By: Dr. Shreya Shetty
Reading through the lines of a magazine, cartoon caught my eye. A chubby boy holding his mother’s hand waiting for the signal to turn green to cross the road, watching the herd of roly poly people, screams seeing one woman who is apparently a thin leggy woman, look mama a skinny lady.
This cartoon actually made me think where are we heading to and how skinny people are actually getting into the minority of the population. Fitness centers are becoming a new fad among the younger generation, “pay so and so amount and loose weight in 2 weeks” has become a new slogan with the health care centers. How and when did we get so out of control? So far removed from nature? So complicated, high tech and absurd?
India has witnessed about 30 percent rise in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) cases in the last couple of years. Though Ayurveda has not given any direct correlation to PCOS, the symptoms can be compared to santarpanotta vikaras, rasavaha sroto dusti vikaras and medovaha sroto dusti vikaraas. The nidanas majorly being mitya ahara, diwaswapna, consumption of navadhanya, excessive consumption of madhura, guru ahara etc.
Sedentary lifestyles add to the impaired metabolism, also less energy consumption in the form of glucose and majority being converted into fats. Diwaswapna aspect can be easily talked about here as PCOS is commonly seen in people working odd hours and thus sleeping during day time. Rasavaha sroto dusti can be correlated to stress which can be a powerful contributor of PCOS.
However this silent epidemic can easily be tackled by adopting certain easy lifestyle changes.
1. These disease can be attributed to mandaagni thus avoid taking cold drinks like ice water, cola with meals which suppresses the agni.
2. Exercise at least half an hour every day.
3. Give a gap of 3 hours between 2 meals.
4. Relaxation is the key in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Posture’s designed for PCOS helps open up the pelvic area & promote relaxation and strength to the entire reproductive organs. You can relax in the asana by coordinating it with breathing. Pranayama’s (breathing exercises) are powerful techniques that help calm the mind. Yoga has several poses that aids in weight loss, relieves stress and improves blood circulation to the ovary, thus naturally curing PCOS.
5. The diet plan should be tailored as per individual requirement and degree of insulin resistance. Ayurveda advises to choose low Glycemic Index (G.I) foods – such as cauliflower, tomatoes, onions, peaches, apples, and grapefruit for those suffering from PCOD. These food items help in slowing the rise in blood sugar levels and pacify the strength of the disease.
6. Drink plenty of fluids and liquids.
7. Fennel seeds also known as shatapushpa in Sanskrit are a good supplement for PCOS. They are rich source of phytoestrogens. Phytoestrogens in fennel, helps in reducing insulin resistance and in bringing down the inflammation in PCOS. Phytoestrogens are also believed to help reduce the cellular imbalance which leads to metabolic disturbances in PCOS.
8. A mixture of three fruits- Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) and Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica) blended in it; Triphala, is one of the most popular Ayurvedic classical formulations! It is a rich source of vitamin C- a powerful natural antioxidant that helps in reducing inflammation by scavenging free radicals. Triphala helps in cleansing and detoxifying your system and hence is best taken prior to taking any other Ayurvedic medicines.
Thus accepting a healthy lifestyle and practicing the same on a regular basis makes the journey called womanhood, a wonderful experience.
Dr. Shreya Shetty, AyurCentral, Yelahanka New Town,
No.40, Shop No.2, Ist A Main Road, Yelahanka New Town, Opposite Corporation Bank, Bangalore – 560064, Ph: 9538666300