It is high time, Women understood that Menstruation is a human issue and not only a woman’s issue. Equally important it is to understand that it concerns hygiene and is not a purity issue. Women need to know that menstrual blood is not impure. Just like blood from any other part of the body.
The ancient scriptures like the Ayurveda is based on the principles of three primary life-forces in the body, called the three Doshas. Doshas are the bio-energies that make up every individual, and help in performing different physiological functions in the body. The three types of doshas are vata, pitta and kapha, which correspond to the elements of air, fire and water respectively.
Each dosha has a primary function in the body. Vata (element, air) is the moving force responsible for communication, perception and cognition; Pitta (element, fire) is the force of assimilation and is responsible for metabolism; and Kapha (element, water) is the force of stability.
According to the Ayurveda, menstruation is closely linked to the functions of the doshas. Menstruation is regarded in Ayurveda as a special opportunity enjoyed by women for monthly cleansing of excess doshas; it is this monthly cleansing that accounts for female longevity. There is a build up of energy in the days leading to menstruation as the body prepares for pregnancy. If pregnancy does not take place and menstruation starts, this built up energy gets dissipated from the body during menstruation. During menstruation, vata is the predominant dosha. Apana vayu, one of the elemental air functions of the vata dosha, is responsible for the downward flow of menstruation.
Therefore, any activity that interferes with this necessary downward flow of energy during menstruation should be avoided. During menstruation, women are more likely to absorb other energies in their environment which can bring a discomfort in the body.
Note: The above article has been written after research done by the Author to create awareness among women.