Many women nowadays experience Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), a common condition impacting hormones.
PCOS is essentially a hormonal imbalance where the ovaries produce excessive hormones called androgens.
Individuals with PCOS often encounter issues such as irregular menstrual periods, increased hair growth, acne on the face and body, and difficulties with fertility.
Women with PCOS are at a higher risk of developing additional conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure.
While the main cause of PCOS isn’t entirely clear, factors like genetics and lifestyle are considered contributors to its development.
If someone in your family has had PCOS, there’s an increased risk that you might develop it too, suggesting a genetic influence.
Insulin resistance, where the body’s cells don’t respond well to insulin, can cause higher insulin levels. This contributes to the ovaries producing excess androgens (male hormones).
Hormonal imbalances, such as variations in luteinizing hormone (LH) and insulin levels, can sometimes lead to increased production of androgens.
Lifestyle factors like obesity and a sedentary lifestyle can worsen PCOS symptoms by contributing to insulin resistance.
While factors like genetics, insulin resistance, and lifestyle are linked to PCOS, its exact cause can differ among individuals. It’s a complex interplay of genetic and environmental elements.
Ayurveda offers a simple and natural approach to treating PCOS through various methods and therapies.
Ayurvedic PCOS treatment commonly incorporates specific ayurvedic herbs for hormonal imbalance. Ashwagandha, known as Indian ginseng or winter cherry, aids in balancing cortisol levels to alleviate stress and PCOS symptoms. Cinnamon, derived from the bark of the cinnamon tree, serves more than a culinary purpose, and turmeric, with its active ingredient curcumin, acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, potentially reducing insulin resistance.
Ayurvedic therapies often include yoga for PCOS, these programs have shown to reduce anxiety symptoms in adolescent girls with PCOS. Recommended yoga poses, or asanas, may include Reclining Butterfly Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana), Bharadvaja’s Twist (Bharadvajasana), Mill Churning Pose (Chakki Chalanasana), and more.
The Ayurvedic PCOS diet is crucial in addressing the condition. It typically involves reducing saturated fats (such as red meat and deep-fried foods), minimizing salt intake, and increasing consumption of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. The approach also includes avoiding refined sugar, sugary foods, and artificial sweeteners for holistic well-being.
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