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PCOD - How Ayurveda Can Help You Treat It?

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Dr. Devanshu Sharma 89% (525 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine & Surgery (BAMS), MD [Masters In Ayurveda - Kaumarabhrutiya( Pediatrics)]
Ayurveda, Panipat  •  8 years experience
PCOD - How Ayurveda Can Help You Treat It?

PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) can throw life in jeopardy. A disorder of the endocrine system, PCOS is characterized by the formation of a cyst or multiple cysts in the ovary of a woman of reproductive age. More than often, PCOS affects the ovulation process giving rise to many complications including infertility and menstrual problems. In women with PCOS, the level of the hormone androgen is found to be quite elevated. While conventional treatments and surgical options are available, people are gradually switching over to Ayurvedic treatment. With a holistic approach amalgamated with a healthy diet and beneficial modifications and lifestyle changes, Ayurveda has been instrumental in treating the condition of PCOS with elan. In this article, we will discuss the Ayurvedic approach to deal with PCOD and the associated symptoms.

To enjoy a sound and disease free health, a proper balance and equilibrium between the three doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) are essential. A disruption of the dosha balance can, in turn, trigger contamination and impairment of the any of the seven Dhatus or tissues (Rasa Dhatu, Rakta Dhatu, Mamsa Dhatu, Meda Dhatu, Asthi Dhatu, Majja Dhatu, Shukra Dhatu) leading to a built-up of internal toxins (Ama).

In PCOS, there is vitiation of the Kapha Dosha that goes on to block the Vata and Pitta Doshas. The vitiation affects the Rakta and Rasa Dhatu which triggers the Ama to build up in the Manovahi Strotas (mind channels). This acts as a catalyst resulting in a hormonal imbalance with the symptoms and complications characteristic of PCOS.

Ayurvedic Treatment for PCOS
Once the trigger for PCOS has been diagnosed, the next step involves cleansing (detoxifying) the body of the harmful Ama through

  1. The use of medicated oil baths and oil massages (Oleation) and Fomentation (the body is made to sweat excessively).
  2. A Therapy known as Panchakarma is often used to carry out the necessary detoxification.
  3. Oleation and Fomentation, extensively used in Panchakarma go a long way to soften as well as liquify the toxins which remain attached to the body tissues. The softened and liquefied toxins are then easily eliminated and flushed out using different Panchakarma steps (Vamana, Nasya, Basti, Virechana, and Raktamokshana).
  4. There is also a dietary modification. In most of the times, a woman with PCOS is recommended a light and vegetarian diet, avoiding saturated and trans fats (Bad fats such as Margarine, cookies, pastries).
  5. Processed and refined foods, desserts, candies, red meat, dairy products (high fats) aerated drinks, and beverages, white bread, are best left avoided.
  6. Include foods such as onion, cauliflower, grapefruit, peaches, apples, oats, (low glycemic index).
  7. Choose complex carbohydrates (lentils, beans, oatmeal, whole grain bread, green leafy vegetables) over simple ones.
  8. Drink more fluids (water, fresh fruit juice, soup).
  9. Exercise and meditation is a must. However, do not overstress yourself.
  10. Keep stress (physical, mental, emotional) at bay.
  11. Methi seeds and flax seeds can work wonders for PCOS. You can soak the methi seeds in water (overnight) and drink the water the next day.

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