5 Ayurvedic Herbs for Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

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Have you been ignoring a nagging lower back pain? Ever dismissed a constant yellowish, greenish or watery vaginal discharge as ‘nothing serious’? These nagging issues which most women prefer to put on the back burner, could be pointing towards a common, yet serious condition called Pelvic Inflammatory Disease a.k.a. PID!

Pelvic inflammatory disease is one of the most common and preventable causes of infertility in women. It is an infection of the upper genital tract most commonly due to sexually transmitted diseases. Ayurveda offers safest, long lasting and best solutions for PID by eliminating root causes of inflammation in the body.

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Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

You can suspect PID if you experience the following signs and symptoms:

  1. Dull pain lower abdomen and pelvis (area below the navel)
  2. Lower back pain
  3. White, yellow, green or watery vaginal discharge many a times with foul odor
  4. Abnormal vaginal bleeding in between periods or after intercourse
  5. Pain during intercourse
  6. Frequent fevers with chills
  7. Painful urination or difficulty while passing urine

Your Immune system and PID:

Harmful bacteria are always present in the vaginal tract. Yet, they never lead to diseases due to the costant vgilance of strong immune system. Microorganisms can lead to a full blown infection only when our body’s defenses are poor or weakened due to faulty diet and lifestyle. Treating PID with conventional treatments like antibiotic therapy will help control symptoms. However, they cannot prevent PID from recurring. Strengthening your immune system is the most crucial aspect and the largest benefit of treating PID with Ayurveda. Tips from Ayurveda to strengthen your immune system are:

  1. Eliminate causes of inflammations: Avoid food which trigger inflammation like red meat, fat rich food like cheese, refined sugar, refined flour, overtly spicy and food.
  2. Include foods which boost immunity: Include plenty of bitter and astringent vegetables like asparagus, lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, fresh coriander etc. Spices and herbs like turmeric, ginger, cumin, coriander,fennel, mint, parsley  etc. help in strengthening immunity.

Ayurvedic herbs effective in PID:

Ayurvedic medicines help in PID by balancing digestion, boosting immunity and reducing inflammation. Ayurvedic medicines that can be used in PID are:

  1. Ashoka (Saraca indica)– Ashoka is popularly used in the form of Ashokarishta in Ayurveda. It has powerful
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    Ashoka

    anti-oxidant properties and helps in reducing inflammation in PID. Owing to its astringent qualities, Ashoka works as a uterine tonic and boosts the health of reproductive organs. Apart for PID, Ashoka can also be used for regularizing menstrual cycle in PCOS.

  2. Turmeric (Curcuma longa)– Turmeric, a highly effective Ayurvedic herb and popular Indian spice is extremely beneficial in PID. It’s antimicrobial properties are at par with anti-biotics. Hence, turmeric helps in bringing down infections and also strengthens immunity in PID.
  3. Dhataki (Woodfordia floribunda)– Use of astringent herbs like Dhataki is commonly seen in Ayurveda in the treatment of various gynecological disorders. Dhataki is an ingredient of classical Ayurvedic powder combination Pushyanuga churna, often prescribed in PID. Antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties of Dhataki surely make a must-use herb in PID.
  4. Daruharidra (Berberis aristata) Daruharidra helps in reducing inflammation of reproductive tissues in PID.
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    Nagakesar

    Due to its anti-microbial properties, it helps in controlling the infection. Daruharidra is used in Ayurveda in the treatment of several conditions like IBS, colitis, eye disorders etc.

  5. Nagakesar (Mesua ferrea)Fragrant flowers of Nagakesar are used in Ayurveda in several Gynecological conditions. Nagakesar has astringent qualities and helps in reducing muscle cramps, vaginal discharge and infections in PID.

These herbs work well for women suffering from recurrent attacks of PID. However, complications of PID like tubal blockage and infertility require detailed consultation and prescription medicines by a qualified Ayurvedic physician. Also, any patient experiencing severe abdominal pain, high grade fever with vomiting etc. in PID should see a doctor immediately as it may require emergency treatments.

Disclaimer: Advice given above does not replace treatment or medical advice and is for information purpose only.

Time for New Year Resolutions – Give your PCOD/PCOS Management a New Start with Ayurveda

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Yet another year is almost coming to an end. It’s time again to form practical, critical and essential New Year resolutions. Especially if you are suffering from PCOD/PCOS, your new year resolution should be on the lines of -putting an end to the suffering (either due to inaction or wrong treatment decisions) and actively managing your life and health with Ayurveda!Image result for new year resolution

I meet, see, observe and help a lot of women and my patients with PCOS. Complicated nature of PCOS, amount of time, patience and efforts it takes to bring it under control, often leads to quitting or avoidance!

Women suffer by surrendering their fate to PCOS, rather than managing it successfully with Ayurveda. Resorting to oral contraceptive pills, discontinuing Ayurvedic medicines and therapies as they do not give instant results, non-commitment to diet and lifestyle changes are the common issues that I see in my practice.

A lot of women with PCOS contact me regarding Ayurvedic management of PCOS. Very few get on board actively when I explain them the simple, yet effort-intensive nature of the Ayurvedic treatment for PCOS.

Ayurvedic PCOS management is thorough, as it involves modifications in diet and lifestyle based on every woman’s unique body type (that is assessed individually). It does require efforts and commitment both on part of the patient as well as the Ayurvedic practitioner. Importance of such diet and lifestyle modification is for achieving:

  • Long lasting effects in PCOS management
  • Improved quality of life
  • Sustained weight loss
  • Enhanced fertility
  • Good psychological welbeing
  • Prevention of complications (Diabetes, heart diseases, infertility etc.)

Ayurvedic management of PCOS is highly effective and far sighted. It prioritizes the health of women with PCOS and pro-actively protects it for years to come. Ayurveda Image result for new year resolutiondoes not limit itself by only regularizing menstruation. Irregular menses is only the tip of iceberg, compared to the massive hormonal and metabolic imbalance of PCOS. Also, Ayurvedic medicines and therapies are safe. They do not come with serious side effects like lowered fertility, obesity, deep vein thrombosis etc. which are commonly experienced with contemporary medicines. All that Ayurveda needs is a determined patient, positive mind-set and a commitment to get healthy! Ayurveda is what PCOS requires!

As this year ends, do not put your PCOS issues on the back burner. PCOS issues are not the ones which will resolve with time- they only get complicated! Do not suppress the symptoms of PCOS with easy medications- they will come back with 10 times the severity!

Take an early New Year resolution, move a step ahead from being a defeated thinker to a successful doer! Manage you PCOS with Ayurveda – Stop suffering and start living – not just for next year, but for years to come!

5 Steps for Managing your PCOS with Ayurveda

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Managing PCOS naturally is definitely overwhelming.There is lot to take in and process when it comes to diet tips, exercise routines, super foods, Ayurvedic medicines and many more. Getting organized with your approach to your PCOS management is crucial for success! Here are the steps for getting organized your PCOS management with the help of Ayurveda:

1. Identify your problem areas!

For those who have already had a consultation with an endocrinologists or a PCOD Image result for PCOS investigationsexpert,you might have already accomplished this first step. It involves detailed health check up and investigations (blood and Ultrasonography) to understand the nature and extent of your PCOS. Also, vitamin deficiencies like B12, Vit. D etc. which have a huge impact on both development as well as  treatment outcomes PCOS may be detected during this phase.

 

Identifying problem areas gives you clarity towards choosing right diet, exercise and Yoga.  Also, your Ayurvedic physician will suggest the right Ayurvedic supplements and therapies based on these findings.

Ayurvedic physician will analyze your appetite, digestion, unique body type or Prakriti which are crucial for the next step.

2. Choose the right Ayurveda therapies and supplements!

Once the problem areas are identified with required investigations and Ayurvedic analysis,  therapies and supplements are recommended. Some of the must do Ayurvedic therapies especially for women with obesity and infertility due to PCOS are:

Virechana and Vamana– Types of Ayurvedic cleansing procedures that involve thorough detoxification. These should be done strictly under the guidance of Ayurvedic physician. When done correctly, Panchakarma therapies have high success rates in PCOS both in terms of weight loss and infertility.

Adhere to the Ayurvedic treatment plans designed for you as strictly as possible. Ayurvedic treatment is lengthy especially  in chronic PCOS cases and may last anywhere between 6 months to 1 year.

3.Choose practical and realistic diet plan!

A well rounded diet sits at the helm of PCOS management. Apart from the focus on including all the right foods, superfoods, home remedies and must-do diet rules; your diet plan has to practical and realistic.This is very critical for the sustainability of  any diet plan.Image result for diet plan pantry planning

An impractical and idealistic diet plan will add to your stress instead of helping you. Choose your diet wisely based on your lifestyle, ethnic eating habits and your unique Ayurvedic body type.  Also, eating healthy every three to four hours is critical for insulin balance in PCOS.

Plan your meals in advance by planning your weekly grocery shopping. It is easy to whip up a healthy meal, when your pantry and refrigerator are well stocked. Proactivity is very essential in making your PCOS diet plan a success.

4.Choose exercise and Yoga mindfully!

Each person is unique and so is their PCOS. Mindless exercising seldom gives results. Image result for yogaMoreover, it can be detrimental to your commitment towards managing  your PCOS and taking charge of your health.

Hence, choose your exercise routines and Yoga mindfully. Your Ayurvedic physician will guide you regarding the nature of exercise routines and Yoga that will complement your body type and PCOS.

5.Set timelines and goals!

Any task done without setting definite goals is deemed for failure. Goal setting again should be realistic. This is best done by discussing the course of your treatment with your Ayurvedic physician. For example, in how much time can we expect results with weight loss, regularity of menses, hormonal balance etc. Your Ayurvedic physician should also discuss with you the medical reassessment in terms of ultrasonography to assess the status of polycystic ovaries, laboratory investigations for levels of hormones etc. during or after the treatment.

Goal setting will motivate you to adhere to your diet, exercise and Yoga routines and also help in ensuring positive outcomes with your PCOS management.

 

Most Effective Diet Rules for Weight Loss with PCOS

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Weight loss with PCOS is difficult beyond description. Way beyond the adjectives of herculean task, uphill climb and all others that you can use. Hence, I prefer not to use any adjectives. It’s tough alright! In fact, losing mind, hope and patience happens much sooner than losing weight in PCOS. I witness my PCOS patients struggle with weight loss every single day.

PCOS is a complex metabolic disorder which makes weight easy to gain and hard to lose. After years of working with PCOS patients, I would like to share 3 diet rules that work for real. Here are three rules that have worked for every single PCOS patient that I have worked with for healthy, sustained and successful weight loss.

  1. Breakfast matters

When you eat your breakfast is as important as what you eat for breakfast! Eating your breakfast within 30-45 minutes of waking is extremely important for optimum insulin functions and weight loss (Insulin resistance- an imbalance of insulin functions is one of root causes behind PCOS). Include plenty of whole grains, good serving of protein and vegetables in your breakfast.

  1. Eating and not starving is what makes you lose weight

Cutting down on food intake in the name of calories is one of most common and damaging move made by women with PCOS. Reducing food intake worsens insulin imbalance and leads to more weight gain especially around the mid-section. Also, it reduces energy levels, triggers hunger pangs and fosters unhealthy binging.

Eating healthy food every three to four hours is the key to lose weight in PCOS. For adopting this habit preplanning your meals is must! Plan your one day or one week worth meals and shop for groceries accordingly to adopt this most important PCOS diet rule.

  1. Superfoods Rule

Super foods are foods rich in anti-oxidants, minerals and vitamins. They give your health that extra boost which is needed to overcome imbalances especially in PCOS. Include as many superfoods as possible in your daily diet to experience a natural, steady and sustainable weight loss. Superfoods that are a must have for weight loss in PCOS are:

  • Avocado (1/5th of a medium size fruit every day)

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  • Walnuts ( 12-14 halves per day , better had in the evening)
  • Millets (Foxtail millet, Finger millet, Pearl millet)
  • Cinnamon
  • Probiotic foods– Yogurt, buttermilk, kefir, tofu, tempeh, kombucha etc. and other fermented foods like Idli, dosa, dhokla, sourdough bread etc.

Apart from these diet rules for PCOS weight loss, avoiding problem foods like wheat, milk, white sugar and junk foods is equally important. Also, regular workout and Yoga should be planned depending on individual body type and feasibility.

Yo- yo diets, weight loss programs promising near magical weight loss, boot camps and what not- short term solutions DO NOT work and are not recommended for PCOS. Keep it simple and feasible when it comes to weight loss. Also, remember that weight loss is a part of being healthy and not the definition of health itself. Make your weight loss in PCOS a memorable journey that you enjoy and feel good about!

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Leaky Gut Syndrome and Ayurveda- My feature contribution in Smartlife magazine

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Leaky gut syndrome  is the new kid on the block when it comes to gut inflammation. Ayurveda has a unique understanding of leaky gut and the plethora of debilitating symptoms. be it PCOD, allergic conditions or an overall poor health..have you thought  about Leaky gut?

Medical fraternity still debates the existence of leaky gut. However, the serious impact of this condition on an individual’s health and the rising number of people suffering from it surely warrants attention!

Ruth Dsouza Prabhu published this highly informative feature on leaky gut syndrome in the May edition of Smartlife– a fashion and lifestyle magazine of The Week.

My take on Ayurvedic management of leaky gut syndrome has been featured in this article. Click the link to read full article Bowel bother

Wedding Bridal MakeUp or MakeOver ?

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Ok, lets start with a quick trivia – What is the difference between the term Marriage and Wedding ?
Wedding is the ceremony to get into a relationship called Marriage 🙂
Therefore inviting people by writing “You are invited to my wedding.” is correct rather than saying “You are invited to my marriage”.

Every young girl dreams of getting married to her prince charming some day in a fairy tale Indian-weddingmanner. Weddings in any culture are a big moment for any girl or groom for that matter.

Girls from the subcontinent like India, Pakistan, Middle East Asia (UAE, Dubai) etc. have a long drawn tradition of preparing for the wedding-months in advance.
These days Bollywood style weddings are quite a rage in India and with Indians settled abroad in US, UK and other parts of the world.

Most often the preparation involves Guest list planning, Venue Selection, Wedding Jewelry,Clothing, Food, logistics and following the traditional rituals during the wedding ceremony.
On a personal front though, the bride and the groom focus on enhancing their appearance only at the last moment.
This typically involves, hiring a bridal makeup artist or specialist to do makeup during engagement and wedding events.
There are very few who really focus on wedding “make over”.

Most of my clients are confused between MakeUp and MakeOver especially for such a big event in their life called Wedding.

In order to appear “your Best” during the wedding period, its not only important to focus on Makeup, Jewelry, Clothing aspects but also on enhancing your personality and health.
In order to appear your best during the wedding period, we generally recommend to start the basic preparation of focusing on your health and lifestyle aspects at least 4-6 months in advance. This would involve focus on your diet, daily routine , building stamina and focusing on critical health aspects like managing your periods,PCOD related issues etc., skin care , dental hygiene and hair care. The  most important aspect governing most of these health areas is  Diet and lifestyle modifications.

Consult a good dietitian and make subtle changes in your lifestyle based on your health issues can prepare you for the big day and the life after wedding  🙂