Ayurvedic Treatment For PCOD / PCOS

The incidence of PCOD in India is 10% approximately and increasing. PCOD or polycystic ovarian disease is a condition where patients suffer from many small cysts in their ovaries. This causes the ovary to enlarge and secrete huge amounts of estrogenic and androgen hormones. When this happens along with lack of ovulation, it results in infertility. The other name for PCOD is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).

In Ayurveda, it is a disorder of kapha blocking the Artava vaha srotus (channels) and causing interrupted movement of Apana-Vata. Due to this,Vata imbalance takes place in the pelvic area leading to various symptoms.

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Symptoms:

  • Irregular periods. - A lack of ovulation prevents the uterine lining from shedding every month. 

  • Heavy bleeding - The uterine lining builds up for a longer period of time, so the periods you do get can be heavier than normal.

  • Hair growth - More than 70 percent of women with this condition grow hair on their face and body.

  • Acne - Male hormones can make the skin oilier than usual and cause breakouts on areas like the face, chest, and upper back.

  • Weight gain - Up to 80 percent of women with PCOS are overweight or obese.

  • Male-pattern baldness - Hair on the scalp gets thinner and fall out.

  • Darkening of the skin - Dark patches of skin can form in body creases like those on the neck, in the groin, and under the breasts.

  • Headaches - Hormone changes can trigger headaches in some women.

Causes of PCOD/PCOS

In Ayurveda, PCOD reflects the imbalance of kapha and vata. The main reason for this condition in many females is today’s lifestyle and unhealthy food habits. Slow digestive fire caused by sedentary lifestyle, junk food, lot of dairy consumption leads to weight gain and slow metabolism. Too much consumption of hormonal and contraceptive pills is also one of the main causes. Excessive mental strain and stress along with lack of any kind of physical exercise are also one of the causes of PCOD.

PCOS Diagnosis Criteria

PCOD is mostly easily diagnosed. The typical and standard symptom is of irregular menstrual cycles that can need consumption of medication to induce a period. Most of the time, a vaginal ultrasound (TVS) is done which clearly provides the vision of both the enlarged
ovaries with more than 10 follicles per ovary. Blood tests are also done as they indicate abnormal levels of hormones.

Ayurvedic Treatment Of PCOD / PCOS

Depending on the symptoms, srotoshodhan, kapha- vata har or pitta –vata har treatment is to be carried out. Vaman needs to be done if excessive kapha aggravation is observed. Vasti treatment can be very helpful to balance apana- vata in the pelvic area and for balancing the hormones. Lekhan vasti and Udvartanam are helpful for balancing kapha and reducing weight also. Uttar vasti can be given for PCOD induced infertility and induction of ovulation. Various Ayurvedic formulations/ medicines are also used for PCOS .Medicines should be taken under the guidance of Ayurvedic doctor.

PCOS diet & Lifestyle:


  • Consumption of light and easy to digest food.

  • Elimination of heavy and fatty foods that can result in weight gain

  • Follow a lifestyle which is simple and active and doesn’t aggravate kapha.

  • Whole Grains to be consumed in the place of refined flour

  • Add in different exercises to keep the body fit and active

  • Avoid drinking, smoking and any usage of contraceptives.

For the best Ayurvedic treatment of PCOD/PCOS - Dr. Rani Gupta, M.D. (Ayurvedic Gynecologist) ( B.H.U.) Gold Medalist, Ayurvedic Gynaecologist at SKK Ayurveda and Panchkarma, New Delhi has an experience of 18 years in treating PCOD patients.

PCOD / PCOS Treatment