Menorrhagia results into heavy and prolonged menstrual flow at repetitive periods. It is not considered to be a disease; rather it indicates some issue with the reproductive system of the body.
According to Ayurveda, Menorrhagia results due to aggravation of Pitta Dosha and low Vata Dosha. Increased Pitta leads to excessive flow of the menstrual blood. This condition is general related to wrong eating habits. Consuming food with excessive amounts of sour ingredients and salt and which is hot, pungent and heavy in nature, meat of fatty and domestic animals, consuming alcoholic beverages, indigestion and lesser gap between meals may result into this condition. Other causative factors may be repeated abortions, excessive sexual activity, exertion, trauma, day sleeping and negative emotions.
- Abdominal and sacral cramps
- Breast tenderness
- Heavy blood flow during the menstrual period
- Bleeding or spotting between periods
Raktapradar, as it is referred to in Ayurveda, is a result of enhanced Pitta Dosha and impairment of rakta dhatu (blood). The blood moves to the pelvic region and causes disturbance in Apana Vata, which leads to Menorrhagia.
Diet & Lifestyle Advice
- Avoid foods that are spicy, sour or heavy.
- Cut on your intake of tea, coffee and icy cold drinks. Warm drinks having cooling properties such as peppermint tea are helpful.
- Avoid physical and psychological stress.
- During menstruation, keep the bed inclined with the lower side elevated at a height to keep the legs and feet elevated while sleeping.
- Take cooling showers and use sandalwood and mint essence while bathing.
- Add coriander seeds and cinnamon powder to water and reduce it to half. Drink it twice after adding rock candy to it.