Nothing gives more joy to a physician than seeing their patients do better! I have been working with women suffering from PCOS for the past 11 years and have seen countless patients get control over their massive hormonal imbalance with the help of Ayurveda.Whether it is irregular periods, weight gain, acne , hair loss or infertility in PCOS; Ayurveda is definitely the way the go! It gives me great joy to share one such success stories of PCOS treatment with Ayurvedic medicine and Pachakarma.
Mrs. Priya (Name changed to protect patient’s identity) a 28 year old married lady came to our clinic after she watched my videos on Youtube discussing the benefits of Ayurvedic Panchakarma in PCOS and infertility. Priya had amenorrhea i.e. absent periods which could be several months at a time.What started as irregular periods initially, ultimately lead to complete absence of periods. When she consulted gynecologists, she was given prescription drugs to induce bleeding. This was the only way she could get periods. As a result of repeatedly taking medications to induce bleeding, Priya completely stopped having periods after 2 years.
Priya was diagnosed with PCOS after doing Ultrasonography scan of her pelvis 3 year ago. Repeat ultrasound showed enlarged ovaries with peripherally arranged follicles- a tell-tale sign of PCOS! None of the conventional medicines worked! Priya continued to visit one gynecologist after another, hopeful that she would get some solution to treat her Polycystic Ovaries.
Priya’s fasting insulin, blood sugar levels, thyroid functions, male hormone testosterone and AMH levels (Anti-mullerian Hormone- Indicator of ovarian reserves of ova and even PCOS) were all within normal limits. However, her endometrium grew at a very slow pace, just a few millimeters every month or less. In a normal cycle, the endometrium should grow 10mm in 28-30 days. She had gained weight especially in the last one year. Also, she was eager to conceive!
Priya and her husband were mentally prepared to undergo Ayurvedic Panchakarma as well as diet and lifestyle counselling. After careful history taking, this is what was advised to Priya:
Step 1: Dietary modifications
In her first visit itself Priya received a generic South Indian Modified Diet which helps to orient her dietary habits to help boost metabolism and balance the underlying hormonal imbalances, especially insulin imbalance. Also, the diet was designed to meet nutritional requirements e.g. boosting intake of zinc and other micro-minerals beneficial in PCOS. Attention to intake of unrefined local grains was given. Boosting intake of fruits and vegetables was also skillfully incorporated in her diet. The diet was designed in a way that it was practical and sustainable for a working lady like Priya. Also, the eating habits of her family were taken into consideration. The diet was given in such a way that she was still eating from the family pot, but much healthier.
Step 2: Ayurvedic Panchakarma
Once Priya’s metabolism started improving, she was prescribed “Virechana’, an Ayurvedic Panchakarma which detoxifies the body via medically induced purgation. Virechana for Priya was going to be a three week long process and was carefully planned in a way that she did not have any long distance travel plans during and immediately after Panchakarma. Also, the schedule was designed to accommodate the major day of detox on weekend. This way Priya could undergo the entire process without taking any leaves from work.She was given specialized diet consisting of Sattvik foods which help both mind and body to detoxify.
The entire Virechana therapy was customized to suit her health issues. Our team carefully monitored each and every aspect of Priya’s health during the detox process to ensure utmost care and precision during the whole treatment. Naturally, Priya sailed through her treatment and underwent a very successful Virechana.
Step 3: Ayurvedic medications Post Detox
Once Priya completed Virechana, prescription Ayurvedic medicines were given to enhance fertility and maintain hormonal balance.
Success of Panchakarma!
Priya underwent Virechana treatment in the month of July. In the Month of August, for the first time without any medicine to induce menstruation, she started having spotting. Although flow was very scanty, this was indeed very encouraging! This was her body putting efforts to balance hormones as opposed to artificial hormone laden medicine forcing her body to menstruate. She continued to have spotting for 3-4 days in the months of September and October as well. As a standard protocol, we repeated her Pelvic ultrasound in the month of November to check for the status of her ovaries. I was extremely delighted to see that the cysts in her ovaries had disappeared and were replaced with healthy growing follicles. Her endometrium was healthy and growing well too. No endometrial hyperplasia- overgrown endometrium was seen despite the scanty periods. In December 2019 Priya had a normal period with good flow which boosted her confidence ten folds as she could now see visible results to the treatment she had undergone.
Priya and husband were elated beyond measure to see the reports! She is still following a very healthy diet plan , a strict Yoga and exercise routine to maintain the results they achieved with Panchakarma. They are now one step closer to having a family of their own!
There are many patients like Priya who have overcome PCOS with the help of Ayurveda. I hope this article helps to light the path for many more women!!
Priya’s Ultrasound Report Before Treatment:
Priya’s Ultrasound Reports After Treatment:
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Pomegranate is a truly magical fruit! It is not surprising why ancient cultures celebrated this fruit as a divine fruit, a symbol of fertility, life, immortality of soul, eternal life, prosperity and so on! Some of the most effective remedies come from simple observations in nature surrounding us and logical thinking! Pomegranate is one such remedy especially in PCOS.
Observe and understand nature!
Technology and overload of information blunts our intelligence and natural instinct
s. Instinctual thinking is the key to self- healing. Remember that human race survived many adversities on earth and excelled merely by empowering their intelligence with observation, logic and instincts! Ancient systems of medicine like Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese medicine developed based on keen observation of nature. Pomegranate is one of the best gifts of nature to explain how power of observation and instincts can help us.
Pomegranate in PCOS:
The shape of pomegranate and internal structure has been compared with that of ovaries. A round structure with tightly packed seeds represents ovaries packed with follicles. This seemingly no-brainer observation is so spot- on! Hence, it has been logically used for disorders pertaining to ovaries and female fertility!
3 ways to use Pomegranate in PCOS:
- Ruby red goodness:
How to use?
Snack on the ruby red pomegranate seeds or toss them in salads as often as possible. Freshly expressed juice of pomegranate every morning on empty stomach is also extremely beneficial in PCOS.
The rich antioxidant and potassium content of pomegranate helps to improve hormonal balance and boosts fertility. It helps in reducing the incidence of acne by reducing male hormone testosterone.
- Pomegranate Peel:
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How to use?
Half teaspoon organic pomegranate peel powder should be taken along with aloe-vera juice.
Pomegranate peel powder is extremely rich in anti-oxidants. It helps in reducing excessive or prolonged bleeding triggered by PCOS. Also, it can help in reduce high levels of cholesterol in women with chronic PCOS. Regular intake can also help weight loss.
- Pomegranate seed oil:
How to use?
Apply 2 drops to freshly washed face every night.
Pomegranate seed oil reduces skin damage in PCOS, reduces acne and spots and balances oil on the skin. It completely rejuvenates skin which suffers the most damage in PCOS.
Pomegranate is one such fruit which gives an all rounded solution for many issues related to PCOS. With its rich nutrient profile this fruit must be a part of your PCOS diet.
The perpetual dilemma of what works and what doesn’t when you have PCOS, is the mother of all dilemmas! When it comes to what sweetener helps PCOS without compromising your insulin sensitivity, there are a host of opinions. Right from aspartame to agave the debate on choice of sweetener is intense. Then there is jaggery! Humble, low profile, related to nasty refined sugar; yet amazingly healthy! If sugar is the evil step sister, jaggery is like Cinderella!
Jaggery is solidified or amorphous form of unrefined and un-distilled sugarcane juice. Jaggery is also made from date palm and coconut sap. This super-food sweetener has high alkaline mineral content which makes it extremely beneficial not just for PCOS but for overall health. Research studies show that jaggery helps us fight the damaging free radicals (harmful chemicals produced in our own body which damage our cells) due to it’s high anti-oxidant content and protects our cells. Also, studies show that regular use of jaggery also helps our body cope with air pollution or poor quality of air and protects our lungs form toxicity.
5 ways to use jaggery in PCOS:
Thinking about jaggery only from the glycemic index perspective is a little narrow minded approach to this subject (Glycemic index is the measure of how much sugar any food releases in blood after consumption). Jaggery in PCOS helps myriad health issues aprat from being a much healthier option to refined sugar. However, giving due respect to insulin resistance (imbalance of insulin i.e. reduced ability of our cells to process insulin); moderation has to practiced while using jaggery in PCOS.
- Constipation: Constipation is one of the most common issues faced by women with PCOS. Having 1/2 tsp. jaggery mixed with warm water at bedtime helps to soften stools and relieves constipation.
- Acidity: Jaggery is alkaline in nature. That is, its effect n our body after we consume is alkalizing. Acidity, bloating and stomach irritation is yet another pet peeve of PCOS. 1/4th tsp. jaggery with 1tsp. fennel seeds helps reduce bloating and acidity.
- Sleep: Poor sleep quality i.e. difficulty in either falling asleep or staying asleep top the chart amongst discomforts of having PCOS. 1/4th tsp. of jaggery with 2-3 strands of saffron in a glass of hot organic milk helps to relax the mid and promotes good sleep.
- Anemia: Low hemoglobin levels tend to be common in PCOS. Anemia resulting from this not only makes you more tired and frustrated, it also aggravates the hair loss situation. Hair loss is often triggered by the excess male hormones (i.e. hyperandrogenism) in PCOS. Lack of adequate hemoglobin and iron levels in blood make hair loss worse often leading to balding in women. Jaggery is rich source of iron and supplements natural iron which mush easier to absorb as compared to iron pills. Also, most iron pills trigger constipation and jaggery doesn’t.
- Period irregularity: Having a tsp. of jaggery with a tsp. of black sesame seeds is a traditional remedy in India for delayed periods. This remedy is often given to young girls art menarche to help regularize their cycles. Having jaggery and black sesame seeds first thing in the morning helps with period regularity. Also, sesame seeds are rich source of natural calcium and iron. This combination helps strengthen bones and teeth; boosts hair growth and promotes hormonal balance.
Tips to buy jaggery:
- Color: Darker the jaggery, better it is! Deep brown color in sugarcane jaggery is what we should
- Smell: If you can, try and smell the jaggery. Good jaggery has a faint smell of iron.
- Taste: Good unrefined jaggery has a noticeable taste of iron.
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Nothing excites us more than super foods, antioxidants and tips which really work, when it comes to losing weight in PCOS! In an almost delusional barrage of magical tips and tricks thrown at us on every possible platform, losing weight in PCOS is made to look like an easy affair that can be achieved in matter of days. Don’t get me wrong, it is very much easy and possible to lose weight in PCOS. However, it is important to keep it real! Weight loss in PCOS is gradual and only achieved with the right kind of foods and regular exercise! Green bean coffee extract has created quite a stir in the area of weight loss in general in the recent times! In this article we will see whether green bean coffees extract is truly the magic supplement we are all looking for or just another gimmick!
What is green bean coffee extract?
Green bean coffee extract is the extract of unroasted coffee beans. It contains high amount of chlorogenic acid which is known to influence glucose and fat metabolism. PCOS develops due to imbalance of glucose metabolism owing to the insulin resistance.
Does it really work?
There are not enough research studies which have studies the effects of green bean coffee extract for weight loss on large number of women with PCOS or men with insulin resistance. However, the profile of green bean coffee extract does make is a promising supplement in weight loss due to its impact on insulin resistance. Everything possible in terms of diet and lifestyle to bring insulin resistance under control is a must do thing in PCOS! This makes green bean coffee extract worth a try if you are trying to lose weight in PCOS.
How to take Green Bean Coffee Extract?
The dose of green bean coffee extract depends on the percentage of chlorogenic acid in a particular brand and best to check the label when you buy. Lower the percentage of chlorogenic acid higher is the required dose is a general rule that is seen in these supplements.
Thus, it is worth mentioning that green bean coffee extract indeed has a very impressive profile in terms of its composition. If you are doing all the efforts for managing your PCOS, green bean coffee extract can be definitely included in your routine to help weight loss and manage insulin resistance.
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