Ayurvedic Treatment of Amenorrhea
The term amenorrhea is defined as the absence of a menstrual cycle. In Physiology, menses are bleeding occurring at the beginning of the menstrual cycle and are caused due to desquamation of the endometrial layer of the uterus. Menarche is defined as the occurrence of the first menses and they usually last from 4 to 6 days. The mean age of menarche is 12 to 13 years. Amenorrhea is a symptom, not a disease, and can affect by a variety of causes.
Types of Amenorrhea:
Mainly there are two types of amenorrhea:
Primary Amenorrhea: Primary amenorrhea is defined as the absence of menarche in women aged 15 years. It may present due to conditions such as:
- Vaginal atresia
- Imperforate hymen
- Turner Syndrome
- Swyer Syndrome
Secondary Amenorrhea: It involves the cessation of menstruation in a woman who previously had a regular menstrual cycle. This condition occurs mostly in women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or approaching menopause (between 40 and 55 years of age).
Causes of Amenorrhea:
Primary amenorrhea can result from structural problems with the reproductive organs. It may be a sign of malfunctioning or underdeveloped ovaries.
The main causes are:
- Hormonal Imbalance
- Use of contraceptives
- Excess use of antidepressants medicines
- Structural issues
- Wrong eating habits
- Lifestyle issues
- Issues with thyroid or pituitary gland
Symptoms of Amenorrhea:
In addition to the absence of a menstrual cycle, patients may have the following symptoms:
- General weakness, tiredness, and headache
- Visual disturbances
- In some females, symptoms of prolactin are there
- Acne and excess body hair growth
- Short stature and lack of secondary sexual characteristics
Ayurvedic Concept of Amenorrhea in Ayurveda:
In Ayurveda, Amenorrhea is termed as Arajaska by Charaka, and Lohitaksaya by Vaghbata.
The meaning of Arajaska is, Na+ Rjaska, and is defined as the absence of menstruation.
Lohit means blood and Kshaya means Decrease, it is described as Loss of blood.
Types of Amenorrhea:
Primary amenorrhea: In Ayurveda, this is called Prathamika anartava and is mainly attributed to Sahaja Vikriti.
Secondary amenorrhea: This type is more common and problems may arise due to disorders occurring in the ovaries, endometrium, or hypothalamus.
Causative factors (Hetu) for Secondary amenorrhea:
- Asatmyanna (nutritional amenorrhea)
- Anashana (nutritional amenorrhea)
- Vyayama (excessive exercise)
- Ahara sampat abhava (malnutrition)
- Atimaithuna (repeated intercourse)
Ayurvedic Pathogenesis of Amenorrhea:
When the digestive fire is impaired, Ama or toxins are produced. After that, they start accumulating in the weaker channels of the body and when they accumulate in Rasavahi srotas, Artavavahi srotas, or Purishvaha srotas, the flow of menstruation disturbs and stops which leads to amenorrhea.
Panchakarma Therapies for Amenorrhea:
Panchakarma procedure is very effective and plays an important role in the management of various health-related issues in Ayurveda. Panchakarma therapies are a program for 2 or 3 weeks that consists of steam bath, massage, udwartana, and medicated enemas. Ayurvedic oil massage and steam bath effectively work in pacifying Vata dosha and nourishing the system. A different kind of medicated enemas helps in managing amenorrhea, such as Anuvasana vasti, Uttara vasti. This therapy facilitates the downward movement of aggravated vata dosha and provides relief from multiple symptoms.
Ayurvedic Treatment of Amenorrhea from Deep Ayurveda:
Various classical Ayurvedic formulations are available that are used as the Ayurvedic treatment of amenorrhea; these are Ashokarishta, hinguvachadi churna, kumaryasava, ashwagandharishtam, etc.
For the natural and Ayurvedic Treatment of Amenorrhea, Deep Ayurveda provides 100% extract-based medicines that are free from chemicals, steroids, adulteration, and any kind of preservative. Don’t depend on the temporary relief that worsens the condition after a few years; only adopt Ayurveda in the management of any acute to chronic health issue. The Ayurvedic medicine from Deep Ayurveda is clinically tested and is developed after lengthy trials. Description of each product for the Ayurvedic treatment of amenorrhea is mentioned below:
Capsule Naribalaya: Capsule Naribalaya is a composition of such ingredients that helps in balancing the hormonal disturbance and improves the functioning of reproductive organs. In the case of amenorrhea, the herbal ingredients of Naribalaya capsule help in managing pain, weakness, and other associated symptoms of amenorrhea. Naribalaya capsules effectively provide strength to the uterus, treating irregular, delayed, or painful periods.
Ashokarishta: Ashokarishta can be used as one of the best choices for the Ayurvedic treatment of Amenorrhea. The formulation of arishta helps in improving the functioning of the reproductive system, acts as a magical tonic for the uterus. It strengthens the uterine muscles, helps in easier removal of the uterine lining during menstruation, reduces blood clots during menstruation, and provides various health benefits.
Livclear Capsule: Livclear capsule is a composition of makoy, giloy, kalmegh, sharpunkh, and other precious ayurvedic ingredients that helps in the detoxification of the liver, improves blood circulation, improve the digestive system and remove toxins from the body. Regular use of livclear capsules is very effective in maintaining the functioning of each organ and provides multiple health benefits to an individual.
Rajah Pravartani Vati: The vati is used in the Ayurvedic treatment of amenorrhea and scanty bleeding. It is composed of ramatha, kaseesa, kanya that mainly work on the uterus and ovaries. It is likely to stimulate ovulation and corrects the functions of ovaries. Rajah pravartani vati effectively works in the Ayurvedic treatment of amenorrhea, dysmenorrheal associated with backache, irritability, or scanty periods. Also, Rajah Pravartani vati provides relief in heartburn, burning sensation in the abdomen, abdominal tenderness, etc.
Ayurvedic medicines are very effective in pacifying aggravated doshas, nourishing the system, and preventing a person from various complications. Along with herbal medicines, with healthy diet, and lifestyle activities, every health issue can be managed in Ayurveda.
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