Updated: Sep 9
Do you suffer from painful periods, heavy, clotty flow, irregular cycles, hormonal acne, or intensified moods?
If answered yes, you’re not alone! Most women don’t know what a healthy menstrual cycle is. As a result, they suffer unnecessarily and tolerate hormonal imbalances that are not only inconvenient — they are a sign that something needs our attention.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Through Ayurveda, you can learn how to balance your menstrual cycle naturally so the arrival of aunt flo isn’t a dreadful experience.
In the sections that follow, we will cover:
What is Ayurveda
How Ayurveda helps balance hormones and regulate menstruation
Signs your menstrual cycle is imbalanced
Menstrual self-care Tips with Ayurveda
Let’s get started!
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda translates to ‘the knowledge of life.' This ancient, whole-person healing system dates back 5,000 years and focuses on a customized approach to well-being.
As opposed to a one-size-fits-all approach, Ayurveda offers an optimal approach to using food as medicine and lifestyle to each individual based on their unique doshic picture.
How does Ayurveda Help Balance Hormones and Regulate Menstruation?
Ayurveda promotes health throughout all levels of your being-mind, body, and spirit, which is why it’s such an effective way to regulate menstruation.
Because each consultation is tailored to the needs of the individual, it leads to better results naturally.
Signs your Menstrual Cycle is Imbalanced
A regular menstrual cycle is one that occurs every 21 to 35 days and is asymptomatic in nature (as in, you don’t even ‘feel’ it coming). Bleeding typically will last for a few days to a week, and may be bright red, dark red or brown.
When you menstruate, you release rasa dhatu (the body’s inner ocean) in the form of plasma, blood, and tissue.
Signs of menstrual imbalance include:
Pain that is uncomfortable and may even leave you unable to function normally
Irregular periods that are inconsistent both in terms of timing and duration
Abnormally heavy and bleeding
Fatigue and mood changes
If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, it’s likely imbalanced hormones are at the root.
Menstrual Self-care Tips with Ayurveda
Your monthly cycle offers you a unique look inside of your body. When you’re in tune with it, you can understand which dosha imbalances your body is struggling with and proactively address them.
Depending on your unique doshic combination, the way to balance your menstrual cycle will vary. To get a detailed cycle-balancing plan based on your dosha body type, click here to schedule a free consultation.
1.) Use food as medicine. Ignorance may equal bliss, but not when it comes to the food your body needs to survive — and thrive! Balance your cycle and your doshas by eating foods that are ideal for you. Whenever possible, choose whole foods that are as close to their natural state as possible (such as fresh, local fruits and vegetables).
2.) Meditate regularly. Consistent meditation is proven to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Meditation is especially helpful during your menstrual cycle when your body is working hard to release toxins and fluids it no longer needs. By giving your body time to rest and rejuvenate, it will have an easier time throughout your period.
3.) Drink warm lemon water. Your body needs continuous hydration to function properly and stay balanced. Start each day with a warm glass of lemon water and remember to drink water throughout the day (not just when you feel thirsty). The citrus in the water helps your body rid itself of toxins.
4.) Practice Pranayama. The way we breathe can change how energy flows throughout our bodies. If you learn to regulate your breathing and adapt it to your dosha, you'll be able to strengthen your mind and body connection which can aid in balancing the hormones in your body.
5.) Practice yog-asana. Certain asanas can aid in digestion, the removal of toxins and blockages, and keep the energy within us flowing freely. Regular asana practice will help you keep your body active, flexible, strong, and free from internal blockages. For a healthy cycle, try Child’s Pose, Butterfly’s Pose, Bridge Pose, and Plow.
Balancing your female cycle can be done naturally and without medications (that often have harsh side effects). Use this article as a guide to get started on your journey to healthy menstruation.
P.S. Want to learn more about how Ayurveda can help you balance your cycle? Click here to book a free, no-obligation consultation.
Veena is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and Meditation Teacher. Veena fell in love with the traditional medicine used in her family’s home and she has remained passionate about Ayurveda for 30 years. A firm believer in Ayurveda, the oldest, most continuously practiced holistic medicine system, Veena individualizes treatment plans to each person, rather than offering a one-size-fits-all approach. To learn more about Ayurveda and how she will help you take control of your health now — click here to schedule a free consultation.