The Maharishi AyurvedaSMNatural Approach to
Womens Symptoms of Menopause
The Raj Ayurveda Health Spa offers women a natural menopause treatment as well as relief from menopaus symptoms. Menopause is a natural life transition that need not have any negative side effects or symptoms. Prevention is the best policy when it comes to having an easy transition period during menopause. If a woman already has unwanted symptoms of menopause, then Maharishi Ayurveda provides many natural treatments to reverse the imbalances which are due to the buildup of toxins and impurities in tissues, among others.
The Raj program for menopause is conducted under the supervision of an Ayurveda Health Consultant, and draws on knowledge from Maharishi Ayurveda, the world's oldest and most complete system of natural health care.
Through its unique assessment of causal imbalances at the basis of a condition and its wide range of time-tested recommendations, Maharishi Ayurveda provides the most comprehensive approach for menopausal symptoms available in natural health care today.
Understanding the Root Causes of Menopausal Symptoms
Maharishi Ayurveda contains a wealth of information on how a woman can live her life before menopause to prevent the occurrence of negative menopausal symptoms. According to Ayurveda theory, it is not the loss of the menstrual period and change in levels of estrogen that cause unwanted symptoms. Rather, it is a variety of imbalances due to years of lifestyle mistakes.
If a woman already has unwanted symptoms of menopause, then Maharishi Ayurveda provides many natural methods to reverse the imbalances.
There are several types of major imbalances:
- The buildup of toxins and impurities in tissues.
- Blockage of the channels of circulation responsible for nourishing and cleansing the tissues.
- Imbalance of digestive and metabolic processes.
- Imbalance and deterioration of nervous system strength and stability.
- Accumulation of physical and mental stress.
- Lowering of natural resistance and immunity.
- Disruption of natural biological rhythms through improper patterns of eating, sleeping and exercise.
The Raj program for menopause addresses all these issues through specific recommendations from our Ayurveda Health Consultant and through the Maharishi RejuvenationSM therapy treatments.
Ayurveda Assessment of Balance and Imbalance
Your in-residence program starts with a visit to our Ayurveda Health Consultant.
Due to their uniquely effective assessment of balance and imbalance these Ayurveda consultations offer a new perspective to women experiencing menopausal symptoms. Ayurveda describes three major types of biological intelligence (called Vata, Pitta and Kapha) within the body that control all physical processes. These principles can become imbalanced and create the various symptoms of menopause.
Imbalances in Vata, Pitta or Kapha create very different symptoms. Learning where the imbalance is located can help women understand their condition more clearly and treat it more effectively. For example:
- Pitta imbalance can create hot flashes as Pitta controls the level of digestion, metabolism and heat production in the body.
- Vata imbalance leads to more anxiety, sleep disturbance and an increased drying up of the physiology because Vata imbalance disturbs the nervous system and dries up bodily tissues.
- Kapha imbalance creates symptoms of heaviness in the body, depression and slowing of digestion as Kapha — a more dull and inert element — controls build-up of heaviness and structure within the body.
After completing the Ayurveda Assessment of Balance and Imbalance in Vata, Pitta and Kapha, our Ayurveda Health Consultants can design the appropriate program to correct that imbalance.
Cleansing the Body of Toxins and Impurities
According to Ayurveda, the menstrual cycle not only helps maintain the reproductive system but also acts as an important internal cleansing process for the entire female physiology. When menstruation stops, the body loses a valuable natural cleansing mechanism. If there has been a build-up of toxins in the physiology when menstruation ends, impurities quickly accumulate in greater quantity and start to create many of the negative symptoms of menopause.
Accumulation of toxins and impurities creates unwanted symptoms by:
- Localizing in tissues and disrupting their delicate biochemistry, and
- Localizing in channels of circulation blocking the natural nourishment and elimination processes throughout the body.
The Ayurveda cleansing regimens available at The Raj:
- Prevent the build-up of impurities that can manifest years later as symptoms of menopause.
- Provide cleansing periods for the body after menopause when the important cleansing periods of menstruation have been lost.
a) In-residence Maharishi RejuvenationSM Therapy
The in-residence Maharishi Rejuvenation therapy treatments that women receive each day of their stay at The Raj are the most powerful programs available in Maharishi Ayurveda for preventing and treating the symptoms of menopause. Each day of your in-residence stay our highly trained Ayurveda technicians take you through a series of cleansing therapies that take two to three hours to complete. Our Ayurveda Health Consultants will prescribe a special combination of herbalized oil massages, heat treatments and mild herbal enema suited to your individual needs.
The treatments systematically:
- Loosen impurities that have become embedded in tissues and help liquefy them through massage and the penetration of herbalized oils.
- Soften and open the channels of circulation and elimination so proper nourishment can reach the tissues and impurities can be more easily eliminated.
- Activate the elimination process for the most thorough cleansing of the entire physiology.
These In-residence cleansing regimens are the foundation of our approach to preventing and treating symptoms of menopause.
b) Herbalized Oil Application and Massage
The herbalized oil massage plays a very important role in our home and In-residence cleansing therapy and deserves special mention.
Your Ayurveda Health Consultants will choose a specific herbalized oil individualized for your condition. You will also be instructed in the technique of home massage that involves specific strokes used over joints, ligaments, muscles and different parts of the body.
Daily use of this herbalized oil massage provides a deeply soothing and balancing effect for the entire physiology. The motion of massage creates heat and friction which enhance circulation and help cleanse the areas of chemical impurities that could be causing symptoms of menopause. The oil and herbs often nourish the tissues, thereby hastening any needed tissue development and repair.
Also, the various herbs that have been boiled into a base oil, and the oil itself, are specifically chosen for their Vata, Pitta or Kapha balancing influence. The oil allows the herbs to deeply penetrate the tissue beds, thereby balancing the nerve and other tissues in the affected areas.
During The Raj in-residence portion of your program, highly trained Ayurveda technicians will give you a very specialized massage each day using oils in which as many as 50 herbs have been cured. These special oils are only available as part of the in-residence program.
Nutrition, Digestion and Metabolism
Proper nutrition maintains balance in the body while improper nutrition can disturb digestion and lead to the creation of toxins. Most of the impurities that do localize in tissues originally come from poorly digested and improperly eliminated foods. Ayurveda nutrition and digestion recommendations are another main line of defense against impurity build-up.
The physiological principle at the basis of digestive and metabolic processes is called Pitta. Many conditions, including some symptoms of menopause, are caused by imbalanced Pitta. These include:
- most skin disorders, rashes, inflammation, etc.
- heartburn and ulcers
- excessive anger and irritability
- excessive hot flashes during menopause
- hormonal imbalances
A wide variety of time-tested Ayurveda recommendations help balance Pitta and remove the symptoms caused by its aggravation.
Your consultation with The Raj Ayurveda Health Consultant, along with daily educational meetings, will help you understand which foods are the most clogging and obstructing to circulation and which are the hardest to digest. These foods have the potential to create toxins (undigested food not only clogs the channels in the body but actually becomes toxic).
Foods that can easily be digested, creating micronutrients that are then assimilated into the tissues to rebuild their strength, will be recommended. Your Ayurveda Health Consultant will provide programs to improve digestion, an important prerequisite for overcoming menopausal symptoms.
During your in-residence stay at The Raj you will also learn the basic principles of Ayurveda cooking. The Raj cooking classes provide knowledge of how to prepare foods in ways that create maximum nourishment for the body while simultaneously preventing incomplete digestion and clogged circulation.
In summary, improper nutrition can create and aggravate menopause symptoms, but proper nutrition can go a long way towards preventing and curing them.
Stress Management: Increasing Nervous System Balance and Immune Function
Excessive mental, emotional and physical stress can worsen many of the symptoms of menopause. Stress also deteriorates the body's general ability to heal itself. This is due to the hormonal changes and other biochemical responses to stress that aggravate the metabolism, create pain and depress the immune response.
The sleep disturbance often created by symptoms of menopause increases fatigue, which in turn increases one's susceptibility to stress, which in turn aggravates symptoms of menopause. A downward spiral gets created.
Our in-residence program can help reverse the body's response to stress by providing:
- Instruction in the Transcendental Meditation® program
- Ayurveda massage and heat treatments
- Instruction in Yoga asana postures and Ayurveda flexibility exercises.
If you choose to learn meditation during your in-residence stay at The Raj, highly trained teachers of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique are available to instruct you in the TM program. The TM technique has a wealth of scientific research verifying its effect on reducing many of the mental and stress factors influencing menopause. Research shows it creates virtually the opposite physiological response that stress does and helps the body recover more quickly from stressful stimuli.
Practice of the TM technique twice a day is as an ideal mental approach to the unwanted symptoms of menopause. The TM program at The Raj gets your practice off to a superb start, and your instructor will help connect you with the local TM program center in your home area for any follow-up that you may desire.
Lifestyle and Daily Routine
One of the most important factors for maintaining high resistance to stress and stability in the nervous system is to have a lifestyle that does not disturb natural bodily rhythms. When we eat, sleep and exercise in constantly fluctuating and disturbing patterns, the body loses its natural balancing cycles and cannot cleanse or heal itself as effectively. Therefore, regularity in our daily routine is important before, during and after the menopausal period of life.
Our Ayurveda Health Consultants will review your daily routine and provide the information you need to help create a daily schedule that will actually increase balance in your metabolism and digestion and aid in the healing of your body.
Ayurveda Herbs and Reduction in Free Radicals
During your consultation our Ayurveda Health Consultants will select the appropriate herbal formulas for aiding the healing process, balancing digestion and metabolism and helping the body purify itself of toxins, including free radicals.
Free radicals are the most damaging of all impurities, being highly irritating to the physiology. Their presence creates and worsens many disorders and can impact the symptoms of menopause. Free radicals are a classic example of Pitta-type toxicity and can often be created by Pitta imbalances. When appropriate, our Ayurveda Health Consultants can recommend Ayurveda herbs that research has shown contain powerful anti-oxidants and free radical scavengers (1000 times more powerful than vitamin C or E). These herbs can also have a holistic influence of balancing and nourishing the entire physiology.
Traditional Ayurveda theory says that herbs are most effective after a person completes an internal cleansing program. The cleansing and rejuvenation treatments that you will receive daily are the main focus of your in-residence stay. Once this program is finished, you are ready to gain maximum benefits from your herbal program.
Exercise and Flexibility Education Classes
Ayurveda considers proper stretching and flexibility exercises to have a very positive effect on the body's healing response. During your in-residence stay at The Raj, we offer Yoga classes every day to give you a simple but profound set of postures that you can practice daily to create a healthy flexibility throughout the body.
We also instruct you in individualized Yoga breathing practices that create a state of restful alertness in mind and body. Our in-residence courses give you knowledge that you can continue to apply after you leave The Raj to maintain your progress in alleviating the symptoms of menopause.
The Raj program for menopausal symptoms provides the most comprehensive approach in natural health care to remove the imbalances at the basis of unwanted menopausal symptoms.
For detailed information on program structure and fees see Program Overview.
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