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Menopause is an intermittent period characterized by many overlapping stages. Menopause generally sets in 3 stages. The first stage is – Perimenopause, followed by a second stage – Menopause and then final stage – Post menopausal.


Perimenopause – It is the time when ovulation and fertility reduce considerably and the hormone levels show a sharp decline.

Menopause – It is when a woman stops having her menstrual periods and the ovaries stop releasing eggs.

Post menopause – This time starts from the last period to the end of a woman’s life.

Menopause is not a disease or a condition, it is the natural process when a woman ceases to be fertile or menstruate. A woman enters in perimenopausal age around 45-47 years. Natural menopause occurs at or after 40.

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What are the Causes of Menopause?

Menopause can result from various causes like –

  • Natural decline of reproductive hormones

  • Primary ovarian insufficiency

  • Chemotherapy and radiation therapy

  • Hysterectomy etc

What are the Symptoms of Menopause?

Common symptoms of menopause include-

  • Irregular periods

  • Lower fertility

  • Hot flashes

  • Mood swings

  • Vaginal dryness

  • Disturbed sleep

  • Emotional changes

  • Breast shrinkage

  • Night sweats, etc.

What is an Ayurvedic view on Menopause?

In Ayurveda, it is termed as “Rajonivritti”. Menopause is a culmination of all three doshas of the women’s body. The menses increase the Pitta dosha, while the woman may gain weight during this time, which indicates the Kapha imbalance. Since the woman may become moody and even lose her sleep during menopause, there is a strong indication of Vata dosha.

  • Vata type menopausal symptoms include depression, anxiety, insomnia, etc.

  • Pitta type menopausal symptoms are often angry and mainly suffer hot flashes.

  • Kapha type menopausal symptoms include weight gain, feeling of mental, and physical heaviness.

What is the Ayurvedic Treatment of Menopause?

What is the Panchakarma Treatment of Menopause?

Ayurvedic treatments are individualized, but they usually consist of specific dietary guidelines, herbal supplements, meditation, detoxification, etc. Panchakarma is one of the most effective ways to cleanse the body and re-establish the balance. Chandigarh Ayurveda Center provides the best therapy that will reduce the symptoms of menopause.

  • Abhyangha – Daily massage therapy is designed to loosen and mobilize the toxins which helps in open up all the channels. This therapy provides relaxation and helps in improving the sleep, mood swings and keeps the mind relax.

  • Udvartana – In this a paste made primarily of chickpeas and heated sesame oil is applied all over the body and massage it by gentle hands. They helps in improving the muscle tone.

  • Shirodhara – In this a warm oil was poured in a thin, steady stream back and forth over the forehead for about 20-30 minutes. Starting out very warm, the oil application ends up exquisitely cool. It helps to relieve all the negativity, worries, mental junk etc.

  • Shasti shali pinda sweda – It is done by using hot milk mixed with rice and herbs. The massage is done with the help of bolus (basically an udder-like object filled with fluid). This provide strength to the muscles.

What are the Healthy Tips and Diet of Menopause?

  • Phytoestrogens and healthy fats, such as omega 3 fatty acid from fish can help to reduce the menopause symptoms.

  • The decline in estrogen levels during menopause can increase women’s risk of fracture. Dairy products such as, milk, yogurt, cheese, products contain calcium, phosphorus, potassium are essential.

  • Whole grains are high in nutrients, including fiber and vitamin B such as thiamine, niacin, riboflavin are effective in menopause.

  • Cruciferous vegetables are especially helpful for post-menopausal women. Dark berries may also benefit in those women who are going through menopause.

  • Foods that naturally contain phytoestrogens include soybean, peanuts, green and black tea, grapes, plums are very effective in the menopausal condition.

  • Increase the intake of iron. Iron is found in lean red meat, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts and enriched grain products.

  • Drink plenty of water that fulfills the daily requirements.

  • If you’re having hot flashes during menopause, you may avoid certain ‘’trigger’’ foods and drinks, like spicy foods, alcohol, caffeine.

  • Yoga for menopause – Many women have found that yoga including restorative and supportive poses, can ameliorate the undesirable side effects of menopause, including hot flashes, mood swings and more.

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