Ayurvedic Treatment for PCOD
PCOS / PCOD means Poly cystic ovarian Syndrome/ Disease in which woman’s ovaries or some time adrenal glands starts to produce more secretion of androgen hormones. These Hormones interfere in many systematic activities but mainly in maturation and release of Ovum (Egg) from ovaries during menstrual cycle, due to this cyst, a fluid filled small sac develops in the ovaries which can be seen in Ultrasound.
Due to elevated androgens woman’s menstrual cycle gets disturbed which results in delayed or irregular periods and Infertility. Also other symptoms like excess hair growth on face and abdomen, dark patches around neck, acne on face, dandruff, weight gain etc. are found. PCOD/ PCOS is one of the common cause of infertility because Ovaries almost stops to release ovum or egg.
There is no direct mention of PCOD in ayurvedic texts but some conditions mentioned in ayurvedic granthas can be compared to PCOD. Many clinical symptoms of PCOS are almost symptoms mentioned for Granthibhoota Artava dushti and if this condition is not treated early it leads to PCOS.
Ayurvedic classics say, both men and women have Shukra Dhatus (semen) which is important to keep the reproductive health in check. It consists of androgen (male) and estrogen (female) hormones. Any imbalance in the levels of these hormones may cause infertility. And such a Imbalance of hormones in women causes excessive secretion of androgen, causing the formation of cysts in the ovaries, which is medically known as poly cystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Ayurveda explained mainly four etiological factors like unhealthy lifestyle(Mithyachara), menstrual disorders/ovarian factors (Artava dushti), genetic defects (Beeja dosha) and certain unknown factors are responsible for the development of female genital disorders(Yonirogas)and it is seems that all these etiologies contribute to the development of PCOS as a whole. Mithyachara along with existing Artavadushti plays an important role in the pathogenesis of PCOS.
Ayurveda has a holistic approach for management of many diseases including PCOS. Every patient is different in body type, Agni (digestive fire), Koshtha etc. and that’s why patient is given a unique therapy based on her specific health needs due to PCOS. Ayurvedic personalized approach for treatment of PCOS helps in re-balancing the hormones naturally. Ayurvedic treatment mainly focuses on balancing tissue nutrition, controlling the imbalance of dosha-bio-energies that govern the body and boosting metabolism. Ayurvedic therapies also help in gradual and wholesome weight loss, reduce hair, facial hair growth and reduce acne.
That’s why Ayurvedic treatment course not only helps in controlling PCOS but it also helps in restoring health and well-being.
Ayurvedic Treatment of PCOD / PCOS -
Main steps involved in Ayurvedic treatment of PCOD or PCOS are –
1. Detoxification of body
2. Strengthening and revitalizing the female reproductive system and regularizing menstrual cycles.
3. Rectifying hormonal imbalance by ayurvedic medicines and Panchakarma procedures.
Ayurvedic medicines or herbs like Shatavari (Asparagus Racemosus), Karavellaka, Chitrak, Shailajatu (Purified Asphaltum), Vibhitaki (Terminalia Belerica), Turmeric (Curcuma Longa), (Momordica Charantia) are very effective in combination and in various forms. Dosage and use of these herbs changes according to individual. These herbs are helpful in relieving the inflammation arising due to the appearance of cysts on the ovaries as well.
Some ayurvedic herbs also works like magic against other issues such as digestive disorders, increase in weight, insulin sensitivity, etc.
Vaman (Medicated Vomiting) to expel body toxins and balance dosha
Virechana (Medicated Purgation) to eliminate pitta dosha out of body and balance other doshas.
Basti (Medicated Enema) to relieve vitiated vata, which is main cause of PCOD
Shirodhara (Oil bath on scalp) for balancing hormone level and relive stress.