Menopause is one of the most significant events in a woman's life and brings in a number of physiological changes that affect the life of a woman permanently. It is a normal consequence of the ageing process and is a natural female hormone deficient state that occurs at the age of 45-55 years.
In this stage ovaries gradually become less active and reduce their production of sex hormone (oestrogen and progesterone). As a result, menses cease permanently. Women are usually considered to be menopausal if she has not had a menstrual period for one year without any underlying cause. Reduced production of estrogen and progesterone and less active ovaries are the two factors that results in menopause.
Menopausal Syndrome includes symptoms associated with the physiological changes that take place in a woman's body as period of fertility ends. Some women experience mild problems or none at all but some women have severe symptoms in this period.
Clinical features of menopausal syndrome are: Irregular periods, hot flushes, night sweats, vaginal dryness and itching, mood swings, joint pain, sleeplessness, lassitude, hair fall, loss of sexual desire and anaemia.
In Ayurveda, menopausal syndrome is known as "rajonivrutti", which literally means "the end of artava pravrutti" i.e. the stopping of menstruation. And according to classical texts, menopause is linked with ageing which is a vata (basic body element) predominant stage of life.
During menopause, there occurs a natural transition from pitta (basic body element) phase to vata (basic body element) phase of life.
As the body ages, kapha and pitta reduces which leads to imbalance in equilibrium of tridoshas and vata aggravation, resulting in dhatukshaya (decline in body tissue mass) which is gradual consequence of aging, thus presents the constellation of symptoms that are similar to the symptoms seen when the vata dosha rises and upsets the normal balance of body.
In the ayurvedic view, the primary obstacle to wellness is an aggravation or excess in the doshas—three powerful underlying forces of nature that govern mind and body known as vata, pitta, and kapha. And therefore, during menopause it is very important to keep the doshas in harmony to manage all the symptoms.
At Kooplicat Ayurveda Hospital, we focus on establishing a daily routine - a key to keeping vata dosha in harmony; a diet suited for body constitution (taking into account any imbalances) using organic wholesome fresh foods; treatments nourish the skin, nerves and aid in circulation within the body; herbs to establish long-term balance within the body and mind; and life-style change. We provide everything individualized which also consist of specific lifestyle changes that one should adapt to improve their overall health as well.