Pre-menstrual syndrome or (PMS) is not a strange condition among women. It is a group of emotional and physical symptoms that they experience one to two weeks before their menstrual cycle. For most of the women, PMS is not a cause of concern as they do not experience any significant changes in their body, but for some, it is really challenging. Bloating, tender breasts, abdominal pain, cramps, anxiety, irritability, depression, vomiting and, diarrhea are some of the common symptoms associated with PMS. In order to tackle these symptoms to a certain extent, one should follow the tips and guidelines of Ayurveda. According to Ayurveda, a person is in a good health only when, all the three fundamental doshas- Vata, Pitta and Kapha are in a state of balance and PMS,which is not treated as a disease in Ayurveda is a symptom of doshic imbalance which can vary from one woman to another. PMS can be classified based on the imbalance of these doshas:
Vata types: low back ache, low abdominal pain, mood swings, anxiety, headache and sleep disorders are some of the main ailments associated with Vata type PMS. In certain cases, irregular menstrual flow and irregularity in bowels may also appear.
Pitta type: The imbalance of pitta can cause symptoms like, irritability, mood swings, lower abdominal cramp, burning sensation while urinating and sometimes hives. Ayurvedic diet including cool and sweet foods like pears, sweet melons must be followed during Pitta type PMS.
Kapha type: The main symptoms during Kapha type PMS are bloating, weight gain, water retention, drowsiness and sluggishness.
TIPS AND TRICKS IN AYURVEDA
- Having“Dashamoola tea “twice a day every week prior to your period will help to cure the problem of PMS, mix half-teaspoon of dashamoola in a cup of hot water for 10 minutes, add little honey in the mix for taste.
- Try having 10 cherries daily on empty stomach a week before onset of menstruation.
- Herbal mixture made with a half teaspoon of 2 parts shatavari, 1 part brahmi, and 1 part musta would be the ideal mix to tackle the issue
- .Add a pinch of cumin powder to aloe vera gel, and consume, which can help ease symptoms to a great extent. Else, take one teaspoon of aloe vera gel with a pinch of black pepper, thrice a day.
- Mix a tablespoon of aloevera gel with half a teaspoon of Trikatu-an ayurvedic mixture made by using equal parts of black pepper and ginger.
- Shatavari is a tried and tested Ayurvedic herb which can be used to relieve irritability and excessive heat.it also helps to keep the female reproductive tissue in good state. An approximate of about 500 to 100 mg of this Ayurvedic herb can be taken twice a day.
- One should keep a check on daily meals that is consumed while experiencing these symptoms. A strict Ayurvedic diet should be maintained which includes, fruits and vegetables which are natural .cold food should be avoided.
- Massage with warm oil is an equally effective cure against PMS. Ayurvedic experts suggest that the choice of the right oil should be made; coconut oil, sesame seed oil,rose or sandalwood oil can be used for this purpose.
- Hot oil packs to the lower abdomen can help relieve symptoms of severe cramps and discomfort.
- A daily exercise for at least 30 minutes is highly recommended by ayurvedic experts as it keeps the hormone level balanced and, also help to improve mood swings in,However,during menstrual period,rest should also be taken.
- Practicing Ayurveda yoga poses such as Shavasana and, half-spinal twists, Vajrasana and sun salutations are also beneficial
- Proper digestion is an important aspect in too keep the body fit and healthy. One should drink enough water and, have lots of fiber food to keep the digestion process in the right way, because your body is more prone to get affected by PMS symptoms if proper digestion is not happening.