Estrogen deficient Skin problems and Ayurveda - Dr. Vandana Baranwal
An ayurvedic approach to Estrogen deficient Skin problems in Menopausal Women
Abstract: Menopause is a critical period in a woman’s life characterized by declining ovarian function and decreased serum estrogen levels. Estrogen deprivation in postmenopausal conditions accelerates many skin changes, including dryness, atrophy, fine wrinkling, and poor wound healing. Studies show that at tissue level the skin ageing due to endogenous factors and hormonal changes shows excessive dryness, Malpighian layer thinning, microcirculation disorders, collagen or elastin fiber degradation and simultaneous glycation, decreased speed of sebum and perspiration secretion. Characteristically menopause in Ayurveda is signified by degeneration and decay associated with increased Vata. These changes are called Nishpratikriya- changes that can not be resisted. Ayurveda is holistic and individualistic in its approach. Rasayana (rejuvenating) and Vayah-Sthapaneeya (age- stabilizing) herbs and multimodal approach of Ayurveda brings a ray of hope.