Polycystic ovarian syndrome or disease (PCOS/PCOD) is a common condition in women in their reproductive age caused due to hormonal imbalance. This hormonal breakdown results in irregular or prolonged menstrual periods, excessive body hair, acne, and hair loss. Because of this, Polycystic ovaries may fail to develop follicles and regularly release eggs, causing difficulty in conceiving.
Ayurveda Diaries, on Tata Sky Fitness explains ayurvedic ways to treat these problems:
Ayurveda & Infertility
Both men and women face issues of infertility. However, one of the reasons for infertility is the irregular metabolic fire that results in PCOS and ovarian disorder that is results in PCOD. This disorder can be treated by various ayurvedic products.
Men can consume products like Ashokarishta, Ashwagandha, Shatavari, and Guggul that helps them to build and strengthen vigour, increase vitality and metabolism. Also, products such as Kaunch, Musli, and Shilajit help men in healing infertility.
Women with infertility issues need to make a drastic shift in their lifestyle and eating habits. One can start with giving up dairy products, meats, seafood, and eggs from their diet. It has proven beneficial for women dealing with various menstrual disorders.
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Ayurveda & PCOD / PCOS
Nowadays, 4 out of 7 women complain of PCOS or PCOD, infertility or menstrual disorders. Therefore, women must adapt plant-based diet.
One must include Carrot, Beetroot and Spinach in their diet. They can make a soup and drink it every night for a 28-day cycle. It helps to purify the blood and rectifies the damage done to the uterus.
Spices like Fenugreek, Carom seed in your dals, or soups can work wonders for these women.
Seeds like chia seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, Sunflower seeds, and Sesame seeds are excellent source of protein for women following plant-based diet. Cumin Seeds and Fennel seeds help women prevent UTI. Coriander seed and Cardamom seeds have proven to be best remedies for period cramps.
Fruit like Pomegranate and Black grapes also help in purifying the blood that carries fresh oxygen to the uterus, thus helping to repair damaged tissues, muscles, and nerves.
One can also consume saptashayam kasayam or Sukhumarum kasayam for 3 - 4 month. It has proven to show good results for all gynaecological health issues. This should be practiced with yoga and exercise to strengthen the core muscles around the uterus and pelvic. Asanas like the Camel Pose, Boat Pose, and Butterfly also help to build strength around the core.
(Dimple Jangda, is a health coach on Tata Sky Fitness and founder of Prana Healthcare Centre)
Read More► PCOS and Fertility: What women can do about it?
PCOS is a complex disorder or rather a spectral disorder with no uniform clinic or laboratory diagnostic criteria. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common hormonal disturbances affecting women all over the world.
Dr. Vidushi Jain, Dermatologist Trichologist, Medical head of Dermalinks says: "It has an unknown etiology and is recognized as a heterogeneous disorder that results in overproduction of male hormone primarily from the ovary, and is associated with insulin resistance."
The journey, the struggles and the treatment approach to each patient is different. As contrary to the popular belief, the manifestations are more severe in obese individuals with pcos but there is another phenotype known as lean PCOS.
"PCOS women can be sub grouped based on clinical features suggestive of endocrinological malfunctions and can be investigated accordingly for selection of appropriate treatment modalities," the doctor points out.
"The cornerstone to PCOS pathology is insulin resistance meaning that the body doesn't respond normally to insulin and thereby increasing insulin secretion from pancreas, which triggers inflammation and weight gain. High insulin level is both diagnostic criteria and also the underlying physiological driver. High insulin causes anovulation and also promotes testosterone secretion from ovaries (hyper androgenism)."
Dr Jain adds: "The skin features in PCOS sometimes present earlier as compared to irregular periods or investigations for infertility and a high degree of suspicion can help in early detection and prevention of disease progression."
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She further explains:
Acanthosis nigricans is a skin disorder characterised by darkening and thickening of the skin, occurring mainly in the folds of the skin in the armpit (axilla), groin and back of the neck. Often treated as dirt, this condition is synonymous with insulin resistance and obesity. Sometimes it can be drug and malignancy induced too. The treatment approach is weight reduction and decreasing the insulin resistance with low glycemic diet and regular workouts. Skin lightening agents like retinoids, glycolic acid and treatments like TCA peels also play a role in cosmetic improvement.
Hirsutism or unwanted facial hair is a result of hyperandrogenism or excess male hormone secretion. Mostly affects chin, sidelocks, chest, thighs and even the nipple area . Treatment needs weight reduction to control the serum sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) which in turn controls the free testosterone levels, androgen lowering medication like spironolactone, OCPs and laser hair reduction.
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Acne or pimples: Females with persistent acne since teens or with acne presenting for the first time after 25 must be evaluated for PCOS. Acne in PCOS is generally resistant to standard acne treatments, affects mainly the lower one third of face , is associated with extremely tender eruptions suggesting more inflammation and shows premenstrual flare. Treatment results take longer to respond at least 3 months and best approach is to add combined oral contraceptives with anti androgen progesterone like drospirenone and cyproterone acetate as well as spironolactone to control the hyperandrogenic state. The role of supplements like inositol, magnesium, zinc and Vitamin D play an important role in controlling the inflammatory state.
Seborrhoeic dermatitis often presenting as oily scalp and dandruff, when severe can affect the oily areas of the skin like around nose, between eyebrows and behind ears. Associated with more androgens and hence more oil secretion promoting the growth of a fungus named malaseezia needs treatment and daily cleansing of the scalp with a salicylic acid or ketoconazole shampoo.
Female patterned hair loss or hair thinning presenting mainly in the crown and frontal area is often ignored until a major portion of the scalp becomes visible. Frequent changing of hairstyles to cover it up without seeking medical treatments leads to progression and greater damage. Starting minoxidil as a preventive therapy and doing platelet rich plasma sessions may be helpful. PCOS is a disorder which affects the body not only at a hormonal level thereby affecting metabolism and fertility but also it has far reaching effects on a person's confidence when it has negative influence on appearance. (Puja Gupta)
Read More► How to combat PCOS in the lockdown
Are you dealing with the stressful symptoms of PCOS? Be it missed periods, excessive hair growth on the face or body, weight gain, acne, and fertility issues. The pandemic made it all the more difficult to consult our doctor face-to-face to deal with these problems, but digital healthcare platforms have made it easier for women dealing with such queries to consult the right doctor.
The Covid-19 pandemic may have accelerated the shift towards digital healthcare practices in India, but its adoption among women in 2020- especially in non-metro cities- has been significant. Registering an overall growth of more than 212 per cent from the previous year, online consultations emerged as one of the preferred modes of consulting doctors by women in India, according to data from Practo.
According to Practo, more women in non-metro cities opted for online consultations in 2020- growing at an average rate of 550 per cent, compared with 400 per cent recorded among women in metro cities. This means that even as the majority (65 per cent) of the total number of online consultations done by women in 2020 were from metro cities, there has been a steady increase in the percentage of women from non-metro cities adopting telemedicine. In fact, this trend has been developing over the past three years.
PCOS, skin allergy, weight loss, thyroid, depression, hair fall, and UTI were some of the most discussed queries by women from non-metro cities last year, says the health platform.
Women with PCOS have numerous cysts in their ovaries, caused by an overproduction of hormones called androgens. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that prevents the ovaries from functioning properly. PCOS is also a red flag for the inception of type 2 diabetes, explains Prabha Acharya, Homeopath, who also consults on Practo.
For few women, gaining weight can influence their hormones. If you're obese or overweight, this might help get your hormones back to normal. Losing 10 per cent of your body weight may help your menstrual cycle become more predictable. This should help you get pregnant.
Therefore, weight loss prior to conception helps improve the live birth rate in obese women with or without PCOS. In simple words, living a healthy lifestyle and following the diet, with regular exercise, no smoking, less stress, and control of diabetes and other medical conditions prescribed by your doctor should improve your fertility odds. To lose weight on a PCOS diet, re-frame your thinking to eating to live, not living to eat.
Quick tips from the doctor:
1. Drink a lot of water and keep yourself well hydrated.
2. Eat foods low on the glycemic index. Low glycemic index foods are carbohydrates that break down slowly in the body, not causing a dramatic spike and then drop in insulin levels. Eat oats, brans, whole grains, broccoli, apples, etc. Avoid foods that are sugary and starchy such as syrups, sugar, jams, scones, white bread products, etc.
3. Eat more fruits and vegetables for good fiber intake. Fiber helps promote healthy estrogen metabolism which aids in the reduction of elevated levels of androgens. E.g. whole grains, apples (with skin), green leafy vegetables, etc.
4. Eat small frequent meals in a day and avoid skipping any meal and especially the first meal of the day i.e. breakfast.
5. Include lean protein in your diet. E.g. lean chicken, fish, egg, nuts, legumes, pulses, low-fat dairy products, skimmed milk, etc.
6. Eat healthy Omega-3 fats in your diet. Sources: fatty fish, olive oil, walnuts, flax seeds, etc. And avoid foods that are high in saturated fat, such as meats, cheeses, and fried foods.
7. Get some sun rays for 10-15 mins for your Vitamin D requirement. Great food sources of vitamin D are cod liver oil, eggs, salmon, etc.
8. Exercise daily. Exercise plays a huge role by keeping weight in check, this helps regulate the hormones and increases chances of ovulation.
9. Distress yourself. Try yoga.
10. Avoid drinking aerated drinks. Avoid processed, junk food. Quit smoking and alcohol. A regular visit to the doctor for follow-up.
Follow your plan and most importantly believe in yourself, because only you have the potential to change your circumstances! (Siddhi Jain)
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The most common endocrine disorder in a woman of reproductive age, it affects up to 10% of women of reproductive age.
It is a set of symptoms related to an imbalance of hormones that can affect women and girls of reproductive age. Defined and diagnosed by a combination of signs and symptoms of androgen excess/ovarian dysfunction/polycystic ovarian morphology on ultrasound. In PCOS condition, woman has an imbalance of a female sex hormones. It may lead to menstrual cycle changes/cysts in the ovaries/ trouble getting pregnant /and other health factors/ issues.
According to Ayurveda, PCOS is closely related to artava- kshaya vyadhi. And according to types, it is of two types : one is kapha pradhana and other pitta vataja.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: Symptoms
Symptoms of PCOS include changes in period(menstrual cycle).
Irregular periods, that sometimes maybe light/heavy.
No period after had one/normal ones during puberty ( secondary amenorrhea).
PCOS can cause to develop male-like characteristics, virilization. It includes symptoms like-
Body hair growing on the chest/ belly/ face/ around the nipples.
Decreased breast size
Enlargement of the clitoris.
Thinning of the hair on the head = male pattern baldness.
Deeper voice/acne that gets worsen.
Dark/ thick skin markings and creases around the armpits/groin/ neck/breasts.
Dermatological Features - hirsutism/ oily skin/ balding/ skin discoloration/ acne.
Menstrual Disorders - amenorrhea/ oligomenorrhea/ menorrhagia.
Polycystic Ovaries - enlarged ovary/ excessive follicles.
Metabolic - obesity/metabolic syndrome/ Insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes.
When To See Your Doctor For PCOS Disease?
When irregular/heavy/ missed periods occur due to missed ovulation and with the above-mentioned signs and symptoms appear, then you should consult doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: Causes
Generally, PCOS is linked to changes in the level of certain hormones: estrogen and progesterone, female hormones and small amount of androgens in women.
The reason behind PCOS syndrome is not completely understood. Changes make it harder for a woman’s ovaries to release fully grown (=mature) eggs/ovaries. Normally, one/ more eggs are released during a woman’s period, called ovulation. In PCOS/PCOS, mature eggs are not released from the ovaries, instead, they form small-sized cysts in the ovary.
It can lead to infertility. Other symptoms that appear are due to the hormone imbalances occur. Some doctors believe that high levels of male hormones prevent the ovaries from producing hormones and disturb the ovarian functions. Genes/insulin resistance/ inflammation also linked to excess androgen production.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: Diagnosis
Diagnosis is based upon the presence of any two of the following three criteria considered basically :
[American society for reproductive medicine (ASRM)/or European society of human reproduction and embryology (ESHRE, 2003)].
1) Oligo and / anovulation
2) Hyperandrogenism (clinical/ biochemical)
3) Polycystic ovaries.
Lab Investigations: estrogen, LH, FSH, Blood sugar, lipid profile, vaginal ultrasound.
Ultrasonography: USG showing necklance appearance of ovaries. Ovary enlarged with multiple cysts.
Serum: high level of free estrogen in serum.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: General Tips / Preventive Measures
Maintain a healthy weight/normal BMI.
Change your lifestyle = moderate exercise activities + suitable diet plan.
Weight loss can reduce insulin and androgens levels and can restore ovulation.
Exercise and YOGA regularly.
Regular exercise patterns prevent insulin resistance and help to keep your weight in control.
Limit your carbohydrate diets.
Vigorous exercise- asanas/ pranayama.
What To Avoid?
High calorie / carbohydrates/ fat rich diet.
Bakery items/ junk foods.
Avoid excessive sleeping.
Pastries/ white bread/ fried foods.
Sugary beverages = soda or energy drinks.
Processed meats/ hot dogs/ sausages.
Solid fats = margarine/lard
Excessive red meat = steaks/ hamburgers/ pork.
What To Eat?
Low glycemic index food like - whole grains/ legumes/ nuts/ seeds/ fruits/ starchy vegetables/ unprocessed low carbohydrate foods.
Berries/ leafy greens
Extra virgin oil
Natural/ unprocessed foods.
Spinach/ dark/ leafy greens.
High fiber foods.
Dried beans/ other legumes.
Walnuts/ almonds/ pistachios.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: Questions And Answers
Q.1) What physical signs will suggest PCOS ( Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) ?
Ans.- On examination with women, the following findings suggest PCOS:
Enlarged ovaries, etc.
Q.2) What are the other signs of PCOS?
Ans.- Other signs include infertility, oily skin, patches of thickened, velvety, darked skin called acanthosis nigricans, skin tags, obesity/weight gain.
Q.3) How does PCOS affect health?
Ans.- It can cause other problems including metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, excess body fat around waist, abnormal cholesterol levels, can cause cardiovascular disease/ strokes/ diabetes, type-2 diabetes, endometrial hyperplasia, cancer risk factors, gestational diabetes, miscarriage/ premature birth, liver inflammation, sleep apnea, mental health issues( depression/anxiety/ eating disorders).
Q.4) Is PCOS syndrome a lifelong condition?
Ans.- The hormone imbalance of PCOS and the symptoms can be persist throughout life if not treated in a proper time. If signs and symptoms occur, then you should consult doctor immediately to make it more critical situation.
Q.5) What are the clinical features of PCOS?
Ans.- Clinical features include:-
- Patient complaints of increasing obesity ( abdominal- 50%), menstrual abnormalities (70%) in the form of oligomenorrhea, amenorrhea/ dysfunctional uterine bleeding/ infertility. Presence of hirsutism /acne are the important features considered (70%). Virilism is rare. Often characterized by acanthosis nigricans/ HAIR-AN syndrome.
Q.6) How serum levels give result in PCOS ?
Ans.- For better investigation of PCOS, Doctor suggest serum test. Serum values that suggest PCOS include:-
Elevated LH levels/ LH:FSH > 2:1
Raised level of estradiol and estrone.
Raised serum testosterone/ DHEA( dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate) marginally elevated.
Raised fasting insulin levels.
Q.7) What causes androgen levels to raise in PCOS?
Ans.- Abnormal regulation of the androgen forming enzyme P450 C17 is thought to be the main cause for excess production of androgens from the ovaries and adrenals. The principal source of androgens are - ovary, adrenal, systemic metabolic alteration.
Q.8) How management of PCOS occur?
Ans.- Management of PCOS needs individualization of the patient. Present symptoms of patient is generally noted. Treatment is primarily targeted to correct the biochemical abnormalities on pcos/pcod. In obese patients, first line of treatment includes weight reduction, It improves the metabolic syndrome and reproductive function.
Q.9 ) Why insulin level increases in PCOS? What are its causes?
Ans.- Women having PCOS also have insulin resistance - a condition that leads to high glucose levels and leads to prediabetes / type 2 diabetes. The pancreas in our body produces insulin along with other functions. Typically insulin is secreted in response to increased blood levels of glucose, a small sugar molecule. Insulin allows cells in our body to take glucose for energy from carbohydrates. When someone has insulin resistance, the body does not respond to insulin as efficiently/ quickly which leads to high glucose levels in the blood and low energy. Therefore, Insulin level increases as the body begins to deal differently with sugar.
Q.10) What are the various treatment available in Ayurveda for PCOS?
Ans.- Principles of Treatment in Ayurveda is mainly depended on kapha pradhana/ pitta pradhana type. According to which, snehana, vamana, virechana, yoga basti; panchakarma procedures included. For Shamana, weight loss treatment, exercise and diet along with some classical and proprietary formulations is given to the patient.
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Lodhra is a flowering plant that is ranked top for its exquisite medicinal attributes. Almost every part of the plant, including leaves, bark, and roots, is enriched with medicinal content, which marks Lodhra as an important tool for ayurvedic medical practitioners. Symplocosracemosa is the scientific name of the plant and is known as Rodhra, PaitKaLodhra, SabaraLodhra, Tirita, Mugam, Lodha, Vellilothram, Lodhuga, Pachotti across various parts of the world. It is commonly found in the Northeastern states of India like Assam and pegu regions.
Historical uses of Lodhra
Lodhra is known for ameliorating a lot of medical conditions like diabetes, gum and dental issues, skin problems, ear and eye diseases, constipation, epistaxis (nose bleeding), diarrhea, piles, wounds, and also in improving body strength. So these are some of the health problems that can be treated by using Lodhra.
Moreover, due to the antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, Lodhra is widely used to solve women's major problems. Women comprise a major proportion of Lodhra admirers as it effectively manages vaginal infections, including leucorrhea, menorrhagia, and maintaining hormone levels, which eventually help women suffering from PCOS.
Benefits of Lodhra in Ayurvedic treatment
Lodhra is highly used in Ayurvedic medicines because of its medicinal properties that help in the treatment of a number of health problems. Check out the benefits of Lodhrain the treatment of health problems.
1. Helps in managing the diabetes
The imbalance of Vata and Kaphadosha paves the way for diabetes and poor internal health. This condition can be managed with the Kapha balancing properties of Lodhra, and its Balya( strength provider) trait can improve the overall internal health. Moreover, due to the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, Lodhra is beneficial for managing diabetes.
2. Helps in the treatment of wounds
Applying Lodhra along with rose water on the wounds can accelerate wound healing due to its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and astringent properties.The antimicrobial property of Lodhra checks the infection of wounds. The anti-inflammatory, astringent, and cooling properties control bleeding and provide a soothing effect.
Tips for using Lodhra for the treatment of wound
If you want to treat your wound using Lodhra, then you can follow these steps.
a. You could take about 1-2 teaspoons of Lodhra powder in a bowl.
b. Then you could add rose water to the bowl and mix well to make a paste.
c. Start applying this paste on your wound and let it dry.
d. Once the paste dries, you can use lukewarm water for cleaning your wound.
e. You can repeat this process for the treatment of a wound.
3. Helps in managing epistaxis
Nasal bleeding occurs due to aggravation of Pitta dosha. The Grahi (absorbent) and Sita (cold) property of Lodhra thickens the blood. The hemostatic and astringent properties of Lodhra check epistaxis (nose bleeding). It thickens the blood and constricts the blood vessels that control bleeding and inflammation.
Tips for using Lodhra powder for controlling epistaxis
If you are suffering from epistaxis, then you can follow these steps for the treatment.
a. You could take about ½ - 1 teaspoon of Lodhra powder along with rice water or plain water two times a day.
b. You can repeat this process every day for treating epistaxis.
4. Helps in managing Leucorrhea
The imbalance of Kaphadosha leads to leucorrhea. The Kashaya property of Lodhra controls aggravated Kapha and reduces the symptoms. The antimicrobial activity inhibits the growth of microorganisms involved in vaginal infection. The other medicinal properties, along with cooling and soothing effects, also add to the importance of Lodhra.
Tips for using Lodhrapowder for managing Leucorrhea
If you are suffering from leucorrhea, then you can follow these steps for the treatment.
a. You could take about ½ - 1 teaspoon of Lodhra powder along with rice water or plain water two times a day.
b. You can repeat this process every day for managing leucorrhea.
5. Helps in managing Menorrhagia
Raktapadar or excessive menstrual blood secretion is due to the aggravated Pitta dosha. The Sita and Kashaya properties of Lodhra control the heavy bleeding. The astringent and hemostatic properties constrict the blood vessels and control excessive bleeding.
Tips for using Lodhrapowder for managing Menorrhagia
If you are suffering from menorrhagia, then you can follow these steps for the treatment.
a. You could take about ½ - 1 teaspoon of Lodhra powder along with rice water or plain water two times a day.
b. You can repeat this process every day for managing menorrhagia.
6. Helps in controlling hemorrhages
The imbalance of Pitta dosha causes hemorrhage. The RaktaStambhak, Ropan, Kashaya, and Pitta balancing properties of Lodhra can provide a better condition.
7. Helps in the treatment of gum problems
Lodhra can treat swollen, spongy, and bleeding gums. The anti-inflammatory and astringent property lessens swelling and checks to bleed. It also gives a cooling and soothing effect on gums. Lodhra powder, along with honey, when applied to gums, can give relief from swelling and pain.
8. Helps in managing dental problems
Dental problems like pain, bleeding, inflammation, and infection that are generally due to Vata-Pitta dosha's imbalance can be managed by Lodhra with its Pitta balancing property. It can manage infections and inflammations due to its Sothhar (anti-inflammatory)and Kashaya (astringent) traits. The Sita( cold) and RaktaStambhak(hemostatic) properties of Lodhra provide a cooling effect, thereby stopping the bleeding. Moreover, the analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties of Lodhracan help to lessen toothache. However, there is no much evidence to support the role of Lodhra in other dental issues.
9. Helps in the treatment of skin problems
The imbalance of Pitta-Kaphadosha leads to skin problems like inflammation and acne. The Pitha-Kapha balancing properties of Lodhra helps to solve this and prevent further damage. The anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant properties have escalated the use of Lodhra in solving skin issues. Lodhra helps protect the skin cells against damage. It also controls wrinkles, hence making it a major component of anti-wrinkle creams.
10. Helps in improving body strength
Lodhra hasBalya( strength provider) property that can help maintain and retain the overall body strength and health. However, according to scientific studies, There is no proven technique to improve body strength.
11. Helps in the treatment of ear and eye infections
The eye or ear inflammation or infection due to Pitta-dosha imbalance can be managed with Lodhra’sSothhar, Kashaya, Ropan (healing), and Chakushya( eye tonic) properties. Moreover, Lodhra has anti-inflammatory properties that can treat eye infections.
12. Helps in the treatment of PCOS
Lodhra increases female hormones and reduces male hormones. This eventually helps in the maturation and release of eggs, making the condition better and leading to regular menstrual cycles. The anti-androgenic effect of Lodhra can help in maintaining the estrogen level while keeping male hormones in check. This will help women to maintain the regular menstrual cycle and control.
Dosage of Lodhra recommended by doctors
The quantity of Lodhra recommended by doctors is as follows:
• Lodhra powder- You could take about ½ - 1 teaspoon of Lodhra powder two times a day, or you could take the quantity as required by you.
Usage of Lodhra for ayurvedic treatments
Lodhra can be used and consumed for ayurvedic treatments. Check out how you can use and consume Lodhra for your treatments.
1. Lodhra powder
Being a rich source of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antipyretic properties is mainly used to solve skin issues. And is a major component of cosmetic products. ½ - 1 teaspoon of Lodhra powder, twice a day, is the recommended dose in case of consumption.
a. You could take about ½ - 1 teaspoon of Lodhra powder along with plain or rice water two times a day.
b. You can consume this after having your meals.
2. Lodhra water decoction
A. For regular consumption
I. You could consume about 10-20 teaspoons of Lodhra water decoction in equal doses throughout the day.
B. For managing vaginal discharge
I. You could take about 1-2 teaspoons of Lodhra powder in a boiling pot.
II. Then, you could add about 1-2 cups of water to the pot.
III. Start boiling the water until you get less than half the water remaining in the boiling pot.
IV. Now you can filter the decoction using your strainer.
V. Let the mixture cool down; after some time, apply it to the vagina.
VI. You can prepare Lodhra water decoction using this procedure.
3. Lodhra paste
A. For skin problems
If you are suffering from skin problems, then you can prepare a paste with Lodhra powder by following these steps.
I. You could take about 1-2 teaspoons of Lodhra powder in a bowl.
II. Then you can mix rose water into the bowl to make a thick paste.
III. You can then start applying this paste on your skin and let it dry.
IV. Once the paste dries, you can use lukewarm water to wash off the paste from the skin.
V. You can repeat this process for treating skin problems.
B. For eye problems
If you are suffering from pain or itchiness in your eyes, then you can follow these steps for relief.
I. You could take about ½ -1 teaspoon of Lodhra powder in a bowl.
II. Then you could mix some butter or ghee with Lodhra powder to make a thick and smooth paste.
III. Start applying this paste on your eyelids and waterline for getting relief from itchiness or eye pain.
C. For oral disorders
If you are suffering from oral disorders like gum pain, then you can use these steps for the treatment.
I. You could take about ½-1 teaspoon of Lodhra powder in a bowl.
II. Then you could mix some honey with Lodhra powder to make a thick paste.
III. Start applying this paste on your gums for relief.
Precautionary guide for consuming Lodhra
Certain precautions must be considered before consuming Lodhra.
According to experts, you must avoid consuming Lodhra on an empty stomach or in excessive amounts if you are suffering from gastrointestinal problems as there are chances of nausea, constipation, and abdominal heaviness.
For pregnant women
If you are pregnant, then it is recommended to avoid consuming Lodhra or consult your doctor before consuming Lodhra at the time of pregnancy. However, consuming Lodhra in small amounts is not harmful.
FAQ about Lodhra
What are the regions where Lodhra is found?
Lodhra can be found in north-east India. It is found mainly in Assam and Pegu areas.
What are the medicinal benefits of consuming Lodhra powder?
According to scientific studies, Lodhra has antioxidants that help prevent the damage caused to the cells by the free radicals. Lodhra powder has many medicinal benefits because of its medicinal properties. You can use Lodhra powder to treat skin problems like acne, pimples, or wrinkles as Lodhra has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. Moreover, you can also manage fever by consuming Lodhra powder as it has antipyretic properties.
According to ayurvedic studies, Lodhra powder is beneficial for treating health problems that usually occurs because of an imbalance of doshas like the Pitta and Kaphadoshas in the body. Some of these problems are acne, pimples, or skin inflammation that occurs due to Pitta and Kaphadoshas' imbalance. However, Lodhra powder has sita, sothhar, Pitta, and Kapha balancing properties that help balance the doshas of the body and thereby help treat skin problems. Moreover, Lodhra also has ropan and balya properties that help in fast wound healing and improving the overall stamina of the body.
Ayurvedic tips for using Lodhra powder for managing skin problems
If you are suffering from skin problems, you can prepare a Lodhra powder paste by following these steps.
a. You could take about 1-2 teaspoons of Lodhra powder in a bowl.
b. Then you can mix rose water into the bowl to make a thick paste.
c. You can then start applying this paste on your skin and let it dry.
d. Once the paste dries, you can use lukewarm water to wash off the paste from the skin.
e. You can repeat this process for treating skin problems.
Are there any benefits of Lodhra for the treatment of PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)?
Lodhra helps in managing the problems of PCOS. This is a condition when the eggs in the ovary do not manure or get released. The reason for PCOS is the increase in testosterone levels in the body, where the female hormones like estrogen or progesterone decrease. However, Lodhra has anti-androgenic property, which is beneficial in decreasing the level of testosterone in the body and increasing the female hormones, which thereby helps in managing PCOS.
Is Lodhra effective for the treatment of leucorrhea?
Lodhra is beneficial for the treatment of leucorrhea as it has antimicrobial property that prevents the growth of bacteria, which could further lead to vaginal infections. Moreover, Lodhra has cooling and anti-inflammatory properties that may be beneficial for managing excessive vaginal discharge.
Are there any benefits of Lodhra for managing heavy menstrual bleeding?
Lodhra has astringent and hemostatic properties that are beneficial for managing heavy menstrual bleeding. Therefore, if you want to manage heavy menstrual bleeding, you can consume Lodhra powder as it will help constrict the blood vessels and thereby control heavy bleeding.
Does Lodhra help in the treatment of bleeding piles?
Lodhra has astringent and hemostatic properties that are beneficial for treating bleeding piles as consuming Lodhra powder will help make your blood thick and thereby control bleeding. Moreover, Lodhra will also constrict the blood vessels to control bleeding.
Are there any benefits of Lodhra for the treatment of Diarrhea?
Lodhra has antimicrobial, anti-diarrheal, and astringent properties that are beneficial for the treatment of diarrhea. Therefore, if you are suffering from diarrhea, you can use the Lodhra bark to improve digestion and control intestinal secretions.
Can we use Lodhra for managing nose bleeding?
Lodhra has astringent and hemostatic properties that help manage or control nose bleeding as it helps make the blood thick and thereby control hemorrhage. Moreover, Lodhra has anti-inflammatory properties that help in reducing the inflammation.
Does the consumption of Lodhra powder lead to constipation?
Lodhra powder has grahi and kashaya properties that may lead to constipation if consumed in high amounts. Therefore, there are chances that Lodhra can make your stool a bit hard, which thereby causes constipation.
Does Lodhra help in preventing hemorrhages?
According to scientific studies, there is not enough evidence to support whether Lodhra helps prevent hemorrhages.
According to ayurvedic studies, hemorrhages are because of the imbalance of Pitta dosha in the body. However, Lodhra has Pitta balancing and Kashaya properties that help in managing or preventing hemorrhages. Moreover, Lodhra also has Raktastambhak and ropan properties that help in preventing blood loss and help in faster healing.
Are there any benefits of Lodhra for a diabetic patient?
According to scientific studies, Lodhra has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help manage diabetes as Lodhra helps prevent the cell damage caused by free radicals. Moreover, Lodhra helps in better insulin secretion and thereby reducing the blood glucose levels in the body.
According to ayurvedic studies, the reason for diabetes is because of the imbalance of Vata and Kaphadoshas in the body that leads to high blood sugar levels. However, Lodhra has Kapha balancing properties that help in managing diabetes. Moreover, Lodha has balya properties that help in improving the overall strength of a diabetic patient.
Can consuming Lodhra help in improving body strength?
According to scientific studies, there is not enough evidence available to support whether Lodhra helps in improving body strength.
According to ayurvedic studies, Lodhra has balya property that helps in improving body strength. Moreover, Lodhra also helps in maintaining and retaining the overall health of the body. Therefore, if you want to improve your body strength, then you could consume Lodhra powder.
Does consume Lodhra helps in managing excessive vaginal discharge?
Lodhra has antimicrobial properties that help in managing excessive vaginal discharge as it prevents the growth of bacteria that causes vaginal infections. Moreover, Lodhra has astringent, anti-inflammatory, and cooling properties that are beneficial for providing relief from vaginal discharge as it also acts as a soothing agent.
Can we use Lodhra for the treatment of wounds?
Lodhra has antimicrobial property that helps in the treatment of wounds as it prevents the growth of bacteria that could lead to infections on your wound. Moreover, it also has anti-inflammatory, astringent, and cooling properties that help in controlling bleeding.
What is the right procedure for making a face pack with Lodhra powder?
If you want to make a face make with Lodhra powder, then you can follow these steps for the preparation.
a. You could take Lodhra powder, Multanimitti, RaktaChandan, and Manjistha powder in equal quantities. Mix all the ingredients well in a bowl.
b. Then you could add rose water or buttermilk to make a thick paste.
c. You also have the option of adding lemon juice or tulsi powder to the paste.
d. Start applying this paste on your face and let it dry.
e. Once the paste has dried, you can wash off the paste with lukewarm water.
According to experts, one in five women can suffer from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS, which means, there may be several women around you at the risk of problems ranging from menstrual irregularities to complications in pregnancy. Gynaecologists stress on the importance of a healthy diet, exercise, and maintaining optimum weight to battle the condition.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a hormonal disorder in reproductive-age women. It is a common in women with infertility problems.
"Women suffer from PCOS due to excessive androgen production which is a male like hormone and inefficiency of insulin hormone to process sugars. This gets triggered by stress, sedentary lifestyle and excessive carbohydrate and trans fats based diets, and indiscriminate use of hormones. It can be heredity and is more prevalent in Asian ethnicity. The ovaries produce abnormally high levels of androgen, causing hirsutism and acne. Women having PCOS may suffer from diabetes, heart, and blood vessel problems. Irregular menses and having polycystic ovaries can be the signs of it" highlights Dr Girija Wagh, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Apollo Spectra Hospital, Pune.
"Add fiber to your diet to lower the insulin levels and enhance the health of your gut. Eat seeds, berries, legumes, flax seeds, and whole grains. Opt for grilled chicken, salmon, fish, beans, tofu, shrimp, and tuna. Try avocado, quinoa, brown rice, kale, and spinach. Women with PCOS are at a higher risk of type-2 diabetes. A low-GI diet can help in weight loss and improve insulin sensitivity. Eat nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables, and low-carbohydrate foods. Avoid sweets, processed foods, saturated and trans fats. Your doctor may prescribe medication to reduce acne or hair growth and help you with PCOS," said Dr Wagh.
"Of all women in the reproductive age 18 to 35 years, 15-20 percent suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). While younger women age 15 years to 25 years, 25 percent may suffer from irregular periods, experience hirsutism (unwanted male-pattern hair growth) and obesity, in the slightly older age group, it may lead to infertility, risk of miscarriages, and pregnancy complications. Conceiving a baby and maintaining a pregnancy can be difficult with PCOS. Around every third woman who comes to seek help from a fertility expert, has a PCOS problem. It is also common in women suffering from obesity. An ideal Body Mass Index (BMI) is 25 but when one is obese, the BMI goes over 27-28 and this becomes worrisome. PCOS is a lifelong health condition but one can manage it with healthy eating habits, physical activity, and weight loss," explained Dr Bharati Dhorepatil, Fertility Consultant, Nova IVF Fertility, Pune.
Dr Dhorepatil added,"Older women suffering from PCOS may take a long time to get pregnant compare to other women. Being overweight reduces fertility and can contribute to women with PCOS taking longer to conceive. Fertility treatment can be helpful for women who want to embrace motherhood. In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) is one of the types of assisted reproductive technology (ART) that is given using a combination of medicines and surgical procedures in order to get pregnant."
Women with PCOS should consult an IVF expert and choose the right treatment accordingly. (Siddhi Jain)