About Galactagogue (Stanyajanana) in Ayurveda
Increases production of breast milk, often by raising prolactin and diaphoresis.
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AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE ON GALACTAGOGUEBreast milk is produced through modified sweat glands when stimulated by prolactin. For this reason, foods that increase sweating (diaphoretics) and nourish prolactin generally increases milk production. Diaphoretics include warming or aromatic pungents, sour & salty foods. Consider herbs that improve circulation to the breast. Foods that encourage release of oxytocin help with the let-down reflex.
Breastmilk is rich in nutrients. Even if the mother id depleted in nutrients, the body will give these resources to the baby anyway, and sacrifice the mom! To prevent depletion, the mother should drink plenty of fluids and eat ojas building foods. Nourishing tonics & sweet taste are important for increasing quantity of breast milk, but have not been included in this list.
There are many reasons for low milk supply, including:
Prolactin suppresses libido, fertility & menstruation by decreasing estrogen and testosterone (which is why breastfeeding women do not menstruate). Prolactin suppresses fat metabolism (leading to weight gain) but also suppresses fat storage (leading to hyperglycemia). It increases insulin secretion. Abnormally high prolactin levels outside of pregnancy may be due to stress, some pharmaceuticals, and pituitary abnormalities.
Common misspelling: galactogogue
Herbal actions common to many herbs listed in Galactagogue:
UTERINE-TONICAn herb that tonifies and strengthens the uterus. Helpful for menstrual difficulties and fertility. Often herbs that increase ojas, but also circulation to reproductive system.
SWEETSweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
COLDCold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
APHRODISIACHerbs that increase sexual arousal through various actions including increased circulation, relaxation, stimulation, or tonics that strengthen glandular health.
OJASOjas is the essence of healthy tissue, immunity, stable energy and happiness. Substances that improve ojas are recommended after long-term illness, debility, emotional and physical trauma, and even sadness.
BITTERBitter is disagreeable and stimulating rejection, and a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.
NUTRITIVEAn herb that is strengthening and nourishing.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORYReduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.
TONICA tonic herb restores function through strengthening tissue. This can happen through a combination of nourishing the tissue, and invigorating tissue metabolism. The tonic should not be withering, as in caffeine.
PUNGENTPungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.
Pitta Reducing (6)
DIGESTIVEHerbs that encourage healthy digestion.
ALTERATIVELiterally, an herb that restores the proper function of the body. In practice, alteratives are usually blood cleansers and blood chemistry balancers. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.
Energy Vitality (5)
Vata Reducing (5)
BUILDS-SEMENHerbs that increase the production of semen, often by rebuilding fluids in general.
DIURETICHerbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.
NERVINEHerbs that specifically go to the nervous system and brain. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer's, even chronic pain.
OILYIn Ayurveda, oily refers to anything moistening. More specifically, oily refers to building substances that increases fat, or are themselves fatty. For example, sugar is Oily.
HELPFUL FOR*'Galactagogue' may be helpful for these symptoms and causes below.
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.