Menorrhagia

Menorrhagia is heavy and prolonged menstrual flow at regular intervals. This condition is commonly seen in women of reproductive age and should not be considered as a disease; it is rather a symptom that indicates that something is wrong in the body.

Causes

According to Ayurveda, Menorrhagia is caused by an aggravation of Pitta Dosha and low Vata Dosha. Menstrual blood is analogous to Pitta, and therefore, increased Pitta leads to increase of menstrual blood.

Factors that are responsible for this condition include the increased intake of sour, salty, hot, pungent, heavy, and fermented food; meat of fatty and domestic animals; alcoholic beverages; indigestion; and eating before the previous meal is digested. Conditions that also have a strong effect include repeated abortions, excessive sexual activity, increased physical exertion, emaciation, trauma, day sleeping, excessive grief, anger, lust, and anxiety.

Symptoms

         Cramping and pain in the lower abdomen and sacral

         Fatigue

         Headache

         Feeling of heaviness in the body

         Constipation

         Breast tenderness

         General debility

         Indigestion

         Anemia

         Heavy blood loss during the menstrual period

         Bleeding or spotting between periods.

Ayurvedic View

In Ayurveda, Menorrhagia is referred to as Raktapradar or 鈥榚xcessive secretion of menstrual blood鈥. The causes mentioned above lead to the aggravation of Pitta Dosha and impairment of rakta dhatu (blood). This contaminated blood moves towards the pelvic region and causes imbalance of Apana Vata, which is responsible for controlling the flow of the menstrual blood through Artava Vaha Srota (channels carrying menstrual fluids). Low Apana Vata and contaminated blood increase menstrual blood, which leads to Menorrhagia.

Diet & Lifestyle Advice

         Avoid the consumption of spicy, sour or heavy foods.

         Avoid tea, coffee, and icy cold drinks. Instead, have drinks at room temperature and that have cooling properties, such as peppermint tea.

         Any kind of physical and psychological stress should be strictly avoided.

         During menstruation, raise the foot of the bed in order to keep the legs and feet elevated while sleeping.

         Cooling showers and bathing with sandalwood and mint essence are helpful.

Home Remedies

         Boil 1 teaspoon of coriander seeds and 录 teaspoon of cinnamon powder in 1 cup of water until the liquid is reduced to half cup. Add 陆 teaspoon of powdered rock candy (or unrefined sugar), and sip this tea twice a day.