Ayurveda and Premenstrual Syndrome

Date Posted:17 June 2015 

Are you one of the millions of woman around the world who regularly experience one or more of the following symptoms as menstruation approaches?

  • Tension, tiredness and irritability
  • Water retention with weight gain, abdominal bloating, breast soreness and swelling
  • Headache or migraines
  • Food cravings and alcohol binges
  • Pain in the lower abdomen from ovulation to the first day of menstruation, which then eases
  • Depression or low mood states
  • Generalised aches and pains
  • Premenstrual asthma, sinusitis or hay fever, loss of smell, dizziness or vertigo
  • Cystitis or urethritis causing increased urination and burning

How do I know if I have Premenstrual Syndrome?
If your symptoms have been present for the last 3 months or more, or only start from ovulation (day 14 from the first day of menstrual flow) and are completely absent after the start of your menstruation for a minimum of seven days – then you are likely to be diagnosed as having Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS).

How does Ayurveda view Premenstrual Syndrome?
When your diet and lifestyle become imbalanced this leads to nervous system imbalance, accumulation of physical and mental stress, lowering your natural resistance and immunity and disrupting your natural bio- rhythms. In addition digestion and nutrition become challenged leading to a build up of toxins in your tissues blocking circulation. The type of symptoms you will experience is determined by the dosha that is most out of balance within you:

  • Vata imbalance gives symptoms of anxiety, insomnia, headache and interrupted flow as the menstrual cycle begins.
  • Pitta imbalance gives symptoms of anger, irritability, excessive heat, poor complexion and pain during menstruation.
  • Kapha imbalance gives symptoms of depression, heaviness and lethargy as menstruation begins.

What can I do?
Select the type of imbalance you have a tendency for below and see what you can do to help restore balance to your menstrual cycle.

Vata - anxiety, insomnia, headache and interrupted flow at the start of menstruation
Favour a Vata Pacifying Diet
Favour Vata Balancing Guidelines
Take Gyneco Support 2 tablets along with Nervous System Support 1 tablet 30 minutes prior breakfast and evening meals.
Take Herbal Digest 1-2 tablets 15-30 minutes after main meals 3 times a day.
Drink Smooth Cycle Tea from Day 14 until the end of the menstrual flow.
If you have a tendency for constipation also take 2-4 tablets of Digest Tone prior bed with a little warm water.

Pitta - anger, irritability, excessive heat, poor complexion and pain during menstruation.
Favour a Pitta Pacifying Diet
Favour Pitta Balancing Guidelines
Take Gyneco Support 2 tablets and Emotional Balance 2 tablets 30 minutes prior to breakfast and evening meals.
After meals take Aci-Balance 1-2 tablets.
Drink Smooth Cycle Tea from Day 14 until the end of the menstrual flow.

Kapha – regular cycle, weight gain, fluid retention, breast tenderness or soreness, abdominal bloating, oily skin, stiffness in back and joints.
Favour a Kapha Pacifying Diet
Favour Kapha  Balancing Guidelines
Take Rejuvenation for Ladies 1 tablet and Digest Tone 1 tablet 30 minutes prior breakfast Lunch and evening meals.
Drink Smooth Cycle Tea from Day 14 until the end of the menstrual flow.
If you have a tendency for constipation also take 2-4 tablets of Digest Tone prior bed with a little warm water.

Wishing you the bliss of balance.

Linda Sinden has been a practising Maharishi Ayurveda Consultant since 1990 and is a regular contributor to our weekly Insights. She has a practice in Auckland, New Zealand and also provides phone or Skype sessions for those who need assistance, but don’t have a consultant in their vicinity. Email: lindasinden@orbislife.co.nz Skype: Linda.Sinden 
Mobile: +64 212237525
  linda_sinden


mapnz-team

Wayne, Linda, Theresa and Louise
The Get Balance Team