Menstrual Health, Fertility, PCOS & Amenorrhea | Lara Briden {Podcast #048)

Divinity blossoms where woman are respected.

Women’s health is of the utmost importance since it is the woman who brings the human being onto earth.

If we can optimise the health of women, we can optimise the health of humankind.


About Our Guest: Lara Briden

Lara Briden is a naturopathic doctor and the period revolutionary—leading the change to better periods.

Informed by a strong science background and more than twenty years with patients, Lara is a passionate communicator about women’s health and alternatives to hormonal birth control.  Her book Period Repair Manual is a manifesto of natural treatment for better hormones and better periods and provides practical solutions using nutrition, supplements, and natural hormones.  Now in its second edition, the book has been an underground sensation and has worked to quietly change the lives of tens of thousands of women.

Lara has helped thousands of women find relief for period problems such as PCOS, PMS, endometriosis, and peri-menopause and currently has consulting rooms in Christchurch, New Zealand.


In This Episode We Discuss:

The Contraceptive Pill Paradigm

The paradigm that The Contraceptive Pill can replace women’s hormones or be as good as women’ hormones.

Reclaiming ovarian function and reclaiming women’s own hormones.

The importance of ovulation.

The Menstrual Cycle - cultivating shakti (divine feminine energy)

Cravings During the Menstrual Cycle

A quality source of magnesium may help with cravings during the cycle. Lara recommends Magnesium Glycinate.

The Infertility Epidemic

Related Listening

Dairy and Cows Milk

How your regular cows dairy (A1 casein) can be a problem for inflammation but A2 dairy can be highly medicinal.

The Importance of Melatonin on Fertility and Reproductive Health

Blue Blocking Glasses are so important for overall melatonin health.

PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome)

  • Basically the situation of elevated androgens (other hormone).
  • The problem with ultrasounds - not a valid way to diagnose PCOS.

Hypothalamic Amenorrhea

  • Commit to increased amount of food for six months but ensure digestion is proper.

Immature Reproductive Organs

Compromises the ovary-brain connection (Hypothalamic–pituitary–gonadal axis).

The Contraceptive Pill

  • Pill bleed is not a real bleed.
  • Can cause immaturity of the menstrual cycle.

Related Listening

Veganism and Menstrual Health, particularly Amenorrhea

Healthy Menopause

  • Naturally it is a smooth transitioning period that can be symptom free.
  • It is closely related to insulin resistance.
  • Mindset and expectations around menopause.

+ MORE!

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Ayurvedic Guide to Healthy Menstruation

Menstruation is an important gift and a blessing for the divine woman.

Every month, women have a unique opportunity to purity their body and cultivate physical and creative energy (shakti), for the month ahead. It is like pulling back the bow to launch into life with vitality.

In most cases, medicines, whether it be drugs or herbs, are needed for the menstrual cycle. All one needs is awareness of this natural stage in life, and how to live in harmony with it.

Ayurvedic Program for Menstruation

Take time off. REST

During the period of menstruating, activities need to be reduced to the essential so that the body, mind and spirit may flow in accord with the natural rhythms moon and 27 constellations (Naksatras).

  • If one is unable to rest for the whole period, one should take rest for at least the first 2 days.
  • Do not sleep during the day – This promotes sluggishness, poor circulation and blocks the channels. If you are undergoing Banana Purification, it is okay to sleep during the day.
  • Take it easy - Mental activity and psychical activity reduced. Especially 1st day when heavy bleeding is happening, take day off.  Avoid running and excessive exercise, laughing, hearing loud sounds (loud music, crowded places).

Retreating from the normal routine and everyday activities and stressors is necessary so that you may remain mindful of the great transformational experience of shedding the lining of the uterus (endometrium) so that it can be renewed once more.

Be Within Yourself

 Most gifted time to naturally slow down. Attune yourselves more inside. A time to go inward. Be more positive during this period.

This balances the colon, bladder and helps hormonal balance.

Vata Pacifying Regimes

  • Keep yourself warm, happy (chocolate not required for happiness) more oily foods (ghee).
  • Handle cravings comfortably – Some women naturally crave salt or sugar during this period. Try balance salt cravings, and if sugar cravings persist, a glass of hot water or warm milk with spices is an option.

Reduce Bathing

  • No baths, light shower is ideal.
  • Not cold or hot water, just luke warm – cold is good.
  • Shower is best skipped on first day and can be avoided during the whole period.

Why less bathing?

  • Activates lymphatic system (like parishek treatment). Also distributes energy to peripheral tissues (skin), when it should be preserved in apana vayu (pelvic floor) for the purification period.
  • Vata is prevalent during this time. Vata is dark, cold, excessively moves, erratic and ungrounded. The body at this times needs to be kept protected, cared for, grounded and stabilised with the least degree of intrusion so that the necessary discharge can be pulled by its own rhythm and completed without interruption.

No Swimming or Washing Hair During the Menstrual Cycle

  • We need to safeguard the body against the persuasive rhythm of the water element.
  • Water is one of the five powerful elements used to bless, cure, heal, nourish, nature and revive the body, mind and spirit. Water is sacred, powerful and has its own cosmic energy.
  • Water, guided by this cosmic energy, can influence the flow of the menstrual cycle to an exacerbated flow, like the calm, peaceful, smooth flowing body of water can turn into a tsunami, avalanche, hurricane or storm.
  • We want the fire element - the metaboliser and governor of blood, to flow in temp with its own rhythm and tune.

~ Some of these tachings beautiful articulated by Maya Tiwari

Avoid Constipation

Constipation can happen because your body’s elimination focus goes more towards the menstruation. To counter this:

    • Shodana Vati
    • Vata Pacifying regimes.
    • Do not suppress any natural urges, (burps, farts, defecation, urination, yawning, sneezing, etc.)
    • Drink 2-3 cups of hot-warm water in early morning.

No Sexual Activity

This will aggravate colon bladder and hamper normal flow. We the blood to be focused on staying in the pelvic region (apana vayu).

Intercourse during menstruation is considered the most inauspicious act according to Ayurveda. (Source: Caraka S, S.S)

No Self-Massage/Abhyanga

For the same reason as not bathing. Applying some oil as a moisturiser is fine.

Exercise

Nothing more than a 30 minute light walk (at least).

Light walk daily is great.

Hygiene

Tampons block the free passage and clear flow of menstrual flow. It aggravates Apana Vayu (the pelvic floor seat of Vata). Thus are not advised.

Only external organic absorbent pads should be used.
We recommend re-usable organic pads or organic period underpants.

Avoid Combing Hair and Cutting Nails

Grooming hair and nails is for times of extrovert. The vedas says women who cuts nails or hair during her period will promote her future offspring to have bone issues.

Avoid Gardening, Cooking and Being Near the Preparation of Food During the Menstrual Cycle

  • This is not due to the irrational thinking that menstrual blood is unclean, unhygienic or toxic.
  • Food and plant life is imbued with prana - a rising energy flowing up from the earth towards the sun and sky.
  • In contrast, the menstrual blood is instilled with apana vayu, the downward-flowing, bodily air pulled from the body by the magnetic forces of the earth.
  • These two powerful roles of nature do not harmonise together.
  • Plant-derived food is also Kapha in nature, earth element full of youth-giving energy that nourishes and builds the body (anabolic action).
  • Menstrual blood is dominated by Pitta and Vata, which fosters cleansing of the body and spirit and reduces tissues (catabolic).
  • It is unwise to introduce the rising, energising nature of food into the menstrual blood, or to mix the downward-flowing, cleansing energy of blood into our sustenance - including preparing food or eating heavy foods during the menstrual cycle.

~ Teachings beautiful articulated by Maya Tiwari

Diet

  • Simple warm, cooked and light food. Avoid meat.
  • Mono-diet as much as possible.
  • Milk rice is great, especially for those woman who have uncomfortable and rough periods..
  • No cold foods or drinks.

Further Listening

 Ayurveda for Menstruation, Pre-Conception and Conscious Conception with Dylan Smith and Laura Poole (Part 1) - Podcast Episode 5

Podcast: Rhythms and Cycles in Nature – Exploring the Innate Stages of Life

Listen to the Recording Here

Natures intelligence is constantly prevailing our life.

The elements rotate in dominating segments of the day. Each season uniquely effects our body. Elemental influences govern the different generational age groups in life.

How in tune are we with our own nature to progress in life with minimal friction?

How do we prepare our body for healthy adulthood, reproduction, smooth menopause and comfortable “elder years”?

Join Ayurvedic master Vaidya Krishna Raju as he is interviewed by Matt Ringrose to dissect the elegant sequence of life.

Vaidya Raju will share how to access and utilise the power of these crucial life-transitioning periods with simple, accessible and powerful actions for you to live a rewarding and vital life.

About Vaidya Krishna Raju

The Raju Family are internationally renowned leading experts in authentic Ayurveda (the science of health and longevity).

Practising for over 13 generations, they specialise in creating very effective and individualised treatments using precise knowledge and application of rare and powerful herbal formulas.

Vaidya Krishna Raju is the director and head doctor at his family clinic in Hyderabad, India, where they treat thousands of people who travel from all over the world for their expert treatment and advice for everything from prevention to treatment of the seemingly incurable.

About Matt Ringrose

Matt is the founder of Bondi Meditation Center. Matt came to meditation from an entrepreneurial and corporate background. It changed his life so postiively that he transitioned to dedicate his life to sharing this transformative knowledge with others. Matt is now committed to passing on this ancient Vedid knowledge in a way which is practical, enjoyable and relevant to modern life.

Show Summary and Notes

The importance of the menstrual cycle.

Regimen for menstrual cycle.

The menstrual cycle is according to the 27 star constellations (nakshatras), rather than the moon.

The moon's influence on the mind.

A males hormonal cycle.

Menopause - requirements for smooth transition.

Abhyanga (Oil massage) to prevent and treat 90% of menopausal symptoms, the best tool to balance vata + more.

Overview of Vata, Pitta, Kapha - the role of these 3 bio-intelligences.

The importance of baby massage.

Banana Treatment: Powerful therapy for promoting perfect health. For PMS, infertility and all hormones issues.

“Jaggery Medicine” given by the Raju for infertility as a treatment back in muslim empire.

The role of Ayurvedic herbs.

The two types of immunity. Congenital and acquired.

Pulse Diagnosis - a profound tool for knowledge. 

Self-Pulse for healing, reducing stress and anxiety plus more. Lesson on that here.

Seasonal cycles, daily cycles, ageing cycles - all intertwined. 

Seasonal pathology. State of doshas in each season.

Daily bowel movement for regular purification.

Dinacharya:

Heart Attack - What is actually happening during the protection mechanism.

Cholesterol Issues - Liver is producing fatty liver in even skinny people due to dryness. Ghee is one solution.

Ghee - benefits. Muscle and blood vessel elasticity. No sclerotic changes = no heart attack + more.

Why soldiers used to apply oil on the soles of the feet while they sleep.

Different metals to boost immune system or skill your enemy slowly.

Bhasmas - metallic preparations for medicine.

Smriti preparation - featuring gold bhasma.

Squatting while urinating to prevent prostate enlargement.

Treatment for constricted urinary tubes in males.

Panchakarma (detox and rejuvenation) - good for anything but should not be given for acute conditions.

Migraines and chronic headaches - causes, pathology, treatment and prevention.