Submitted by Dr.Trusha Abhyankar, Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery, MD(Ayurveda)
Though menopause is a natural process, usually woman suffers a lot due to the hormonal imbalance.
May it is hot flashes or weight gain or bloating issues as well as sleep apnea, it varies from person to person. At truweight along with Nutritional management, herbal management is provided for menopausal woman.
These herbs are provided under the supervision of Ayurvedic physicians. Based on the condition of the woman, the herbs are provided.
Cap.Shatavari and Curcuma are the herbs used in menopause
Shatavari, also known as Asparagus racemosus is considered to as a female health tonic, helpful in all stages of womanhood and helps in the normal functioning of the female reproductive system.
It can be a natural alternative to Hormonal Replacement Therapy. It contains ‘phytoestrogens,’ which has function and structure similar to ovarian or placental estrogen.
Shatavari acts as a hormone modulator and does all the work of HRT with little to no side effects involved.
1.Relieve hot flashes and night sweats
This herb relaxes the central nervous system (CNS), where the hypothalamus is part of.
The hypothalamus is responsible for regulating the temperature of the body. Hence by using this herb, vasomotor symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats are reduced.
In addition, Shatavari also has cooling properties. Therefore, when the body’s temperature arises at abnormal levels, it can help combat the heat.
2.Ease vaginal dryness
A common condition observed in menopause. Another property of Shatavari is oily and greasy by nature. Hence, it can help moisten the vaginal area.
Apart from providing lubrication, this herb has antibacterial properties which help in reducing infections.
3.Prevent anxiety, depression and mood swings
Regular usage of Shatavari helps to manage emotions better among menopausal woman who has issues of depression, mood swings or anxiety.
This herb is known to stimulates as well as balances the production of happy hormones. Hormones such as Endorphin, serotonin, and dopamine are essential to keep us calm, relaxed as well as make us happy.
Stress is a result of many factors such as declining hormones, an unhealthy lifestyle or due to menopause. Shatavari has anti-stress properties which can help in regaining the balance back.
It keeps hormones under check and makes the mind and body calm. To be more effective in relieving stress, avoid multitasking. Remember, a calm mind is a productive mind!
5. Improve memory lapses
Shatavari improves blood circulation thereby nourishing brain cells and slowing down neurodegeneration.
Most of all, Shatavari is a good antioxidant, which gets rid off harmful toxins from the body.
6.Solve sleep apnea
Disturbances in sleep during menopause is a direct result of the decreasing estrogen hormone. This female hormone is responsible for regulating our sleep-wake pattern.
Hence, when the production of estrogen is low, sleep gets very much affected.
Stress is also one of the known factors that causes sleep deprivation. When stressed, our body releases a hormone called cortisol, which is responsible for giving us the boost of energy to stay alert.
However, persistent elevation in cortisol can leads to restlessness. As a result, we are wide-awake at night!
Shatavari stimulates estrogenic activity and regulates cortisol in the adrenal glands due to which hormonal balance is achieved. When the body is more relaxed, one tends to have a good night’s sleep and feel energized in the next day.
Diminished metabolism is often associated with menopausal woman. This is also one of the reasons for weight gain.
Shatavari stimulates the thyroid glands to produce its hormones and these thyroid hormones boost metabolism and thereby preventing weight gain. Apart from these, they promote better digestion.
Also known as curcurma, belongs to Zingiberaceae family. Turmeric has multiple roles in our lives – as a spice, a herb or as a dye. The properties of turmeric are antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-carcinogenic, anti-mutagenic and anti-inflammatory making it incredible in our lives. The role of turmeric during menopause are as follows:
During Postmenopausal age, a decline in estrogen levels and vaginal atrophy increases the susceptibility of women to vaginal infections. Turmeric protects against such infections.
2.Curcumin has immunomodulating properties
It reduces inflammation, migration of immune cells, and production of pro-inflammatory chemicals, all of which occur as a result of impaired immune responses leading to the development of autoimmune diseases.
3.Curcumin helps in weight loss
It helps in weight loss at low levels, it can elevate immunity and antibody responses which will fight against infections. Also, it regulates fat metabolism and prevents the formation of fats as well as fat tissues. It performs an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity which prevents inflammation in fat tissues. Thus, it helps in reducing the risks of being obese.
Curcumin has the dietary polyphenols that are recommended for its beneficial effects on cardiovascular health and its protective action against aging.
Turmeric reduces inflammation and activates antioxidant defense system. Thus it reduces the onset and progression of rheumatoid arthritis.
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