Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when her monthly menstrual periods stop and her fertility or childbearing capacity comes to an end. It is a natural change; which progresses through a few years and happens to all women. In this post, we’ll have a look at the natural treatment for menopause.
Around menopause (perimenopause), a woman’s periods often become irregular. They may be shorter or longer and lighter or heavier. During these times women often experience hot flashes, excessive sweating or reddening of the skin. Some may also experience mood swings and migraine. The effects are all due to the fluctuating and falling levels of hormones in the body; due to declining ovarian functions. However, not every woman is bothered by these effects. The degree to which they occur varies greatly from person to person.
Usually, perimenopausal symptoms do not require medical treatment, but if excessively heavy bleeding is experienced it is advisable to consult a doctor lest it might lead to anemia or indicate some other complication.
The average age of natural menopause in U.S is between 48 and 55 years. Early and late menopause have also been observed. In fact, the age of menopause corresponds to the age of the menarche or onset of menstruation in a woman.
While most women in the Western countries apparently hold a negative view of menopause like it is a time of deterioration or decline of sexual functioning, Asian cultures understand menopause as an inevitable process of aging. It brings on a sense of liberation and the freedom from the risk of pregnancy. It also marks the reaching of an age of wisdom and experience.
Due to the changes in the hormonal profile, the risk for heart disease and osteoporosis rises after menopause. Hence, women should exercise enough and be careful about their diet during this phase of their life.
The shift in the hormonal picture also brings about anxiety, irritability, and insomnia; which becomes part of perimenopausal life. The body being under continual stress activates the sympathetic nervous system and the adrenals; which manufacture stress-fighting hormones. Of all the symptoms women complain about during perimenopause, fatigue is second only to hot flashes. Depression and mood swings also accompany.
Natural treatment for Menopause
Restoring to Yoga during the perimenopausal and postmenopausal years can bring about a world of difference in a woman’s experience of menopause. Researchers say that a regular yoga practice can ease the transition and is the best menopause medicine at her disposal. Yoga significantly reduces the incidence of hot flushes and sweats and improves concentration, sleep and pain levels.
Yoga stretches and meditation benefits both the body and the mind, bringing energy and balance to the fluctuating hormonal levels that make women victims of their own changing bodies. Yoga stretches level out this physiological instability and by relaxing and gently stretching every muscle in the body, massaging the glands and promoting better blood circulation and oxygenation to all cells and tissues. Functioning of the cardiovascular system, the digestive tract, nervous system, and very importantly bone strength is improved.
Meditation improves the state of mind and concentration, bringing relief from exhaustion, irritability, depression and sleeplessness.
When doing yoga exercises breathing should be easy and effortless. This brings about calmness of the mind. The exercises done regularly in a slow, controlled manner gradually helps to loosen up the muscles, ligaments, and joints, bringing suppleness to the body over time, promoting flexibility, improving balance and preventing injury. One should consult their Yoga Instructor to obtain maximum benefit for the smooth transition during menopause.
However, Yoga is not a remedy for all menopausal symptoms, as menopause characterizes a phase of a woman’s life, not a health condition. Every woman should be ready to pass through this phase in life with dignity and calm. Other natural treatments can be checked here.
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