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Your Ayurvedic Menstrual Cycle

Written by buy cenforce 50 mg Katie Pande

In Ayurveda, the menstrual cycle has its very own Vata, Kapha and Pitta stage. How can this help? If you can recognise which phase affects you most, there are differing strategies in terms of how you can support yourself.

Your Ayurvedic Menstrual Cycle

In Ayurveda, understanding your own personal health concerns is centred around recognising your ‘dosha’, or constitution. In some ways, your ‘dosha’ is a little like your ‘health star sign’. Understanding your dosha will help you to understand how your body works and, therefore, how you can help it. There are three core Ayurvedic ‘dosha’, Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Put simply, everyone will have a little bit of all three, but there is often one that is more dominant than the other. Vata types are highly creative and a little like a whirlwind of ideas, Kapha types are your steady, strong grounded individuals’ that often hold everything together. Your pitta types are fiery, passionate, competitive and determined. Already you can probably recognise which one you might be.

But, how does this relate back to the menstrual cycle? Interestingly, in Ayurveda, the menstrual cycle has its very own Vata, Kapha and Pitta stage. How can this help? If you can recognise which phase affects you most, there are differing strategies in terms of how you can support yourself.

Here is how the Ayurvedic menstrual cycle works:

  • The Vata phase lasts from approximately day 1-5 (from the first day of bleeding)
  • The Kapha phase lasts From the end of bleeding until ovulation (approx. days 4-14)
  • The Pitta phase lasts from ovulation until your period starts (days 14-18).

Katie is a qualified Medical Herbalist, and member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH), currently practicing in Shaftesbury. Katie holds a BSc (Hons) in Herbal Medicine and a BSc (Hons) in Plant and Environmental Biology.

Her decision to study herbal medicine was sparked whilst she was studying for a degree in plant biology in Scotland. She spent the summer of my 2nd year in Egypt undertaking conservation work and, unfortunately became ill. No conventional medicines proved effective, and it was only after taking advice from the local Bedouin ‘medicine man’ that she started to recover. She has since deduced that this miracle plant was a relative of the Thyme family. It made her aware of how plants have the power to support whole communities by becoming sources of food, shelter and, most importantly, medicine. It was this experience that encouraged her to embark on a second degree in herbal medicine.

Katie is passionate about herbs because they stimulate the body’s natural healing ability. One of the most important philosophies in herbal medicine is not to mimic the natural regulatory processes of the body but to stimulate these processes so that the body can then heal itself. In today’s society it can be difficult to regain our connection to nature and the earth: The incorporation of healing plants into our daily lives can help us reconnect with the earth and also encourage our body’s natural rhythms which can become somewhat lost in the workings of the modern world. Katie believes that true healing is rooted in enabling the individual to reconnect to themselves and helping them to understand the health of their whole body.

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