PCOS : Treat PCOS naturally !!
Polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS, is a condition in which a woman’s levels of the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone are out of balance. This leads to the growth of ovarian cysts.
PCOS also known as Stein-Leventhal Syndrome, causes enlarged ovaries with small cysts on the outer edges. Hormonal symptoms includes acne, facial hair, menstrual irregularity and obesity and male pattern baldness. Every woman with PCOS may be affected a little differently.
The exact cause of polycystic ovary syndrome is unknown. According to some survey it concludes that the biggest lifestyle contributor to PCOS is poor diet. Young women with PCOS tend to eat far too much sugar or carbonized drinks and highly refined carbohydrates which causes unhealthy raise in insulin levels and this insulin stimulates androgen receptors outside of ovary, causing typical PCOS symptoms which also play a role in blocking release of ovum from follicle. This type of diet will cause obesity and thus aggravating PCOS.
In some patients, due to insulin resistance, a dark colored band like skin lesion may be developed at the back of the neck, inner thighs and axilla, called as Acanthosis nigricans.
Also, in stressful women, as they eat more food that are high in fat, sugar and carbohydrate in response to stress, the more fat they store, thus, contributing in the development of obesity- linked PCOS. Thus we can deduce that the modern stressful lifestyle and food- habits are linked and contribute or accelerate many diseases, PCOS being one among them. Early diagnosis and treatment along with weight loss may reduce the risk of long-term complications, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Prevention and treatment:
In Allopathy treatments include birth control pills to regularize periods, a medication called metformin to prevent diabetes, statins to control high cholesterol, hormones to increase fertility and procedures to remove excess of hair.
Ayurveda adheres in preventing PCOD in a natural way by balancing the Doshas. Apart from the miraculous panchakarma treatments, Ayurveda suggests various herbs along with dietary and lifestyle changes to cure this disease.
Shodhana chikitsa is done to cleanse the body and expel the toxins. It rejuvenates the body by reducing weight and restores regular menstruation cycle and ovulation. It provides strength to the reproductive organs like uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes and vagina and maintains hormonal balance. Panchakarma protocol helps to high degrees in clearing many pathologies which inhibits fertility. Each person receives a unique combination of five processes according to their specific health needs.
Various healing processes involved in Panchakarma are:
Basti – Enema of medicated oil or Decoction is given through rectum which helps in expelling vitiated vata and to improve quality of ovum.
Uttar basti – It is the most effective treatment in gynecological disorders. It helps in purification and clears the Aartava Vaha Srotas, pacifies vitiated ApanaVayu and improves follicular maturity. After proper completion of uttar basti it has been observed that follicles do rupture naturally without any hormonal injections.
Virechana – It eliminates body toxins like vitiated ‘Pitta’. The process of cleansing is carried out in the small intestine & other Pitta zones. Here drugs that stimulate bowel movement are increased for the expulsion of doshas through rectum.
Certain herbal medicines can regulate PCOD by balancing the hormones.
Ashwagandha roots – Ashwagandha is a popular herbal supplement with extensive applications in traditional Indian and Ayurvedic medicine. Ashwagandha has been highly prized as a treatment for impotence and infertility. Ashwagandha root is highly prescribed in Ayurveda for the treatment of PCOD.
Sesame seeds – Boil 5 gms black sesame seeds in 100 ml water. Filter and add jaggery and drink it two times a day in empty stomach. This simple remedy can be continued till proper menses is achieved.
Castor oil – It is a fatty acid and has been used in Ayurveda as a treatment for dissolving ovarian cysts. It is easily absorbed through the skin and is beneficial to the blood and lymph vessels, uterus, bowels and fallopian tubes. A castor oil pack is placed on the abdomen to improve circulation and promote the healing of organs under the skin. Castor oil packs are specific to benign uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts.
Yoga and Diet
Relaxation is the key in Polycystic Ovarian Disease. Posture’s designed for PCOD helps open up the pelvic area & promote relaxation and strength to the entire reproductive organs. You can relax in the asana by coordinating it with breathing. Pranayama’s (breathing exercises) are powerful techniques that help calm the mind. Yoga has several poses that aids in weight loss, relieves stress and improves blood circulation to the ovary, thus naturally curing PCOD.
The diet plan should be tailored as per individual requirement and degree of insulin resistance. Ayurveda advices to choose low Glycemic Index (G.I) foods for those suffering from PCOD. Eating at frequent intervals in small amounts is strongly advised.
Ayurveda medication along with yoga and diet, works wonders in women with PCOD. Practicing the same on a regular basis makes the journey called womanhood, a wonderful experience.