How Can Ayurveda Help In PCOD (Polycystic Ovarian Disease)? – Yoga Tips and Herbal Remedies
We all know that, since ancient times, women have always ignored their health issues while taking care of others. They always avoid their symptoms, such as pain, delayed periods, etc. Nowadays, the environment and free time in their lifestyle create many health-related problems, such as Endometriosis, gynecologic cancers, etc., among women. In today’s world, the most common is PCOD (Polycystic Ovarian Disorder). It is an imbalance of essential hormones in the female body due to which periods delay or stop. Females in their 20s and 30s, when they are trying to get pregnant, are diagnosed with PCOD. PCOD affects childbearing ability. In this article, we will tell you the symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and Ayurvedic treatment of Polycystic ovarian disorder.
PCOD (Polycystic Ovarian Disease) affects women’s ovaries. In this medical condition, female ovaries produce immature eggs in large numbers, and after that, these become cysts in the ovaries. Due to this, the size of the ovary increases, and it will secrete a higher amount of male hormones, causing irregular menstrual cycles, abnormal weight gain, etc. It can be controlled by a proper diet plan and lifestyle changes.
There are the following causes of PCOD
- Hormonal imbalance: excess secretion of androgen interferes with ovulation. Excessive secretion can cause acne and hirsutism.
- Insulin resistance: Too much insulin might cause your body to secrete too much male hormone androgen.
- Heredity: having a family history may play a role in developing this condition.
- Poor lifestyle
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
There are various types of signs and symptoms associated with
- Oligomenorrhea (irregular menstrual blood flow)
- Amenorrhea (absence or skip of menstruation)
- Menorrhagia (abnormally heavy bleeding)
- Acne (on chest, upper back, and face)
- Hair loss
- Excessive hair growth (on the face, on the body—back, chest)
- Gaining weight
- Darkening skin on areas such as the neck and under the breasts.
There is no particular test to confirm PCOD. A doctor may ask about your medical history. The doctor will advise:
- An ultrasound scan (to check the appearance)
- Examination of pelvic- to determine if your ovaries are swollen and enlarged.
- blood tests to quantify hormone levels.
- With the help of tests, if PCOD is diagnosed, your doctor will suggest regular checkups.
COMPLICATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH PCOD
Some complications arise from PCOD. There are various diseases and medical conditions, such as
- gestational diabetes
- type 2 diabetes
- depression and other mental disorders
- chronic liver inflammation
- hormonal problems
- abnormal uterine bleeding
- endometrial cancer.
AYURVEDIC OVERVIEW OF PCOD
Ayurveda is an ancient medical science. Ayurveda gives positive hope to patients. In Ayurveda, the equilibrium of doshas plays an important role in good health, and when it breaks, it will lead to disease. As per our Ayurvedic texts
The Aim of Ayurveda is
योजनं चास्य स्वस्थ्यस्य स्वास्थ्यरक्षणमातुरस्य विकारप्रशमनं च ।
Which means the purpose of this is to maintain the health of the healthy and relieve the disorders of the sick.
Mainly, PCOD is a disorder associated with Kapha dosha in Ayurveda, but all three principal doshas play an important role in PCOD. Meda Dhatu is involved in it. Movement of the follicle is the main function of the Vata dosha. The activity of hormones is mainly due to Pitta dosha. Kapha dosha provides proper nutrition to the follicle.
HERBAL REMEDIES FOR PCOD BY PLANET AYURVEDA
Planet Ayurveda provides an amazing combination of herbal remedies, such as the "ANTI-OVARIAN CYST PACK". These remedies are manufactured from 100% pure and natural herbs without the use of chemicals, preservatives, or additives. These herbal remedies are prepared under the supervision of Ayurvedic experts. Following is the list of drugs in this formulation.
- PRADRANTAK CHURNA
- KUMARI SAAR
- PUNARNAVA MANDUR
- CHANDRAPRABHA VATI
- KANCHNAAR GUGGUL
1. PRADRANTAK CHURNA
Pradrantak Churna is a combination of various valuable herbs; it is a polyherbal churan. The main ingredients are Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa roxb), Ashok (Saraca indica), Udumbar (Ficus glomerata), and Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna). Lodhra and Ashoka are potent astringents that help with symptoms like heavy white discharge and excessive bleeding during periods. It also helps with hormonal balance in females. Udumbar is used to control diabetes and treat heavy periods. Arjuna is used for antifertility.
Dosage: 1-2 teaspoons twice daily after meals with water.
2. KUMARI SAAR
Commonly it is known as aloe vera. Kumari Saar is the juice prepared from Ghrit Kumari (Aloe barbadensis) by Planet Ayurveda that balances tridosha predominantly Vata and Pitta. It helps in restoring the levels of hormones such as oestrogen progesterone. It also reduces aam (endotoxins) from the body. It also manages various skin problems like Acne and blemishes (darkening of the skin). It treats your menstrual irregularities. Menopausal females can also use this.
Dosage: 2 teaspoons twice daily after meals with plain water.
3. PUNARNAVA MANDUR
It is a combination of Shunti (Zingiber officinale), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Chitrak Mool (Plumbago zeylanica), Mandoor Bhasma (Ferric oxide calx),Haridra (Curcuma longa), etc. Shunthi Churan improves the metabolism of the body. Amalaki is a good source of calcium, iron, and vitamin C. Haritaki is used as an anti-inflammatory, as it can also cause PCOD. Chitrak mool is used to treat obesity, diabetes, and chronic menstrual disorders. Mandoor Bhasam is used to treat microcytic anaemia because, with the excessive loss of blood, one will become anaemic.
Dosage: 1 or 2 tablets twice daily as prescribed by the doctor
4. CHANDRAPRABHA VATI
The meaning of "Chandraprabha" is the light of the moon. It includes Guggul (Commiphora mukul), Shilajit (Asphaltum), Vacha (Acorus calamus), Kapoor (Cinnamomum camphora), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), and many more. It has amazing effects on Kapha dosha. It is advised to patients as it is helpful in managing obesity and general weakness. Guggul is helpful in hormonal imbalance. Shilajit is used to regulate the menstrual cycle.
Dosage: 1 or 2 tablets twice daily as prescribed by the doctor
5. KANCHNAAR GUGGUL
Kanchnar Guggul is very effective in managing granthi (gland). Hence it balances the menstrual cycle. It is effective in symptoms like dysmenorrhea, and menorrhagia. Ingredients include Kachnaar (Bauhinia variegata), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica), Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula) and many other useful ingredients. Guggul (Comiphora mukul) and Kanchnaar (Bauhinia variegata) are ruksha (dry) in guna do lekhan karma (weight reduction). Kachnaar is useful in improving the function of the ovaries. Bibhitaki is helpful in promoting hair growth and also stops hair fall which makes it an ideal herbal remedy for PCOD.
Dosage: 1-2 tablets twice or thrice daily with lukewarm water.
LIFESTYLE OR DIETARY ADVICE
- Include physical activities such as exercise, dancing, etc. for at least 30 minutes per day.
- Take a nap at regular intervals.
Food To Avoid
Avoid milk, salty nuts, soy products, white sugar, etc.
Food To Be Taken
Green leafy vegetables, walnuts, almonds, fat-less buttermilk, pumpkin seeds, beans, lentils, etc.
YOGA TIPS FOR PCOD
PCOD is a condition that occurs after puberty. There is an imbalance of female hormones due to a wrong lifestyle and a lack of exercise, which will disturb your menstrual cycle. As we discussed above, some causes will lead to PCOD, so alter those causes. PCOD patients can use the Anti-Ovarian Cyst Pack, which is an amazing medicine that will help with PCOD (Polycystic Ovarian Disorder).
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