• Dysmennorhea and Ayurveda

    Posted on by Dr. Shweta Labde

    Dysmennorheoa is one of the most common gynaecological complaint among women. The term dysmennorhea explains cramping pain or discomfort in abdomen especially lower abdomen and back during or before onset of menstruation. It is known as ‘Kashta Artav’ in Ayurveda, Kashta means pain and Artav means menses. Dysmennorhea is categorised in two types : Primary dysmennorheoa: This category includes females with cramping pain without any other associated underlying symptoms. The presenting symptoms include : Cramping abdominal pain especially in lower abdomen, Backache, Pain in legs, Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Headache, Dizziness. These symptoms are usually seen during first two days of menses or 1-2 days prior to onset of menstrual cycle every month. Secondary dysmennorhea: Secondary dysmennorheoa  is cramps caused by another underlying associated ailments such as endometriosis (abnormalities in the lining of the uterus), adenomyosis (nonmalignant growth of the endometrium into the muscular layer of the uterus),pelvic inflammatory disease, uterine fibroids, cervical narrowing, uterine malposition, pelvic tumors or an IUD (intra-uterine device). Ayurveda explains ‘ Kashta Artav ‘ is mainly due to vitiated or obstructed apan vayu (a type of vata prevailing
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