Types & Causes
Some of the most common conditions that affect women and their causes are listed below:
Reproductive Health: Dysmenorrhea
The reproductive health of a woman affects both her physical and emotional well being. One problem that affects about 40% - 70% of all women in the reproductive age group is Dysmenorrhea - or menstrual cramps. It can range from mild to severe, even affecting daily activities.
Pre & Post Natal Care
Pregnancy is a significant period in a woman’s life and has a huge impact on her body. Ensuring good health prior to falling pregnant and immediately after is as important as a healthy pregnancy to ensure the health and wellbeing of the baby.
This is reduced or insufficient production of breast milk. There are two types. Primary hypogalactia is generally seen in women who have had breast surgery or complications during the pregnancy and/or birth. Secondary hypogalactia occurs late during the lactation period, and is associated with infrequent nursing, poor nutrition, insufficient sleep, exhaustion or trauma.
From acne to dermatitis, to eczema to allergic rashes, there are a number of conditions that can affect the skin. Aside from contributing to the beauty of a woman, a clear, glowing skin is an indicator of good health. The incidence of skin problems has increased in recent years - due to poor diets, erratic lifestyles, weakened immunity and environmental factors.
The most common form of arthritis, it affects both men and women. However women are more likely to develop this condition where the cartilage that cushions the joints wears down, causing bone to rub on bone.
Urinary Tract Infections
UTIs occur when bacteria enter the urinary tract and get into the bladder. Women have a shorter urethra, and are therefore at greater risk for developing a UTI than men.
Women are at as much risk for heart disease as men are, contrary to popular belief. However, their risk factors are a little different, and include obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, menopause, pregnancy complications, mental stress and depression.
Sleeplessness or insomnia can be considered both a disorder and a symptom of another condition. Insomnia is most often triggered by stress, poor sleep habits and hectic schedules. For women, insomnia can also be linked to hormonal fluctuations, pregnancy and depression.
Treatment: The Ayurvedic Approach
Ayurveda offers a holistic approach to managing many of the conditions that affect women, effectively and naturally. It combines diet, exercise, stress management and sleep with a regime of natural herbs to keep hormone levels stable, sugar and stress levels in check, and ensure overall well-being. Here are some of the key herbs recommended for Women’s Care
Amla is rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants as well as a great source of iron, calcium, chromium, phosphorus. It reduces cholesterol levels, regulates sugar levels, improves immunity, boosts digestive health and promotes healthy skin.
Brahmi contains active compounds with antioxidant properties. It is said to reduce anxiety and stress and boost memory. It also strengthens the immune system, lowers blood pressure, and promotes healthy skin and hair.
Found in the rocks of the Himalayas, this rasayan herb has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It reduces blood glucose levels, can help treat anaemia, and protect against osteoporosis.
Fenugreek seeds are a source of fibre and other compounds that slow down digestion and the body’s absorption of carbohydrates and sugar. Methi also promotes lactation in nursing mothers, and a regular menstrual cycle.
Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. A vital component in Indian medicine and every Indian kitchen, it lowers the risk of heart disease, fights inflammation, and supports digestive health.
An adaptogenic herb, shatavari is said to stimulate lactation in nursing mothers. It also sharpens memory, boosts immune health and is effective for premenstrual and menopausal symptoms.