PCOD PROBLEM AND TREATMENT IN AYURVEDA
What is PCOD?
Polycystic ovarian disorder (PCOD) also known as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a disease more common between the age of 12 – 45 years in women. It causes an irregular menstrual cycle due to hormonal imbalance. The main features of PCOD are irregular menses, excessive facial and body hair, an increase in weight, and acne. If not treated properly and in time, PCOD can lead to more serious health problems.
What are the causes of PCOD?
- The main cause of the polycystic ovarian syndrome is hormonal imbalance. When the ovaries produce more androgens than the female sex hormones, it hampers to the proper growth of the eggs, which in turn causes irregular menstrual cycles.
- When these eggs do not develop completely, it becomes difficult for the ovaries to release them during ovulation every month. These eggs then remain accumulated inside the ovarian follicles causing tiny cysts inside the woman’s ovary.
- PCOD can also be passed on genetically. Hence if it runs in the family, it is likely that the daughter in the next generation might be affected by it.
Treatment for PCOD IN AYURVEDA
Although allopathy and modern medicine say that there is no 100% cure for PCOD, it can only be controlled and managed; but Ayurveda claims to cure PCOD by dealing with the issue from the very roots of it. Ayurveda follows a three-step method to treat PCOD:
Medicinal herbs – Certain medicinal herbs like ashwagandha, turmeric, and cinnamon play an important role in controlling PCOS symptoms. They keep the menstrual cycle in check. They reduce the resistance to insulin and help the PCOD patient to remain stress-free.
Yoga exercises– Yoga is an age-old tradition of India and is believed to cure both mental as well as physical illness of a person. For PCOD patients, it is very important to do yoga as the treatment of PCOD requires a lot of patience and a strong mind. Some asanas of yoga that are recommended are – The Butterfly Pose, The Chakki Chalanasana, Shavasana, and the breathing exercises also known as Pranayamas to relieve stress.
A change in lifestyle– The most important treatment for PCOS is a change of lifestyle. A person suffering from this syndrome needs to bring some serious changes in their diet, their sleep cycle, and their daily routine. All fried and sugary items are to be avoided; more fruits and fresh vegetables are to be included in the daily diet.