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PCOS/PCOD (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome/Polycystic Ovarian Disorder) is a prevalent female endocrine hormonal condition, impacting as many as 20% of women during their reproductive years, often causing primary or secondary infertility. In Ayurveda, PCOS is likened to “Aarthava Kshaya.”

PCOD is characterized by the overproduction of androgens (male hormones), especially testosterone, by the ovaries. This hormonal imbalance results in elevated levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) and decreased levels of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). This hormonal irregularity obstructs the development of mature follicles and leads to anovulatory cycles, causing irregular menstruation patterns.

Causes of PCOS/PCOD

The precise origin of PCOS/PCOD remains uncertain, but it is thought to be associated with irregular hormone levels. Potential contributing factors include:

  1. Insulin resistance
  2. Hormonal imbalances
  3. Genetic predisposition
  4. Elevated androgen (male hormone) levels
  5. Heightened inflammation levels

Symptoms of PCOS/PCOD

  • When menstrual cycles occur irregularly (less than 9 cycles per year)
  • Scanty bleeding or heavy menstrual flow
  • Unexplained weight gain or difficulty losing weight
  • Excessive hair growth on the face
  • Acne breakouts on the face and back
  • Thinning of scalp hair
  • Darkening or pigmentation of the skin on the neck
  • Increased irritability or feelings of depression

Secondary Disorders Developing Due to PCOS

  • Excess body weight
  • Difficulty conceiving and experiencing miscarriages
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Abnormal blood cholesterol levels (dyslipidemia)
  • Insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes
  • Issues related to thyroid function

Ayurvedic Treatment in PCOS

PCOS requires early diagnosis and consistent, long-term management to prevent potential complications. Ayurvedic treatment for PCOS includes Virechana (Detoxification), Nasya, Shirodhara, and uttarbasti, combined with dietary and lifestyle adjustments. Shathayu Ayurveda follows a systematic approach to treating this condition, tailoring the treatment to each individual’s specific symptoms.

Here are the key goals and elements of Ayurvedic treatment for PCOS:

  1. Weight Management: Losing just 5-10% of body weight can help restore regular menstrual cycles.

  2. Restoration of Menstruation: Treatment focuses on addressing issues like scanty blood loss and thin endometrium to restore regular menstruation.

  3. Enhancing Fertility: The treatment aims to promote regular ovulation and manage AMH levels to improve fertility.

  4. Managing Hirsutism, Hair Fall & Acne: Therapies are provided to address skin and hair issues associated with PCOS.

  5. Balancing Insulin Levels: Lowering serum insulin levels to normalize hormonal balance.

Ayurvedic medicine for PCOS is typically administered for a duration of 6 to 12 menstrual cycles, along with guidance on diet and exercise. Here are some dietary and lifestyle recommendations:

Diet for PCOS:

  • Avoid sugary foods and artificial sweeteners.
  • Reduce salt intake during menstruation.
  • Increase consumption of fruits and vegetables.
  • Opt for whole grains.
  • Non-vegetarians can include protein-rich foods like fresh fish, organic chicken, and organic eggs.
  • Limit saturated fats found in red meat, chicken, commercially prepared snacks, and deep-fried foods.

Lifestyle Recommendations for PCOS:

  • Manage stress and anxiety to help balance hormones.
  • Stay well-hydrated by drinking 1.5 to 2 liters of filtered water daily.
  • Engage in moderate exercise for at least 45 minutes daily.
  • Practice alternate nasal breathing (Pranayama).

Yoga for PCOS: Yoga helps tone the entire reproductive system and promotes a regular menstrual cycle. Some beneficial asanas for women with PCOS include Dhanurasana, Uttanpadasana, Badhakonasana, Ushtrasana, Vrikshasana, and Vajrasana. Consistent practice of these asanas, along with the Butterfly stretch and Pranayama, can strengthen muscles, prevent obesity, and maintain healthy reproductive organs by balancing hormones.

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