Ayurvedic View on Hysterectomy and its Effects on Health

Abstract

Hysterectomy is a procedure which involves removal of the uterus. Uterus is one of the most important organs of the female. It is also called a womb and is an inverted pear shaped muscular organ of the female reproductive system located in between the bladder and rectum. When a woman goes under hysterectomy then it is clear that she is suffering from some condition that is exclusively related to uterus like uterine fibroids, cancerous growth in uterus, thickening of uterus lining and many more. In this article we will discuss hysterectomy, its type, reasons for hysterectomy, side effects of this procedure and how it can be prevented using Ayurvedic formulations.

Hysterectomy

Introduction

Uterus is a very important organ of a woman’s body. This is the reason why women are called women. If you ask me then I will strongly favour the statement that the reason for human life existence is the womb. Without the womb there will be no fertilization of female eggs and male sperm or there will be nothing that provides a favourable place for fetal growth. But still many women are opting for hysterectomy even at young and reproductive age, what can be the possible reason? The reason is a one line statement by their gynecologist “It’s better to remove your uterus as it’s giving you difficult times now”. Most women never give a second thought before opting for hysterectomy, they never try to search for better options or explore other pathies like Ayurveda, sidha, unani and homeopathy. From here the actual problem starts, the one guiding you for hysterectomy will never tell you what after effects it will have. But in this article most commonly faced effects of hysterectomy by women are discussed along with many other things you should be aware of if you are thinking about hysterectomy.

Types of Hysterectomy

  1. Total Hysterectomy: In this type of hysterectomy the uterus and cervix are removed.
  2. Partial Hysterectomy: In this case the uterus is removed but the cervix is left in place.
  3. Radical Hysterectomy: It is the extensive version of operation and involves removal of uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, upper part of vagina and associated pelvic ligaments and lymph nodes.
  4. Hysterectomy and Bilateral Salpingo Oophorectomy: This procedure is generally done when a woman is suffering from cancer. In this uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries are removed.
  5. Hysterectomy with Prophylactic Bilateral Salpingectomy: Removal of fallopian tubes at the time of hysterectomy.

Moreover hysterectomy can be done through the vaginal route, abdominal route or nowadays laparoscopic route is becoming really popular.

Reasons for Hysterectomy

Generally, women with following conditions are recommended for hysterectomy:

  1. Single or Multiple uterine fibroids (non-cancerous)
  2. Heavy menstrual bleeding or irregular menstrual bleeding
  3. Uterine prolapse
  4. Thickening of uterus lining
  5. Cancerous overgrowth of uterine cells
  6. Pelvic inflammatory disorders

Effects of Hysterectomy

1. Physical Problems After Hysterectomy

  1. Pain in the region which usually last for few days
  2. Vaginal bleeding and discharge (bleeding lasting for few days)
  3. Vomiting accompanied with nausea
  4. Feeling of hot flashes like heat is coming out of body
  5. Dryness in vagina
  6. Sweating during sleep
  7. Increase risk of osteoporosis.

2. Emotional Impact of Uterus Removal

  1. Mood swings
  2. Emotional ups or downs
  3. Depression
  4. Womanhood is mostly associated with the uterus and menstrual cycle. So it impacts every woman.

3. Sexual Issues

  1. Lack of libido
  2. Vaginal dryness
  3. Behavioural changes like becoming irritated, feeling angry and aggressive all the time.
  4. Hormonal changes causing unusual vaginal discharge and vaginal area irritation as a result of dryness.

Ayurveda – Before or After Hysterectomy

Ayurveda and Ayurvedic herbs are way potential in saving your uterus and also greeting you well after undergoing hysterectomy. Ayurvedic herbs are very potent in managing excessive bleeding, irregular bleeding, uterine fibroids and are even effective in managing cancerous growth. They are very effective in maintaining hormonal balance and reduces inflammation if present.

Even after hysterectomy, ayurvedic herbs help in dealing with all kinds of hysterectomy after effects. It balances the hormones resulting in mood enhancement, reduces vaginal dryness, protects from the risk of osteoporosis and reduces the recurret feeling of indigestion, nausea and vomiting. Herbs like shatavari and arjun are very potent in balancing the secretion of estrogen which is very important for every woman’s body whether young or old.

Herbal Remedies for Hysterectomy by Planet Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda is a leading herbal manufacturing unit and is GMP certified. Our organisation deals with the manufacturing and production of several herbal products which are formulated under the guidance of expert doctors. The whole manufacturing unit works under the guidance of Ayurvedic doctors so as to avoid any kind of compromise with the quality of medication. For the management of female body metabolism before or after hysterectomy Planet Ayurveda also offers some of its herbal medications. These medications are as follows:

  1. Arjuna Capsules
  2. Shatavari Capsules
  3. Naari Kalyan Churna
  4. Pradrantak Churna
  5. Pitta Balance

Herbal Supplements for Hysterectomy

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1. Arjuna Capsules

Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna) is very well known from ages to support and regulate hormonal cycles. It helps in reducing excessive bleeding and works best in uterine fibroids, cysts and even in endometrial thickening. Arjuna is also a very great herb for balancing pitta dosha and kapha dosha which are generally the reasons for many gynecological disorders.

Dose: One capsule twice a day after meals.

2. Shatavari Capsules

Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) is a herb which is granted by nature as a gift for maintaining women’s health. This herb is very much potent in stabilizing woman hormones, naturally nourishing uterine structure, gives a cool and moistening effect to the uterus. Even after hysterectomy, intake of Asparagus nourishes the remaining female reproductive system and also improves its health. All over this herb is the best tonic for the woman’s body even when a female is normally menstruating and is completely healthy.

Dose: One capsule twice a day after meals.

3. Naari Kalyan Churna

This formulation contains four really beneficial herbs which support naari’s (woman) health. The herbs are Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) and jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi). This product is very useful in menopausal females whether they are having any condition or not. All of the mentioned herbs are best in balancing estrogen levels and protecting the female body from onset of osteoporosis and other conditions. Even after hysterectomy it will regulate hormonal balance and reduce after effects of hysterectomy.

Dose: Half teaspoon twice a day after meals.

4. Pradrantak Churna

Pradrantak churna is a herbal formulation that contains lodhra (Symplocos racemosa), ashoka (Saraca indica), udumbur (Ficus glomerata) and arjuna (Terminalia arjuna). This is a slight modification of pushyanug churna and is an excellent formulation for balancing female hormones in both pre or post hysterectomy periods. Lodhra in this combination is very effective in regulating and relaxing uterine walls and tissues. Moreover, ashoka is very best at relieving discomfort during vaginal bleeding and also acts as a uterine sedative by acting directly on fibres which are present in the muscles of the uterus.

Dose: Half teaspoon twice a day after meals.

5. Pitta Balance

It is also a very wonderful formulation containing praval pishti (coral compound), akik pishti (Agate compound), jawar mohra pishti and others. Pitta is considered as the fire element in our body and is also considered as the source of digestive fire. Imbalance in pitta typically shows symptoms in the body like excessive bleeding in females during menses, burning sensation in the body, irregular period cycle, acidity or heartburn. In all of these conditions pitta balance is very effective with the above mentioned formulation. Moreover it also helps in relieving indigestion which is typically present after hysterectomy in females.

Dose: Two capsules twice a day after meals.

Conclusion

The herbal formulations mentioned above can be used before or after hysterectomy and can also be used in cases where there is presence of certain conditions like fibroids or others. One Must understand that removing the uterus is not the only option. If you are suffering from a certain condition then why can’t you explore and find a better way rather than going for hysterectomy and then suffering from many other conditions later in your life. Your gynecologist will very easily tell you that you must opt for hysterectomy but before that they will never guide you about the further consequences of it. Being a lady you must understand the importance of your uterus and must have knowledge about functions it is regulating. So wake up ladies and choose wisely rather than going blindly.

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Dr. Vikram Chauhan
Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurvedic Medicine) is an expert Ayurveda consultant in Chandigarh (India). He has vast experience of herbs and their applied uses. He has successfully treated numerous patients suffering from various ailments, throughout the world. He is CEO and Founder of Krishna Herbal Company and Planet Ayurveda in Chandigarh, India. He researched age old formulas from ancient Ayurvedic text books to restore health and save human beings from the worst side-effects of chemical-based treatments.