The menstrual cycle is the 28 to 35 days when our uterus prepares the body for pregnancy. Every woman has her own experiences about her menstrual period…but most would understandably consider it a curse. We have to put up with discomforts like bloating, tenderness of breasts, mood swings, menstrual period pain, irritation, depression, anger, and irregularity. But thanks to Ayurveda, we can make some simple changes for an easier menstrual cycle.
Menstrual Cycle Tips For Pain, Mood Swings & Irregularities
1. Stay Toxin-Free.
Ayurveda believes that a toxin free body has no hormonal imbalances, and therefore has a smooth menstrual cycle with minimum discomfort.
- So say no to caffeine, junk food, artificially prepared and preserved items, stale foods, and alcohol.
- Eat organic fruits, especially antioxidant-rich ones like berries and pomegranate.
- Eat plenty of vegetables.
- Include whole grains in your diet.
- Have light, warm meals.
- Drink plenty of water every day. You can also drink warm lemon juice every morning.
- Importantly, don’t smoke – it does a lot of harm and aggravates menstrual period pain.
- Every once in a while, go on a fast. Vata types can eat light dal khichdi.
- Spend less time in polluted environments, and more time in nature.
2. Take Hormone-Balancing And Pain-Busting Herbs.
Herbs are known to have many health benefits. They are safe and natural when taken with a doctor’s consultation, and can be very powerful healers. Ayurveda highly recommends herbs rather than chemical-packed pain medications.
- Black cohosh, an anti-inflammatory herb, reduces period pain by bringing down wayward hormones.
- Ginseng regulates the period cycle and calms down PMS symptoms.
- Clary sage regulates estrogen levels, which further leads to better regularity, lighter periods, reduced menstrual cramps, and lesser and mood swings.
- Turmeric has anti inflammatory properties and is good to reduce period pain. It is believed to help endometriosis.
- Shatavari relieves PMS symptoms and is an excellent herb for female reprodutive health.
- Shilajit treats bloating and period cramps
- Evening Primrose oil eases breast tenderness, mood fluctuations, and pain in the lower back.
- Fennel is excellent for tackling an upset stomach and soothing menstrual cramps.
- Peppermint tea relaxes the muscles and eases period pain.
- Lavender has mild anti-depressive effects, relaxes the muscles, and boosts peaceful sleep.
- Chamomile is immensely soothing for the body and mind.
3. Get Enough Of Rest.
In today’s nuclear family set ups and women having to work outside home, it is not really possible to rest during our period. But try these in order to reduce your menstrual pain:
- Avoiding unnecessary chores or those that can be done later.
- Instead of cooking, order a meal.
- Try take a nap for up to an hour in the day.
- If possible delegate some of your tasks.
- Plan the week ahead to ensure minimum stress.
- End your day with a nice warm bath.
- Ask your partner or a friend to give you a foot rub in the evening.
- Sleep for one more hour.
4. Cultivate Calmness.
Hormonal changes do play havoc with your moods. You may feel sad, low, depressed, anxious, angry, irritated – sometimes, all at the same time! But since you know this is just a temporary normal phase, recognise that these emotions will pass. Meditate, listen to relaxing music, spend time in nature, play with children or pets, or divert your mind from those troubling thoughts. Just do something that makes you happy.
5. Don’t Forget Hygiene!
Lack of proper hygiene can add unnecessary discomforts like rashes, irritation, and vaginal infections to your menstrual cycle. So make sure you remember to change your pads or tampons regularly – never later than 6 hours, and every hour in case of heavy flow. If you have a young daughter or sister, educate her about the importance of proper menstrual period hygiene practices.
Note: Articles on Ayurvedum are solely for the purpose of sharing the goodness of Ayurveda and bringing awareness on natural and healthy living. Please do not substitute it for professional medical advice. Ingredients discussed can interfere with certain medications. So, before using anything to treat yourself, always consult an Ayurveda doctor or practitioner.