Ayurvedic Treatment for PCOS

PCOS/ PCOD (Polycystic Ovarian syndrome) is one of the most common female endocrine hormonal disorders, affecting up to 20% of women in their reproductive age, which leads to primary or secondary infertility. PCOS in Ayurveda was correlated with Aarthava Kshaya.

PCOD is a condition in which the ovaries produce high amounts of androgens (male hormones), particularly testosterone resulting in high levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) and low levels of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH)  prevents follicles from producing a mature egg leading to anovulatory cycles and irregular menstruation.

Causes of PCOS/PCOD

The exact cause of PCOS/PCOD is unknown but it may be relating to abnormal hormone levels.

Resistance to Insulin

Hormone Imbalance

Genetics

High levels of Androgens

Increased levels of Inflammation

Symptoms of PCOS/PCOD

  • When menstrual cycles are irregular (Less than 9 cycles per year)
  • Scanty bleeding or heavy flow
  • Weight gain or difficulty to lose weight
  • Excessive hair growth on face
  • Acne on face and back
  • Thinning of scalp Hair
  • Thick or pigmentation of skin on neck
  • Irritability or depression

Secondary Disorders Developing Due to PCOS

The exact cause of PCOS/PCOD is unknown but it may be relating to abnormal hormone levels.

Obesity

Infertility and Miscarriage

High blood pressure

Dyslipidaemia (high level of blood cholesterol)

Insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes

Thyroid disorders

Ayurvedic Treatment in PCOS

PCOS needs early diagnosis and long-term management for avoiding long-term complications. Ayurvedic treatment for PCOS recommends Virechana (Detoxification), Nasya, Shirodhara  and uttarbasti for PCOD along with Diet and lifestyle modification. Shathayu Ayurveda has a very systematic approach in treating the disease; we plan a customized treatment for each individual which is specific to their symptoms.

Ayurveda Medicine for PCOS is given for  minimum 6 cycles to 12 menstrual cycles  along with guidance on diet and exercise 

Weight loss in PCOD

Loosing   just 5-10% of the weight helps to develop regular menstrual cycles.

Restoration of regular menstruation

by treating scanty blood loss, thin endometrium

Restoration of fertility

focusing on regular ovulation and AMH levels

Treatment of hirsutism, hair fall & acne

therapies to combat skin and hair issues

Lowering of serum insulin levels

restoring normal hormonal levels

Diet Recommendation for PCOD

  • Avoid all sugary foods and artificial sweeteners.
  • Reduce salt intake during menstruation
  • Increase the consumption of fruit & vegetables.
  • Choose whole grains, which contain all parts of the grain.
  • Non-vegetarians take Protein foods such as fresh fish, organic chicken, organic eggs whole grains, and legumes should be eaten to balance their blood glucose levels.
  • Limit the intake of saturated fats that are found in red meat, chicken, commercially prepared snack foods, and deep-fried food.

Lifestyle Recommendation for PCOS

Manage stress and anxiety. Reducing stress can help balance your hormones.

Stay well hydrated by drinking 1.5 – 2 litres of filtered water daily.

Perform moderate exercise of 45 min daily

Practice alternate Nasal breathing – Pranayama

Yoga for PCOS

Yoga helps tone up the whole reproductive system. Asanas such as Dhanurasana, Uttanpadasana, Badhakonasana, Ushtrasana, vrikshasana, and Vajrasana are among those yoga asanas that are ideal for women to help them develop a regular and healthy menstrual cycle.

Practising these asanas along with Butterfly stretch &  pranayama regularly will ensure that women develop muscular strength, avoid obesity and develop healthy reproductive organs by keeping their hormones in balance.