In India, 1 out of every 10 women of the reproductive age is affected by Poly Cystic Ovaries. Poly cystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS as it’s more commonly known, has symptoms like irregular menstrual cycle, weight gain leading to obesity, hirsutism, and acne. Presence of Poly cystic ovaries also leads to infertility. PCOS is a syndrome where there is irregularity and imbalance of the hormones. This irregularity leads to the occurrence of the above mentioned symptoms.
There has been a gradual change in the lifestyles that is lead by the present generation. Paying attention to one’s health, eating healthy and maintaining a physically active lifestyle has taken a back seat overachieving ones ambition and goals. Women have been choosing convenience over health. Eating what is readily available, exercising when they have the time. These choices lead to imbalances of hormones which are a direct consequence of a faulty lifestyle.
Women affected by PCOD also suffer from lowered metabolic rate, which causes weight gain, feeling of lethargy and fatigue. Though it is also important to note that PCOD can exist without weight gain and irregular cycles, even if these are the most prominent symptoms of PCOD. When present the weight gain is more prominently around their lower abdomen and hips, predisposing them to a variety of other metabolic conditions like Diabetes, Hypothyroidism, Dyslipidemia etc.
Correcting the metabolism, and helping them lose at least 10% of their body weight, is the main line of treatment for an Ayurvedic physician, in giving long-standing results to the patient. Panchakarma therapies like Vamana, Virechana, and Basti help in correcting a flawed hormonal axis and sluggish metabolism. It helps the patient lose weight and also revitalizes the patient and stimulates her organs to improve their performance.
In my experience, patients who have started their treatment with therapies like Vamana, Virechana, Basti and followed it up with regular intake of medicines for a minimum of three consecutive cycles, have shown remarkable results. Post-treatment scans show normal ovaries with no signs of Poly cystic appearance. Their cycles then become regular and have every possibility to conceive to due presence of ovulation.
Medicines which contain Ashoka, Shatavari, Kumari, Lodhra helps in regularising the cycle and correcting hormonal imbalances. Medicines like Rajohita Syp-K, Ashokarishta, Chandraprabha vati are quite commonly used medicines in the treatment of PCOD. Ignoring the condition or living in fear of it not going to be the solution. PCOD is treatable through Ayurveda, and sooner the treatment is availed the faster the results.
This article is written by Dr. Tanmaya, Medical Officer at Keva Ayurveda Healthcare Pvt Ltd