PCOS Ayurvedic Treatment is based on the holistic and natural medicine system of Ayurveda. Unlike other PCOS Treatment options, Ayurveda really focuses on treating the root cause of PCOS Symptoms.
Ayurveda states that each individual is unique. That’s why every person experiences different expression of the same disease.
And that’s what we observe in PCOS too. Every woman experiences different intensity and types of PCOS Symptoms.
That’s why Ayurveda provides individualized treatment for a patient’s specific PCOS symptoms. PCOS Ayurvedic Treatment goes deeper to remove and treat the root cause of the health imbalances that triggered polycystic ovarian syndrome in the first place.
And in this post, we will focus on all of that. You will learn about PCOS Ayurvedic Treatment, herbs, diet and lifestyle that will help you to lead a life free of PCOS. Let’s dive in!
What is PCOS?
PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) is one of the most prominent health disorder that results from hormone imbalance and poor metabolism. It is also known as PCOD (Polycystic Ovarian Disease) for a small set of patients, who have PCOS in initial stages.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is one of the common causes of infertility in women. PCOS Symptoms affect about 20% of women of reproductive age, mostly between ages 18-44.
What causes PCOS?
In the case of PCOS, mostly your reproductive hormones are out of order. These include estrogen, luteinizing hormone (LH), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), androgens, etc.
Even insulin, the hormone that regulates your blood sugar levels is affected. And that is a big problem on its own!
Other things can predispose you to PCOS. They include:
- Insulin resistance
- Genetics (yes, it can run in families)
- Hyperandrogenism or Excess Androgen hormones
- Endocrine disrupting chemicals etc.
When any of your body’s natural functions is disturbed in this way, you begin to notice PCOS symptoms. Some of these symptoms are thus:
- Infertility: This is mostly what usually causes women to seek medical attention. It might even be at this point that the patient realizes they have PCOS.
- Cysts appear on ovaries
- Irregular Periods: This can be in the form of skipped periods, cycles that are too long, scanty bleeding (hypomenorrhea) or heavy flow, etc
- Painful periods.
- Weight gain/Obesity: it can be both a cause and a symptom
- Hirsutism: excessive hair on the face, arms, neck, etc.
- Hair loss and hair thinning
- Mood swings, irritability, and depression, also surface due to hormonal problems.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Health Complications
PCOS is a progressive health disorder arising in hormonal imbalances. If the hormonal imbalances are not addressed in time, it may lead to health complications and chronic issues.
This is why you need to get the right diagnosis and start PCOS treatment to address the imbalances as soon as possible.
Here are some of the health complications when PCOS is not treated in time:
- Insulin resistance and type II diabetes
- Thyroid problems
- Dyslipidemia, High cholesterol and high triglycerides in the blood stream
- Risk of cardiovascular problems (affecting the heart and flow of blood around your body)
- Uterine cancer
If you would like to learn more about PCOS, I recommend you go through this guide to PCOS.
What is Ayurveda? How will Ayurvedic Treatment cure my PCOS?
Ayurveda is a 5000 years old system of medicine that originated in India. You will agree with me that many technological advances would not have been made in that period, right?
In fact, PCOS isn’t explicitly mentioned in the ancient texts. After all, the term is a relatively modern one.
However, PCOS symptoms are mentioned throughout Ayurvedic texts. And effective natural remedies are provided to identify and treat the root cause of a woman’s individual PCOS Symptoms.
Ayurveda states that each individual has a unique balance of the three dynamic energies of life or “Dosha”. These are Vata Dosha, Pitta Dosha, Kapha Dosha.
When an individual’s unique Dosha balance goes off, it triggers disease. And if this balance is not maintained in time, it leads to progression of disease and health complications. This is also the case with PCOS.
PCOS in Ayurveda
PCOS (or Artavakshaya) is classified as a Kapha Dosha imbalance. Kapha is the dynamic energy of growth and structure.
And when other Dosha also get involved, then one may suffer from additional PCOS symptoms.
Ayurveda clearly classifies PCOS symptoms according to the Dosha that have gone out of balance. And accordingly, it prescribes specific herbs, therapies, yoga and exercise and dietary regime to put your Dosha to balance.
At Medhya Herbals, we take this approach in our Heal PCOS Health Programme. We take you through a step-by-step process based on Ayurvedic principles to treat PCOS. Learn more about Heal PCOS here.
Ayurvedic Treatment for PCOS | Herbs, Therapies and Natural Remedies
Here are the primary objectives of Ayurvedic treatment for PCOS:
- 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 PCOS symptoms
- 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 PCOS symptoms.
- Promote mental wellness. This helps to reduce stress and improves emotional balance
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 as it may cause more harm than benefit.
Ayurvedic Herbs that Balance Hormones | Relief from Acne and Hirsutism
PCOS Ayurvedic Treatment involves the use of herbs and therapies to support Shukra Dhatu “ovulation” and restore the natural rhythm of the menstrual cycle. Here is a list of herbs that will help you with it.
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.
2. Red Clover
This is another herb used in Ayurvedic treatment for PCOS. It is useful because it is a rich source of phytoestrogens (estrogen rich foods from plants).
Thus, it acts as a natural source of estrogens without taking pills. Red clover also helps in purifying the blood and curing acne.
Holy basil or tulsi helps to relieve hyperandrogenism (excess male hormones) that comes with PCOS. Thus, it helps to control hirsutism (unwanted hair growth) and anovulation.
Tulsi also improves insulin sensitivity and reduces high insulin levels. Hence, it removes one of the root cause of high andogens.
Take 2-3 leaves of tulsi early in the morning on an empty stomach. You can also boil it in water and drink it regularly.
Licorice is a sweet tasting root that helps to balance hormones. Specifically, it helps to reduce high Estrogen and high Androgen level. This reduces the growth and spread of unwanted hair.
Licorice is effective against inflammatory disorders and helps to establish the integrity of the digestive tract. This reduces bloating and constipation symptoms as well.
5. Fennel Seeds
These help decrease androgens (male hormones), and thus can help deal with hirsutism.
Ashoka bark acts as a tonic for uterus. It promotes ovulation, establishes hormone balance and significantly reduces high Androgen levels. Thus, it is highly effective against facial hair and acne.
Ayurvedic Herbs that help with Insulin Resistance
Insulin resistance is the situation in which your body cells resist the action of insulin(sugar regulator). The consequence is that you have too much sugar in your bloodstream.
Cinnamon resolves insulin resistance. This has been proven by research in which 15 women were given cinnamon for eight weeks. At the end of this period, insulin resistance had significantly reduced.
This is a traditional Ayurvedic herb that can also be employed in treating PCOS. It has anti-diabetic, hypoglycemic, lipid-lowering, and weight loss actions.
That’s a lot of things packaged into just one herb. Yet there’s more. It also regulates insulin levels and deals with insulin resistance.
9. Green tea
Green tea has antioxidant properties and helps to regulate hormones, including troublesome insulin. If you can commit yourself to drink green tea every day, you will notice a significant loss in that weight you’ve been trying so hard to shed.
10. Pumpkin Seeds
They contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids. What do those do? They help manage cholesterol and insulin levels. They also treat weight gain, hirsutism, and acne by dealing with androgens.
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.
Herbs that Boost Fertility and Promote Ovulation
12. Aloe vera
Aloe vera has a toning effect on reproductive system. It is an emmanagogue, 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 and establish regular periods .
Regular use of Shatavari prevents miscarriages. Thus it is helpful in cases of sub fertility and infertility.
It helps in balancing the pH level of the vagina which improves the chances of pregnancy by providing a fertile environment for sperm.
Ashwagandha is a powerful adaptogen and a revered Ayurvedic elixir for rejuvenation, nourishment, and strength. It is a natural supplement to lower cortisol and balance thyroid hormones. Ashwagandha literally translates to the “strength of the stallion”.
An aphrodisiac, it enhances vitality and fertility in women by supporting and strengthening the uterus.
Lodhra is highly effective in reducing uterine disorders. 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.
16. Black Sesame Seeds
Black Sesame seeds act as a tonic for the reproductive tissues. They establish regular ovulation and also regulate menstrual flow. Black sesame seeds also prevent weakness and strengthen the body as a whole.
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties. It helps to balance both Vata dosha and kapha dosha. Regular consumption of turmeric promotes regular ovulation and prevents irregular periods.
However, caution should be taken if you are suffering from excessive bleeding. Turmeric may make it worse.
PCOS Ayurvedic Treatment starts with Eating Right | Your Diet
What does Ayurveda say you should eat for PCOS?
Now, here is a myth-buster. There is not one set of foods that you group together and say: This is the grand PCOS diet.
It depends on the individual. But if there is any one thing that is common to all PCOS diet plans you come across, they’re all just encouraging you to eat healthily.
That does not mean, however, that there are no special considerations at all. But generally, Ayurveda recommends the following:
- Eat healthy meals regularly, and at the right times.
- Reduce your consumption of red meat and deep-fried foods.
- Reduce your intake of dairy, except curd or buttermilk.
- Avoid sugar as much as you can. You can go for honey as an alternative sweetener.
- Eat meals that will pacify the vitiated doshas.
- Take a lot of fruits and vegetables, and a lot of high-fiber foods too.
- Favor ghee, nuts like almonds, walnuts, pecans, flax seeds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds, buttermilk, avocado, beets, lentils.
In fact, there is a lot more to be said here. Why don’t you just go ahead and learn about what a ‘PCOS diet’ is like?
Regular Exercise to Support Mental Health and Physical Fitness
While you take the herbs and eat the diet, you should also back it up with exercise. That way, you’re really approaching a balance.
Generally, you’re expected to exercise for at least thirty minutes every day. But do you? Inactivity causes a lot of problems on its own, without PCOS attached. So, if you do not exercise, please make it a habit.
Don’t just exercise for the sake of it. Make sure you’re doing it right as shown here in the Guide to PCOS exercise.
Yoga for Hormone Balance and to Strengthen the Pelvic Floor
Now, talking about Yoga. What makes it effective as a natural cure for PCOS?
Well, Yoga is a form of exercise that doesn’t just deal with you moving your body. It also actively engages your mind at the same time. So, you’re gaining on two sides.
You’re building up your body and mind at the same time. What else could be a better way to achieve balance than that?
So, what Yoga asanas do Ayurveda recommend for addressing PCOS? Here are just a few:
Yoga Asana for PCOS
Bharadvaja’s Twist (Bharadvajasana): This aids the functioning of the cardiovascular system, deal with menstrual problems, and relaxes your spine and muscles.
Butterfly pose: It helps to relieve menstrual pains and take care of urinary incontinence.
Reclining butterfly pose (Suptabadhakonasana): It exercises the pelvic area and abdominal muscles.
Corpse pose (Shavasana).
Moving the grinding wheel (Chakki Chalanasana): It normalizes the functioning of the pelvic and reproductive organs, aids weight loss at the stomach and hips, and also helps ovulation.
Bow pose (Dhanurasana): It stimulates the proper functioning of the reproductive organs and relieves menstrual pain. Also, it strengthens your liver and pancreas to better deal with the diabetic symptoms that PCOS poses.
Cobra pose (Bhujangasana): By stretching the lower abdomen, it stimulates ovary function. Also, it helps digestion and reduces stress.
Boat pose (Naukasana): This is great for burning that belly fat. The pressure you put on the abdominal region while doing this pose helps to increase blood flow to the ovaries and other reproductive organs.
Ayurvedic Therapies for PCOS
Apart from Ayurvedic medicine, diet and lifestyle changes, a PCOS patient may also benefit from Ayurvedic therapies. These Ayurvedic treatment options are employed on case by case basis.
Depending on the dosha that have gone out of balance and the intensity of PCOS symptoms, your doctor may recommend any of the following Ayurvedic therapies:
Panchakarma means five works of deep purification that boost fertility, immunity and ojas “vitality”. It involves cleansing and healing of the body as a whole.
All the five procedures are employed in a sequence to systematically release and flush the toxins out, establish the digestive fire, and then to strengthen the weakened body systems.
Panchakarma should be done under the supervision of an Ayurvedic Doctor to get maximum benefits and also to prevent any damage (due to lack of knowledge).
Therapies given below are part of the Panchakarma. They can be employed stand alone or in the sequence as charted out by your Doctor.
2. Uttar Basti (Herbal Enema)
Basti refers to enema and uttar basti refers to enema of the uterus. Herbal oils and concoctions are used to perform uttar basti.
It helps to regulate the apana vata (responsible for working of reproductive system) and facilitates regular ovulation.
Uttar Basti helps to strengthen the uterus and boosts fertility by supporting successful implantation of the fertilized egg.
3. Virechana (Cleansing)
It refers to the cleansing procedures that support the health of the liver and help to flush out toxins. Virechana is primarily targeted to regulate the Pitta Dosha.
It helps to establish regular bowel movement and promotes digestive fire for better metabolism.
4. Vamana (Vomiting)
Vamana helps to remove excess Kapha from the upper digestive tract through induced vomiting. Herbal concoctions and medicated oils are used to systematically release the toxins that can be flushed out via Vamana.
It is really helpful in establishing hormone balance and removing the blockade in body channels. Thus, Vamana helps to bring good flow of hormones and induces regular ovulation.
5. Nasya (Oil in Nostrils)
It promotes regular flow of hormones by establishing Vata dosha balance.
Nasya involves regular insertion of medicated oil or ghee in both nostrils. It promotes flow of prana, supports vitality and longevity.
Other than these Ayurvedic therapies, regular “Abhyanga” or body massage with medicated oils is recommended. Another procedure is “Swedna” or induced sweating via heat treatment or physical activity.
Lifestyle Tips for you To achieve Success with Freedom from PCOS
So, do you want to do this? Great! Here are a few bonus tips for you:
- By all means, avoid stress. Stress is one sure way to get your hormones out of whack.
- Reduce your exposure to plastics. They can cause hormonal problems.
- Restrict your use of hormone-based contraceptives. If you can, avoid them completely.
- You don’t smoke or drink, do you? If you do, then you are probably not ready to get free from PCOS. Please, do stop it if you do.
- Don’t eat junk food. Eat healthily and avoid getting hungry so that you can better resist the temptation to eat junk food.
- Keep a regular, again, regular, sleep pattern in the night. Learn here on Ayurvedic guidelines for good sleep.
- Try not to sleep in the day so you don’t break your sleep cycles.
- Shed weight. Losing 5-10% of body weight has been found to resolve symptoms in cases of PCOS. Here’s a PCOS weight loss plan to get started with.
Before you go
You need to understand that Ayurveda is not a quick fix or the next magic solution. Ayurvedic treatment for PCOS takes an approach, which may seem slow in the beginning.
Yet, Ayurvedic treatment really pulls out the root cause of your PCOS symptoms and establishes your reproductive system health in the long term.
You can be sure that Ayurvedic treatment for PCOS is the last and only treatment that you would need to finally find freedom from PCOS.
Additionally, you have to be committed to your health goals and willing to get healed. When you take care of your body and help it to heal, you will find that PCOS Ayurvedic treatment is your natural support system.
It is not based on testing your willpower but it nurtures you to develop “self love” and switch on your body’s natural healing mechanism with the right diet and lifestyle.
Now, we’ve come quite some ways. But before you go, I’m sure you must have some questions by now.
FAQS on PCOS Ayurvedic Treatment
Here are a few frequently asked questions on Ayurvedic treatment for PCOS. Look through those.
If you still have more questions though, then just reach out in the comments. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
Q1: Can I still get pregnant with PCOS?
Why not? You can get pregnant with PCOS. It is not impossible.
With PCOS, early detection is key. And again, be sure to discuss your options with your doctor.
Q2: Why shouldn’t I go with allopathy medicine instead?
In modern medicine, basically two drugs are prescribed as a treatment for PCOS. One is metformin, for insulin resistance.
The other one is a contraceptive, which only seeks to mask the symptoms that you feel. It won’t correct the underlying problem.
Another option is surgery to remove the cysts. This can end up damaging otherwise healthy structures during the procedure.
On the other hand, Ayurveda uses natural methods, such as you’ve seen up there.
Q3: How long will it take before I start seeing results?
It depends on a lot of things. The degree of severity of PCOS is one. Your own commitment to the treatment modalities is another.
If you follow it all right, you can begin to see changes within 3-6 months. 80% of PCOS cases are usually resolved by that time.
Q4: There is PCOS in my family. How can I ensure it doesn’t reach me?
Eat right, live right, exercise, manage your weight, and you’ll be fine.
Q5: Can I continue my medications along with my Ayurvedic treatment for PCOS?
Well, you should note here that anything you try should be evaluated by your doctor. Do not just go swallowing herbs indiscriminately.
However, you do not need any other medications if you’re following an Ayurvedic management plan for PCOS.
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