What is PCOS or PCOD?
Polycystic ovary syndrome has been considered as a constitutional problem rather than a local disease. This syndrome is known to affect many systems of the body and is defined as a hormonal imbalance that results in the formation of numerous small follicles leading to the formation of a cyst. While PCOS is an endocrine system disease, PCOD is a disorder created by the hormonal imbalance. The precise cause of these conditions is unknown but hormonal imbalances and genetics are thought to play a critical part. PCOS is also considered more severe than PCOD.
What are the common symptoms of PCOS?
If you are suffering from any of the symptoms listed below, then you might be suffering from PCOS: A woman suffering from PCOS can observe the following symptoms:
• Abnormal growth of hair – Due to excessive androgen secretion in women suffering from PCOS there is an abnormal growth of hair called Hirsutism on the face, stomach, chest, thumbs, or toes.
• Acne – Excessive sebum secretion, leading to the formation of acne on face and back.
• Weight gain – Thyroid related disorder which is a precursor of PCOS promotes weight gain in women suffering from PCOS.
• Other signs and symptoms may include a deeper voice, shrinkage in the breast size, pain in the pelvic area, thinning of hair, fertility-related issues, Anxiety or depression, and menstrual disorders.
• Other concurrent health-related problems that may occur due to PCOS may include hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol levels.
Can Homeopathy cure PCOS or PCOD?
Homeopathic medicine is a therapeutic system of medicine that believes in curing the patient ailment by following a natural pathway. Homeopathic medicines are safe to use, effective, affordable, and easy to reach. Homeopathy can cure PCOS if various factors like signs and symptoms, family history, the cause behind the problem, mental status of the individual, various likings and disliking are considered while prescribing homeopathy medicine.
Homeopathy medicine for PCOS can cure various symptoms by strengthening the immune system, which is brought into action by stimulating the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis that is known to trigger the natural release of all the hormones in the body. It takes a long time to cure PCOS via Homeopathic medicine and so one should be very patient and should not expect the symptoms to be gone in a flash.
It has been reported that homeopathic medicine if followed along with other parameters like regular exercise, healthy diet, change in lifestyle habits like quit smoking, and alcohol can bring a very good impact on health and help cure the PCOS.
Homeopathy, weight loss & lifestyle changes needed
Among the most frequent causes of which PCOS that patients seek treatment is acne and hirsutism. In younger patients, particularly, this is a source of anxiety and affects confidence. Homeopathy can decrease the sensitivity of the skin to the circulating hormones that help in clearing up these eruptions. Homeopathic treatment can effectively control the abnormal rate of growth of hair on the face and other areas of the body.
Irregularity of the menstrual period is another frequent presentation of PCOS. Thousands of women and women complain of this every month. Severe pain and heavy bleeding can accompany delayed periods that can be quite debilitating. Similarly, patients also report extremely limited menstrual flow resulting in discomfort. Homeopathic treatment can offer rapid relief for menstrual cramps. The therapy also helps in safely reducing heavy bleeding in an extremely brief period. Along with medication for fast relief, regular homeopathic medications have helped many to regularize their menstrual cycle.
Women that are planning to begin a family may not be able to become pregnant because of PCOS. It is the most common reason for ovulatory infertility. The imbalance in hormones leads to a lack of childbirth or infrequent ovulation. Again, this can be particularly painful for the patient. Assisted fertilization processes include their risks. Patients tend to be unwilling to experience repeated attempts of these processes. Homeopathic treatment can increase the probability of fertility. Many happy couples have conceived with homeopathic treatment. Some have done so after having tried different sorts of fertility treatments without success.
As with many conditions, medication is only part of the remedy. Although science still does not clearly understand the specific cause of PCOS, problems with hormones seem to be closely linked to lifestyle. It’s thought that the increasing prevalence of PCOS is due to the rising hectic lifestyle seen in youth and adults alike. Disrupted sleep patterns, the lack of exercise, and the consumption of unhealthy food are traits found in patients who haven’t even attained puberty! The prevention of PCOS, in addition to its effective management, can’t be hoped for without making modifications to these unhealthy practices. Losing weight has been shown to positively affect patients of PCOS, but patients that aren’t overweight should also take part in an exercise routine that helps to correct hormonal imbalance.
Patient homeopathic treatment, combined with an enhanced diet and lifestyle, can help all facets of this extremely common condition. As with many conditions, medication is only part of the remedy. Although science still does not clearly understand the specific cause of PCOS, problems with hormones seem to be closely linked to lifestyle. It’s thought that the increasing prevalence of PCOS is due to the rising hectic lifestyle seen in youth and adults alike. Disrupted sleep patterns, the lack of exercise, and the consumption of unhealthy food are traits found in patients who haven’t even attained puberty! The prevention of PCOS, in addition to its effective management, can’t be hoped for without making modifications to these unhealthy practices. Losing weight has been shown to positively affect patients of PCOS, but patients that aren’t overweight should also take part in an exercise routine that helps to correct hormonal imbalance. Patient homeopathic treatment combined with an enhanced diet and lifestyle can help all facets of this extremely common condition.
Scientific studies for Homeopathy for PCOS
A case study named Efficacy of two commonly used potentized homeopathic drugs, Calcarea carbonica, and Lycopodium clavatum, used for treating polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) patients: II. Modulating effects on certain associated hormonal levels.. involved 40 women of reproductive age suffering from PCOS which was divided into two groups based on symptoms. The study aimed to analyze the effectiveness of two homeopathic potentized medicine called Lycopodium clavatum and Calcarea carbonica. Overall results showed that both the medicines had great ameliorating effects on PCOS. All the patients included in the study observed relief in their symptoms like the irregularity of the menstrual cycle, acne, Hirsutism, and male-type alopecia.
In a case study, a pregnant woman aged 31 suffering from a large ovarian cyst wanted to deliver her child normally. She could not undergo surgery and go for homeopathy treatment. She was prescribed Pulsatilla 200c which is to be taken thrice a day in one month while pregnant. The results were found to be amazing as the women could deliver her baby normally without developing any further cysts.
Homeopathic treatment can help a patient suffering from PCOD to avoid surgery and get treated naturally. The treatment can take a long time to show its significant effects but it’s worth a try. Some of the commonly used homeopathic medicines that are found to be effective in treating PCOS include Sepia Officinalis, Aurum muraticum, Apis mellifica, Calcarea carbonica, Bryonia alba, natronatum, Natrum muraticum, Oophorinum, and Sulphur.
It has been found in various clinical trials that homeopathic medicines can help treat irregularities related to PCOS naturally, without having any side effects. However, a homeopathic treatment still lacks data that is to be researched in a large population. More research needs to be carried out on understanding the role of homeopathic medicines for PCOS.
FAQ Homeopathy treatment for PCOS
For their homeopathic treatment, a unique personalized medication needs to be given based on a woman’s unique set of symptoms and background. This personalization is required because every woman with PCOS has a particular set of issues, which need an individualistic approach. Stress management, weight control, corrective lifestyle habits, in addition to the medicines, can be of substantial help. While homeopathy may effectively control hormonal imbalances, it may also help treat infertility in women that are planning a pregnancy.
Q. Is PCOS a gynecological or an endocrinological disorder?
Since many of the symptoms involve a female’s reproductive system, PCOS is often mistaken for gynecological disease. It is, however, a disease of the endocrine system between hormones and hormone production. Thus, a specialist from the endocrine system, including a reproductive endocrinologist, should be consulted to confirm the diagnosis.
Q. How is PCOS diagnosed?
Diagnosis requires obtaining blood samples for many different hormones. A complete physical examination and screening for cholesterol, triglyceride, glucose, and insulin should also be a part of a comprehensive evaluation. Pelvic ultrasound of lower abdomen and pelvis also helps detect PCOS.
Q. Is there a treatment for PCOS?
Yes. However, doctors can only treat the individual symptoms of women with PCOS, instead of the whole syndrome at the root cause. Once diagnosed, many patients can effectively manage their symptoms to help lead to healthier and more fulfilling lives. Dietary changes, along with lifestyle modifications, can help overcome the symptoms to a great extent.
Q. How does weight loss impact women with PCOS?
Weight loss often regulates women’s menstrual cycle. Even a small reduction of 4-6 kgs can help make the menstrual cycle more regular. Weight reduction has also been proven to increase insulin and cholesterol levels, and alleviate symptoms like excessive hair growth and acne also.
Q. What can be done to improve pregnancy probability for PCOS patients?
Successful ovulation is the first important step towards pregnancy. Weight loss can help to regulate the menstrual cycle, thereby resulting in successful ovulation. The ovulation and the menstrual cycle, together with dietary rich vitamins and anti-inflammatory supplements, can increase the possibility of pregnancy for women with PCOS.
Q. Why is PCOS hard to diagnose?
The symptoms of PCOS are different from one woman to another; hence, a woman doesn’t often realize she has PCOS. Public information and awareness about the signs and serious nature of the illness are crucial to identify women in need of therapy and for girls to make informed decisions regarding their health.
A homeopathy medicine takes a long time for changes and recovery to occur because polycystic ovary syndrome is a complex syndrome that is characterized by a lot of symptoms. The disorder is known to affect different systems of the body and so it’s obvious to take a long time to cure the disease. However, some patients need quick recovery and opt for other conventional medicines rather than homeopathy.