Nearly 5 million women in the US of reproductive age suffer from PCOS or polycystic ovary syndrome. It is a common cause of infertility among women the world over. It shows up as symptoms like weight gain, hormonal imbalance, mood swings, scanty to excessive menstrual bleeding, hot flashes, excessive hair growth, affected reproductive system, inflammation, and acne, among others. But the good news is, in most cases, PCOS can be treated through natural alternative healing systems, with encouraging results seen from thousands of case studies.
A well-balanced lifestyle, right diet, integrating mind-body disciplines like yoga and meditation, and ayurvedic supplements, treatments, and detoxes can go a long way in correcting the hormonal imbalances, improving the health of the reproductive system, strengthening one’s immunity, and countering inflammations.
Ayurveda emphasizes on holistically treating an underlying condition by bringing back the balance among the five elements that are represented in us through three doshas or bio energies-pitta, vata and kapha. Ayurveda aims to establish a balance between the body, mind and spirit, so that the body’s natural bio intelligence works effectively.
Ayurvedic treatment for PCOS includes deeply healing and therapeutic detoxes, cleanses and massages as part of panchakarma therapy along with right diet, and ayurvedic whole supplements made using specific herbs.
Here the dosha excesses are purged through the anal route. It is believed to be one of the five main procedures in Panchakarma. Virechana is the process of finally eliminating the toxins channeled into the eliminatory passages by use of poorva karma (preparatory) procedures. Virechana helps reduce weight, weight gain being one of the primary symptoms among those with PCOS. It also rekindles metabolic fire, makes you feel light and clear. Removal of excess pitta also calms the nervous system, brings balance, and calms the mind.
Next is Nasya or nasal therapy, a time-tested technique where herbal medicine is administered via the nasal passage using particular massage techniques to purge toxins accumulated in the upper respiratory tracts, chest, head, and nose. It is followed by making the participant inhale medicated steam.
Nasya treats headaches and sinuses and other respiratory problems that can often be related to delayed menstrual cycles, flow, or timing.
The medicated oil poured into the nostrils is absorbed and sent to the cranium, where it activates the hypothalamus and reenergizes the functioning of the pituitary gland. It is important because the pituitary gland regulates the release of hormones like the follicle-stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone that are directly connected to menstrual and fertility health in women.
Nasya therapy also improves sleep, strengthens immunity and balances hormonal secretion. Not just PCOS but it is an important part of Ayurvedic treatment for other reproductive problems such as irregular periods, infertility, and thyroid issues.
Then we have one of the most popular and deeply relaxing massage therapies called Shirodhara. Here a steady stream of medicated oil is poured on the head for a specific period of time. This is a deeply calming technique that heals anxiety, mood swings, insomnia, and brings hormonal balance.
Basti is the administration of medicated enema through the anal route. This process eliminates the toxins and fecal waste completely from the body, bringing the Vata dosha in balance. A type of basti treatment is the Uttar Basti where the enema is administered through the vaginal opening to support and strengthen the reproductive organs.
Ayurveda also recommends the use of certain herbal supplements like Satavari, Ashwagandha or Amruth to strengthen and rejuvenate the reproductive organs, improve insulin resistance, reduce inflammation and heal PCOS symptoms.
Satavari (meaning one with a hundred husbands), a herb from the asparagus family, is known for its rejuvenating benefits for the reproductive system for women of all ages. It is a natural laxative, antispasmodic, anti-depressant, and adaptogenic herb, rich in antioxidants. It helps balance hormonal secretion and helps regulate and normalize the duration of the menstrual cycle. It also supports ovarian health and makes menopausal transitions less painful and difficult. It also heals PMS symptoms by controlling loss of blood and relieving pain.
A herb that specifically addresses kapha imbalance and removal of sticky toxins called ama, kanchnar guggulu is an Ayurvedic formulation that clears out metabolic waste, strengthens the lymphatic system, supports thyroid health, metabolizes fat better and nourishes the female reproductive system. It heals menstrual disorders including amenorrhoea, brings hormonal balance and supports weight loss.
Guduchi or Giloy
Guduchi or giloy, also called Amruth is known to help cure over 100 conditions according to timeless Ayurvedic texts including disorders of the reproductive system and infertility. Giloy aids weight loss by burning fat faster. It also helps in healing premature ovarian failure, removal of blockages in fallopian tubes, heals adhesions and scars, and pelvic inflammation. It is a one-stop solution for supporting and rejuvenating the female reproductive system.
Black or kali musali is an ayurvedic rasayan or rejuvenating herb that is recommended for improving potency, menstrual irregularities, and sexually transmitted diseases. It is an indispensable herbal ingredient in any ayurvedic formulation that aims to treat reproductive disorders in men and women. It is also a health tonic that helps one get rid of fatigue and weakness, and supports the strengthening of reproductive muscles. Bitter in taste kali musli helps reduce stress and anxiety as a powerful adaptogenic and nervine herbal supplement. It also has anti-inflammatory and rogenic properties.
Sri Sri Tattva’s Reproduction kit consists of Ashwagandha, Satavari and Kali Musli to support a healthy reproductive system and bring back hormonal balance. It is a holistic solution to all reproductive challenges that you may encounter in your menstrual journey from pains, irregular periods, mood swings, menstrual delays, and menopause.