International Journal of Research in Ayurveda and Pharmacy

ISSN Online:2229-3566

ISSN Print: 2277-4343


Article Category: Review articles

DOI: 10.7897/2277-4343.1205145

Pages: 60-62

Author: Swati Bhandari *, Divya Badwal, Ruby Rani Agarwal

Abstract: Dysmenorrhea is a medical condition characterized by severe uterine pain during menstruation. It is one of the most common gynaecological complaints observed. It has a high impact on women’s quality of life resulting in a restriction of daily activities, a lower academic performance, and poor quality of sleep and has negative effects on mood, causing anxiety and depression. Dysmenorrhea is explained as an Udavartini Yonivyapad in Ayurveda. The main clinical feature of Udavartini is rajahkricchrata i.e., painful menstruation. Today’s stressful modern lifestyle and faulty food habits i.e., increased consumption of oily and junk food is leading to a higher incidence of dysmenorrhea. In modern medicine, dysmenorrhea is treated by oral hormonal pills, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and analgesics. Long term use of these produces side effects. Thus, these are not the solution to the problem. The role of diet has been well considered as an etiological factor responsible for causing dysmenorrhea. Ayurveda has given importance to diet and regimen as a part of Chikitsa. Thus, taking an appropriate diet (Pathya Ahara) and avoiding a faulty diet (Apathya Ahara) will help in prevention as well as reducing the symptoms of dysmenorrhea.

Keyword: Udavartini Yonivyapad, Dysmenorrhea, Pathya Ahara, Apathya Ahara.