Because Vidya Herbs is working hard to make schools more accessible to girls and build clinics specifically and exclusively for women in rural India, it makes sense to offer natural ingredients for women’s health and wellness at everywhere.
Throughout your life, first as a girl and later as a woman, your body will undergo major physiological changes that can be very uncomfortable. The first discomforts arrive with puberty, which accompany her throughout her life until the “great change of menopause”.
Dysmenorrhea, PMS, anxiety, sexual dysfunction, urinary tract infections, menopause (and its manifestations), and osteoporosis can affect your entire life.
Dysmenorrhea is a painful menstrual period caused by uterine contractions. It can induce severe and frequent menstrual cramps and usually lasts a lifetime. Most women experience some symptoms a few days before their period. The most common symptoms of PMS are breast tenderness, changes in bowel habits, menstrual cramps, and mood swings.
It is a fact that, during a woman’s life, different periods of hormonal changes, such as puberty, premenstruation, pregnancy or postpartum (in some women), and, of course, the transition to menopause, will cause her to experience anxiety. Many women experience sexual dysfunction, such as the inability to reach orgasm. In cases of sexual dysfunction, the woman may suffer from sexual arousal disorders, orgasm disorders, or hypoactive sexual desire disorders.
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are very common medical problems that affect the urinary tract in women. Among the various infections that affect women, urinary tract infections are one of the most common bacterial infections. Symptoms often include the need to urinate frequently, pain when urinating, and discomfort in the side or lower back.
Menopause is a natural biological process that happens to women in their 40s or 50s and marks the end of menstruation. Some typical symptoms or manifestations may appear in the months leading up to menopause, including hot flashes, night sweats, sleep problems, mood swings, weight gain, thinning hair, and dry skin.
The main health risk for women as they age is osteoporosis. This health condition results in bones that are weak, brittle, and more likely to break. Osteoporosis is usually not painful until a bone is broken, but spinal fractures are a common cause of long-term pain. A selection of four traditional Ayurvedic ingredients and two specifically developed extracts are presented.
Viwithan is a standardized form of withaferin An extract that is one of the withanolides responsible for anxiolytic activity that can address irritability and stress that occur during menopause.1
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) also helps relieve menopausal symptoms, as shown in a clinical trial that reported a statistically significant reduction in menopause rating scale total scores and menopause-specific quality of life.two
Ashwagandha can also help in the fight against osteoporosis; withaferin A (Viwithan) is involved in healing osteoporotic bone by stimulating bone formation, which has been confirmed in an animal model.3.4
Regarding sexuality, a pilot study showed that oral administration of an ashwagandha root extract can improve sexual function in healthy women.5
Shatavari (Apsaragus racemosus) contains saponins that maintain spontaneous uterine motility, confirming its usefulness in dysmenorrhea, premenstrual syndrome, and irregular bleeding during perimenopausal periods.6
A trial showed that shatavari not only reduces urinary tract infections, but also stimulates the body’s immune mechanism, thereby improving overall health and preventing recurrence of this infection.7 This plant is also known as a source of phytoestrogens that can be effective in reducing the adverse symptoms of menopause.6
Modern science has proven the effect of chebulic myrobalan Terminalia chebula in E. coli and other urinary pathogens, including some that are resistant to allopathy. From this it can be deduced that Terminalia chebula it is of particular interest as a remedy for urinary tract infections and as an alternative to the well-known cranberry.8
Curcumin from turmeric (curcuma longa) has been shown in a clinical trial to be effective in reducing pain caused by dysmenorrhea.9 Curcumin may act by modulating the inflammatory response, which can reduce or even inhibit uterine contractions.10
Curcumin provides relief in premenstrual disorders as demonstrated in a clinical trial: a reduction in total syndrome severity score was recorded.eleven Curcumin appears to act through neurotrophic effects.12,13
It was concluded that curcumin could inhibit the formation of biofilms of uropathogens, such as Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Proteus mirabilis Y Serratia marcescenspossibly interfering with their Quorum Sensing systems.14
In relation to aging, a triple-blind randomized controlled clinical trial with curcumin capsules was conducted and showed that oral intake of curcumin significantly reduced hot flashes in postmenopausal women.fifteen
Skin aging is a major concern for many women. SkinWax (Amorphophallus konjac), a ceramide-titrated konjac extract, showed improvement in dryness, age spots, redness, itching, and oiliness, as well as more general anti-aging properties in a pilot study.sixteen
Maintaining a healthy weight isn’t just a problem for young women; it becomes particularly important during menopause. Our studies have shown that Sunca (Helianthus annuus), a sunflower extract titrated with chlorogenic acids, is capable of promoting weight loss more specifically in women over 30 years of age.17
With these ingredients inspired by traditional medicine and modern science, Vidya Herbs helps women make their daily lives more comfortable and healthy.
- ZA Khan and AR Ghosh, “Withaferin-A Shows Enhanced Anxiolytic Efficacy Without Tolerance in Rats After Subchronic Administration” African Journal of Biotechnology 10(60), 12973–12978 (2011).
- S.Gopal, et al.“Effect of an Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) root extract on climacteric symptoms in women during perimenopause: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study”, J. Obstet. gyno. Beef. 47(12), 4414–4425 (2021).
- V. Khedgikar, and others., “Withaferin A: A proteosomal inhibitor promotes healing after injury and exerts an anabolic effect on osteoporotic bone”, Cell death and disease 4e778 (2013).
- P. R. Nagareddy and M. Lakshmana, “Withania somnifera Improves bone calcification in ovariectomized rats with calcium deficiency”, J. Pharma. Pharmacol. 58(4), 513–519 (2006).
- S. Dongre, D. Langade, and S. Bhattacharyya, “Efficacy and Safety of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) root extract to improve sexual function in women: a pilot study”, biomedicine Res. In t. (2015): doi: 10.1155/2015/284154.
- P. Shaha and A. Bellankimath, “Pharmacological profile of asparagus racemosus: A review,” in t. J. Curr. microbiol. app. science 6(11), 1215–1223 (2017).
- RH Arya, VV Shincymol, and SM Oommen, “Clinical trial of the efficacy of the root powder of asparagus racemosus Willd. (Shatavari) in urinary tract infection”, International Journal of Research Pharmacy and Medical Sciences (IRJPMS) 1(6), 53–57 (2018).
- A bag, et al.“Evaluation of the Antibacterial Properties of Chebulic Myrobalan (Fruit of Terminalia chebula Retz.) Extracts Against Methicillin Resistant staphylococcus aureus and uropathogens resistant to trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole Escherichia coli,” African Journal of Plant Science 3(2), 25–29 (2009).
- NS Tabari, et al.“An investigation of the effect of curcumin (turmeric) capsules on the severity and duration of dysmenorrhea in students of Iran University of Medical Sciences” J. Evolution. Medicine. Nick. science. 9(46), 3444–3451 (2020).
- R. B. Utami, D. F. Damayanti, and D. Rodiah, “The Efficacy of curcuma longa Drink to lessen the intensity of dysmenorrhea,” pharmacol biomedicine. j. 13(4), https://dx.doi.org/10.13005/bpj/2085 (2020).
- S. Jayat, et al.“Curcumin attenuates the severity of PMS symptoms: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial” Complement. The R. Medicine. 23(3), 318–324 (2015).
- A. Cubeddu, et al.“Plasma variation of brain-derived neurotrophic factor during different phases of the menstrual cycle in women with premenstrual syndrome” psychoneuroendocrinology 36(4), 523–530 (2011).
- H. Fanaei, et al.“Effect of curcumin on serum levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor in women with premenstrual syndrome: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial” neuropeptides 5625–31 (2016).
- I. A. Packiavati, et al.“Inhibition of biofilm development of uropathogens by curcumin: an anti-quorum sensing agent of curcuma longa,” food chemistry. 148453–460 (2014).
- K. Ataei-Almanghadim, and others., “The effect of curcumin and vitamin E oral capsule on hot flashes and anxiety in postmenopausal women: a triple-blind randomized controlled trial” Complement. The R. Medicine. 48102267 (2020).
- SH Venkataramana, N. Puttaswamy, and S. Kodimule, “Potential Benefits of Oral Administration of Glucosylceramides from Amorphophallus konjac on Skin Health: A Randomized Clinical Study” BMC plugin. Medicine. The R. twenty(1), 26 (2020).
- A. Leverrier, et al.“Helianthus annuus Seed extract affects weight and body composition of healthy obese adults over 12 weeks of consumption: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study. nutrients eleven(5), 1080 (2019).