Amenorrhea is defined as the absence of a menstrual period in a woman during her reproductive age. Women who missed her three menstrual periods are dealing with amenorrhea problem. It is a normal feature in prepubertal, pregnant, and post-menopausal females. The physiological state of amenorrhea is seen most commonly during pregnancy and lactation. Apart from the reproductive years, there is an absence of menses during childhood and after menopause.
For a woman to have regular menstrual cycles, her hypothalamus (stimulates the pituitary gland), pituitary gland (that releases luteinizing hormone and follicle stimulating hormone which influence the production of estrogen and progesterone that control cyclic changes in the lining of the uterus), ovaries, and uterus must be functioning properly.
Environmental factors play an important role in determining the menstrual flow, its integrity, and regularity. Menstrual dysfunction reveals infertility and increases the future risk of various chronic diseases such as diabetes, breast cancer, and cardiovascular diseases.
What are the different Types of Amenorrhea?
There are mainly two types of Amenorrhea –
1. Primary Amenorrhea
When a woman has not her first menstrual period by the age of 14 years and no signs of other sexual characteristics (such as developing breasts and pubic hair), it is known as primary amenorrhea or delayed menarche. This is common in teenage girls who:
- Are very thin or an athletic
- Have a genetic problem
- Have abnormal female reproductive organs
- Imperforate hymen
- Having low energy availability (for example eating disorders, excessive exercise, decreased caloric intake )
2. Secondary Amenorrhea
It occurs when periods have stopped for about three months or more. It is commonly seen in
- Emotional or physical stress
- Rapid weight loss
- Strenuous exercise
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Premature ovarian failure
What are the Signs & Symptoms of Amenorrhea?
The main symptom of amenorrhea is the absence of menstrual periods. Other signs & symptoms include-
- Excess body and facial hair
- Lowering of the voice
- Altered sex drive
- Changes in the breast
- Weight gain or weight loss
- Dry skin and hair
- Muscular and neural pain
What is an Ayurvedic view of Amenorrhea?
According to Ayurveda, Amenorrhea is termed as ‘Anartava’. According to Acharya Charka, the imbalance of the Vata Dosha in women is the main cause of Amenorrhea. Aggravated Vata dosha accumulated in the body and relocated to Purishvaha srotas.
Normally, the food is digested by the digestive fire and converted into rasa dhatu. This rasa dhatu provides nourishment to the successive dhatus and other tissues of the body. Anartava or menstrual blood is a part of this rasa dhatu. But when the digestion is impaired, instead of the healthy rasa dhatu, ama or toxins are produced. This ama gathers in rasavahi srotas or artavavahi srotas which causes blockage in them and stops the menstrual flow, leading to Amenorrhea.
What is an Ayurvedic Treatment for Amenorrhea?
The strength of Ayurvedic treatment is its ability to remove the root cause of the disease rather than treating the symptoms. Ayurveda has numerous natural and pure herbs which are very beneficial in the treatment of Amenorrhea.
Chandigarh Ayurved Centre provided you the ‘’Amenorrhea Go Kit’’, which includes total 5 products – Rajpravartini vati, Stri Poshak capsules, Stri Poshak syrup, Ashwagandha tablet, Rasayan Vati & Femine Care Tablet.
ALL PRODUCTS DESCRIPTION IN DETAIL
1. Immuno up Powder
Immuno up powder is pure herbal formulation. The importance of working on your immunity is now on an all-time high. If a person fall ill easily, it means their body’s immunity is low. This pacifies tridosha (Vata, pitta and Kapha), strengthen your immunity, keeps your digestive system fit and also detox your body. it also works in cold, fever and flu conditions. It consists of effective levels of antioxidants, Vitamin C and E which circulate in the body to protect it against the damage caused by free radicals. it is a natural immune-modulator properties to prevent and ease coughing, sneezing, etc. It provides quick relief from early signs of running nose, Sore throat, body pains, and weakness.
Recommended Dosage – Take 1 Sachet twice daily with normal water.
2. Femine care tablet
It is a pure and natural remedy that contains various herbs extract that works on the female reproductive system and make it healthy. These tablets show antioxidant properties, anti inflammatory and immuno modulater properties. It contains Ghritkumari , Muramakki, Sonth. It works in various diseases like pcod, bulky uterus, endometriosis, general female health, irregular menses, and uterine fibroids. It affects on Tridosha- balances Vata and Kapha.
DOSE – 1-2 tablets two times a day or as directed by physician.
3. Women Power Plus Tablet
CAC woman power tablet is a complete health supplement for women which is best for female health and vital energy. It helps to build up the immunity. This is a pure herbo mineral product of the best quality herbs. The herbs used are Ashoka, Shatavari, anatmool, etc. These are herbs used since ancient times to maintain female health metabolism.
DOSE – Take 2 tablet twice a day or as directed by physician.
4. Women Champion Syrup
Woman Champion is purely herbal and ayurvedic formulation. It is a very effective tonic for women and help to maintain their health. It balances all the doshas of body and also maintain hormone levels . It contains herbs like Lodhra, Manjishta, Ashok chaal, Punarnava,Shatavar,Bala,Daruharidra,Nagarmotha that help women typically with mood changes, stress, headache and pain. CAC Women champion helps in leading a life of minimum discomfort during those difficult days every month.
Recommended Dosage : Take 2 tablespoon a day or as directed by physician.
5. Panchsakar Churna
This churna is very effective for acidity patients as it shows antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, laxative, & analgesic properties. It is a classical herbal churna prepared from ingredients like Shatapushpa,Balaharitaki, Shunthi, Swarnapatri, & Saindhav lavana. It helps in removing all toxins
from the body & provides good results in Amenorrhea.
Recommended Dosage: Take 1 teaspoonful at bedtime with warm water.
What is the Panchakarma Treatment for Amenorrhea?
Panchakarma is the best way to treat any type of acute or chronic diseases as it overall detoxifies the body. Chandigarh Ayurved Centre provides the Bliss therapy consisting of Abhyanga, Shirodhara, Swedana treatments. It helps in pacifying Vata dosha and nourishes the system. The therapies are beneficial for the treatment of amenorrhea and are conducted under the supervision of a Ayurvedic Doctor.
Healthy Tips and Diet for Amenorrhea Patients-
- Take plenty of fresh fruits, and vegetable in raw, juice, or soup form.
- Avoid hard digesting and junking food items.
- Avoid ice creams, cold drinks, alcohol, smoking, etc.
- Eat warm, nutritious and easily digestible foods like khichadi and soup which give the gastrointestinal tract a rest and facilitate cleansing.
- Drink filtered or boiled water.
- Limit the use of Contraceptive pills.
- Eat a Calcium-rich food at each meal that helps in maintaining the bone density.
- Medication and Relaxation techniques are beneficial to overcome mental stress.
- Daily oil massage can be helpful in maintaining the imbalanced dosha.
- Take deepana dravyas like Cinnamon (is a good choice because of its demulcent and stimulating properties), Dried Ginger (works as an emmenagogue), & Turmeric (helps to regulate menses by decongesting the liver).
- Exercise is very beneficial to bring back the menstrual cycle because it reduces stress and brings balance to the endocrine system.
- Regular practicing yoga has good results in the treatment of Amenorrhea. Do perform Yoga Asana such as Dhanurasana, Ustrasana, Bhujangasana, Malasana, and Baddha Konasana.
- Do perform Pranayama like Anulom Vilom, Shitali, Sheetkari, and Chandrabhedi pranayama.
Dr. Vaidya Karanvir Singh is the younger Vaidya in Chandigarh Ayurved & Panchakarma Centre. He is the fourth generation in his family who is practicing as a general consultant in Ayurved & Panchakarma treatment at Chandigarh. In his practice, he had treated more than 1 Lakh Plus patients worldwide.