How does Ayurveda help in Polycystic Ovarian Disease?
Dr. Garima Saxena
Gurgaon south city ii, Gurgaon Feb 8, 2019
What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?
It is a common endocrine system disorder in women of reproductive age. Women with PCOS have many small cysts on their ovaries. The cyst is not harmful but can lead to hormone imbalances.
What are the causes of PCOS?
The exact of PCOS is not known until now. It can be due to several factors such as:
- Hormonal imbalance
- Insulin resistance
- Mild inflammation
- What are the risks of PCOS?
- Infertility or subfertility
- Endometrial cancer
- Lipid abnormalities
- Cardiovascular risks
According to Ayurveda, human body has three types of forces in it called as vatta, pitta, and kapha which circulate within the body and aid in performing vital bodily functions. Both men and women have Shukra Dhatu (semen) which is essential to maintain the reproductive health. It consists of androgen and estrogen and any imbalance in these hormones may cause infertility.
Generally, the imbalance of hormones in women causes excesive secretion of androgen which results in formation of cysts in the ovaries and called as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
What are the symptoms of PCOS?
- Irregular periods
- Variation in menstrual bleeding
- Skin changes
- Hair thinning
- Acanthosis nigricans
- Skin tags
- Pelvic pain
- Abnormality in mental health
- Sleep apnea
What is the diagnosis of PCOS?
It can be diagnosed by a blood test for hormones, thyroid function test, lipid, and diabetic profile and by ultrasound which examines ovaries, uterus, and endometrium.
What is the Treatment of PCOS in Ayurveda?
According to Ayurveda, PCOS falls in artava Akshaya, anartava, rasa vaha sroto dushti and medo vaha sroto dushti. PCOS can be cured using Ayurveda, but it will take around six months to 1 year.
Ayurveda aims at treating the specific symptoms of PCOS, and it targets the reduction of male hormones, optimization of the ovarian functions and improvement of endocrine functions.
Kanchanar Guggulu is a proven remedy to remove growths, swelling and lumps like fibroids and cysts.
Do’s for PCOS Treatment in Ayurveda
Decrease the intake of milk and avoid curds and other milk products. You can drink well-churned buttermilk
- Avoid day sleep and waking up at night
- Avoid non-vegetarian and junk foods
- Use garlic, fennel seeds, sesame seeds regularly in cooking
- Drink a detoxifying tea
- Eat healthy fats like ghee
What are the Yoga Asanas for PCOS?
Ayurveda recommends specific yoga asanas for PCOS which are:
- Naukasana (Boat Pose)
- Bhadrasana (Butterfly Pose)
- Sarvangasana (Reversed Body or Shoulder Stand Pose)
- Shalabhasana (The Locust Pose)
- Bharadvajasana (Bharadvaja’s Twist)
- Padmasana (Lotus Pose)
What are the herbs used for PCOS treatment in Ayurveda?
Ayurveda uses a combination of potent herbs that strengthen the reproductive system. These herbs include:
Shatavari: Its botanical name is Asparagus Racemosus, and it is a rich source of vitamins A, B1, B2, C, E, folic acid and minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, and iron. It is a perfect antioxidant which protects the reproductive system in females and also improves fertility.
Shilajit: Its botanical name is Purified Asphaltum, and it is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It has iron increasing properties which help in avoiding iron deficiency.
Turmeric: Its scientific name is Curcuma Longa, and it is used for various purposes. It helps in improving insulin resistance, detoxifying the female reproductive system, removing acne, etc.
Vibhitaki: Its botanical name is Terminalia Belerica, and it helps in improving sugar metabolism. It is filled with anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
Cinnamon: Its botanical name is Cinnamomum Zeylanicum, and it helps in regulating blood sugar levels.
Karavellaka: Its scientific name is Momordica charantia, and it helps in treating digestive disorders, relieving inflammation, boosting immunity and preventing cancer.
Guduchi: Its botanical name is Tinospora Cordifolia. It regulates blood sugar in the body, and it is very good at boosting sex drive and immunity in females.
Neem: Its scientific name is Azadirachta Indica, and it is full of antibacterial, antifungal, antidiabetic and sedative properties. It is a fantastic blood purifier and helps in maintaining healthy skin.
Amla: Its botanical name is Emblica Officinalis and is commonly known as Gooseberry. It is a good source of vitamin C and is also an antioxidant.
Haritaki: Its scientific name is Terminalia Chebula which is a rich source of vitamin C and other minerals such as selenium, copper, potassium, and manganese.