Food as medicine to treat PCOD

By M P Jesu Priya Published on Oct 24, 2017 04:30 PM IST

Chennai: "Missed period problems are common but are usually not considered serious. We can deduce that the modern stressful lifestyle and food habits are linked to polycystic ovarian syndrome. You cannot avoid problematic periods but can definitely try some effective remedies to prevent it," says Sathish Kumar A, a Siddha doctor, running a clinic in Adyar.

Sathish Kumar told News Today,"PCOD (polycystic ovarian disease) is a health condition that affects one in every 10 women. It is due to hormonal imbalance in women wherein the testosterone levels shoot up in the body, causing an array of symptomatic reactions. A woman with PCOS may gain weight, have pelvic pain, acne, depression and irregular menstrual cycles. In some cases, women with PCOD may even face challenges in conceiving. But with proper treatment, diet and exercise, PCOD is curable."

He added that, "Today, it seems to have reached epidemic proportions with even girls of just 17 or 18 years complaining that they have been diagnosed with PCOD. Untimely meals, processed foods, snacking, eating before the previous meal has digested, cold drinks - all these have contributed to a digestive fire that is hardly active.

"The food that is eaten is not digested, leading to production of toxins, leading to disruption of the hormonal balance. Once the hormonal balance is disturbed, all sorts of consequences follow. From PCOD to cancers, every ailment can manifest in a person whose food habits are not right. If you don’t eat right, don’t expect to be healthy."

"You can rely on aloe vera pulp, vaazhaipoo, ulundhu vadai, kashayam. These help in purifying the blood and gradually restore the health of the uterus which results in regular, healthy periods. And women should minimise the quantity of milk, avoid chicken and junk foods, take lots of water. Practise meditation for a healthy life. Compatible and timely intake of balanced diet, regular physical exercises and healthy lifestyle will build up therapeutic measures to curb PCOS," explains Sathish.

For menorrhagia (heavy bleeding)

"Menorrhagia is menstruation at regular intervals but with excessive flow and duration. This is one of the most common problems in women. Some women have also reported heavy bleeding for 6-7 days and also for months during periods, leading to weakness and other health issues."

According to Sathish Kumar, niranjan phal (China fruit) (umasmang in Tamil) and vaazhaipoo are best and effective medicines for menorrhagia.

You can soak niranjan phal in water for 1.5 to two hours till the time the fruit swells to the size of a lemon. Crush and squeeze the pulp into the water. Add some sugar and drink it. This effectively controls menstrual bleeding.

For leukorrhea (white discharge)

A white discharge from the vagina or uterine cavity is called as leukorrhea. This often gets increased at the time of ovulation or before a menstrual period. Excessive discharge, however, may indicate an abnormal condition and provides evidence of an infection. Eating one or two bananas a day can solve this problem easily.

According to Ayurveda, says Sathish, ghee is an effective medicine for several health-related problems. "Phala-Ghrita, which is prepared using cow ghee, is believed to be extremely useful for gynaecological problems. From irregular periods to pregnancy, it works equally effectively," he points out.


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Weight gain

Pelvic pain



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