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PCOD - How Ayurveda Can Help?

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MD - Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurvedic Doctor, Pune  •  15 years experience
PCOD - How Ayurveda Can Help?

Polycystic Ovary Disease, PCOD in short, is one of the most common endocrine disorder in women. Women suffering from this condition develop many small cysts in the ovaries. The major reason behind this is a hormonal imbalance. There is a cycle of reactions wherein imbalance in one hormone triggers other. Heredity, insulin resistance, and mild inflammation can also cause PCOD. Infertility is a major problem associated with PCOD.

Women suffering from polycystic ovary disease are at an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and diabetes. Irregular periods, hirsutism, infertility, amenorrhea (absence of periods), and heavy or scanty menstrual bleeding are some of the major symptoms and signs of PCOD. Since PCOD, also known as a polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), is a lifestyle disorder, making healthy changes in your lifestyle can actually help reduce the ill effects of symptoms that accompany this disorder. The ancient science of Ayurveda also advises several dos and don't s for patients suffering from PCOD.

Generally, patients with PCOS should avoid consuming too much of milk and dairy products. This includes cottage cheese and curd. However, buttermilk is an exception. It is considered as a good food. The sleep pattern should be regular and consistent. This means that one should go to bed early and wake up early in the morning. This helps set body’s natural sleep-wake up clock. Sleeping in an environment that is free of noise and disturbance is vital. Consuming processed and junk foods should be avoided.

For women who eat meat and poultry, it is important to avoid such items. Taking fish once a week is considered good for health. Garlic, cinnamon, and fenugreek seeds should be included in food on almost all days. Healthy fats can be included in the food, including clarified butter or ghee, almonds, and walnuts.

  1. Shatavari or Asparagus: This is a herb that is beneficial to all women. This herb is rich in vitamin A, B1, B2, and folic acid. Magnesium, phosphorous, and calcium are also present in this herb. This herb is popular for improving fertility and keeps off diabetes. The antioxidants present in Shatavari are known to make the female reproductive system healthy.
  2. Vibhitaki or Belerica: The plant has wonderful effects on sugar metabolism. This also helps in alleviating symptoms related to hair loss associated with PCOD. It helps in improving hair growth and prevents hair fall.
  3. Neem: This is a herb that is great when it comes to purification of the blood and keeps the immune system healthy. It also helps with the growth of new hair. PCOD also causes problems related to the skin such as acne and skin darkening. Neem is the best remedy for such problems.
  4. Indian gooseberry: A rich source of vitamin C and other antioxidants, Amla is a much-valued fruit in Ayurveda. It plays a vital role in reducing inflammation, which can also be a cause for PCOD. This fruit is also good for the heart, digestion, and the immune system.
  5. Haritaki or Chebula: This is again a rich source of Vitamin C, potassium, selenium, and copper. This is rich in antibacterial properties. It improves appetite and keeps one in good mood.

Instead of taking Indian gooseberry, chebula, and beleric independently, it is better to go for Triphala, which is nothing but a combo of all these three in equal proportion. Apart from these medicines, Ayurveda also insists on lifestyle changes. One has to lead a stress-free life. Indulging in unhealthy habits such as smoking and drinking should be avoided. It is also essential to maintain a healthy weight. Overweight and obese women should try to lose weight through healthy ways such as exercising and diet control.

Losing even five percent of the body weight helps restore normal functioning of the reproductive system and drastically reduces the symptoms associated with PCOD. However, it is important that before opting for any Ayurvedic remedy, women should consult an Ayurveda expert who can provide correct guidance.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult a specialist & get answers to your questions!
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