Ayurvedic Herbs and Tips for Menopause
In many cultures, menopause is looked upon as a time of greater freedom and happiness.
While western attitudes are changing, our culture sometimes assumes that this natural life change will be burdened with disease-like symptoms and lifestyle restrictions.
From the Ayurvedic perspective, accumulated impurities combined with the sudden physiological changes of menopause can lead to a range of interrelated imbalances and discomforts. But with Ayurvedic lifestyle changes, these can be addressed. Menopause is a gradual process that occurs over a period of years as the ovaries stop producing estrogen. It’s important to prevent and reduce a build-up of impurities — ama (the by-product of improper digestion, or metabolism) — early on, to avoid imbalances such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, mood swings and weak, brittle bones.
Balance Your Hormones, Emotions and Body Temperature
All the major systems of your body are constantly shifting and renewing themselves. So if you’ve begun to experience some midlife changes, an Ayurvedic approach can help harmonize those changes. This approach helps balance, strengthen and nourish the interrelated functions of the body, such as hormones, emotions, assimilation of nutrients, and the formation of the blood, muscles and bones. These simple tips can help you feel balanced, with more stability, comfort and stronger digestion, which most importantly decreases the production of ama, the prime culprit when it comes to problems in our bodies. Having issues? Get the ama out!
- Eat foods that are easy for the body to digest, suitable for your Ayurvedic body type and the season.
- Eat the main meal at mid-day, when the digestive fire (agni) is strongest.
- Favor fresh organic foods. Avoid leftovers.
- Avoid cold or iced drinks with meals, as these decrease the digestive fire.
- Do an Ayurvedic daily warm-oil massage (called Abhyanga). It’s calming and balancing for the emotions and functions related to menopause.
- Try to be in bed by 10 p.m. so the body is asleep during the ideal Ayurvedic sleep time. During this time a natural detoxification takes place. This ideal purification period is from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Basic Ayurvedic Fundamentals of Wellness
Three key principles to long-term balance and wellness in Ayurveda are broadly summed up in three lifestyle tactics:
- Reducing ama (toxins)
- Balancing/strengthening digestion (agni)
- Significantly lowering stress
Each of these plays a powerful role in supporting long-term, life-changing wellness, according to Ayurveda.
To accomplish these goals, Ayurveda offers you lots of enjoyable options. Each of these choices has the power, in the Ayurvedic model, to gradually, naturally support and restore Ayurvedic balance in mind and body. These lifestyle choices include changes to diet; stress-reduction practices like yoga, exercise and meditation; and traditional Ayurvedic herbals, to name just a few.
Digestion is a central long-term, priority focus of Ayurveda. Great emphasis is placed on keeping digestion (agni) balanced. In this sense, ‘balance’ means functioning at its absolute optimum. That’s because digestion (agni) is the engine of transformation and assimilation. This transformation ‘engine’ isn’t found just in the stomach — it is found in every cell in the body. It is an extremely intelligent engine, too. It transforms and metabolizes food nutrients and food intelligence into you, and selects out that which isn’t useful to the body and mind. Depending on the strength of agni, the ‘transformation engine,’ either toxins (ama) or ojas (the beneficial biochemical of balance) will be created. Ojas is the finest and most-valued by-product of digestion in Ayurveda, supporting immunity, happiness, the feeling of connectivity (union or yoga) and emotional stability.
Ayurvedic Menopause Herbal Support and Guidelines
- If you are over 35, take Midlife for Women I herbal formula to help clear out impurities, nourish the uterus and help improve calcium absorption before and during menopause.
- Take Midlife for Women II herbal formula during menopause to help balance the hormones, emotions, mind, nerves, elimination and blood.
- If you are experiencing hot flashes or mood swings, take the Blissful Joy herbal supplement to help uplift the emotions and improve metabolism.
- Use the Blissful Heart Therapeutic Aroma oil blend to help restore inner harmony.
- Hot Flash Relief — Hot Flash Relief tablets contain a mixture of herbs that pacify Pitta dosha (fire element) in the deeper tissues of the body. According to Ayurveda, hot flashes occur when heat transfer in the body becomes irregular because of clogged channels. This formula helps clear the different channels of the body, and helps maintain heat regulation in the body. The herbs balance the 13 agnis (fires) in the physiology and nurture the connection between mind and body, and mind and heart.
- Calcium Support — According to Maharishi Ayurveda, it’s not enough to take calcium supplements. You also need to be able to absorb and assimilate the calcium. That’s why Ayurvedic Calcium Support supplies your body with over 600 mg of bioavailable calcium a day — and at the same time supports your body’s ability to absorb calcium from supplements and the foods you eat.
The additional Ayurvedic herbals listed below are core herbal products supporting important areas of Ayurvedic wellness.
Triphala: Organic Digest Tone (Triphala Plus) from Maharishi Ayurveda — This blend of herbs is a powerful tonic for the digestive system. If you are feeling sluggish, dull or occasionally constipated, chances are that toxins are building up in your body. Toxins accumulate when your digestion — and elimination — are out of balance, which can lead to skin breakouts, menstrual cramps, fatigue, feelings of sadness and many other health issues. Triphala, available in Organic Digest Tone (Triphala Plus), is the every-night, overnight detox and digestion balancer, supporting assimilation, balanced agni and ojas. This is Maharishi Ayurveda’s number 1 selling digestion herbal.
Sleep: Deep Rest from Maharishi Ayurveda — The herbs in this formula support sleeping deeply through the night and waking up feeling refreshed. Specifically, the formula is for those who have difficulty staying asleep and wake up in the middle of the night. It also helps those who have difficulty falling asleep and those who awaken early, after less than six hours of sleep. Sleeping soundly is considered a vital tool for balance in Ayurveda, because it both refreshes the nervous system and purifies (detoxes) the entire body nightly. Proper sleep during the optimal hours for sleep is a powerful tool for smoother cycles.
Sleep: Blissful Sleep from Maharishi Ayurveda — The inability to fall asleep naturally, according to Maharishi Ayurveda, is largely due to stress, frustration, heavy food and sensory overload. If you’re worried or agitated before bed, your mind stays connected to the senses, keeping them active. When that happens you may have trouble falling asleep — or if you do fall asleep, you may notice that your sleep is light and restless. When your mind is relaxed, and disconnects from the senses, that sleep is sound and deep.
The Ayurvedic herbs in the formula produce a calming, balancing effect on the body, mind and emotions. Sleep becomes deeper and more restful. For published research on Blissful Sleep, please see this page.
Stress Free Emotions supports natural resistance to emotional stress and fatigue. Diet, daily habits and ongoing stress are key factors that can contribute to imbalances in mind and body, leading to feelings of sadness and physical fatigue. The herbs promote self-confidence, positive thinking and feelings of fulfillment by balancing the subdosha of Pitta that governs emotional health (Sadhaka Pitta).
Energy: Organic Premium Amla Berry from Maharishi Ayurveda — Our Amla is prepared according to the ancient Ayurvedic texts — a 21-step process at a temperature below 90 °F to maintain the potency.
Gram for gram, Amla has 20 times the Vitamin C content of an orange. Good nutrition requires a balance of the six Ayurvedic tastes — sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent. Amla is one of just a handful of herbs that contain five of the six taste categories — all except salty. Such balanced nutrition means that Amla helps balance all three of the basic operating principles (doshas) of mind and body — Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Amla produces total health benefits. It helps strengthen the mind, eyes, heart, skin, and digestion; boosts cellular regeneration; and promotes a positive nitrogen balance for improved growth of muscle tissue.
Vital Lady — Career, housework, family — if you’re like most women today, you’re under stress. It can be difficult just to make it through the day, let alone excel. But don’t sell yourself short.
The 28 powerful Ayurvedic ingredients in Vital Lady herbal formula work synergistically to support your mind, body and spirit so you’ll feel composed on the inside and dynamic on the outside. Specially targeted for the female nervous system, this formula helps revitalize the seven types of body tissue; supports cellular regeneration; helps balance hormones and emotions; and promotes healthy digestion, elimination and purification.
Rejuvenation for Ladies — Rejuvenate your cells and build a more youthful body. The cells in your body are continually being replaced by new ones, but this process deteriorates with age. The body’s organs and tissues are less vital than they once were, which causes premature aging.
Rejuvenation for Ladies helps restore that youthful glow. It promotes cellular regeneration, which slows both biological and psychological aging. The benefits continue to grow and accumulate over time.
This formula is especially helpful during the years before menopause. It nourishes the blood, bones, and bone marrow — which have to be replenished constantly for an easy, natural menstrual cycle.
Osteo Relief — With age, bones can become weaker and more likely to break. For women, it’s especially important to focus on bone health before, during and after menopause. Osteo Relief is a powerful combination of Ayurvedic herbs and spices formulated to provide a natural source of calcium that helps promote resistance to stress and supports healthy bones, nerves and joints.
The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or e-mail us for the number of a physician in your area. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.