The Menstruation and the Three Doshas
The menstruation is a natural process of body purification in women. This process has some principle specifics, according to the type of Dosha.
In the Vata-type of women, the bleeding is relatively less, the tinge is dark red, often brownish. The menstruation does not continue very long – from 3 to 5 days.
In the Pitta-type of women, the menstruation is generally plenteous, as Pitta Dosha is related to the blood. The blood is dark, there might be different tinges – red, purple, and there might be blood clots as well. The Pitta-menstruation continues from 5 to 7 days on average.
In the body constitution of Kapha-type, the menstruation is continuous – may last more than a week and the bleeding is moderate. The blood is bright red might have an impurity of mucus. In women with a mixed type of Doshas, combinations of symptoms of the relevant Doshas are observed.
As a natural process, the menstruation should not be accompanied by pain or other manifestations of increased discomfort, and it should not cause health problems. However, in practice, many women have problems with the monthly cycle; they put up with them, and bear with them. This applies especially to the women in the towns, whose everyday life is heavily burdened and stressful, because of the combination of numerous commitments related to the work and the household.
This tensed and in general not rhythmical life, in terms of diet, activities, rest, causes a disturbance in the balance of the three Doshas. Each of them – regardless of whether it is a leading one, if out of balance, contributes to disorder in the menstruation as well. It may lead to a condition of:
- Strong menstrual spasms accompanied by lower-back pain
- Bloated stomach
- Nausea or vomiting
- A sense of general heaviness
- Rash may appear as well, facial redness, oedema in the legs, drowsiness, etc.
All this is reflected in the emotional aspect as well. With menstrual problems, Vata women easily fall into anxiety, even panic. Pitta women become irritable, which may quickly lead to angry outbursts; Kapha women fall into sentimentality and nostalgia.
For the normalization of the monthly cycle
To normalize the monthly cycle, the state of balance of the Doshas must be restored. In principle, the increase or decrease in one of the energies, causes an imbalance in the other two as well.
The recovery is achieved by changes in the lifestyle, and especially by diet changes. Separately, a daily regime should be assigned, considering the body activity, so as not to be overburdened physically and emotionally. What changes should be made in the diet and in the daily activities, in order to normalize the menstruation, will be decided by the ayurvedic doctor according to the established leading Dosha, and according to the energy deviations. Ayurveda does not give advices “in principle”, because the treatment is strictly individual with everybody.
However, there are common principles, which are to be observed by all women during the monthly cycle. For some, it might be a surprise but during the menstruation, sports should not be done.
Physical exercises strengthen Vata – the energy of the movement and the increase in this Dosha is the reason for the aggravation of 80% of the diseases. That is why, during the monthly cycle, it is important that Vata should be balanced, for which, for example, journeys should be avoided as well. In this case, sex is not recommended either, as, essentially, it is a type of physical exercise.
There are also principal conditions for diet – the cold foods should be avoided, as they activate Vata. It is important as well not to overburden the digestive fire, which during the monthly cycle has weakened – light and warm food should be selected, that should be digested and absorbed easily.
In case of pain during the monthly cycle, tea may be drunk, from Indian cumin seeds. The tea should be room temperature, either warm or hot according to the relevant Dosha. This herb soothes the spasms and the pain; it has antibacterial properties, as well as lots of other properties. However, it is necessary – same as the intake of each herb – the drinking of Indian cumin tea to be discussed with the ayurvedic doctor as well – whether to be used and how.