Dysfunctional uterine bleeding or DUB is a common gynecological disorder characterised by abnormal bleeding from the uterus even in the absence of a tumour, pregnancy or infection. Abnormal menstrual periods also fall under DUB. This is commonly seen in the beginning and end of the reproductive life of a woman. The symptoms experienced include mood swings, irritability, weakness, variable menstrual cycles (usually less than 28 days between menstrual periods), vaginal tenderness and variable menstrual flow ranging from scanty to profuse.
According to Ayurveda, dysfunctional uterine bleeding can be from a number of diseases related to irregular menstrual flow caused from congestion of the pelvis/uterus. The imbalance may involve all three doshas, but the imbalance in rakta (blood system) and pitta primarily cause this disease.
Herbs that are very useful in the treatment of dysfunctional uterine bleeding are Ashoka, Lodhra and Shatavari. These are effectively used in Ayurvedic medicines or as home remedies.
Ashoka (Saraca indica) is a revered herb for gynecological problems and works best at arresting bleeding. It heals the inflamed endometrium and regulates estrogen levels.
Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa) effectively stops excessive bleeding and relieves pain. It regulates estrogen and progesterone levels and so improves fertility. It soothes the irritable nature of excess pitta in the blood and reduces inflammation in body.
Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) is the most common herb in Ayurveda used for rejuvenation and nourishment. It normalises hormonal secretion and removes weakness. Shatavari is considered to be the most helpful herb for women as it helps balance the female hormonal system, cleanses the blood and the female reproductive organs and enhances endometrial receptivity thereby assisting full-term pregnancy.
MENSTRUAL SPOT TEST
As a part of my Ayurveda regimen, I always recommend each woman do this self test at home to check her menstrual health. On all days of bleeding, take a small amount of menstrual blood on a clean white cloth and allow it to dry. After a few minutes, wash it with warm water. In a healthy blood and hormonal profile, the blood should wash away without leaving any stain behind. If a stain is left it indicates a disrupted cycle and hormonal imbalance.
The Ayurvedic way to health and happiness is to re-establish and maintain harmony internally (body, mind and spirit) and externally (between people and surroundings). Ayurvedic recommendations and therapies allow complete re-integration of a whole woman. As personal balance is achieved, natural wellbeing is restored and women can experience their native state of health, peace and joy.
Ayurveda believes emotional health is tied to physical health. Happiness, the sages told us, is our birthright and a by-product of perfect health!