Did you know that menstruation in Ayurveda is not associated with cramps, pain, irregularity, feeling ill, dreading that time of the month?
Ayurveda sees menstruation as a time of rest (yes, rest) and opportunity for you to cleanse body and mind.
The body is getting rid of what isn’t needed any longer, lining of the womb which has been build up during the first couple of weeks of your cycle in preparation of a potential pregnancy. This cleanse is accompanied by frequent passing of urine or stool, maybe you have noticed that you go to the loo more often during your period.
During our leading up to the time of menstruation we can experience a number of discomforts, such as PMS, discharge, irregular period, mood swings, headaches or migraines, period itself can be painful. You are most likely able to relate to some of these experiences.
Ayurveda sees those as imbalances of the doshas.
If Vata Dosha is imbalanced you are more like experiencing cramps, irregular periods or sudden stopping of your period, lower back pain, stop and start.
If Pitta Dosha is imbalanced you might suffer from inflammation of the uterine wall, maybe due to Hyperthyroidism.
If Kapha Dosha is imbalance then you might experience swellings, or suffer from uterine fibroids or ovarian cysts.
Yoga and Ayurveda have lots of tools to help creating balance again.