Polycystic Ovarian Disease (PCOD)

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Polycystic Ovarian Disease (PCOD)

Polycystic ovarian disease (PCOD) is a common hormonal disorder among women of reproductive age, incorrectly approached by the 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 the luteinizing hormone can lead to excess production of the male hormone called testosterone in your ovaries, and an 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. 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.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Menstrual disorders
  • Acne
  • Abnormal hair growth on the face
  • Hair falls from the scalp
  • Weight gain
  • Insulin resistance

Ayurveda Treatment for Polycystic Ovarian Disease (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, AyurVAID, using the Ayurvedic principles, provided via precision protocols and evidence-based systems treat, by clearing blockages and aiding normalization of the menstrual cycle. Ayurveda classifies PCOD as a Kapha and Vata disorder leading to an 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 in which it resides. In the case of PCOD, the dhatus affected are rasa dhatu – lymph and plasma, media 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 errors in cellular function and intelligence. Mistake of cellular intelligence is also expressed in the inhibiting of apoptosis – the death of defective cells.

Prevention and treatment-

Ayurveda adheres to naturally preventing PCOD by balancing the doshas, causing the removal of blockages and normalization of menstrual activities. Apart from customized panchakarma therapies, AyurVAID offers diet and lifestyle corrections and suggests various herbal medications to treat this disorder.

Panchkarma

It is an in-depth Ayurvedic treatment that completely cleanses the body, mind, and emotions from toxins. It rejuvenates the body by reducing weight and restores the regular menstruation cycle and ovulation. It provides strength to the reproductive organs like the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and vagina and maintains hormonal balance. Panchakarma protocol helps to a high degree in clearing many pathologies which inhibit fertility. Each person receives a unique combination of five processes according to their specific health needs.

Various healing processes involved in Panchakarma are:

  • Basti: Enema of medicated oil or Decoction is given through the rectum which helps in expelling vitiated vata. In females, oil Basti of “Sahachar Tail” improves the quality of ovulation within normal days.
  • Uttarbasti: Uttara basti is the most effective treatment for 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.
  • Virechana: 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 the rectum.
  • Vaman: It is a cleansing procedure intended mainly for the expulsion of vitiated ‘Kapha’. This is a painless, drug-induced emetic procedure. Vaman procedure purifies internal toxins and balances the hormonal system and stimulates the pancreas to secrete insulin at a normal level, so PCOD decreases accordingly.

Our Approach

AyurVAID focuses on precision classical Ayurveda treatment protocols, following the fundamental principles of Ayurveda in addressing the root cause of diseases. After an in-depth assessment of the symptoms, detailed history taking, and understanding of the patient and the disease thoroughly on Ayurveda parameters, a definite treatment protocol is designed.

Treatment aims to achieve management of pain by breaking the pathogenesis of the disease, thereby correcting the root cause and arresting further progression.

Our whole person-centric approach will help you regain your happiest and healthiest state of life. Our rehabilitation specialists will also give you advice on ergonomics, nutrition, and lifestyle changes to help you better manage your back pain. Patient centricity is at the core of the Ayurvaid approach.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between PCOD and PCOS?
PCOD and PCOS are two different conditions with similar signs and symptoms. Despite the differences, these words are used synonymously often, mostly because of ignorance. PCOS or Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome happens when the hormonal imbalance causes the ovary to produce androgens in an increased amount, leading to anovulation (absence of ovulation). So, the ovum is compelled to remain in the ovary as a cyst. The symptoms are similar to that of PCOD.
What are the Ayurvedic PCOD management options in a nutshell?
(A) following prescribed dinacharya (daily routine) (B) practicing ritucharya (seasonal regimen) (C) Purificatory therapy (Panchakarma) at the right time (D) Preventive medicines (E) yoga and pranayama
Is PCOD completely curable?
Yes. Ayurveda cures the disease by treating the root cause of the same. Different Panchakarma procedures, medicines, yoga, other mindful practices, and an iron-clad daily routine - all these can cure PCOD in no time by reducing complete symptoms.

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