Polycystic Ovarian Disease (PCOD) is when a woman’s ovaries release either partially mature or immature eggs during menstruation. These eggs may eventually turn into cysts leading the ovaries to enlarge in size. With PCOD, your body may also secrete increased amounts of Androgens - male hormones; this is one of the main reasons many women with PCOD suffer from menstruation and fertility issues.
PCOD v/s PCOS
Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) produce higher androgen levels than usual; this would lead to interference with the ovaries releasing the eggs. Some of these eggs may become cysts instead of being released during ovulation.
We notice that people often confuse PCOD and PCOS since both are ovary-related issues and both have similar early symptoms. Our aim through this article is to shed some light on the issues so that you are well aware of what your body is going through.
Also Read: Woman's fight against PCOD
Causes of PCOS
We now know that excess production of androgen is one of the main issues with PCOS. Let’s learn more about why your body could be producing increased levels of male hormones.
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The most common thing I have noticed in people is the lack of actual awareness about PCOD. How many of us actually know what PCOD is and how it can be treated with homeopathy? Let me help you understand this a bit in detail.
PCOS is reflected by increased androgen hormones, irregular Ovulatory cycles, and a metabolic derangement including glucose intolerance and increased insulin secretion. Here woman’s levels of the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone are out of balance Overproduction of the hormone androgen may be another contributing factor. Androgen is a male sex hormone that women’s bodies also produce. Women with PCOS often produce higher-than-normal levels of androgen. This can affect the development and release of eggs during ovulation. Excess insulin (a hormone that helps convert sugars and starches into energy) may cause high androgen levels.
Hormonal abnormality in women with PCOD is excessive production of the hormone LH, which is involved in stimulating the ovaries to produce hormones and is released from the pituitary gland in the brain.
Excess insulin. Insulin is the hormone produced in the pancreas that allows cells to use sugar (glucose) — your body’s primary energy supply. If you have insulin resistance, your ability to use insulin effectively is impaired, and your pancreas has to secrete more insulin to make glucose available to cells. Excess insulin might also affect the ovaries by increasing androgen production, which may interfere with the ovaries’ ability to ovulate.
Heredity. If your mother or sister has PCOS, you might have a greater chance of having it, too. Researchers also are looking into the possibility that certain genes are linked to PCOS.
Women without PCOS tend to be a ‘pear’ shape, with weight concentrated around the hips, buttocks and thighs. For PCOS women ,excess weight is more likely to be concentrated around the abdominal (stomach) region . Being over weight leads to higher risk of insulin resistance, problems with infertility , higher risk of type 2 diabetes , higher risk of cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure and heart disease.
Scope of Homoeopathy in PCOD:
Homeopathic approach towards management of PCOD is constitutional, taking into account the presenting complaints along with physical, mental and genetic make-up that individualizes a person. It involves prescribing “Constitutional Medicine”, which is also capable for working on the Ovaries and the entire Endocrine system. The treatment logic varies depending on the presence of any genetic predisposition, physical makeup (obesity), peculiarities of your menstrual, etc. In Homoeopathy, medicines are given to induce ovulation in a natural way, which would improve and regularize your menstrual cycle and also helps in the prevention or minimization of cyst formation.
We always treat the EFFECT, than giving importance to the CAUSE of the disease, since the person is treated and not the illness.
PCOD (Poly Cystic Ovarian Disease) or PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome) is not new to Indian women. Nearly 18% of Indian women and over 30% of Indian girls are affected by PCOS which leads to infertility apart from hormonal imbalances.
Some of the conventional treatments include –
But the above treatments largely induce side effects. There is an option of using alternate therapy like homeopathy which doesn’t have any / limited side effects. Take the case of Sheetal, a 28 year old woman She had been suffering from bilateral PCOD, since past 4 years.
She had complaints of irregular menses with the periods coming once in 4 to 5 months, with severe cramp pain in her lower abdomen during menses. Her gynecologist gave her hormonal treatment for the initial few months, but she developed several side-effects. She infact developed other health issues and complained of severe continuous bleeding. The situation turned so worse that she was recommended surgery. A friend referred her to a homeopathy doctor.
She discontinued hormonal treatment and started homoeopathy treatment. On account of PCOD she had also developed severe obesity since past 3 years and was weighing 82 kg when she started homeopathy. PCOD and homeopathy go well together as can be seen in Sheetal’s case.
Sheetal was taken through the classical homeopathic method and did Constitutional treatment. For the initial 2 months she did not respond to medications, but from 3rd month onwards she started showing signs of ovulation and there on menses appeared. It took another 3 months for her to regularize her periods. After 8 months of treatment her cysts completely disappeared with regular cycle and controlled menstruation.
A lot of women are now leading lives which are free from PCOD and infertility which is an effect of PCOD; all thanks to the homeopathic treatment. Most of the cases respond within 3 months of getting the treatment but others may take as long as 1 year before they start the path to recovery. Read about the symptoms and day to day tips on how you can control PCOD here.
Let’s fight this draconian four letter disease which is making life miserable for women in India and across the globe.
Depending on your comfort level, PCOD can also be cured through pranic healing, yoga, diet and many other natural methods.
Need help with PCOS/PCOD, talk to our counselor and decide which therapy best works for you. Since we offer online consultation, location does not matter.
PCOD is a problem faced by many women globally. One in every ten women are thought to be affected by PCOD. PCOD is a serious genetic, hormonal, metabolic and reproductive disorder. The leading cause of female infertility, it also leads to obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and endometrial cancer.
Most doctors prescribe birth control pills and hormonal treatment, but these have side effects like excessive and unnatural weight gain, infertility etc.
Pranic healing has been helpful in treating PCOD. It comes from two words: Prana, which means vital energy, and Healing. Pranic Healing is a no-touch, no-drug complementary therapy system that uses prana to heal a wide range of physical and psychological ailments.
As per pranic healing, the reproductive system is controlled and energized by the sex chakras. The sex chakra is located about 2 inches below the navel and is often called the Belly Chakra or the Sacral Chakra. It is also controlled by Ajna chakras which controls the endocrine system.
Pranic healers work on regulating the function of the sacral, ajna and sometimes even the throat chakras through methods like breathing exercises, meditation, relaxation techniques. In combination with diet and exercise regime is also recommended by the practitioner.
Pranic psychotherapy is also sometimes done for better results. By working on one chakra, we also affect the entire chakra system’s balance emotionally, and spiritually.
A typical treatment plan will consist of treatment done 3 times a week for physical, mental and spiritual healing till the patient is cured.
Need help with PCOS/PCOD, talk to our counselor and decide which therapy best works for you.
PCOD (Poly Cystic Ovarian Disease) or PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome) or the Stein-Leventhal syndrome refer to the same disease which is not new to Indian women. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that prevents the ovaries from working properly. Symptoms include irregular periods, reduced fertility, excessive hair growth, acne and weight problems.
The symptoms are typically seen between their late teens and early 20s. Though not all the symptoms occur in everybody, for example some women may experience extremely irregular periods, whereas others may have normal cycles but find excess body hair. Irregular periods could include, total absence, to heavy flow to highly irregular, to even spotting in between periods. Hence it becomes necessary to get a diagnoses done when faced with any of the symptoms and not dismiss it as a part of life.
PCOD Diet and related exercise can play an important part in managing PCOS. This is because young women with PCOS often have higher levels of insulin (a hormone) in their blood, and hence have issues with maintaining a healthy weight. The right diet and what foods to eat and what not can help you manage and improve the way you feel, besides helping you lose weight. Eating well, staying active, and maintaining a healthy weight can improve PCOS symptoms.
When suffering from this condition, food used well can be like your very own pharmacy
Some PCOD diet tips to follow which can help manage the condition well,
Foods to avoid while preparing meal plans,
– Processed and Refined foods such as maida
– Whole milk dairy, red meat, fried foods and bread
– Refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners
– Artificial colours, trans fat and high saturated fat
– Packaged foods and junk foods, basically any product with a long ingredient list
Similarly preferable list of food which should be eaten as part of your meal plans are as follows,
– Gluten free grains like oatmeal, brown rice, millets (jowar, bajra, ragi, sorghum, amarnath)
– Green leafy vegetables (lettuce, kale, chard, spinach, beet greens, dandelions, basil, parsley are some of them)
– Coloured Vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, Carrots, sweet potatoes, beets, and other root vegetables, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Bell Peppers, and Eggplant)
– Fruits (Berries, apricots, peaches, plums)
– Nuts and seeds (Brazil nuts, almonds, cashews, walnuts, macadamia nuts, flax, chia, and hemp seeds)
– Drink ample water daily to keep yourself hydrated and flush out the toxins
– Water can be flavoured or infused with fresh citrus, cucumber, mint or berries
– Consume food which has all natural ingredients
– preferable to have 5 to 6 meals a day, every 3 to 4 hours
– Combine lean protein and complex carb at every meal/snack
Also remember that besides eating the right food, how much you eat also affects your insulin. Example, your insulin will go up much more if you have 3 cups of pasta than if you have 1 cup of pasta. So it is important to restrict yourself to smaller meals than have few big ones. This helps you keep your insulin level lower throughout the day and manage your symptoms well. Hence PCOD diet forms a very important part of managing your condition.
Fasting is another tool besides PCOD diet which many use for weight loss and detoxification, and it is known for its many benefits. However, it comes with its fair share of health risks, hence always advisable to do it under an expert guidance. Because if pre and post fasting is not taken care of as required it can lead to certain risks like dehydration, low blood pressure, dizziness, insomnia, etc.
There are many other ways besides diet plans which can help you manage PCOS without medicines.
Also Read: How to fight PCOD without medicines
The second thing is exercise which will help bring your insulin levels down. Slowly start increasing your physical activity be it any form, yoga, zumba, gym, running, etc to at least 5 days a week for an hour daily.
Lets read the story of Sheetal, a 28 year old woman who has been suffering from bilateral PCOD, since past 4 years. She had complaints of irregular menses with the periods coming once in 4 to 5 months, with severe cramp pain in her lower abdomen during menses. Her gynecologist gave her hormonal treatment for the initial few months, but she developed several side-effects. Read her story of how homeopathy helped her deal with her condition.
PCOS is a very common health challenge amongst women and the most untreated. Why most untreated, well there are many reasons, primarily because talking about periods is not something that women are comfortable doing openly, hence they do not know where or to whom to go to for help. To regulate the menstrual cycle, the doctor generally recommends a combination of birth control pills — pills that contain both estrogen and progestin. (Ref: Mayo Clinic) But you can get an effective treatment with yoga for PCOS.
Read: Diet Rules for PCOS
For all those who don’t want to go through the tablets and allopathic treatment, there are various other options available in alternative therapies like yoga for irregular periods and pcos, naturopathy etc which help you regularise periods, deal with the pain and in some cases also deal positively with infertility. Yoga is one such alternate route which can help women with PCOS very effectively.
Sushma, a 30 year old woman diagnosed with PCOS went through customised yoga sessions and had this to say,
“When I started facing the problem of irregular periods, I was afraid [pretty natural]. Adding to my fear, I was told I have PCOS. Until then I had never heard about it and got really worried if I could ever recover from this.
I started taking the pills suggested by the doctor, but then those have their own side effects.
The doctor only suggested that I go for Yoga for pcos weight loss and said that only that can eradicate my issue from its roots.
I was facing problems of irregular periods and was diagnosed with PCOS. I started yoga and in a span of 2 months I reduced almost 6-7 kgs which I couldn’t have imagined otherwise. Also, weight being the major contributor to my problem I saw positive change there as well.
Initially I was too hesitant to stop taking pills, thinking it might get back my problem of untimely periods but soon I got the confidence and yes I observed that those exercises not only helped in shedding the extra kilos but also cured my issue with my periods. Today thanks to Yoga for PCOS I am leading a healthy life, and best of all no side effects.”
Read: PCOS and Pranic Healing
Need help with PCOS/PCOD, talk to our counselor and decide which therapy best works for you. We offer various therapies for you to choose from.
PCOD (Poly Cystic Ovarian Disease) or PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome) or the Stein-Leventhal syndrome refer to the same disease which is not new to Indian women. Nearly 18% of Indian women and over 30% of Indian girls are affected by polycystic ovary syndrome pcos which leads to infertility apart from hormonal imbalances.
Patients suffering from the ovary syndrome have multiple small cysts in their ovaries. These cysts occur when the regular changes of a normal menstrual cycle are disrupted. The ovary is enlarged; and produces excessive amounts of androgen and estrogenic hormones. This excess, along with the absence of ovulation, may cause infertility.
Some of the symptoms are abnormal menstruation, absence of menstruation, heavy menstruation, irregular menstruation, short and light menstruation, or spotting. Weight gain, acne or oily skin, depression, inappropriate male features, loss of scalp hair, or unwanted hair.
Past research has suggested that women with PCOD syndrome are at greater risk for mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression
As per principal investigator Dr. Elisabet Stener-Victorin, of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. Estimates suggest that as many as 5 million women of reproductive age in the US have PCOS.
It is well established that female offspring of women with PCOS are more likely to develop the condition themselves. And it is not just the female offspring who are affected; the sons of women with PCOS tend to have a greater risk for obesity and diabetes, which are also complications of PCOS.
In addition, Dr. Stener-Victorin notes that 60% of women with PCOS have at least one mental health problem, such as depression, anxiety or an eating disorder, and they are also at greater risk for suicide.
PCOD can be treated, some of the conventional treatments include –
But the above treatments largely induce side effects. Alternate methods don’t.
Yoga has been a highly successful treatment method for PCOD. Some of the highly-recommended poses to be followed are –
A set of 12 powerful yoga asanas (postures) that provide a good cardiovascular workout in the form of Surya Namaskar.
Literally translated to sun salutation, these postures are a good way to keep the body in shape and the mind calm and healthy. Surya Namaskar is best done early morning on an empty stomach.
Bound Angle Pose or Cobbler Pose after the typical sitting position of Indian cobblers when they work is an asana. From sitting position with both the legs outstretched forward, hands by the sides, palms resting on the ground, fingers together pointing forward, the legs are hinged at the knees so the soles of the feet meet.
The legs are grasped at the ankles and folded more until the heels reach the perineum. The knees remain on the ground, the body erect and the gaze in front. The asana is held before coming back to the starting position. The thighs are stretched with care.
This yoga posture is performed sitting and is a forward bend.
Spread the legs as wide that it still feels comfortable. Press the legs against the ground and let the feet lie relaxed on the floor.
As a variation, the hips can be bent forward, whereby the posture of the arms can be kept or placed freely in different directions
This asana is practiced in four stages:
Remain in this position for some time and then return to the previous position.
Supta Baddha Konasana also known as Reclined Cobbler’s Pose, is a deeply relaxing yoga position that requires flexibility in the hips and the legs, particularly the muscles of the inner thighs and groin.
Dr Shubhamanagala follower of classical Ayurveda and practising for the last 20+ years: Ayurveda says improper food, diet plans and lifestyle are the main causes for this condition. PCOD incidents are on the rise because we are going away from the nature. Natural food and lifestyle with stress free mind will prevent this condition.
Ayurveda says human body is made of channels (srotas). When there are blockages due to intake of excessive curd, cheese which are heavy to digest coupled with sedentary lifestyle and stress these conditions could occur.
If PCOD is in the initial stage one can follow food and lifestyle changes. Intake of cumin, asafoetida, garlic and ginger which increase the digestive fire (agni) will help in reducing the symptoms. Exercise which concentrates on pelvic area must be part of the daily routine. Meditation will help in overcoming the stress.
For women suffering from PCOD, food and meal plan is their medicines and the grocery stores, supermarkets and farmers market like their pharmacies.
PCOS meal and exercise are important parts of managing PCOS. This is because young women with PCOS often have higher levels of insulin (a hormone) in their blood, and hence have issues with maintaining a healthy weight. The right diet plan and what foods to eat and what not can help you manage and improve the way you feel, besides helps in weight loss. Eating well (pcos meal panning), staying active, and maintaining a healthy weight can improve PCOS symptoms.
Basically a colorful mix of vegetables and fruits on a daily basis ensures that you get a good nourishment of vitamins, minerals, and other supplements to balance our insulin, hormones and boost our energy.
The following is a healthy PCOS food list that can be included as part of your meal plan in the daily diet.
On the other spectrum avoid foods which promote the meta-inflammation that leads to endocrine disruption, weight gain, and increased cardiovascular risks, among other undesirable effects.
Above information courtesy PCOS Diva
How Pranic healing can help in PCOD?
As per our pranic healing healer, the healer will typically work on a person suffering from PCOD by regulating the function of the sacral, ajna and sometimes even the throat chakras through methods like breathing exercises, meditation, relaxation techniques. Certain diet and exercise regime is also recommended by the practitioner. The chakra functions are supported at multiple levels both physically and physiologically.
Pranic psychotherapy is also done for better results. By working on one chakra, we also affect the entire chakra system’s balance emotionally, and spiritually.
In traditional Chinese medicine, PCOD is defined as a kidney deficiency disease. In Chinese medicine, absence of ovulation and irregular or absent menstrual cycle is considered a genetic disorder caused due to the kidney and hence root cause of PCOD. Patients with PCOD have “yin” deficiency and high testosterone that is “yang”. When “chi” is deficient in kidneys, transforming fluids become impaired which causes the fluids to be damp and phlegm and these result in cysts. Sufficient blood flow is also not produced which result in infertility, heat patterns produced resulting in hot flashes, night sweat etc which are symptoms of menopause. Acupuncture treatments are done using needling certain points which nourishes the kidney “yin”, regulates and opens Chong vessels and aids in conception, tonify spleen and resolve dampness and phlegm and also move blood stagnation.
There are ways to boost ovulation and maximise your chances of conception.
Losing weight may help you. Many women with PCOS are overweight or obese, but putting on weight is also a symptom of PCOS.
Dr Beckett who’s also a spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists says: “It’s a complex picture as not every woman with PCOS is overweight. If you don’t have the insulin resistant type of PCOS you may be slim already so losing weight won’t help you get pregnant.”
Having a healthy body mass index (BMI) can help to balance your hormone levels, reduce the high insulin level that very often occurs in PCOS and help you ovulate.
“The heavier a woman gets the worse the hormone imbalance becomes and the more this is able to affect the ovaries.”
“Weight loss and exercise is vital to dealing with PCOS. The key is to get down the circulating insulin levels in your body.” Women with PCOS are more likely to have problems balancing blood sugar and can become insulin resistant. This causes your pancreas to release more insulin, which in turn targets your ovaries to produce more testosterone.”
Her overall advice for those women with PCOS is: “Having a good diet plan, regular exercise, control stress and take key nutrients to help get your hormones back in balance and reduce the negative symptoms associated with PCOS, along with lose weight.”
Living with PCOS, there will be days where a woman may feel angry, sad or unattractive –love and support are the most valuable help a partner can give.
It is thus important that you make your partner understand what you are going through and get his support. The most important thing to ensure that this illness does not rule you is a healthy lifestyle, keep active and eat properly. And for these if you have your partners support it becomes easier to implement and less stressful. The ideal situation would be for both to stay active together and make it a lifestyle choice.
Wife to husband –
“I don’t need you to hide part of you or your life from me to make my diet easier – but please don’t eat treats every day!
Talk to me about the things you find hard – maybe my way of dealing with a particular issue is not the best way – maybe we can come up with a better way together?!”
We would love to hear how you have been managing PCOD or know of any close ones who has been dealing with the same. Your story could help someone dealing with the same issues.
If you need more information, or looking for managing PCOS without the side effects of medicine through any healing modality, you can contact us at 8050003237