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An Ayurvedic Approach to Management of PCOS/PCOD
  • Post by: School of Ayurveda and Panchakarma
  • Date: 11-08-2022

Most of your loved ones may enquire "Why are you so snappy today?". Initially, they may not be aware of the reasons behind your moodiness and you may strive a lot to overcome this PCOS/PCOD situation. Yes, a woman with PCOS is at higher risk for infertility, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems, and endometrial cancer. Hence, it is inevitable to understand the long-term health risks associated with PCOS and seek the best treatment plan for the ailment.

The ancient science of Ayurveda, suggests that excess Vata and Kapha cause hormonal imbalance resulting in blockages in the internal channels called Artav Vaha Srotas. This obstructs the natural balanced flow of reproductive fluid which in turn suppresses whole metabolic activity. An Ayurvedic approach to management of PCOS aims at personalized treatment to address the underlying root cause of ailment by rectifying imbalance in the hormone level. The holistic approach to treating PCOS detoxifies the whole body resulting in revitalizing the female reproductive system.

 

What Is PCOS/PCOD


Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or ovarian cysts(PCOS) is a common endocrine disorder that affects the reproductive age of a woman. It is a solid or fluid-filled pocket-like structure formed within or on the ovary resulting in several complications such as irregular periods, heavy bleeding, painful sexual intercourse, and even, infertility. A woman with PCOS is not able to release eggs from the ovary and may experience irregular and prolonged menstrual cycles. Ayurveda College in Kerala provides the proper diagnosis of ovarian cysts or PCOS through lifestyle changes, herbs, ayurvedic therapies, and diet modifications.

 

 What Causes PCOS/PCOD?


The cause of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome varies from one person to another. Ayurveda treatment in Kerala finds the right solution for PCOS in women to fight off many symptoms and benefit from it in the long run.

 The common causes of PCOD are

  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Pelvic infection
  • Consumption of hormonal and contraceptive pills
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Increased production of androgen hormone

Due to increased production of androgen, the maturation of ovarian follicles gets diminished which in turn affects the release of ovum from the ovary causing infertility.

 

Symptoms of PCOS/PCOD


There are chances to develop PCOS signs during the time of the first menstrual period during puberty. The severity of PCOS develops with other symptoms during the later period. The common symptoms of PCOS/PCOD are:

  • Irregular periods or missed periods
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Excessive hair growth on their face and body — including on their back, belly, and chest.
  • Acne
  • Weight gain or obese
  • Male pattern baldness
  • Darkening of the skin
  • Headaches
  • Mood changes – including anxiety and depression

A proper diagnosis of PCOS should be done at the right time before the symptoms get worsened. Marma Courses in Kerala relieve stiff muscles and boost blood circulation, achieving immediate healing and relaxing effects on the body.

 

Ayurvedic Management of PCOS/PCOD


The holistic approach of Ayurveda treats PCOD by rectifying its root cause and ensuring a customized treatment plan through a thorough analysis of patient health history. Ayurvedic way of detoxification of the body strengthens the female reproductive system by rectifying hormonal imbalances and doshas. Ayurveda therapies help to remove toxins from the reproductive system resulting in the cleansing of the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and vagina. Hence, Ayurvedic Management of PCOS/PCOD can easily minimize the symptoms of the ailment without any application of the chemical composition.

Ayurveda therapies to cure PCOD works well with lifestyle correction and diet regulation. Ayurveda follows a multi-pronged strategy, and the treatment method is curated not only for a single disease entity. Treatment methods for insulin resistance, obesity, and hormonal imbalance are done to correct complications related to PCOS.

 

PCOS/PCOD Treatment in Ayurveda


Panchakarma therapies are considered a first-line treatment approach to rejuvenate the female reproductive system and thereby hormonal issues are balanced. Virechana (therapeutic purgation), Uttar vasti (uterovaginal enema), and vasti (colonic enema) are common options to be included in the panchakarma treatment procedure for the comprehensive revitalization of the body.

Ayurveda herbal medications followed by panchakarma therapies clear the reproductive channel and reduce the size of the cyst and prevent them from further developing. Hence, a personalized treatment plan for PCOS/PCOD Treatment in Ayurveda corrects menstrual abnormalities, hirsutism, being obese, and other combined symptoms.

 

Diet Recommendation for PCOS/PCOD


A healthful PCOS diet is recommended to avoid the health risks associated with PCOS. Hence, it is advisable to follow the combination of a low glycemic index (GI) diet, an anti-inflammatory diet, and  Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH)  diet. Here is the list of food items to be included in the PCOS diet.

  • natural, unprocessed foods
  • high-fiber foods
  • fatty fish
  • leafy vegetables and fruits
  • dark red fruits
  • healthful fats
  • nuts, pine nuts, walnuts, almonds, and pistachios
  • spices, such as turmeric and cinnamon

 

Lifestyle Recommendations for PCOS/PCOD


Each and every treatment plan for PCOS usually starts with lifestyle changes like weight loss, diet, and exercise. Your lifestyle contributions can improve or lessen the complications of PCOS. Hence, lifestyle recommendations have a key role in maintaining the balance in the doshas of your body. Let us look at healthy lifestyle habits to reduce the signs of PCOS.

  • Cut down sugars and carbohydrates
  • Manage BMI
  • Follow an active lifestyle pattern
  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid the consumption of Fast food, junk food, fatty food, oily foodstuffs, sweets, and staple food
  • Reduce mental stress
  • Avoid the conception of hormonal contraceptives 

     

Diagnosing PCOS/PCOD


Ayurveda practitioners make a physical exam through a thorough discussion of your medical history, variations in menstrual periods, and BMI. The signs of excess hair growth, insulin resistance, and acne are examined and recommended for pelvic exams and blood tests. After a detailed study, a customized Ayurveda treatment plan along with diet regulations and lifestyle modifications are prescribed.
 

If you are looking for a comprehensive Ayurveda treatment plan to cure PCOD, approach the School of Ayurveda and Panchakarma for better outcomes. Over 25 years, we are fortunate to serve various aspects of Ayurveda such as Naturopathy, Yoga, Traditional massages, Panchakarma, and Acupuncture. We serve an excellent opportunity to delve deeply into health-giving and healing in the modern aspects of the world.