Ayurveda is a health and wellness philosophy based on an ancient Hindu medical system. Hormones, according to Ayurveda, are the digestive fire of the tissues (Dhatu Agni). Hormones are considered a component of one of the Doshas (Pitta) because they are transported by the blood (Rakhta Pitta). An individual’s Prakriti (constitution) is a combination of the three Doshas Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, according to Ayurveda. These Doshas play a crucial part in the systematic and effective functioning of our bodies. Changes in the Doshas can cause several diseases. This can be attributed to a variety of factors, including an unhealthy lifestyle, a poor and incorrect diet, and stress. If a person’s Dosha changes, they must take steps to restore their body to a healthier state.
Hormonal imbalance is common, and nearly everyone will experience it at some point in their lives. Male and female hormones fluctuate during adolescence, with female hormones more likely to go wild during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and other events. Some of the symptoms of a hormonal imbalance include bloating, exhaustion, irritability, hair loss, palpitations, mood swings, unstable blood sugar levels, and difficulty concentrating. Let us look at 5 Ayurvedic tips to restore hormonal imbalance.
Manage Stress: Cortisol is the hormone that increases in response to stress. All other bodily functions are jeopardised when cortisol levels become abnormally high as a result of intense stress. The body enters fight or flight mode, which means that all of its energy is directed toward supporting cortisol, while all other hormones are put on hold. Thus, stress-reduction techniques such as good hygiene, spending time in nature, and getting enough sleep are critical.
Yoga: Certain yoga positions pressurise and depressurize specific glands. These minor compressions and decompressions can influence secretions. Yoga positions stimulate and balance endocrine function. We can help control the thyroid gland’s hormones by activating it with postures, movement, and breathing techniques. We can think of yoga as a way to nourish all of our hormone-producing glands.
Meditation: Meditation and other mindfulness-based interventions that lower cortisol and adrenaline levels in the body can help normalise blood pressure and heart rate temporarily. Melatonin is a hormone that controls your sleeping and waking cycles. Melatonin production can be increased through meditation. Dopamine is a feel-good hormone that is released during meditation.
Herbal Infusion: Your liver is in charge of hormone metabolism and your body’s detoxification system, both of which rely on specific nutrients and minerals. Herbal tea infusions containing no caffeine, such as Tulsi or dandelion root tea, can help with liver detoxification and stress reduction for healthy hormone balance.
Seed cycling: Seed cycling is one of the simplest, yet most effective, ways to keep your hormones in check. This simple technique promotes hormone balance, reduces PMS symptoms, boosts fertility, and can help initiate menstruation if it is absent (amenorrhea). Seed cycling is the practice of consuming specific seeds during each of your menstrual cycle’s two main phases (follicular and luteal) to help maintain a healthy balance of oestrogen in the first half and progesterone in the second.
Follow these 5 Ayurvedic tips to restore hormonal imbalance suggested by our
Ayurvedic experts at Birla Ayurveda
for a balanced and healthy menstrual cycle.