Polycystic ovarian disease (PCOD) is a common hormonal disorder among women of reproductive age, incorrectly approached by mainstream allopathy system as a localized ‘poly-cyst’. Many young women are treated with hormonal medication causing irreparable side effects or with sugar control drugs for peripheral relief without any perceptible contribution to the quality of life. Too much insulin combined with high levels of luteinizing hormone can lead to excess production of male hormone called testosterone in your ovaries, and abnormally high amount of testosterone prevent ovulation. As a result your follicle does not mature and ovulation does not occur, which can lead to infertility.
Causes of PCOD
Infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods, excess hair growth, acne and obesity can all occur in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. In adolescents, infrequent or absent menstruation may signal the condition. In women past adolescence, difficulty becoming pregnant or unexplained weight gain may be the first sign. Early diagnosis and treatment may reduce the risk of long-term complications, such as type-2 diabetes and heart disease.
Symptoms of PCOD
- Menstrual disorders
- Abnormal hair growth on face
- Hair fall from scalp
- Weight gain
- Insulin resistance
Ayurveda Approach for PCOD
Ayurveda approaches PCOD as a System Disease, as it is a condition where hormonal imbalance affects the follicular growth during the ovarian cycle, causing the affected follicles to remain in the ovary, And using the Ayurvedic principles, provided via precision protocols and evidence based systems treat, by clearing blockages and aiding normalization of the menstrual cycle.
Ayurveda’s perspective on PCOD
Ayurveda classifies PCOD as a Kapha and Vata disorder leading to imbalance in the functioning of ovulation. Kapha having first affected the digestive fire – jatharaagni results in sluggish tissue metabolism and starts to affect the metabolic aspect of the seven tissues called dhatu agni. Each dhatu agni is responsible for the nourishment and formation of that particular tissue that it resides in. In the case of PCOD the dhatus affected are rasa dhatu – lymph and plasma, meda dhatu – adipose tissue and artava dhatu – the female reproductive system. Ama, entering the cells of arthavadhathu begins to affect the cellular intelligence of the cell by dampening pitharaagni causing error in cellular function and intelligence. Mistake of cellular intelligence is also expressed in the inhibiting of apoptosis – death of defective cells.
Ayurveda Treatment for PCOD
Prevention and treatment
Ayurveda adheres in preventing PCOD in a natural way by balancing the doshas, causing removal of blockages and normalization of menstrual activities. Apart from customized panchakarma therapies,diet and lifestyle corrections, and suggests various herbal medications to treat this disorder.
It is an in-depth Ayurvedic treatment which completely cleanses the body, mind and emotions from toxins. It rejuvenates the body by reducing weight and restores regular menstruation cycle and ovulation. It provides strength to the reproductive organs like uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes and vagina and maintains hormonal balance. Panchakarma protocol helps to high degrees in clearing many pathologies which inhibits fertility. Each person receives a unique combination of five processes according to their specific health needs.
Various healing processes involved in Panchakarma are:
Vasti: Enema of medicated oil or Decoction is given through rectum which helps in expelling vitiated vata. In females oil Basti of “Sahachar Tail” improves quality of ovulation within normal days.
Uttaravasti: Uttara basti is the most effective treatment in gynecological disorders. It helps in purification and clears the AartavaVahaSrotas, pacifies vitiated ApanaVayu and improves follicular maturity. After proper completion of uttar basti it has been observed that follicles do rupture naturally without any hormonal injections.
Virechanam: It eliminates body toxins like vitiated ‘Pitta’. The process of cleansing is carried out in the small intestine & other Pitta zones. Here drugs that stimulate bowel movement are increased for the expulsion of doshas through rectum.
Vamanam: It is a cleansing procedure intended mainly for the expulsion of vitiated ‘Kapha’. This is a painless, drug induced emetic procedure. Vamana procedure purifies internal toxins and balances hormonal system and stimulates pancreas to secrete insulin in normal level, so PCOD decreases accordingly.