Ovarian Cysts treatment in Ayurveda involves a holistic approach to establish the hormone balance and fertility to improve the overall health of the patient. The primary focus in Ayurveda is to treat the root cause of a woman’s specific symptoms related to the cysts on the ovaries.
While ovarian cysts are widely present, not all of them need medical attention. This is due to the fact that not all of them create troublesome symptoms. And also because most of the time, ovarian cysts can be shrunk or dissolved by adopting a healthy diet and lifestyle.
That’s why you should always first consider a natural treatment for ovarian cysts before your finally resolve for invasive procedures as surgical intervention or hormonal treatment.
And this post will help you to do just that. We will look into the causes, symptoms and Ayurvedic treatment for ovarian cysts. Let’s begin!
What are Ovarian Cysts?
The ovaries are part of the female reproductive system and located in the lower abdomen on both sides of the uterus.
An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac that forms on or inside the ovary. It usually forms during the ovulation process of follicle development or recession.
Ovarian cysts are very common during the reproductive years of females. The primary risk group for Ovarian Cysts lies in the early years of Menarche up until the late 20s. However, cysts can also form before puberty and post Menopause.
Types of Ovarian Cyst
The cysts of the ovary have been categorized according to their origin and the effect they have on the overall health of the reproductive system.
Functional Cysts form during the regular menstrual cycle. They are usually benign and are most commonly observed. They are termed functional as they affect both the functioning and overall health of the ovaries.
1. Follicular cysts
During the ovulation process, the ovum grows inside a tiny sac called a follicle. In every cycle, multiple follicles start to develop, however, only one follicle usually matures and releases the egg on completion of the cycle. Most of the time, immature follicles recede away within a few days.
Follicular cysts form when the immature follicle doesn’t recede away or when the mature follicle doesn’t break open to release the egg. Instead, it keeps growing and turns into a large sac, full of fluid. These cysts often have no symptoms and recede away in four to twelve weeks.
2. Corpus Luteum cysts
Corpus Luteum is integral to female hormonal balance as it releases required Estrogen and Progesterone hormones. It forms from a ruptured mature follicle, which shrinks down after the release of the egg.
Corpus luteum cysts form if the ruptured follicle doesn’t shrink down but reseals and grows to form a fluid-filled sac. Usually, such cysts recede after a few weeks.
However, in some cases, they may grow abnormally, as large as 15 cm and or pose pathological symptoms of bleeding, twisting or turning of the ovaries, menstrual irregularities, and severe abdominal pain.
3. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome – PCOS
These immature follicles stay in the fluid-filled state, leading to a rough surface and appearance of the ovaries. Such ovaries with multiple cysts are termed as polycystic ovaries and the condition as PCOS.
These cysts have no purpose or do not play any role in the functionality of the ovaries. Most of the times they carry pathological symptoms and affect the overall health of the reproductive system and the menstrual cycle.
- Hemorrhagic Cysts – Cysts that cause bleeding into a follicular cyst or corpus luteum
- Endometrioma Cysts – Forms when endometrial tissues grow inside the ovaries. These are also known as chocolate cysts or endometriosis
- Para Ovarian Cysts – A fluid-filled sac that forms outside the ovaries in the space around the ovaries or fallopian tubes
- Dermoid Cysts – These are usually made up of hair, muscle, or bone tissues
Causes of Ovarian Cyst
Here are some of the triggers and contributing factors that stimulate the growth and development of ovarian cysts. These factors may also cause situations in which benign cysts transform into the ones that pose serious health risks.
- Environmental Factors: Your exposure to environmental chemicals through diet, lifestyle and habits like smoking or drinking. These chemicals disrupt the hormone balance inside your body and stimulate the growth of cysts.
- Poor diet and lifestyle, which create hormone imbalances such as high Estrogen and Insulin Resistance.
- Nutritional Deficiencies such as Vitamin D deficiency, insufficient dietary intake of proteins and antioxidants.
- Endometrosis: abnormal growth of tissues of the endometrial lining of the uterus.
- Hormone Based Treatment: for example, women who have started taking contraceptives from as early as 13 – 16 years are at a greater risk of developing ovarian cysts.
- Genetic Factors: Women who have relatives that have had issues with cysts are more susceptible to develop ovarian cysts themselves. Cysts can be genetically transferred, though the exact gene responsible has not been identified.
- Hormonal Imbalances – Hormonal imbalances, hormone-based birth control pills, or hormonal therapies may induce irregular ovulation, leading to functional cysts.
- Endometriosis – In this case, the endometrial tissues attach to the ovaries, forming cysts called an endometrioma. These cysts can be painful during intercourse and during menstruation.
- Pregnancy – An ovarian cyst normally develops in early pregnancy to help support the pregnancy until the placenta forms. Sometimes, the cyst stays on the ovary until later in the pregnancy and may need to be removed.
- Pelvic infections – Pelvic Infections originating in the vaginal canal can spread to the ovaries and fallopian tubes, leading to the formation of cysts.
Ovarian Cyst Symptoms
Most ovarian cysts are small and don’t cause symptoms. If a cyst does cause symptoms, you may have:
- Pressure on the pelvic region leading to urge to urinate and uneasiness
- Bloating, Constipation, and Irregular Bowel Movement
- Inflammation and tenderness of the lower abdomen region
- Pain in the lower abdomen on the side of the cyst. This pain may be sharp or dull and may come and go
- Sharp pain in the pelvic region with nausea and vomiting
- Leucorrhea – Abnormal White Discharge
- Irregular and frequent Periods with a shortened window of 8-10 days between consecutive cycles
- Weight gain
- Complications could lead to Anemia, Extreme Fatigue and Weakness, Inability to pursue a normal life
- Early Menarche and Precocious puberty
- Symptoms related to Dysmenorrhea – severe menstrual cramps
Tests and Diagnosis for Cysts on the Ovaries
Ovarian cysts can be felt during a pelvic exam, with a special focus on inflammation and tenderness of the lower abdominal region. Specific confirmatory tests include:
- Pelvic Sonography – Location and size of the cysts can be confirmed by an ultrasound of the pelvic region
- Hormone level tests to see whether there are hormone-related problems.
- Blood tests for postmenopausal women to detect and measure the amount of cancer-antigen 125 (CA-125) in blood. High values of CA-125 post-menopause indicate ovarian cancer. In premenopausal women, many other illnesses or diseases besides cancer can cause higher levels of CA-125.
Ovarian Cysts | An Ayurvedic View
Cysts of the ovaries are caused due to Kapha Dosha aggravation, which promotes abnormal growth of the tissues. It is named as Granthi, which translates to tissue mass.
Ayurvedic management of Ovarian Cysts involves the adaptions of diet, lifestyle, and involves herbal cleansing and rejuvenation therapies.
For non-functional cysts such as Hemorrhagic Cysts, Endometrioma Cysts, and Dermoid Cysts, more than one Dosha is vitiated along with imbalances in the bodily tissues such as Bone Tissues, Reproductive tissues, Plasma, and Blood Tissues. In such cases, both lifestyle and herbal therapies are required.
Ovarian Cyst Treatment in Ayurveda
At Medhya Herbals, we have successfully treated non-functional as well as complex ovarian cyst without the requirement of surgery.
The treatment of ovarian cysts in Ayurveda starts with a detailed diagnosis of the health symptoms. This helps to identify the stage of the cysts and involved dosha.
Ayurvedic treatment involves physical therapies, herbal formulations, and mental wellness techniques to reduce inflammation, improve hormone balance and relieve pain. Also, one should observe discipline in diet and lifestyle for overall health.
One of the best points about Ayurvedic treatment for cysts is that it is non-invasive and there are no side effects. Ayurvedic procedures strengthen the body systems, help flush out toxins and remove the root cause of cysts to prevent recurrence at a later stage.
The objectives of Ayurvedic Treatment for Ovarian Cysts
Here are the primary objectives of Ayurvedic treatment:
- To restore hormone balance with Ayurvedic herbs, diet and lifestyle.
- Detoxification of the body. It will help to get rid of the wasteful substances that trigger imbalances in the body.
- Strengthen the reproductive system to maintain the health of Shukra Dhatu. This helps to regulate the menstrual cycle and boost fertility.
- Pacify and balance the vitiated doshas. This will help to remove the root cause of ovarian cysts.
- Promote mental wellness. This helps to reduce stress and improves emotional balance
Ayurvedic Therapies and Natural Remedies for Ovary Cysts
Here’s the line of treatment that is adopted in Ayurveda for Ovarian Cysts. The natural remedies that we will cover for cysts treatment are based on the following steps:
- Ayurvedic Herbs and therapies
- Healthy Lifestyle
- Exercise and Yoga
Ayurvedic Herbs for Ovarian Cyst Treatment
Ayurvedic herbs for ovarian cysts provide an effective way to naturally balance hormones, detoxify to reduce inflammation and pain as well as to regulate the menstrual cycle and digestion.
These Ayurvedic herbs can be consumed upon consultation with Ayurvedic doctor, who can advise you on specific dosage and directions.
All the herbs and formulations that have been shared in this post are for information purpose only. All of these are potent Ayurvedic medicines that should be taken under the supervision of a qualified Ayurvedic doctor only. Do not indiscriminately use Ayurvedic herbs. It may cause more harm than benefit.
1. Kanchnar Guggulu
A primary female reproductive system tonic, Kachnar Guggulu is a herbal formulation that is also prescribed for Hypothyroidism as it can arrest hormonal imbalances and bring the functionality of body organs back on track.
It posses anti-cancerous, and anti-tumor properties nourishes the body tissues and flushes the toxins out of the tissues and organs.
It is a fermented uterotonic that normalizes the function of the ovaries and of the female reproductive system.
3. Dashmool Kasaya
A blend of 10 herbs that all possess rejuvenating, detoxifying, and reproductive system strengthening properties. It pacifies all the three Dosha and nourishes the body tissues, specifically of the female reproductive system.
Amla is useful for its detoxifying qualities. It also works well to reduce cholesterol levels.
That is not all. It is an anti-inflammatory agent, so it removes free radicals and helps to restore hormonal balance in the body.
Licorice is effective against inflammatory disorders and helps to establish the integrity of the digestive tract. This reduces bloating and constipation symptoms as well.
Ashoka bark acts as a tonic for uterus. It promotes ovulation, establishes hormone balance and significantly reduces high Estrogen levels. Thus, it is highly effective to restrict the development and growth of uterine fibroids.
7. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera has a toning effect on the reproductive system, specifically the uterus. It is an emmenagogue, meaning it helps to establish regular menstrual flow. Also, aloe vera supports detoxification. It significantly reduces inflammation and pain in the body.
Regular consumption of aloe vera will help you to reduce the pain, support ovulation, establish regular periods and stop the growth of cysts.
Lodhra is highly effective in reducing uterine disorders and heavy bleeding. It helps to regulate ovarian hormones, establishes regular ovulation and improves fertility.
It is a rich source of compounds called flavanol glycosides, which reduce inflammation and establish hormone balance.
Triphala is a powerful Ayurvedic Rasayana (Herbal elixir known to promote longevity and rejuvenation).
It deeply cleanses our body and helps to flush out wastes and toxins. Triphala has powerful antioxidants to rejuvenate, inhibit inflammation, promote healthy build of body cells, and blood purification.
Regular use of Shatavari prevents miscarriages. Thus, it is helpful in cases of sub-fertility and infertility.
11. Dandelion Flower and Greens
The bitter tasting herb dandelion is extremely useful to pacify both Kapha and Pitta Dosha. This helps to restrict heavy bleeding, development and growth of the cysts.
Dandelion also stimulates breakdown of fat and cholesterol in the body. It is also a diuretic, which helps the body get rid of excess water weight.
It is one of the best common herb that acts as a natural pain killer, detoxifies and supports digestive system. Ginger reduces intensity of menstrual cramps and elevates the level of brain chemicals. Take it as ginger tea.
Healthy Diet for Ovarian Cyst Treatment
Poor diet and dietary habits create nutritional deficiencies and toxin buildup in the body. These are the two primary causes of Ovarian Cysts.
Instead include healthy foods that carry essential vitamins and antioxidants to promote detoxification, reduce inflammation and balance your hormones. Thus, when you improve your diet, you also improve your chances of dissolving the ovarian cysts naturally.
Nutrients and Best Foods to Naturally Dissolve Ovarian Cysts
- Include blood purifying and antioxidants rich foods in your daily diet. Some examples are: watercress, green leafy vegetables, cruciferous vegetables, raisins, green tea, ginger and garlic.
- Consume foods that promote your digestive fire and help you to reduce inflammation. Some examples are: apple, berries, mangoes, oranges, avocados, asparagus, zucchini, cucumber, cabbage, celery, garlic, onions, sprouts, barley, oats and wheat.
- Eat vegetables and fruits that help to balance hormones. Some examples are: Apricots, green banana, cherry, coconut, kiwi, lemon, carrots, green beans, leeks, spinach, oats, quinoa and rice.
- Include healthy fats in your diet to strengthen the function of ovaries. Remove bad fats, trans fats and processed foods. Foods with healthy fats include nuts, seeds, fatty fish, pure oils and ghee.
- Stay hydrated at all times to promote natural detoxification. Prefer cooling and normal temperature beverages such as coconut water, still water, and herbal teas.
Worst Foods for Ovarian Cysts
- Reduce your intake of non-veg foods, especially red meat or foods that are high on fat.
- Lower your intake of foods that have a high glycemic index.
- Stop consuming junk food, carbonated drinks, processed and packaged foods.
- Avoid untimely meals, multiple meals, late night foods, and snacks.
- Limit excess salt, chilies, spices, sour foods, and pickles.
- Remove and avoid stimulants such as caffeine, smoking and alcohol as they create severe hormonal imbalance.
Essential Oils for Ovarian Cysts
Essential oils are powerful against ovarian cysts. They are concentrated liquid essences of plant material. The essential oils for shrinking ovarian cysts include lavender, frankincense, geranium and cypress. Make sure to buy 100% pure high quality essential oils.
To use essential oils, make sure to always dilute them in a carrier oil (vegetable oil) first.
Ayurvedic Lifestyle Tips for Ovarian Cysts
Ayurvedic lifestyle tips provide guidance daily routine that helps to establish hormone balance mental wellness. Here’s what you should do:
- Manage and reduce stress levels by either avoiding stressful activities or by better planning. Stress is one sure way to get your hormones out of whack. Practice regular meditation to help you relax and reduce your stress levels.
- Reduce your exposure to endocrine disrupting materials such as BPA and Dioxins. They trigger Estrogen dominance and make you more prone to cysts growth.
- Restrict your use of hormone-based contraceptives. If you can, avoid them completely.
- Keep a regular, again, regular, sleep pattern in the night. Learn here on Ayurvedic guidelines for good sleep.
- Exercise at least 3 – 5 days a week through stabilizing workout routines such as involving in recreational and non-competitive sports, traditional dances, swimming, hiking, running or brisk walking in nature or near water, yoga, Tai Chi, or Cycling. Avoid over exertion and excessive stretch. As a golden rule, exercise up to 50% of your body’s capacity.
Yoga for Ovarian Cysts
Yoga therapy is applied in Ayurvedic medicine to tone up the dhatus and to balance the dosha. Regular practice of yoga can help to strengthen and tone up pelvic floor muscles and that of the reproductive system organs including the uterus and the cervix.
This helps to promote circulation and hence reduce the symptoms and growth of ovarian cysts. Here are some yoga poses that are helpful to dissolve the cysts.
PS: Do not practice excessive physical activity and inversion yoga poses during menstruation.
- Cat cow pose: It squeezes the region of the abdominal area where the liver is found. Thus, it stimulates liver function, promotes natural detoxification and improves hormone balance.
- Frog pose: This benefits the digestive system and pelvic floor as a whole. It also improves blood circulation around the abdominal area.
- Half Lord of the Fish Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana): It squeezes the abdomen in a way that relaxes the abdominal muscles and the liver. Also, it helps to reduce inflammation in the lower body.
- Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana): This has wide-reaching effects on all body systems. It promotes the storage of nutrients in the cells of the body and relaxes the nervous system.
- Plow Pose (Halasana): This pose reduces fatigue, improves circulation, enhances metabolism and detoxification.
- Regularly practice breathing exercises (pranayama) to improve oxygen circulation, relax your mind and naturally detoxify your body through the lungs pathways. Some of the helpful breathing exercises include Kapalbhati Pranayama, Bhramari Pranayam and Anuloma Viloma Pranayama
Ovarian Cysts is a progressive and painful disease. But, you can prevent it by pursuing a Healthy Diet and Lifestyle. Act Early to Prevent Health Issues Later!
Consult with Medhya’s Ayurvedic Health Experts to get your personalised health plan involving prescription for Ayurvedic medicine, diet, yoga and lifestyle guidelines.
What does ovarian cyst pain feel like?
There are many different types of ovarian cysts, and each one can cause different symptoms. However, pain is one of the most common symptoms associated with ovarian cysts. The pain can vary depending on the type and size of the cyst, but it is often described as a sharp, throbbing, or cramping pain. It may be worst during certain activities, such as exercise or sex, and it may get worse just before or during your period. Some women with ovarian cysts also experience bloating, nausea, and vomiting. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to see your doctor so that they can diagnose the cause and recommend treatment.
Are Ovarian Cysts Dangerous?
The cysts on the ovaries are usually harmless and most of the women with cystic masses are asymptomatic. In the majority of the cases, the ovarian cyst recedes away within a few weeks on its own.
However, surgery and removal of the cyst may be required in cases when the ovarian cyst grows beyond 5 cm in diameter and/or it leads to malignancy and complications.
Often the dermoid cysts can result in development of endometriosis or malignant cancerous growths in advanced stages. That’s why one needs to be careful with their detection.
Some of the complications that ovarian cysts can cause are:
- Ovarian torsion: Moves or displaces the ovary
- Rupture: The cyst ruptures inside the abdominal cavity
- Haemorrhage: Heavy periods and uncontrolled bleeding
- Carcinoma: Ovarian cancer or cancerous growths
What are the symptoms of a ruptured ovarian cyst?
The most common symptom of a ruptured ovarian cyst is pain. This pain can range from mild to severe, and it can be sharp or dull. It is usually felt in the lower abdomen, but it can also radiate to the lower back and thighs. Other symptoms of a ruptured ovarian cyst include nausea, vomiting, bloating, and changes in bathroom habits. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to see a doctor so that they can rule out other possible causes. In some cases, a ruptured ovarian cyst may also cause fever, fainting, or shock. These are more severe symptoms that require immediate medical attention.
What is a hemorrhagic ovarian cyst?
A hemorrhagic ovarian cyst is a type of fluid-filled sac that develops on the ovary. It occurs when the blood vessels in the ovary wall rupture and bleed into the sac. Hemorrhagic ovarian cysts are usually benign, but they can occasionally lead to complications such as rupture, torsion (twisting), or cancer. Symptoms of a hemorrhagic ovarian cyst may include pelvic pain, bloating, and irregular menstrual bleeding. Treatment typically involves watchful waiting or surgery to remove the cyst. Women with recurrent hemorrhagic ovarian cysts may be treated with Ayurvedic medicines to prevent future cysts from developing.
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