Thursday, March 13, 2008

Menstrual Difficulties

Menstrual Difficulties

Source: Ayurvedic Healing for Women (Chapter 9: Premenstrual and Menstrual Difficulties)
Author: Atreya

According to Ayurveda, all menstrual difficulties are related in some way to an imbalance in the vata dosha. Most originate from a disruption in the function of vata. All treatments should begin with an assessment of the state of the vata humor in the body.

The tongue provides a good indication of the state of vata in the body generally and in the internal organs especially. The constitution of the person should be determined first. The tongue can give indications of constitution as explained earlier (see page 17). Disturbed vata may appear on the tongue as roughness, cracks, pimples, and brownish coatings. If the tongue trembles, this may also indicate an imbalance in vata.

Other indications in the body are intestinal gas, bloating, migrating pain, irregularity in digestion or menstruation, twitching body parts, nervous disorders, internal or external dryness, brittle hair, dull skin or hair, sharp pains, and any mental agitation such as stress or nervousness. If the mind is unable to stay focused, this indicates an imbalance of vata. If the person is talking excessively or too fast, it is also indicative of a vata nature or imbalanced vata.

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