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Written by Dr. Hyndavi Salwa   
Friday, 03 August 2012 10:36

Nature Cure for PCOS

Causes, Completications and Natural Management

Nature Cure for PCOSPolycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS is one of the most common endocrine (hormone) disorder. It is a complex disorder that begins during puberty and affects reproductive-age women and is also known as ‘Stein-Leventhal’ syndrome or ‘Functional Ovarian Hyper Androgenism; PCOS is characterized in most but not all cases by multiple small cysts on the ovaries caused by a hormonal imbalance as well as several additional symptoms including irregular menstrual cycles, infertility, weight-gain, and pre-diabetes status. It is related primarily to dysfunction of the metabolic and endocrine systems. With an increasing shift of lifestyle, PCOS is now one of the most common (15-20%) endocrine disorders in women of childbearing age. Although it is a major cause of infertility, its etiology remains unknown and treatment difficult.

What is PCOS?

The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) define PCOS as the presence of any two of the following criteria:

1.    Polycystic ovaries (either 12 or more follicles measuring 2-9 mm in diameter, or increased overian volume (> 10 cm3) on ultrasound.

2.    Oligomenorrheoa /anovulation (reduced periods/failure to release eggs).

3.    Clinical or biochemical evidence of hyperandrogenism (excessive male hormone.)

Causes and Complications

The actual cause of PCOS is unknown but there are many factors that contribute to PCOS. There is a tendency for polycystic ovary syndrome to be more common in women who have a close relative with the similar condition. The fact that the condition can run in families suggests that there is a genetic component to the disease. Other causes that are thought to be linked with PCOS are metabolic disorders (insulin resistance), hyperandrogenism (elevated levels of the male sex hormones), menstrual irregularities and infertility.


When PCOS is left untreated / poorly treated, the following complications, which are often interconnected, can occur.

  • Diabetes Mellitus (Type 2) or impaired glucose tolerance
  • Cardiovascular disease – especially atherosclerosis (accumulation of plaque in arteries)
  • Metabolic syndrome (elevated blood sugar, increased waist circumference, hypertension etc.)
  • Complications of insulin resistance (fatty-liver, diabetes, obstructive sleep apnoea etc.)
  • Complications related to fertility/pregnancy (infertility, multi-fetal pregnancies, increased risk of complications during pregnancies tec.)
  • Endometrial hyperplasia (thickening f the endometrial lining is a precancerous condition)

Ovarian Cysts and Symptoms of PCOSCauses, Complications and Treatment of PCOS

Due to hormonal imbalance, the ovaries may be enlarged and may contain numerous small cysts located along the outer edge of ovaries. While the presence of cysts on the ovaries does not establish the diagnosis of PCOS and indeed, cysts do not occur in every case of PCOS, they are part of a constellation of sings and symptoms that together make up polycystic ovary syndrome. The most common symptoms that cause significant distress to women suffering from PCOS are:

Absent or irregular periods (up to 90% of women).

  • Amenorrhea (absence of menses)
  • Oligomenorrhea
  • Weight gain and Obesity (up to 70%)
  • Hyperandrogenism-Related symptoms include hirsutism (up to 70% of women), acne (up to 35%), and alopecia (up to 8%).
  • Difficulties in attaining pregnancy.
  • Thinning of scalp hair.
  • Anovulatory infertility (up to 75% of women).

Naturopathic Management of PCOS

Treatment of PCOS in Naturopathy Natural Way

Fasting therapy

Fasting is used as a therapy in the treatment of PCOS. Fasting refers to complete abstinence from food for a particular period and is accompanied with total rest-physical, mental, physiological and sensory. Only water or tender coconut water or lemon water is advised during fasting. By giving physiological rest to the digestive organs, the body draws energy by decomposing and burning unused substances and metabolic wastes with the help of body friendly bacterias and enzymes.

In PCOS, long-term fasting (6-7 days) is advised since short-term fasting (2-3 days) has shown to increase LH (Luteinizing Hormone) levels drastically. Long-term fasting would also lead to reduction of body weight, regular menstrual cycle, control of  hair fall and acne. It also purifies cells all over the body, including those in the brain. Negative mental states such as anxiety and stress are relieved.

Breaking of fast is an equally important process. After a complete water-only regimen, the patient is asked to start with juices. Beneficial juices in this case would be oranges or weet lime, pineapple, carrot, tomato, wheatgrass or durva grass juice. Fasting therapy must be done under the advice and supervision of an experienced Naturopath only

Diet therapy

After breaking of fast, a smoothening diet is advised. Atypical dietary schedule post-fasting, is mentioned below:

  • Upon rising have 2-3 glasses of plain water.
  • After half an hour, a glass of warm water mixed with juice of half a lemon.
  • For lunch : 2 Whole-wheat chapattis with freshly prepared steamed vegetables and moong dal and a glass of thin buttermilk can be taken.
  • Afternoon snack : Seasonal fresh fruits or tender coconut can be taken.
  • For dinner : 2 whole-wheat dry chapattis along with steamed vegetables and green leafy vegetables can be taken.
  • Avoid – Milk, milk-products, tea/coffee and other nervous stimulants.

Hydrotherapy

Cold hip bath should be taken daily. Cold sitz bath and cold abdominal pack are also beneficial

To restore regular menstruation and fertility. Steam bath/Sauna bath can be taken once in a week for weight reduction purpose.

Mud Therapy

Whole body mud bath can be taken as a general curative measure. Localised mud application and mud after hot fomentation may be applied to abdomen and lower back. Local mud application to face will be helpful in acne.

Massage

  • Lymphatic drainage is helpful to  reduce the pelvic congestion. Massage, skin brushing and exercise such as rebounding are also good.
  • Apply Castor oil packs or linseed packs over abdomen or pain relief.
  • Local massage to abdomen and back, full body massage are also beneficial.

Yoga therapy

Asanas

  • All joint exercises from neck till toe.
  • Abdominal group of exercises such as Uttanpadasana, Chakra Padasana, Padasancha-Anasana, Pawanmuktasana, Naukasana, Shavaud-arakarshyanasana, Yogamudra,
  • Vajrasana series, Ushtrasana, Shashankasana, Suptavajrasana, Marjariasana, Vayaghrasana.
  • Dynamic Suryanamaskaras.
  • Inverted asanas like Sarvagasana, Viparita Karni, Halasana, Matsyasana.

Pranayama

All pranayams can be practiced like Nadi shodhana Pranayama, Bhastrika, Seethali, Sitkari, Ujjayi and Bhramari.

Madras

Ashwini mudra, Vajrolimaha mudra and Maha bheda mudras, Pashinee mudra.

Bandhas

Moolabhanda, Mahabhanda, Jalandharabhanda.

Shatkarmas

Net, Kunjal, Agnisarkria, Nauli.

Acupuncture

It is helpful in PCOS.It helps facilitate the free flow of energy through out the body. Some acupuncture points an used to improve blood flow, open up stagnation and alleviate pain.

For some women seeking to become pregnant, acupuncture might offer a gentler alternative therapy. As per a recent Swedish study, electro-acupuncture in which a small electrical current is applied to acupuncture needles inserted into specific points on the body helps restore ovulation in more than one third of  women with the syndrome.

Magnetotherapy

Magnet has proved to be higly beneficial in certain diseases, it is known to have the power of drawing pain out of the body, relieving stiffness, it has the capacity to reduce weight in obesity, it provides immunity against certain diseases by increasing the vitalizing secretions of glands.

1.    Place high power magnets under palms. (N-pole-right, S-pole-left).

2.    Local treatment with North Pole and drinking magnetized water.

These treatments can be used in following conditions:

Hairfall and graying

1.    Place high power magnets under palms.

2.    Low powered magnets should be applied on both the temples.

3.    Magnetized water should be taken.

4.    Magnetized oil can be applied for hair.

Obesity

1.    Placing high power magnets under palms and soles. Four strong magnets can be applied simultaneously or two magnets may be applied under palms first and then soles(N-pole right, S-pole left). Along with a South pole magnet on  the lower back below the spine is very effective.

2.    Magnetized water should be taken regulary.

Irregular periods

1.    Magnets N-pole under right, and S-pole under left.

2.    Magnetized water.

Cysts

1.    North Pole on the right side and South Pole on the left side of the abdomen.

Chromotherapy

Obesity

100-200 gm. Green colour charged water 3 times a day, 20-25 min before meals on empty stomach. 40-80 gm. Orange colour charged water 3 times a day, 8-10 min after breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Irregular periods

50-60 gm. Orange colour charged water should be taken 2-3 times a day. Put light blue colour bulb in the bed room while sleeping. Drink 100-200gm. Green colour charged water 20-25 min before meals i.e, before breakfast, lunch, dinner.40-80 gm. Orange colour charged water 3 times a day, 8-10 min after breakfast. Lunch and dinner.

Hairfall

Blue colour charged coconut oil on the scalp 2 times a day and gives unlight through blue cellophane paper for 5-10 min.

Pimples

Drink 100-200 gm. Green colour charged water 3-4 times a day and apply blue colour charged coconut oil on the pimples and give it sunlight through green cellophane paper. If redness becomes visible in the pimples then the application of blue colour charged coconut oil prevent swelling.

Naturopathy can offer total recovery and is certainly helpful in the prevention of complications arising from polycystic ovarian syndrome. While the principle of ‘Life Natural’ (preventive naturopathy) can help in the keeping PCOS at bay, integration of Naturopathy in  the treatment regimen can surely have beneficial results. Correct healthy lifestyle, rest, physical activity, meditation and different naturopathic modalities in a combination can help alleviate the symptoms of PCOS and would lead to a better quality of life.

Source - Nisargopchar Nov-2011

 
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