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Your Ayurvedic Menstrual Cycle

Written by 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).

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