Poly Cystic Ovarian Disorder (PCOD) is the most common gynecological disorder seen today in women across the globe. Statistics indicate 1 in every 5 women has PCOD. Some of the key factors for the rise of PCOD in women worldwide are changing trends in lifestyle, food habits and increasing levels of daily stressors. The symptoms include period irregularities, weight gain, male pattern hair growth or hirsutism, mood swings, digestive disturbances & is also known to cause infertility.
Modern treatments of PCOD
Modern medicine holds faulty diet & lifestyle habits to be the primary cause of PCOD and the treatment offered is predominantly symptomatic. It mainly includes hormonal treatment such as contraceptives or progesterone pills to regularize period cycle & Metformin to combat insulin resistance. Young girls who have reached early puberty are also recommended contraceptives for PCOD recovery which is merely a stop-gap solution and does not help in the long run.
Yes, it’s a known fact that these medicines have quick results & the period gets regularized but the results are short-lived and the issues crop up once the medication is discontinued.
There are also cases where ovarian drilling and cyst removal surgeries are done, but these only provide temporary solution and do not prevent recurrence of this disorder.
PCOD and Ayurveda
Ayurveda, from ancient India, is the only medicine system in the world that is focused on preventive and curative measures. It understands a woman’s anatomy better than any other medicine system.
The Ayurveda system of treatment is based on the basic principle of Tridosha (Vata -Pitta-Kapha). Vata is responsible for movement, Pitta is responsible for transformation and Kapha is responsible for nourishment and structure.
PCOD – Malfunctioning Kapha
Ayurveda considers PCOD a Kapha disorder. Ayurveda believes that the root cause is low metabolism. Due to erratic lifestyle habits such as irregular meal timings, high intake of processed food, lack of physical exercise, irregular sleep timings, all these factors have a strong adverse effect on the digestive system. As a result of this poor digestion, there is excessive ama formed in the body.
Ama is a toxic substance formed during faulty digestion. This gets absorbed in blood & the is circulated all throughout the body.
Ama in the reproductive system
When this ama reaches the reproductive system, it blocks all channels inside the ovary & resists the growth of ovum (egg). Ovum does not develop further & halts the maturation process. Immature ova (eggs) start getting trapped inside and grow into multiple cysts. This disorder is known as Poly(multiple) Cystic Ovarian Disorder. This also results in imbalanced secretion of reproductive hormones such as estrogen & progesterone. All this leads to irregularities in menstrual cycle and causes abnormalities during period.
Ama also blocks cell receptors & make them resistant to insulin. Insulin allows entry of glucose inside blood cells & enables blood glucose level to be normal. Glucose gives energy to cells. Ama reduces sensitivity of cells to insulin, hence more insulin is required to keep blood sugar normal. Increased level of insulin affects ovarian functions adversely & causes disorders such as PCOD.
Ayurvedic treatment of PCOD
Ovulation support, metabolic support, cyst dissolution & sensitizing body cells to insulin are some of the Ayurvedic treatments of PCOD. All these actions are well achieved with the right herbal formulations, packed with the goodness of authentic herbs such as Gandari, Varuna, Patol & Guduchi.
Ayurveda also understands the person’s unique constitution and provides a very individualized approach towards PCOD recovery. There is a permanent cure for PCOD in Ayurveda which is based on these 3 pillars- Aahar (right diet), Vihar (recreation) and Vichar (good thoughts).
About Dr. Aarati Patil
Dr. Aarati Patil, M.D Obstetrics & Gynecology(Ayu), Chief Doctor at Gynoveda.com has extensively worked with over 10000 women in the age group of 20-55 years across a wide spectrum of menstrual disorders, gynecological issues, pregnancy and reproductive health. Her immense knowledge, expertise and experience has been instrumental to build the first Period-Test that enables women self-diagnose their period health. She has excellent results in the treatment of PCOD and menstrual disorders.