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 !

 

An Ayurvedic approach to fertility: a new blog series

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Many couples dream about starting a family, but as many parents will tell you, the process to conception and birth are not as straight forward as you might expect. One in five UK women are childless at age 45, according to the Office for National Statistics. Additionally, the number of women receiving IVF treatment and DI treatment continues to grow. For many couples, conception seems to be just out of reach.

Problems with fertility can arise from a number of different causes and Ayurveda may be able to help pinpoint areas of improvement. For example, identifying and understanding your Ayurvedic constitution can help identify the best time for conception, and investing time and energy into balancing your constitution can help create a healthier environment for a new baby.

As Ayurvedic practitioners, we work closely with couples and take a holistic approach to conception which includes increasing fertility through lifestyle choices, diet choices and herbal supplements. Ayurveda is the “science of life” and nothing is more sacred to us than helping you start a family.

Join us on this blog in the coming months as we explore an Ayurvedic approach to fertility through examining the best ways to detox and cleanse your body, and how to prepare your reproductive system for conception with healthy lifestyle changes and recipes. If you’d prefer to talk to me on a one-to-one basis, please do get in touch or book one of our Well Woman Clinics.

I look forward to sharing my knowledge with you!