Menopausal Syndrome and its Management in Ayurvedic Perspective: A Review
Soni Anamika and Soni Surendra
Journal Title:International Journal of Ayurveda and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Approximately sixty million women in India are above the age of 55 years. With the increase in life expectancy, majority of women spend one third of their lives in the postmenopausal age. The health problems cropping up during this period and related to estrogen deficiency are now obvious and well understood. The term ‘Menopause’ is defined as the permanent cessation of menstruation at the end of reproductive life due to loss of ovarian follicular activity. Menopause normally occurs between 4th to 5th decade of life. In India, the average age for menopause is 47 years. In Ayurveda, it is the age of Swabhawika (physiological) dominance of Vata, decline in Kapha Dosha and Dhatukshaya. Dhatukshaya is a physiological phenomenon during the late middle and old age. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is the main line of management in modern medicine which is very expensive and as many risks. Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) and Madhuyashti (Glycerrhiza glabra) are widely accepted as a source of Phytoestrogens due to its 'Isoflavones' content.