Hormone pills and fertility – Healthy Ayurvedic Alternatives

Many women take oral contraception, either for birth control or for the hormonal benefits for preventing medical conditions affecting the female reproductive system. Yet hormones have a distinct effect on the body, and their side effects are not always favourable. The link between taking hormones and infertility has long been debated. Women who have menstrual pain are often prescribed birth control since this helps to reduce menstruation. Yet the same hormones have been thought to cause structural changes to the endometrium, the inner lining of the womb.

Many western doctors have rubbished the idea that taking long-term birth control reduces women’s fertility in the long term. Some claim that as soon as you go off the pill, you can conceive quite easily. But other admit that this is common but by no means guaranteed. As a professor of obstetrics and gynecology put it: ‘with a few notable exceptions, immediately after you stop using birth control, your fertility will go right back to what it was destined to be’. It is those ‘notable exceptions’ that women want to avoid. Also, to focus exclusively on fertility ignores the other possible harm hormone treatments can do to your body. So what is the alternative? There are Ayurvedic therapies that work in a complementary way with women’s reproductive wellness. In Ayurvedic tradition, internal treatments using herbal preparations that enhance fertility have been used for centuries.

There are also various external treatments that work more with aligning energies and balancing the key elemental life energies of the body, the three ‘doshas’. These elementary energies, named ‘Pitta’, ‘Kapha’ and ‘Vata’, must be balanced for good health and menstrual pain is thought to be closely linked to the ‘Vata’ dosha (which governs movement) being out of balance. The verdict might change from year to year on whether or not hormone pills reduce your fertility, but when there are Ayurvedic treatments that will ease menstrual pain and maintain reproductive health, is there any reason to take chances?

Ayurvedic Alternatives to hormones and painkillers for the younger generation

At Keyajee, women’s wellness is our focus. Many younger women suffer from painful periods or ‘dysmenorrhea’ as it is called in the medical community. In fact, this is one of the most common medical ailments affecting women at the peak of their reproductive maturity. Often, mainstream doctors will prescribe hormones or painkillers. Hormonal therapies that induce amenorrhoea (the stopping of menstruation) are sometimes prescribed, or oral contraceptives that inhibit menstruation. Yet filling the body with a cocktail of drugs isn’t the best approach for maintaining young women’s wellness. This is where Ayurvedic therapies provide valuable alternatives.

There are two main types of dysmenorrhoea. The first (‘primary’) type affects women who have normal pelvic anatomy, whereas ‘secondary’ dysmenorrhea occurs due to some or other underlying disorder. Risk factors for menstrual cramps or pain include obesity as well as being underweight, being 20 years old or under, smoking and elevated stress.

Ayurvedic treatment for Menstrual Pain

For many young women, wellness can be found through supplementary, supportive treatments. Ayurvedic medicine understands period pain to be caused by the Vata dosha, the elementary energy type associated with movement in the body.

Because dysmenorrhea is seen as being caused by disturbances in Vata and the resulting effects on the body, a large part of Ayurvedic treatment for menstrual pain consists of balancing Vata.

Treatments for period pain include internal treatments (Uttara Basti) that use Ayurvedic herbal preparations as well as external therapies that realign energies and help balance Vata. There are also dietary changes young women who are afflicted can take. These include increasing water intake (preferably warm water as this helps digestion and balances Vata). To balance Vata, it is also wise to avoid salty, spicy, fried and sour foods.

To conclude: Young women who are frequently absent from school, studies or other obligations due to unbearable menstrual pain can find relief with Ayurveda, without having to resort to using drugs that have harmful side effects.

KEYAJEE clinic on London’s Harley Street

On a very hot afternoon in June, Keyajee Clinic,  on London’s Harley Street, hosted our very first open day event.

Harley Street has the greatest reputation of medical expertise of anywhere in the world and Keyajee is delighted to be part of this as the go to place for Ayurvedic treatments.  Although we are based in London and Hertfordshrire, our services have a genuine global reach.

I also regularly travel to my clients’ homes to provide advice and support in more familair surroundings if needed and to spread the word about Ayurvedic practices.

A large number of prospective clients attended the event  and many attendees also took advantage of the opportunity to have a free consultation on the day, and several treatment bookings were confirmed on the spot. Although we never pressure our clients into signing up for a treatment, many do use our open days to help make their final decision.

For many, being able to meet me in person and learn about the treatments for real is all they need to begin their own journey.  Sometimes the most important thing we can do is to take that step, to begin our journey, to just let go.

The following photos should give you a sense of what to expect at one of our events, lots of fun and learning too.

Our open days are free to attend so please contact me for more information, look forward to seeing you at the next one !

 

Ayurvedic Family Nutrition – Create Balance and Wellbeing

In Ayurveda, balancing the three doshas (the elemental energies that form an individual’s physical and mental constitution) is vital. Ailments and unhappy mental states are the product of any of the doshas – pitta, kapha and vata – being in excess or lacking. While there are Ayurvedic therapies that help to bring these elemental energies into harmony, nutrition plays an important role in wellbeing. When you are struggling with poor health or emotional troubles, simple nutritional changes can bring a surprisingly vast improvement.

What you should know about Ayurvedic Family Nutrition

Ayurvedic differs from ‘western’ medicine in that each individual is taken as unique – there is no ‘one size fits all’ nutrition plan or system. Yet certain foods increase certain doshas, while others have a lessening effect. The fiery pitta dosha, for example, is the primary element of many individuals who show classic traits of this dosha, such as a quick temper and argumentative nature. Hot foods such as chilli and pepper increase the Pitta dosha, thus cooling foods are favoured for balancing this type. Once you understand the effects of food on the doshas and how to eat to bring your body and mind into balance, it is easy to work out a health-giving Ayurvedic nutrition plan.

Try Keyjaee’s Ayurvedic Diet & Nutrition Classes

By gaining a deeper understanding of Ayurvedic family nutrition, you can easily make each meal nourishing and balancing for the minds and bodies of your family. Learning the fundamentals of Ayurvedic eating is easy with Keyajee’s informal classes. The class includes refreshments, pre-prepared ingredients, the lunch you will make and a tried and trusted recipe you can make a staple in your own home. The course will teach you how to make healthy, wholesome and tasty vegetarian fare. Make Ayurvedic cooking a source of your ‘five a day’ – the fruit and vegetables that are essential for optimal health.

Contact us today to book a one-day, evening, weekend or week-long class.