PCOD/ PCOS Treatment: Ayurvedic is Best!
Treatment of PCOS/ PCOD is a commonly discussed topic in women these days. PCOS is a short form for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome / Disease. This disease is generally found in young women and it affects woman’s ovaries and adrenal glands. These glands start more secretion of androgen hormones/ male hormones which interferes in various systemic functions and activities. These elevated androgen hormones mainly affect the maturation and release of female eggs or Ovum from ovaries and it can be seen in Ultra Sonography of Pelvis.
PCOD causes early or delayed and irregular menstrual cycles due to increased secretion of androgen hormones like serum testosterone which further causes Infertility in women.
Symptoms of PCOD includes-
Delayed or Irregular Menstrual Cycle
Excess hair growth on face and abdomen (Hirsutism)
Excessive Weight gain/ Obesity
Dark skin patches around the neck
Pimples/ Acne on face and back
Dandruff and Hair fall
In PCOS ovaries stop to release ovum/egg which results in Infertility in women.
An excessive amount of androgen hormones promotes facial hair growth as well as causes Dandruff and hair fall.
Androgen hormones cause extra oiliness on facial skin which results in Pimples / Acne.
Weight gain in PCOS is due to extra fat deposition around the tummy, buttocks, thighs, and breast by altered fat metabolism of a body under influence of androgen hormones.
Ayurvedic ancient Books had not described PCOD directly but similar diseases are mentioned in Ayurvedic granthas can be directly correlated with PCOS/ PCOD. Most of the symptoms of PCOS are described in Granthibhoota Artava Dushti in Ayurvedic Texts.
Ayurvedic Grantha or books describes that both men and women have Shukra Dhatus and this is very crucial to keep good Reproductive health. Shukra dhatu consists of androgen in Male) and estrogen (in females). If there is an imbalance in these hormones due to PCOS or any other reason then it leads to Infertility. Increased secretion of androgens causes the formation of cysts in both ovaries, hence the name of the disease is Poly Cystic Ovarian Disease, and such cysts can be visualized in ultrasound of the pelvis.
Ayurvedic Acharyas mentioned four causative factors for PCOS and those are-
Mithyachara – Unhealthy Lifestyle
Artava Dushti – Menstrual disorders or ovarian factors
Beeja Dosha – Genetic factors
Yoniroga – Female genital disorders due to unknown causes
All these four etiologies lead towards the development of Polycystic Ovarian Disease/ Syndrome.
Ayurveda is a completely natural and herbal medical science and its approach is always holistic while treating diseases including PCOS. There are different body types according to Ayurveda and every patient is different by prakruti, Agni (Digestive power), kostha, bala, Vaya (age), etc. and hence they should be treated differently according to these factors. Ayurveda approach to treat disease is always personalized.
Ayurvedic treatment focus on the balance of all three body humor i.e. Tri doshas (Vata, pitta & Kapha) which means balancing hormones, enzymes, nervous coordination, tissue nutrition, and balancing bio energies. Ayurvedic Treatment of PCOS mainly focuses on the controlled release of androgens and helps in reducing cysts in ovaries. It also helps in reducing weight, reducing excessive facial hair growth, mood swinging, and reduces Pimples. Balanced Dosha or androgen levels causes regulation in the menstrual cycle and proper release of the ovum from ovaries.
Ayurvedic Treatment Helps in managing PCOS as well as restoring healthy life.