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Gynaecological Disorder ( PCOS )
Causative Factor for PCOS:
The causes of PCOS are mainly lifestyle and environmental factors affecting the genotype of the individual. In Australia alone, 20% of the female population is affected by PCOS. The sad part is that PCOS will remain undiagnosed or under noticed until the disease takes its severe form and the health care costs are relatively high. We celebrate September as PCOS awareness month.
Ayurvedic Concept and Management:
Ayurveda has many beautiful perspectives regarding the human anatomy that are not described in modern science. One such perspective is Srotas. Srotas are those channels throughout the body connecting various organs and organ systems and nourishing them. The root cause of polycystic ovarian syndrome in Ayurveda can be considered an imbalance of channels of menstruation (Arthava vaha Sroto dushti), and the culprit is vitiated Vata, which disordered the functions of Pitta and affected the basic functions of Kapha. Due to lifestyle factors, genetic factors, high stress, sedentary life, obesity, diabetes, specific drug consumption, and overuse of contraceptive pills, the normal metabolic pattern of your body is altered, which leads to the vitiation of Pitta, which controls the hormonal balance of the body. When the hormones are deranged, normal nourishment won’t take place, which will derange Kapha, resulting in cystic formation, which later can lead to the symptoms of PCOS.
The line of treatment should be the pacification of Vata without disturbing the balance of Kapha and Pitta. Hormones play an important role in the disease’s onset, so the basic correction to-do is to modify your lifestyle. The aim of Ayurvedic treatment is to correct the base so that the normal BMI and hormonal systems aid in the cure of the disease.
Shed those extra calories.
Take every step to reduce your weight because it can do wonders for balancing hormones. Overweight can be caused by a number of reasons. Analysing your hormone levels, blood sugar, and cholesterol can help find the cause. If everything turns out all right, then minor lifestyle and diet changes, along with herbal treatment, will do the job. Herbal treatments like Abhyanga( Ayurvedic hot oil massage), Udwarthana (Ayurvedic herbal scrub), Kizhis (Ayurvedic pouch massage) , herbal enema, medicated packs, and Pichu (oil soaked in cotton is applied to the vagina), along with internal herbal medications, will help to reduce weight. Purgation once a month with herbal oils or powders will do wonders for cleansing and detoxification. If the blood checkups show altered results, then it’s time for regular treatment.
The PCOS Cookbook
There is no ideal food for PCOS patients. The diet should be based on your calorie needs, whether you are vegan or non-vegetarian and your daily routines. Always use steamed food items instead of deep fried and baked foods. Drink enough water and fruit juice.
Pulses like lentils, green beans, chickpeas, split peas, raw beans, etc., along with two meals, will help ensure a fiber and protein rich diet with a low glycemic index and low fat.
Veggies and spices like green leafy vegetables, bottle guard, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, eggplants, corn, turnips, mushrooms, onions, pumpkin, celery, green peas, green beans, ,potatoes, bottle guard, ginger, garlic, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, fenugreek, honey, sesame, mustard, asparagus, carrots, beetroots, and sweet potatoes in minimal quantities can be used.
Cooking oils must be reliable and organic. Use olive oil, coconut oil, or vegetable oils.
Fruits that are fresh grown and organic, like pomegranate, apples, papaya, medium ripe bananas, watermelon, gooseberries, guava, strawberries, blueberries, prunes, apricots, ,peaches.
Sai Ayush Ayurveda for PCOS
One in ten women is affected by PCOS, as per research surveys. Not every woman with PCOS suffers from infertility. Eating healthy and staying active should be your primary goals for successful treatment. Hormonal imbalances can be well managed by Ayurvedic herbal decoctions, tablets, herbal tonics, ghee, and powders after assessing your Prakruti and body type.
Deepana and Paachana (to improve digestive fire and metabolism) are followed by the intake of herbalized ghee (clarified butter), based on your unique imbalance. The body is then fully cleansed using an Ayurvedic detox known as Panchakarma. In PCOD, a specialised herbal enema called uthara vasti (detoxification of the reproductive system) is done by an expert consultant. The herbal enemas will help clear out the channels. The Sirovasti (oil pack on the head) and Shirodhara (streaming of warm oil at the third eye) will help relax your mind. The choice of herbs and formulations may vary in each case.
At Sai Ayush Ayurveda, we provide individual care plans for PCOS, beginning with a detailed consultation by our expert Ayurvedic practitioners.