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Women’s Health

Bolster Plasma (Rasa) for Flourishing Fertility

  • By Vrinda Devani, M.D.
  • Mar 31, 2015

A couple comes to you wanting advice to prepare them for a healthy pregnancy. The female client (Vata Pitta) is 30 years old, tall, and has a sweet and light-hearted personality. She is a nurse, working long hours with frequent night shifts. You notice chapped lips and slightly sunken eyes. She describes dry skin, light cycles with pain before the first day, and lightheadedness after being on her feet for long periods of time. The male client (Pitta Kapha) is 35 years old and overall in good health. Which of the following would be least likely to play a part in your education of the female client?

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Women’s Health

How Plasma (Rasa) Depletion Affects Fertility

  • By Vrinda Devani, M.D.
  • Mar 26, 2015

Humans are viviparous beings; unlike birds or frogs who lay eggs, we carry our offspring within the womb until they are fully matured. As such, there is an intimate connection—emotionally, mentally, and physically—to our offspring. What that also means is that the process of fertility, before and after conception, is strongly dependent on the health of the mother. Her ability to deliver nutrients through plasma (rasa dhatu) can profoundly impact her fertility. Just as in gardening, without moisture and rich nutrients, the soil cannot nourish a seed into fruition no matter how strong the seed is. This is the importance of ambu, one of four essential ingredients to fertility along with rtu (timing), kshetra (field), and bij (seed).

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Ayurvedic Support for Menopause

  • By Alakananda Devi, M.B., B.S. (Lond.)
  • Sep 20, 2013

With the boomer generation heading into their late fifties and sixties, there are more menopausal and post-menopausal women around than ever before in human history. Our understanding of this important phenomenon and of how to support women in all stages of menopause is thus an essential aspect of Ayurveda practice today. 

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Women’s Health

Remedies For Premenstrual and Menstrual Problems

  • By Alakananda Devi, M.B., B.S. (Lond.)
  • Sep 20, 2013
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