Women in India suffer from recurring challenges of menstrual cramps. A staggering 85% of Indian women due to this pain often turning to the easily accessible Meftal-Spas for relief, a popular over-the-counter (OTC) medication. However, following a recent drug safety advisory from IPC, women are now advised to monitor potential adverse reactions to this seemingly convenient OTC painkiller.
In a landscape where women grapple with persistent discomfort and the limitations of conventional solutions, the demand for alternative approaches is more pronounced than ever. Historical insights spotlight Ayurveda in addressing menstrual pain. Unlike conventional methods that merely alleviate symptoms, Ayurveda offers a personalized root cause approach. This wellness approach doesn’t prescribe mere pills; instead, it unfolds a narrative of natural remedies, dietary wisdom, and lifestyle practices.
In an interaction with OnlyMyHealth, Dr Pooja Kohli, Senior Ayurveda Expert at HempStreet shares key practices to follow for menstrual wellness.
Incorporate home based Ayurvedic remedies
Ayurveda advocates for a nourishing diet to maintain hormonal balance. Emphasizing on superfoods such as ginger, turmeric, and sesame seeds play a pivotal role in promoting menstrual health. Other than these common kitchen herbs like Methi seeds (Fenugreek), Ajwain (Carom Seeds) and Gud (Jaggery) are also herbal remedies to help alleviate menstrual cramps.
Yoga to regulate monthly cycles
Specific yoga poses such as child’s pose (Balasana), bound angle pose (Baddha Konasana), forward bend (Uttanasana) and breathing exercises can alleviate menstrual discomfort, reduce stress and improve overall circulation and can contribute to an improved menstrual cycle.
Take Ayurvedic herbs
Herbs like Vijaya, Ashwagandha, and Shatavari are renowned for their support in addressing menstrual disorders. Additionally, a study showed that treatment with Vijaya showed little to no side effects and that the herb is safe and well-tolerated by women undergoing treatment for dysmenorrhea.
Work on mind body relationship: Ayurveda recognizes the intimate connection between emotions and menstrual health. Strategies for stress management, including meditation and mindfulness are recommended. Practical tips for emotional well-being during the menstrual cycle such as adequate rest and self-care, are integral components of Ayurvedic practices.