The polycystic ovarian syndrome is a condition or disorder in which a small cyst develops in the ovaries of the women that lead to irregular or no menstrual cycle. In PCOS the ovaries get enlarged and lead to the excessive production of male hormone androgen and testosterone that further leads to the low level of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and high level of luteinizing hormone (LH). Which disrupts the normal growth and release of eggs from the ovaries that lead to anovulatory cycles and irregular or no menstruation. Although the exact cause of PCOS is not specific however it is somehow related to abnormal hormonal elevation in the body and the women having high insulin resistance.
The symptoms of PCOS
Symptoms of PCOS vary from person to person some common symptoms are
Irregular, or absence of a menstrual cycle, some has very light and some have a very frequent menstrual cycle.
Presence of cyst on the ovary
Facial acne, excessive facial and body hairs, and loss of hair from the scalp
Thick pigmentation on the skin of the neck, elbows, and neck
Excessive weight gain, obesity, high cholesterol
Frequent mood swings, prone to stress and anxiety
Ayurveda perspective on PCOS
According to the Ayurvedic perspective, the human body consists of three forces or doshas namely Vata, pitta, and Kapha. These are the principles life forces present in the body that carries out all the major functions of the body. PCOS is a lifestyle disease and improper diet discipline, sedentary lifestyle and stress make it worse. The imbalance in Kapha disorder leads to blocking of movement of Vata and pitta. This leads to the aggravation of doshas and due to this toxification of dhatus (tissues) in rakta and rasa (blood and plasma nutrient. This accumulation of toxins or ama and Kapha leads to the formation of cyst in the ovary with white heavy sticky quality and start balancing female hormones resulting in the irregular period, painful menses, and other symptoms of PCOS.
Ayurveda recommends the detoxification of the body that helps in strengthening and revitalization of the female reproductive system that helps in normalizing the menstrual cycle and balancing hormonal imbalance. Ayurveda recommends panchakarma therapies in Rishikesh including Vamana, virechana, basti that helps in cleansing and detoxification of the body and further balancing hormones, boosting overall reproductive health.
Some important dietary recommendation for PCOS
Avoid the consumptions of refined sugar, sugary food, and the artificial sweeteners
Reduce the intake of consumptions of dairy products
Reduce the intake of salt during your menstrual cycle
Consume whole grain, fresh fruits, and vegetables on a daily basis
Reduced the intake of saturated fat and increase the intake the good fat by consuming the nuts and dry fruits
Here are some important herbs that help in treating PCOS
Shatavari is an important Ayurvedic herb that is a rich source in vitamins A, B1, B2, E, C along with essential minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and calcium. Shatavari is a powerful Ayurvedic herb that is rich in antioxidants and other vital nutrients that rejuvenate the overall female reproductive system and boost fertility too.
Cinnamon is the most commonly used spice in every household is not only known for its amazing refreshing taste and fragrance but also helps in managing the blood sugar level and reducing insulin sensitivity. The regular intake of cinnamon helps in boosting overall metabolism that helps you in losing weight and furthermore it thoroughly supports ovulation hence enhance fertility.
Consumption of fenugreek seeds on the first thing in the morning not only helps in improving your overall metabolism hence reduces weight but it also increases the tolerance of glucose in the body. It helps in the removal of bad cholesterol from the body.
Known for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties Shilajit is a powerful Ayurvedic herb when it comes to the treatment of PCOS. Shilajit is known for its iron increasing properties hence prevent iron deficiency in the body. It also acts as a rejuvenator for the overall reproductive system of women.
Popular as golden spice turmeric is widely used in the Indian household for cooking. Turmeric is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties it helps in detoxification of the female reproductive system but also in improving insulin resistance in the body. It is widely used in a beauty product, purify the blood, and remove acne.
Reversing PCOS with Ayurvedic therapies in Rishikesh along with certain lifestyle changes is certainly possible. Include yoga and breathing exercises in your regime to alleviate stress along with Ayurvedic herb in your diet helps in better management of PCOS.