Ayurveda healing for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome PCOS
Feb 7, 2019
Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
The polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) - or polycystic ovarian disease (PCOD) - is a gynecological disorder whose prevalence seems to have increased considerably among women in the last few years. Many young girls and middle-aged women are suffering from this syndrome which is a marked by the appearance of multiple cysts on ovaries and disturbances in monthly menstrual cycles. The exact cause of PCOS remains unknown to modern science even as the genetic link is being scrutinized for its causative role.
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PCOS and Hormonal Imbalance Treatment in Ayurveda
From Ayurvedic point of view, PCOS reflects vitiation of rasa and rakta dhatus, a hormonal imbalance. When levels of impurities and toxins increase in rasa and rakta dhatus, the body stores them in form of cysts around ovaries. So the presence of multiple cysts indicates high levels of impurities and toxins in the dhatus. Sign and symptoms in PCOS patients suggest an imbalance of all three doshas. Dhatwagnimandya may also exist in some patients. History of improper diet and lifestyle is generally found among the majority of PCOS patients. Excessive consumption of hormonal pills and contraceptive pills too is reported by many patients. Mental stress and lack of physical exercise are marked among quite a few ladies with PCOS. From Ayurvedic perspectives, all these things can produce toxins in the body and cause diseases like PCOS.
Infertility and Ayurveda: Treatment for infertility in Ayurveda dates back to several thousand years. Ayurvedic scholars counter the problem of infertility using a simple approach - by improving couples overall health so that their chances of conceiving improve without any medicinal interference. As mentioned earlier, the focus is to enhance the quantity and quality of shukradhatu; in order to increase the reproductive capacity in both men and women. For this purpose, Ayurveda seeks the assistance of a combination of herbs that are proven to be useful in regulating the menstrual cycle and vitalizing sperm.
Section 3: Research in Ayurveda Treatment for PCOS
It is important to understand the cause of PCOS whether it is by Insulin Resistance, High Androgens, stress or high estrogens. It is important to understand that hormonal imbalance is the underlying factor for PCOS.
The most common cause of insulin resistance is the depletion (and thus deficiency) of certain minerals such as vanadium, chromium, and potassium. Even other minerals such as selenium and zinc play a very important role in insulin and sugar metabolism.
Chromium & Vanadium
Both of these minerals play a vital role in correcting the way insulin interacts with cells. Chromium improves insulin sensitivity while Vanadium improves the way insulin itself works. Supplementing these minerals helps in correcting this problem.
Selenium & Zinc
In clinical studies, both of these minerals improved metabolic profiles in patients with PCOS. They also play a vital role in the development and conversion of various hormones within the body that may also play a role in the pathogenesis of PCOS. Note that if your problem stems from high androgens, then you should avoid supplementing with Zinc as one of its functions is androgen production.
Also known as Indian Gooseberry, this fruit can be used as a supplement for improving sugar metabolism and reducing insulin. Amla has actually outperformed pharmaceutical drugs when compared for their efficacy in reducing blood sugar.
Ayurvedic Diet & Lifestyle Advice
Low-fat milk is recommended. Boil milk before drinking. Drink it warm. This makes it easier to digest. Do not take milk with a full meal or with sour or salty foods. Add a pinch of turmeric or ginger to the milk before boiling it. This helps to reduce the kapha increasing qualities of the milk.
Lighter fruits, such as apples, oranges, grapefruit, pineapple and papaya and pears, are recommended.
Sweeteners: Honey is excellent for reducing kapha. Reduce the intake of sugar products, which increase kapha.
Beans are recommended. Nuts should be avoided.
Grains such as barley, chickpea, and millet are recommended. Do not take too much wheat or rice, as they increase kapha.
Spices are recommended only in moderate quantities.
Vegetables such as potatoes and sweet potatoes should be avoided as they can cause weight gain.
Follow a lifestyle that will not aggravate any dosha.
Negative feelings like stress and tension should be avoided. Do not undertake physical or mental work beyond your capacity.
Limit the use of contraceptives.
Follow an active lifestyle, yet the exercises should be according to one's capacity. Both excessive fasting and overeating are harmful.
Smoking, drinking alcohol and using narcotics aggravates menstrual disorders.
This includes Cabbage, Kale, Cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, and Broccoli. These vegetables contain indole-3-carbinol, which is able to significantly reduce estrogen levels. However, they should be steamed or cooked in order to avoid the toxic effect they have on the thyroid gland. Also, do not consume too much of them as they can deplete iodine.
Flaxseeds for PCOS:
A study done on rats proved the efficacy of the hydroalcoholic extract of flax seeds to ameliorate the PCOS condition.
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