Every women who achieves puberty has to undergo menstruation every month as being a biological phenomenon. A fist menstrual flow of a women’s life is called as Menarche. It usually occurs at the age between 12 to 14 years. It continues till age of 45 years approximately. After this age the monthly flow stops it is called as Menopause.
In between menarche and Menopause the cycle is physiologically paused due to pregnancy.
This menstrual cycle is driven under influence of some hormones like oestrogen, progesterone, FSH, LH, Prolactin, TSH etc. As per ayurveda menstruation is also influenced by some mental involvement with physical as well.
There are some diseases which affects menstrual cycle. Most common in india is Anaemia (Pandu). Then there are several others like PCOD, Hypothyroidism, Endocrine imbalance, tuberculosis, Anxiety, stress, Mental shock, chronic alcoholism, chronic poisoning with opium and cocaine, Tumours of anterior pituitary or adrenal cortex, drug induced
There is a concept called as primary amenorrhoea where menstruation never occurred those are infertile uterus, underdeveloped ovaries
Sometimes in some women there is imperforated hymen, means a menstrual flow cannot come out of vagina as there is a septum which has no opening this is termed as crypto menorrhoea.
A women’s physical and mental health is always influenced with her menstruation. And therefore in ayurveda this topic has a special mention.
Ayurveda primarily believe the fact that prevention is always better than cure. Hence it is rightly said
स्वस्थस्य स्वास्थ्य रक्षणम्
आतुरस्य िवकार प्रशमनम् च
Therefore to avoid a problems in menstruation and to achieve a regular and complaint free menstrual flow for good health and good fertility there are few dos and don’ts described which should be followed by a women in the days of menstrual flow which is called as Rajaswala paricharya.
While bleeding phase of Menstrual cycle always keep in mind That your uterus is wounded and hence it is bleeding, your blood (Rakta Dhatu) is flowing out, your body is in physical and mental stress. Hence you should conduct your daily activities which will not put you in more physical or mental stress as well as it should help your body and mind to recover early.
Lets See Some Don’ts :-
- Don’t do strenuous exercises :- exercising in bleeding phase of menstrual cycle is suppose to be avoided. Though it is said that some light exercise can be done but exercises which puts you in much more physical stress are to be avoided. Don’t lift heavy weights, avoid long strenuous journeys, avoid tracking and avoid playing outdoor games or gymnastics.
- Don’t eat junk food :- Junk food is always unhealthy. Eating such food will lead to agnimandya that it suppress your digestive power may lead to constipation and digestive complaints. And it does not provide you necessary vital elements and required calories.
- Don’t eat food which is heavy to digest :- Eating such food will lead to agnimandya that it suppress your digestive power may lead to constipation and digestive complaints.
- Don’t use sanitary napkins:- avoid use of sanitary napkins as far as possible as it contains some chemicals which soaks and dry the flow. Instead of that use of cotton fabric is always advisable as far as possible. If you are a working women and you need to use sanitary napkins as it is very convenient then change them twice or thrice a day and maintain local cleanliness. It is helpful in avoiding infections.
- Avoid sexual relation while bleeding :- In menstrual flow that is bleeding phase one should always avoid sexual contact, as it Leeds to some hormonal imbalance, puts you in physical stress, may lead to infections to both the partners in ayurveda it is said that it may cause Vatprakop.
- Avoid Milk and other Dairy Products :-
Calcium is great for helping with menstrual pains, but milk products do the opposite. Milk, cheese, and yogurt should be eaten sparingly or not at all while one have period because they contain arachadonic acids and can cause cramps.
Lets See Some Do’s :-
- Do take rest as far as possible. But some light exercise is always advisable.
- Do eat lots of fruits in bleeding phase, pomegranate, papaya, apple, peach, sapota are more advisable.
- Eat light to digest food. Have soft diet, drink buttermilk with every meal, use of Khichadi in diner is advisable.
- Have some almond, cashew nuts, blackcurrants.
- Maintain Local Cleanliness.
- Do change your sanitary napkins on regular intervals.
- Use of Ghee in your meal is advisable.
- Meditation for mental relaxation is advisable.
- Have food which is rich in iron, Folic acid and Protein.
- Avoid peanuts, Coconuts, Tuvar Dal, Green chillies.
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