Ayurveda Feminine Care throughout Life and Care of Child.
Secondary sex characters
K+++, P++, V+
K+++, P++, V+
P+++, K++, V+
Pre-menopausal symptoms. All tissues satva, strength, activity brain functions increase
P+++, K++, V++
Crone hood (Rajo Nivrutri – means menstrual cycle stops)
51+ (now probably 61 since life expectancy has increased).
You can live up to the age of 100-110 if you take care of yourself.
• Regular exercise for development of body and mind age 6+ (yoga, sun salutations)
• Healthy food according to constitution
• Proper care and hygiene of genital area
• Rasayana – Bala (good for boys too), Brahmi, Jatamansi. Bala oil is good to start 12days after birth. Soak cotton swab in this oil and put it on the soft point of the head so it will heal faster.
• Brahmi tea good from age 3-5 for building brain.
• Bala oil is also good. Use it daily if the child is hyperactive.
• In early childhood give kapha balancing diet no matter what the constitution of the child, unless the child is overweight – then give more pungent diet in addition to kapha diet.
• Teach meditation at an early age – teach the kids to sit quietly and repeat something 20x.
• Periods should start 12-16 years and cease around 45-50.
• Raja & Artava are present in the body in very minute form of fetal life. Raja is menstrual fluid while Artava is the ovum. Raja (sub tissue of Rasa dhatu) and Rasa both get accumulated in Garbhashaya (uterus) every month with the help Vyana. If conception does not take place raja is thrown out with activity of Apana Vayu.
• The Rajakala period usually lasts 3-5 days or 7 days (V+) – governed by Apana Vayu.
• If there are several miscarriages Apana vayu is not working well.
• After this phase the formation of new Raja starts again which is known as proliferative phase including ovulation which is from 12-16 days (Rutu Kala). In Kapha constitution it may remain for longer time. You will have more sexual urges during this time and it’s natural since you want pregnancy.
• 16 days onward is known as Rutavateeta Kala (P+). It is secretary phase. Glandular & Vascular changes occur.
• The flow of Raja is reddish black in color and without pain or burning. Quantity is about 4oz. or 4 anjali.
• In Kapha women ovulation can take place even in last week before period. So Kapha person can get pregnant even before period.
• The first week after period is the safest period is the safest time for sex. Last week is safe for P & V, but not for K.
• The cycle is 30 days because it is the last dhatu and each dhatu takes 5 days to make. After shukra dhatu we start all over with Rasa Dhatu.
• If the cycle is only 21 days it’s because the person is of Pitta constitution and their tissues develop fast – 3 days per dhatu. So a Pitta constitution person may deliver the baby sooner.
• If the period takes too long this is not good and it means its irregular.
• Cycle starts on the first day of bleeding.
• Do not use tampons since this blocks apana vayu and does not allow proper evacuation.
• Proper exercise before period.
• Ample rest during period. Don’t exercise during your period or 4 days prior because V increases. If you do you will suffer from diseases starting at age 40 such as arthritis, etc. You can still do pranamaya and meditation.
• Proper food and health of body and mind
• Proper care of mood swings.
• Rasanya – Shatavari, Ashok, Lodhra
A wonderful write-up from Maheshji on menstruation. He’s been checking the forums regularly, so please post questions for him if you have them. Right from the ages, women are working hard to make our life beautiful. This hard work is physical as well as mental. This contributes to a lot of mental and physical stress that has always been a major factor to create diseases and aggravate present illnesses too. The stress is experienced more during the menstrual period. Menstruation is a natural phenomenon through which every woman goes. It is indirectly responsible for a better progeny. Healthy menstruation indicates a healthy reproductive system. In most of the gynecological disorders, history of menstrual ill health is commonly observed. A healthy menstruation is without any major symptoms of heavy bleeding, clots, severe pain in abdomen and back, inter-menstrual bleeding, delayed menses, white discharge etc. Certain symptoms may manifest for a temporary phase of life, but recurrent maladies related to menstruation are not healthy events at all. Menstruation is a vital phenomenon related to reproductive system, which needs to be nurtured in proper way. Proper rest is what body needs during this delicate period. Moreover, refraining from excessive work, heavy – spicy – food and sexual activity is desirable. Exercise, swimming, cycling, and dance, jumping, unnecessary traveling, etc. should also be avoided during those four days. It should never be overlooked as a regular event of the month. During this period, the body is subjected to various changes that create a delicate environment inside. The phenomenon of menstruation is shedding of inside wall of uterus that in case of conception is used to develop fetus inside the womb. In this process the uterine wall gives out blood, which is a wound-like condition inside the body. In a way it is a condition that requires certain attention and care. Improper diet and behavior induces aggravation of Vata, Pitta, & Kapha dosha (Body Humors) and may create groundwork for various ailments. This includes hormonal changes, menstrual disorders, infertility, polycystic ovaries (PCOD), cancers, etc. Symptoms like facial hair, obesity, delayed menses etc are commonly observed in young females. Some symptoms are transferred from mothers to their daughters due to similar body patterns. Moreover there are certain diseases that change the body pattern subjecting to some reproductive system weaknesses. Measles, Chicken Pox, Mumps, tuberculosis, longstanding fevers etc. are few of them they leave behind their marks causing menstrual disorders. These marks show their presence through various symptoms like heavy menses or scanty menses, severe pain in back or abdomen etc and especially when the pregnancy is expected. Infertility is many a times a long-term effect of such conditions. In such conditions it becomes inevitable to clear the after effects of those diseases and then support the natural conception. Similarly these effects if left untreated and the conception takes place, they can be felt in their daughters. Menopause in such cases also becomes a difficult phase. The heat condensed the body due to these diseases, results in unhealthy menopause causing hot flashes, excessive bleeding, and diseases of the other systems. Dietetic and Behavioral Regimen during Menstruation DIET It is advisable to have vegetarian food during menses as the appetite is slightly low. Eating warm cooked vegetables and a light diet should be consumed. Avoid: * Pungent and Spicy * Cold – Cold drinks, cold food etc. * Stale food * Salty – Chips, Cheese, Pickles etc Excessive salt, curds, jaggery have a tendency to increase water content in the body. * Curds, Yogurt etc * Alcohol BEHAVIOR * Some rest is desirable for mind and body. * Mental peace – No emotional turbulences (mental relaxation is advised) * No exertion or exercise, No unnecessary traveling, * No sexual activity * No siesta i.e. daytime sleep (allowed in rare conditions) Ayurveda strongly believes that a disease is cured only when its roots and remnants from the body are destroyed. Proper medication, Panchakarma as well as healthy planned food play a key role in treating all the menstrual disorders. Proper dietetic and behavioral regimen should be followed during menses. This acts as prevention for most of the menstruation conditions described earlier.
Middle year Care
• Child bearing age
• Maintenance of health (food and exercise)
• maintain balance with work, body and mind.
• Pre-menopausal – now’s the time to build calcium.
• Shatavari, Ashok, Lodhra
Prior to Conception
• 6 Months prior to conception woman and man should start to take a satvic diet to help the babies mind.
• Eat fresh vegetables and fruits. Fruits and vegetables in the fridge only have life in them for 2-3 days.
• Ovulation. Artava or ovum (2 drops) is responsible for reproduction and is essential for life during proliferative phase (K+), it is saunya in nature while during secretion phase (P+) it becomes agneya – hot.
• Do Pancha Karma.
• Eat guru and snighda foods such as almonds, ghee, etc. You need nourishing foods.
• Shatavari very good during pregnancy, but if you are Kapha eat less because it increases weight. It’s also good to increase the uterus size if it’s too small. This happens more in the first pregnancy. Shatavari is also called Putradat because if you eat it you will have a son. It also increases breast milk.
• Exercise in pregnancy but start after first trimester. The fetus is not embedded yet so if you exercise in the first trimester you can miscarry. Afterwards exercise and it will help relieve stress, increase circulation, good for maintaining Agni, helps with bowel movement, and promotes good sleep. Here is a Yoga suggestion – do all in this order except at the end of the pregnancy you will not be able to do all asanas:
• Neck exercise
• Neck stretch
• Tad asana
• Cycling in the bed (for month 9).
• Do massages.
• 1st month – cold milk & herbs
• 2nd month – ghee
• 3rd month – butter – there is a diet that goes month by month.
• Rasanya Brahmi, Savira, Shatavari, Praval Panchamrut
• If you have Placenta Previa this is dangerous and you will probably not have a natural delivery.
• Diet should include milk, ghee, fresh veggies, fruits, sprouted mung beans, mung dhal, rice, chapattis or bread made from wheat flour. These are good for helping develop a healthy child, and it builds tissues, strength, immunity and satvic qualities.
• Vata should avoid dry and light foods
• Pitta should avoid hot and pungent foods
• Kapha should avoid oily and heavy foods
• There are guidelines of what a mom should eat, however, if a pregnant mom is craving something, it means she really needs it for the baby so don’t deny it.
• First Trimester diet:
• First Month – 100ml cold milk 2x a day with anti pitta herbs
• 2nd Month – medicated milk with shatavari, bala, jeevanti, and Laxmana
• 3rd Month – 100 ml milk plus 1 teaspoon ghee + ½ spoon honey for breast development. Make sure the ghee and the honey are not in equal amounts because they are toxic in equal quantities.
• For vomiting try puffed rice or dry figs, or black raisons, along with tender coconut water or juice of ginger, ½ teaspoon lemon juice.
• To avoid constipation use 2 tsp. ghee + 100ml water or warm milk
• 2nd Trimester:
• 4th Month – 3 tsp. of fresh butter for tissue development of fetus. Unfortunately, it’s not the butter that we get here. Coconut water is good for fair color and glowing skin in this month.
• For Breakfast – fruit juice, milk, barley, coffee, porridge, cream of wheat, vermicelli, rice pancakes, sweet & spicy cream of wheat
• Lunch & dinner rice and mung
• 5th Month – 2 tsp. of ghee obtained from butter, which has been derived from milk for giving good complexion to the skin.
• 6th Month – medicated ghee with Shatavari, kakoli & Meda. For development of brain & intellect (Sadhak pitta)
• 3rd Trimester:
• Full growth of fetus gives pressure on stomach causing heart burn.
• Breakfast should be of small quantity. 100ml. cold milk (cooked and then brought down to room temperature) with cardamom and raw sugar. Pomegranate jam, or amalaki jam or fresh figs also good.
• Lunch – rice, mung, chapatti, pasta with fresh veggies, or bread with light cheese, fruits, salads, buttermilk
• Supper at 7pm – avoid late night dinners.
• In the 7th month begin Shatavari, Kakoli, & Jeevanti
• 8th Month – Ojas are unstable – to prevent its movement from mother to fetus give gold treated water. For gold treated water keep a pure gold ring in a cup of water then boil the water and drink the water once cool. Or take the gold ring and heat it until red hot and dip the hot ring in the water 15x. If you deliver in this month the child will be still born.
• 9th Month – Give medicated enema with sweet herbs. Keep swab soaked in sesame oil on cervix at bed time it will help in easy delivery. You can use a tampon and soak it in sesame oil and then remove it in the morning.
• The last 30 days take hot castor oil with water every night to help Apana Vayu.
• In labor you will experience Apana vayu which is good; This is the vayu that helps you deliver the child.
• Before labor starts an oil basti of sesame oil is given to prevent false pains, back pains and all vitiated pains, so what you only feel are true labor pains. When you have false pains it is a sign that vata is disturbed.
• If labor needs to be induced then Kerlavaya is used to get labor pains started instead of oxyocin and pitocin.
• After birth there is a lot of vayu and rest is needed. If you don’t rest the lumbar portion is impacted and you may not feel the impact until 5-10 years later.
• Because of excess vayu apply heat and eat things like gum resin ladoos, etc.
• Mother is weak, so she should initially be isolated from the baby and kept in a quiet room so she can rest. Immediately after birth give a light hot drink to the mother. Dinner should be light as the Agni is very low at this point.
• Ayurveda says don’t give the first colostrums as it is too heavy and the child’s Agni is low. Discard the first milk, and then feed the child. Initially the first food to the child should be honey and Indian sarsaparilla in the morning and the evening.
• Rasaanya – Shatavari, Amalaki, winter melon, praval panchamurat.
• Mother should be taken care of for the first 45 days in order to recover well. It takes this much time for the tissues to be regenerated. Vata is very high and there has been a lot of tissue loss and Agni is low. Massage is also very important for the mother and should be started 15 days after the birth of child.
• Diet after delivery should be light – veggie soups, legumes, kitchari in the first week. V is high and Agni is low the above foods will help. Later on the mother can resume a normal diet. Small quantity of ghee is okay, porridges of vermicelli, cream of wheat, oatmeal, asparagus soup are all good for breast milk. Take into consideration the age, strength, parity (1st, 2nd, 3rd child), constitution, country and season when determining diet.
• Start solids for child at 7 months with light foods such as rice soups, veggie soups, etc.
• Rasanya – Shatavari, Praval Panchamrut (should start this at age 40), and Amalaki, aloe vera, triphala, haridra, winter melon.
• Sesame foods, soya, broccoli, cabbage are also good because of the calcium they provide.
• Begin spiritual life. There is more authority to a woman as she is more mature. Maintain your doshas.
• Hormonal therapy is very dangerous and causes cancer.
• Ojas are lower here and Pitta decreases and Vata increases.
• Vata type people will experience tingling, numbness, insomnia, lack of concentration, loss of calcium, vaginal dryness
Treatment is warming, Ashwagandha, ginger tea 2-3 times a day. Jatamansi. Alternative nostril breathing, chavan pravash, abs massage with sesame oil & something?? Of the same in vagina at night.
• Pitta type women will be irritable, hot flashes, loose motions, and night sweating
Treatment massage with narayana oil. Shatavari or comfrey root 3x daily, guduchi or musta 500 milligram, aloe gel, bhrami or gutukola 500 mgms at night, shitali pranayama, lunar pranayama, and meditation.
• Kapha women will have lack of energy, edema around ankles, and weight gain.
Treatment try massage with flaxseed oil. Trakatu 100 milligram, aloe juice 2tsp. 3x day. Punarnava, shankhapushpi. Spices coriander, cumin, figs, resins, cooling dairy products.
• To prevent osteoporosis give diet with calcium, curry leaves, broccoli, pulses, light cheeses, soy, sesame seeds, almonds, yogurt and milk.