An Individual Experience
From the holistic perspective of Ayurveda, menopause is a unique, individual experience for each woman. Since we all have a unique constitution and individual strengths, weaknesses, and habits, menopause cannot be viewed with a cookie-cutter mentality. The intensity of menopause will be different for each woman and the problems following menopause will also vary depending on many factors. As a matter of fact, if viewed and supported properly, menopause can be a spiritually transforming and health promoting transition. Yet most women lack information about what is realy happening and what are their choices to alleviate symptoms and prevent future problems.
From a physiological point of view, menopause is the ending of a woman’s monthly menstrual cycles and ovulation. It also brings other changes, both physical and mental, due to the fact that the body begins producing less amounts of certain hormones, mainly estrogen and progesterone. But let’s get this straight: Menopause is not a disease. It is a natural process in every woman’s life. It may bring light to aspects that perhaps needed attention before menopause even started, but it is still just part of life, and not some sort of “flaw in the design.” It is not natural to get osteoporosis, to age quicker, or to have heart problems and other diseases after menopause. Like any other chronic ailments, these develop over a lifetime as the result of an unnatural lifestyle (poor diet, lack of exercise and outdoor activity, stress, unresolved emotions, excessive toxins, etc.) and