Ayurveda for Women – 5 Ayurvedic Care for Women at Any Age
As compared with men, women bodies are more complex and also more powerful. Women have to pass through menstrual cycles, through pregnancy, through motherhood and finally through menopause. Thus in this way female body keeps on changing. According to Ayurveda the different ages of women are governed by three different doshas – childhood is governed by kapha; adulthood by pitta and old age by vatta. This perspective may seem obscure and complex at the first sight. However if we look closely we shall find that this is very much true.
Teens: Laying the Foundation
The teen age is governed by the pitta dosha. This time is full of excitement and energy. For teens everything is quite rosy. However, on the other hand this is the age of transition from childhood to adulthood. Childhood is dominated by kapha, adulthood by pitta and ‘joints’ by vata, there is chance of all the doshas going out of alignment. To control this alignment it is necessary to keep the pitta calm, the girl child should be fed with pitta-pacifying diet. These include fruits, vegetables, juices, etc. Since teenage is a transition phase from childhood to adulthood, the girls are also going to transition from kapha to pitta. Any negligence in this period might lead to many diseases, and the girls may also gain weight.
Women of 20’s and 30’s: Stress Relief and Rejuvenation
In this age young women move out of their homes and start their careers. During this phase Pitta dosh continues to predominate. It is in fact a dynamic phase in the life of every woman. During this phase women need to remain stress free – which can be done by meditation, yoga or simply setting some time to give to self care every day. This also helps in balances in natural flow of hormones, which is very important for the health of reproductive system.
Women who want to give birth to children should give their attention to Shukra Dhatu or reproductive tissue. Foods that nourish the reproductive tissue should be taken. Such foods are almonds, walnuts, milkshakes with date, rice pudding, asparagus, and broccoli (should be taken only if the digestive system supports cabbage family), etc.
40’s and 50’s: Moving Towards Menopause
During their 40’s and 50’s, women start moving gradually out of the pitta phase of life and start moving towards the Vata cycle. During this age many changes occur in the body like dry skin and symptoms of menopause (like hot flashes and emotional ups and downs). However these can be minimized by changing lifestyle and also dietary intake.
In case there are pitta-based menopausal symptoms like irritability, hot flashes, night sweats then the diet that pacifies pitta should be followed like avoiding spicy, salty and sour foods, also one should avoid foods with astringent and sweet tastes.
In case there are Vata-related menopausal symptoms, like dryness of vagina and loss of memory, then vata-pacifying diet should be taken (mentioned in our earlier blogs about such diet).
60’s and 70’s: Enjoying the Golden Years
This phase for many women is like an opportunity for a rebirth of sorts. During this period most of the people retire and pay their full attention to their families, travel, hobbies and also social work. However, some women might be at the peak of their career and find themselves to be the most powerful. However, irrespective of the path of this stage of life, Ayurveda may help in keeping one at one’s best and brightest.
Since during this age Vata dominates, a daily abhyanga or massage with sooth warm oil is one of the most important things the women should do. This helps in soothing and pacifying Vata.
80’s and Beyond: Ayurveda Helps in Aging Gracefully
During this phase the Vata phase also progresses. It becomes more important to remain hydrated, with daily abhyanaga. Ayurvedic dincharya (daily routine) should be followed to keep Vata balanced. Many Ayurvedic herbs can be very helpful during this age. This can be taken with the advice of a physician.
All the three doshas mentioned in Ayurveda are closely interconnected with each other. No transition takes place overnight. The transition is a gradual process when one dosha declines and the other starts to predominate. However, for healthy life it is important to keep these doshas in a balanced form. This can be done with Ayurvedic Dincharya, good nutrition, massage and also yoga.