Dysfunctional uterine bleeding (DUB)
Dysfunctional uterine bleeding (DUB) is the diagnosis given to women with abnormal uterine bleeding in whom no clear etiology can be identified. DUB has been observed in both ovulatory and anovulatory cycles and may have a significant impact on their physical, social, emotional and material quality of life.
Ayurveda considers heavy menstrual bleeding as Raktapradara. It is mostly attributed to an unwholesome diet and lifestyle that vitiates the doshas. The treatment protocol includes dosha purifications like virechanam and vasti, vaginal tampoons (yoni pichu), avagaham etc, along with oral medicines, all of which can help in balancing the doshas and correcting the condition.
LEUCORRHOEA includes all abnormal blood-free vaginal discharges with or without foul smell or itching. It can also cause pain in the thighs and calf muscles and burning micturition etc.
Ayurvedic treatment of leucorrhoea is aiming at balance Kapha, restoring the digestive fire, and to cleanse the accumulated toxins. After this, rejuvenating herbs are prescribed to tone the reproductive system.
By age 50, it is estimated that 70% of women will have one or more uterine fibroids, with around 30% of patients symptomatic and requesting treatment. Uterine fibroids (leiomyomas) are benign tumors of smooth muscle, taking origin in the uterine wall.
Symptoms of fibroids are abnormal and excessive uterine bleeding, pelvic pain, painful intercourse and infertility.
Ayurvedic management includes Vata-Kapha pacifying therapies, blood purifying medicines, treatments to manage weight and hormonal imbalance and stress management.
Ayurveda offers a holistic approach to address infertility issues women. It aims to balance the body’s doshas, enhance reproductive health, and improve the chances of conception. The treatment may involve a combination of therapies, herbal remedies, and lifestyle modifications based on individual needs.
Ayurvedic treatments for infertility may include:
- Panchakarma: Panchakarma therapies, such as Virechana (purgation) and Basti (medicated enema), are used to detoxify and cleanse the reproductive organs.
- Snehana and Swedana: These treatments involve the application of medicated oils and herbal steam to improve blood circulation and reproductive health.
- Herbal remedies: Specific herbs like Ashwagandha, Shatavari, and Guduchi are used to support hormonal balance, promote ovulation, and regulate menstrual cycles.
- Diet and lifestyle: A well-balanced diet, stress management, and regular exercise play a crucial role in addressing infertility.