In my practice as a yoga teacher, cleansing facilitator, Ayurvedic Health Practitioner and woman hundreds of women have come to me sharing their perimenopausal symptoms. They believe (or have been taught by western medical science) to chase their symptoms with external hormones will make them happier and symptom free. They strongly believe that they cannot survive without these hormones and that the quality of their life improves with hormone replacement therapy. When I was in my 30’s I just listened. Now at 47 I have something to say. Personally I have no overt symptoms other than mustering the courage at 45 to leave the ashram where I resided for 20 years and my marriage of 16 years. This implies radical change within. I am less apt to sit by quietly when I don’t agree and am driven to create a life of stress free happiness for myself and my two sons. Before this research paper, when women talked to me about their personal menopausal experience I have promoted herbal therapy, slowing down and stress reduction techniques.
The intention of this paper is to show the connection between menopause, rasa and ojas, specifically hot flashes. Research on hot flashes and Ayurveda was limited. This paper assumes a working knowledge of Ayurveda from its readers.