Balance for women
at every age
For more than 5,000 years, Ayurvedic medicine has helped women of all ages attain balance and harmony in their lives.
Whether you’re 18 or 65, our supplements are perfect for finding relief from hormone fluctuations, fortifying your reproductive and sexual health, or enriching your life during the golden age of menopause and beyond. Our carefully sourced, all-natural Ayurvedic herbs and supplements are intended to stimulate and fortify your body, mind, and overall well-being.
There are different stages throughout the month that relate to a woman’s natural shift in hormones. Progesterone is a kapha hormone. Estrogen is a pitta hormone, communicating and transforming tissues. During ovulation, pitta dominates, preparing for the egg that has potential for fertilization. When the egg is not fertilized and hormones begin to shift, menstruation results. This is when vata is dominant, as vata serves as the principle of movement and flow. The menstrual cycle is considered to be the final byproduct of all the tissues in the body, thus, providing a window to a woman’s overall health. Menstruation not only cleanses and resets a woman’s reproductive tract, but provides insight to overall health and should be honored. By staying in sync, women are able to fine tune any imbalances to allow for a smoother flow.
Ayurvedic Medicine for Women
Diet and Lifestyle
Though many things can go into the body to support female hormone balance, some things should be avoided to create optimal health. Hair products, body cleansers, cosmetics, and other health and beauty aids contain chemicals that can alter estrogen signaling such as paraben and sulfates. Furthermore, facial cleansers, toners, and makeup may contain heavy metals. Chemicals such as these are not processed by the body and are easily absorbed by the various mucosal surfaces on the face. When using products that are placed on the skin, read the label to make sure the products are without parabens, sulfates, and heavy metals. If the label has something that is completely unreadable, it is best to avoid it.
In Ayurveda, balancing hormones starts with a whole foods diet. Foods rich in phytoestrogens (plant-based estrogens) balance the estrogen deficit in the female body. Tofu, tempeh, and soybeans are excellent sources of phytoestrogens and are delicious sources of clean protein. Nuts and seeds provide safe and well balanced essential fatty acids, promoting a healthy response to inflammation and supporting the nervous system. Seeds such as flax, chia, and sesame provide lignans for hormone balancing. Furthermore, nuts have large amounts of selenium which helps with muscle health as well as fat metabolism. Whole grains such as Indian Basmati rice and quinoa provide fiber and essential micronutrients for energy production. Leafy greens provide nutrients for detoxification from daily exposures and optimize kidney health. Arugula, kale, collard greens, and spinach are easily found greens that can accompany any meal. Reducing meat consumption not only allows an increase in nutritious vegetables, but also reduces the exposure to growth hormones and antibiotic byproducts that are used to raise livestock.
Hormone changes can affect mood and may increase general stress. Getting moderate exercise (exercise in which it is only slightly difficult to talk during activity) three to five days a week is key to keep the internal digestive fires strong and avoid negative changes. Walking, yoga, biking, and swimming are great ways to release endorphins. This release mediates healthy hormone production and relaxes the nervous system.
Quality sleep is important to allow the body to reset. Falling asleep before 10:00pm and waking before 6:00am is ideal, aiming for about eight hours of sleep. Gentle yoga or breathing practices (such as alternate nostril breathing) before and after bed may help settle the mind and body.
A Note Regarding Menopause
During menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone, halting the menstruation cycle. Estrogen is a hormone that speaks to the brain, cardiovascular tissues, liver, breast tissue, bone tissues, as well as the reproductive tract. It is no wonder why menopause presents symptoms such as irregular periods, hot flashes, libido changes, vaginal dryness, insomnia, mood changes, osteoporosis, weight gain, depression, as well as the increase in symptoms from other disorders such as diabetes, depressive disorders or anxiety. Furthermore, estrogen communication problems may be exacerbated by an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, excessive alcohol abuse, lack of sleep, and smoking.
Menopause is the golden age for women. It is the time when the body has yet another transformation into a powerful state. Most women reach menopause between the ages of 45 and 55 , though some women may notice changes to menstruation patterns as early as 30 years of age. Ayurveda has celebrated these natural changes for maturing women and has supported a healthy transition for the last 5,000 years. In Ayurveda, menopause is a transition into the vata stage of life. The body feels dryer and rougher and may start to feel lighter. However, menopause can imbalance all of the doshas. Estrogen directly influences the thyroid. Thyroid agni (or digestive fire) is one of the most important fires within the body. As estrogen decreases, the agni of the thyroid is weakened. Metabolism slows down and general body communication becomes sluggish. Weight gain and slow liver metabolism may result from the change in thyroid agni.
Ayurvedic Herbs for Women’s Health
Asparagus recemosus (Sitawari)
Asparagus racemosus, or sitawari (shatavari), is an adaptogen that can be used for female health at any point in a lifetime. Shatavari is often found growing in the jungles of India as a climbing plant. It is commonly recognized as the woman’s equivalent to Ashwagandha, or “Indian ginseng,” translating to “she who possesses 100 husbands.” The herb has phytoestrogenic properties and has hormone balancing effects. In Ayurvedic theory, menopause causes vata energies to become scattered and flow upward leading to symptoms such as hot flashes. This herb has a downward, cooling energy, correcting this energetic imbalance. It is also recognized as a blood builder, while serving to tonify reproductive tissue; and, thus, can be used at any stage in a woman’s life. Ayurveda strongly recognizes this plant as a female rejuvenative and for its use in balancing female hormones.
Saraca indica (Ashoka)
The Ashoka tree, also known as Saraca indica, has been revered as a sacred tree. Saraca indica is another female herbal tonic from the Ayurvedic tradition. Ayurveda has recognized this herb as a pitta reducer while supporting a healthy inflammatory response and balancing hormones. Saraca indica also has systemic antioxidant activity and cardioprotective properties. Saraca indica also has an ability to harmonize all three doshas in the female reproductive tract, giving balance to these tissues. This herb has gentle downward moving energy but is also light; these qualities are ideal for female health care.
Terminalia Arjuna (Arjuna)
In Ayurveda, Terminalia arjuna is traditionally used to support heart health and has high levels of heart-healthy antioxidants. After estrogen levels decline in mature women, control of cholesterol and fat metabolism become difficult to maintain. Arjuna also has the ability to support healthy bone function. Due to the lack of estrogen after menopause, it is necessary to activate other signaling molecules to enhance bone health. Cissus quadrangularis is an herb that also supports healthy bone and bone structure regardless of hormone status.
Cimicifuga racemosa (Black cohosh)
Cimicifuga racemosa has been used in several traditional medicinal systems to balance female hormones. More commonly recognized as Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa), this herb has longstanding use in Ayurveda for female health. This herb has particular use in the transition from pre-menopause to menopause allowing the body to transition in a much smoother fashion. Black cohosh also provides mood support and encourages healthy cardiovascular function.
Dioscorea villosa (Wild yam)
Dioscorea villosa is also known as wild yam. This plant contains diosgenin, a precursor to sex hormones such as estrogen and progesterone. Wild yam assists in antioxidant activity and provides estrogen metabolites for the body to use for further processes.
Bamboo manna has been used in Ayurvedic medicine as a female hormone balancing agent for thousands of years. It is the dried sap of young bamboo and is extremely high in organic silica. Bamboo manna has a cooling effect, reducing hot flashes, and supporting a healthy response to inflammation in the female reproductive system.
Liver Support with Livit-2
The liver is considered to be one of the most important organs in our body. Ayurveda regards it as a pitta, or fire organ. It has the most functions in the body, processing everything from the mental, emotional, and physical plains. It serves to detoxify and rid the body of what is toxic or unnecessary. One prime example is the removal and processing of hormones in our body. If the liver is hindered in any way, this will impact the normal functions of our hormones and lead to imbalance.
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for good nutrition and overall wellness. Studies have shown that the health benefits of fish oil include its ability to support various heart conditions and support the management of cholesterol levels already within the normal range. High quality fish oils support the gut, immune system, and nervous system and provide lubrication to decrease the dry and cold vata in the body. Fish oil supports a positive mood, strengthens the immune system and supports healthy muscles and joints. It also supports healthy weight loss and overall skin care. Molecularly distilled, RUVED’s fish oil exceeds industry standards for purity, making it one of the best omega-3 fish oil products available.
Many of the ideas presented here can be applied to all women and can be practiced by women of every generation. Whether you’re 18 or 65, RUVED’s supplements are perfect for finding relief from hormone fluctuations, fortifying your reproductive and sexual health, or enriching your life during the golden age of menopause and beyond. These are but a few of the many herbs and supplements that make hormonal changes in life less stressful and more comfortable. Ayurvedic herbs and supplements, in conjunction with diet and lifestyle changes, are an excellent way to ease hormonal changes while supporting overall health and longevity.