoea. Ayurvedic herbal, classical time tested medicines cures by establishing the equilibrium of tridosha (vata, pitta, kapha) and saptadhatus (tissue elements).
Kooplicat Ayurveda Hospital's view to dysmenorrhea is as a doshic imbalance that can potentially be eliminated through balanced living that is characterized by appropriate personalised diet, herbal supplements, exercise, routine, yoga and meditation. We provide ultimate care and support to you in your journey of life as a female my making your monthly cycles stress free and easily manageable.