According to ayurveda, the total lifespan of an individual can be defined
terms of the three doshas or ayurvedic principles: childhood is governed
Kapha dosha, youth and adulthood by Pitta and mature adulthood, the
trimester, by Vata dosha. Menopause marks the transition from the Pitta
of life to the Vata phase of life for most women.
"During the transition, women tend to experience imbalance in both
Vata," explains Rama Kant Mishra, ayurvedic expert. "As a
result, they can
exhibit the symptoms of an imbalanced Pitta skin eruptions, depressed
emotions, irritability, hot flashes and excess stomach acid, for example,
well as the signs of an imbalanced Vata - vaginal dryness, a clouded
thin dry skin, to name a few. To have a smooth transition, it is important
find out which of these two doshas is out of balance and correct that
imbalance with a proper diet and routine, and herbal supplements as
Some tips for balancing Vata:
A Vata balancing diet includes more of the sweet, sour and salty tastes,
should contain more warm, unctuous foods. Eat three regular meals every
with the heaviest meal being lunch. Include a little Ghee in your diet
cook with Vata balancing spices. Drink lots of water through the day.
With the too-much-to-do, too-little-time syndrome ruling the lives of
women these days, going to bed at a reasonable hour each night appears
luxury. If you are one of those women who habitually stays up late to
up on work, you might want to consider the fact that one of the simplest
to help keep Vata dosha in balance is to try to go to bed early: definitely
no later than 10 p.m. Between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. is the Kapha dominated
of day, which means the body is settling down and the brain is calming
naturally. So if you go to sleep during that time you tend to have deeper,
more restful sleep.
Introduce the pleasurable experience of abhyanga, the ayurvedic self-massage,
into your daily routine. The daily warm oil massage is best done in
morning, before your bath or shower. It pacifies both Vata and Pitta
helps increase resistance to day-to-day stress, enhances circulation
lubrication, and recharges you for the day ahead.
It is important to balance Prana Vata, which governs the mind. The ayurvedic
herbs Brahmi, Aloeweed, Gotu Kola and Ashwagandha all restore balance
Some tips for balancing Pitta:
In general, a Pitta pacifying diet would be one that is rich in vegetables
not tomatoes and spinach, which are two very heating vegetables, but
other vegetables, whole grains, sweet juicy fruits, especially pears,
and other non-citrus fruits. Drink plenty of water through the day,
two to three cups of an herbal tea which contains a cooling blend of
and rose petals.
Eat meals on time. Lunch, the main meal of the day, should ideally be
around mid-day, when the digestive fire is at its natural peak. Include
Petal Preserve in your diet for its cooling properties.
To keep Sadhaka Pitta, which governs the emotions, in balance, take
the ayurvedic herb famous for its positive influence on the heart. In
combination with other herbs, Arjuna helps promote better mind/body/heart
coordination and nourishes the heart and mind.