Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome [PCOS]

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome [PCOS]

PCOS is a leading cause of obesity, menstrual irregularity, sub-fertility, and infertility in women across the world. Persistent acne, hair loss, unwanted facial hair, and dark pigmentation of skin especially around the neck i.e., acanthosis nigricans, add to the woes of women with PCOS.

Underlying hormone resistance, high level of male hormone testosterone i.e., Hyperandrogenism; imbalance of LH- Luteinizing hormone and FSH-follicle stimulating hormone, make PCOS a very complex metabolic disorder.

 

Pathology or origin of the disease’s condition:

When the deranged vata etc. vitiates the mamsa, shonita and meda mixed up with Kapha; thus they produce circular, raised, and knotted inflammatory swelling called ‘Granthi’. This type of glandular swelling has been compared with the modern terminology ‘cyst’ which means an abnormal closed epithelium-lined cavity in the body, containing liquid or semisolid material.

In PCOS, the development of follicles has been arrested at one or any level and remained as it is. The cysts are follicles at varying stages of maturation and atresia. So, these cysts are not destined for the ovum. Thus, this pathology is compared with granthibhuta artava dushti i.e., cyst, as in PCOS, the follicles become cysts instead of developing up to mature ovum.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Menstrual irregularities have been described under artava vyapads or Yonirogas (uterine disorders).
  • Anovulation is included under Vandhya (infertility).
  • Obesity is the condition described as Sthoulya, a santanpanajanya vikara.
  • Acne and Baldness have been described as Mukhadooshika and Khalitya, two independent pathogenesis.
  • Since menstrual irregularities including anovulation and obesity are the commonly seen symptoms these two have to be taken care of with due attention.

Ayurveda Treatment for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome [PCOS]

In Ayurveda, the balance state of doshas is mainly responsible for health and any derangement to this will lead to disease. This dosha-vaishamya is directly connected to symptoms. By the outlook of the symptoms of PCOS as per modern description, it becomes clear that even though they are not compiled as a syndrome in Ayurveda most of them have been described as features of separate diseases or conditions.

Ayurvedic treatment has a holistic approach to the management of PCOS. Each patient is given a unique therapy based on her specific health needs due to PCOS, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. Such a personalized approach helps in re-balancing the hormones naturally. Ayurvedic therapy focuses on balancing tissue nutrition, rectifying the imbalance of dosha-bio-energies that govern the body, and boosting metabolism. Ayurvedic therapies also help in gradual and wholesome weight loss, reduce hair, and facial hair growth, and reduce acne.

Thus, Ayurvedic therapy not only helps in controlling PCOS; it also helps in restoring health and well-being.

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.

Key Outcome

The main aim of Ayurvedic therapy in women with PCOS are:-

  1. Detoxification of the body
  2. Strengthening and revitalizing the female reproductive system and regularizing menstrual cycles.
  3. Rectifying hormonal imbalance

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.
Will PCOS resolve by itself?
No, it will not. Anyway, diet regulation and lifestyle changes can make big strides when it comes to managing symptoms. Ayurveda can help you make these changes with dinacharya (daily routine), ritucharya (seasonal regimen), yoga, pranayama, etc.
What are the health risks of PCOS?
One fact about PCOS is that such diseases are known to alter the body's normal metabolism and environment. Impaired metabolism is an open invitation for so many diseases like+ Hypertension, Diabetes, Insomnia, Cancer to reproductive organs, Hypercholesterolemia, CAD, Infertility, etc.

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