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Menopause is a natural phase of a woman’s life, signalling the end of her reproductive years. In Ayurveda, menopause is viewed as a significant transition that requires careful attention to maintain overall health and well-being. It’s a natural occurrence for healthy women as we grow older.

According to estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO), there are over 1.2 billion women aged 50 and above worldwide, many of whom are likely to be experiencing or have experienced menopause.

In Ayurveda, the process of ageing in women is known as Rajonivritti. Growing older is an inevitable part of life that cannot be avoided. During this phase, the levels of estrogen decrease and ovulation does not occur. This imbalance causes women to experience issues such as irregular menstrual cycles, vaginal dryness and difficulties conceiving. 

By understanding menopause from an Ayurvedic perspective, women can embrace this transformative journey with grace and vitality. This blog will explore what every woman should know about menopause, including its symptoms, signs, and Ayurvedic approaches to support women’s health during this transition.


Understanding the signs of menopause in Ayurveda


In Ayurveda, menopause is considered a natural stage of life characterised by the gradual decline of the Pitta Dosha, which governs metabolism, digestion and hormonal balance. As a woman approaches menopause, the body undergoes various physiological changes, leading to symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings and irregular menstruation. Ayurveda recognizes that each woman’s experience of menopause is unique and emphasises the importance of personalised care and holistic approaches to support women’s health during this transition.


Menopause Symptoms


Ayurveda recognizes several common symptoms of menopause. They include:

  • Hot flashes: Sudden sensations of heat and sweating, often accompanied by skin flushing.
  • Mood swings: Fluctuations in mood, including irritability, anxiety, and depression.
  • Irregular menstruation: Changes in the menstrual cycle, including shorter or longer periods, heavier or lighter bleeding, or skipped periods.
  • Vaginal dryness: Reduced lubrication in the vagina, leading to discomfort or pain during intercourse.
  • Insomnia: Difficulty falling or staying asleep, often due to hormonal changes or night sweats.
  • Fatigue: Persistent feelings of tiredness or exhaustion despite adequate rest.
  • Digestive issues: Changes in digestion and metabolism, including bloating, indigestion, and weight gain.


Signs of Menopause as per Ayurveda


From an Ayurvedic perspective, signs that indicate a woman is entering menopause include:

  • Decreased reproductive function: Changes in hormone levels lead to a decline in fertility, and menstruation ceases.
  • Imbalance of  Doshas: Menopause is associated with a decrease in Pitta dosha and an increase in Vata Dosha, leading to symptoms such as dryness, coldness, and instability.
  • Accumulation of Ama: As the body undergoes metabolic changes, Ama (toxins) can accumulate, leading to symptoms such as bloating, indigestion and fatigue.


Effects of Menopause


Ayurveda recognizes that menopause can have a profound impact on a woman’s physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Some of the effects of menopause include:

  • Imbalance of Doshas: Menopause can disrupt the delicate balance of the doshas, leading to symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, and digestive issues.
  • Decline in reproductive health: As menstruation ceases, women may experience changes in libido, vaginal dryness, and reduced fertility.
  • Bone and joint health concerns: Decreased estrogen levels during menopause can affect bone density and increase the risk of osteoporosis and joint pain.
  • Emotional and psychological changes: Hormonal fluctuations during menopause can contribute to mood swings, anxiety, and depression.
  • Digestive disturbances: Menopause can disrupt digestion and metabolism, leading to symptoms such as bloating, indigestion, and weight gain.


Ayurvedic Approaches to Menopause


Ayurveda offers a holistic approach to supporting women’s health during menopause, balancing the Doshas, detoxifying the body, and promoting overall well-being. Some Ayurvedic tips for managing menopause include the following:

  • Follow a Pitta-pacifying diet: Emphasize cooling, hydrating foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and herbal teas. Avoid spicy, oily, and processed foods, which aggravate Pitta Dosha and exacerbate symptoms.
  • Practice stress management: Engage in daily relaxation practices such as meditation, yoga, and deep breathing exercises to reduce stress and promote emotional balance.
  • Support hormonal balance: Ayurvedic herbs such as Shatavari, Ashwagandha, and Gokshura can help support hormonal balance and alleviate symptoms of menopause.
  • Stay physically active: Regular exercise, such as walking, swimming, or yoga, can help improve circulation, digestion, and mood during menopause.
  • Practice self-care: Prioritize self-care activities such as massage, aromatherapy, and herbal baths to nourish the body, calm the mind, and promote relaxation.
  • Detoxify the body: Ayurvedic practices such as Panchakarma, or detoxification therapies, can help remove toxins (Ama) from the body and restore balance to the Doshas.
  • Seek support: Connect with a qualified Ayurvedic doctor who can provide personalized guidance and support tailored to your needs.




Menopause is a natural and transformative phase of a woman’s life that deserves attention, care, and support. By understanding menopause from an Ayurvedic perspective and incorporating holistic approaches to support women’s health, women can embrace this transition with grace, vitality, and resilience. By nurturing the body, calming the mind, and nourishing the spirit, women can navigate menopause with confidence and ease, embracing this new chapter of life with joy and empowerment.


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