If you are a woman like me in this day and age, you must be well aware of the everyday health problems we face. It may be PCOD, PCOS, PMS, Thyroid, Hot flashes, Difficulty in conceiving to heavy, painful or irregular menstruation, the root of all these problems is a hormonal imbalance due to the times we live in and our lifestyle choices. Believe it or not, in the time when alternate healing systems like Ayurveda were in practice, there were hardly any cases of such health issues occurring but still Ayurveda has a deep understanding of a woman’s body and an in-depth knowledge about how to bring her internal system in equilibrium.
Today I will be sharing a list of ancient Ayurvedic herbs, that are extremely effective in treating the problems related to female hormones.
1. Ayurvedic Herbs To Balance Female Hormones: Ashoka – Saraca Indica
Ashoka Tree is considered a boon for gynaecological health. It tops the list of herbs for balancing female hormones as there is no other herb which has more beneficial medicinal properties, especially for women. There is a story in Ramayana which depicts the importance of Ashoka tree for female reproductive health. It is said that when Ravana who was great scholar abducted Sita, he felt her pulse (as done in the Ayurvedic method of pulse reading) and deciphered that she was suffering from gynaecological problems. He brought her to a place called ‘Ashoka Vatika’ which was filled with Ashoka trees. During her stay in Ashoka Vatika, Sita drank the water from leaves of Ashoka tree and she was healed of all her health problems, hence this tree is also called Sita Ashoka. The Ashoka tree is considered sacred throughout the Indian sub-continent.
Ashoka tree contains many essential nutrients like calcium, glycoside, haematoxylin, tannins, catechin, ferrous compounds (iron) and carbonic compounds of carbon. The bark of the tree contains ketosterol. The nutrients tannins and catechin help regulate the blood flow in heavy and excess menstruation. Ashoka herb relaxes the uterine muscles and endometrium providing relief from abdominal spasms during mensuration. Nutrient Haematoxylin found in Ashoka bark regulates the irregular menstrual cycle and treats disorders like cysts, fibroid, amenorrhea and leucorrhea (white discharge).
Apart from women health-related problems, it is also used as a brain tonic and help improves intellect and concentration. It is also used in the treatment of diabetes, internal bleeding, acne, kidney stones, stomach inflammation and mouth ulcers.
Ashokarishtha is a very famous medicine made out of Ashoka bark that is given for all sorts of menstruation-related issues. You can get it here.