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.

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.