Hormonal Imbalance Treatment in Ayurveda
Ayurveda is the results you gain just by adding in simple practices to your daily routine. While practicing Ayurveda you can expect to be equipped with the tools to help you live a life in balance.
The truth is modern lifestyles, stress, and poor habits can really wreak havoc on our bodies, specifically our hormones. We live in a society prone to pushing past the 10PM mark and burning the midnight oil, eating fast food, and taking medication instead of searching for answers. I see clients on a daily basis struggling with all types of hormonal disorders, estrogen imbalances, PCOS, adrenal fatigue, and more. All of these disorders lead right back to lifestyle.
01. Reduce stress
Easier said than done right? You don’t have to remove all the stress in your life to feel less stressed, it’s not all or nothing here. I do however suggest taking a look at your life and taking note of the places that bring more stress on. It may be your job, a relationship, your diet, or lack of sleep. Aside from quitting your job one of the best and most cost effective ways to reduce stress is through the practice of pranayama. Pranayama is simply regulating the breath through specific techniques.
Inhale for the count of 4
Hold your breath for the count of 2
Exhale for the count of 6
This simple breath work will instantly reduce cortisol spikes and calm your mind. Breath work is not the only solution to stress, I absolutely promote the use of adaptogens and herbs to heal the body, which is why I suggest adding a Rasayana into your daily routine. A rasayana is a mixture of potent herbs and adaptogens usually made with raw honey and ghee used to revitalize the body and promote longevity. A wonderful Rasayana to choose would be one containing Ashwagandha because it is an adaptogen that helps balance the chemical and physical effects of stress. Ashwagandha specifically works deeply with the endocrine system balancing hormones and healing the nervous system.
What we eat directly effects our hormones, from our estrogen levels to our testosterone, we can literally manipulate our hormones using food! Which is why it’s important to look at food as an energy source, it’s either going to take more energy from us or give more energy to us. The closer the food you eat is to its natural source (the earth) the better it is for you. Since we are all unique beings it’s important to understand your specific mind-body type which you can find out by taking this quiz. Once you have a better understanding of your aryuvedic body type you can assess the foods you need to consume regularly to give you more energy. Maintaining consistency with your diet is an easy way to help regulate your hormones as well. Our bodies like routine and work most efficiently when we keep on a schedule, which is why scheduling your meals will help balance your hormones. If you eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner around the same times each day your body becomes more balanced.
One of the best healing tools is rest. Resting allows our bodies to do the work they so naturally do without our conscious or unconscious interference. Resting allows our bodies to rejuvenate, detox, and rebuild. When we burn the midnight oil by staying up late we throw our cortisol levels (stress hormones) off which not only creates a ripple effect in the body stressing our adrenals and inhibiting our brain function but also ages us faster. Aside from getting to sleep at or before 10PM each night we can also add ancient tools to promote a gentle evening flow. One of the easiest tools to add into your nightly routine is a sleep tonic with Ashwaghddanda and Shankhpushpi. These two herbs work synergistically together to ground energy, calm nerves, balance hormones, and promote healthy brain function.
HORMONE BALANCING DRINK.
1 cup almond milk
½ teaspoon ashwagandha powder
½ teaspoon shankhpushpi powder
1 teaspoon raw honey
½ teaspoon ghee
Heat the milk in a saucepan on medium heat. Add in the herbs and ghee, whisk together. Pour the liquid into your favorite mug. Once the milk is warm (not hot) add the raw honey.
Certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor