Do you understand PCOD?
Polycystic Ovarion Disease (PCOD) commonly known in short as PCOD is a condition within which the ovary of the female is affected. This is a condition that has been becoming increasingly common among women of reproductive age. Though the exact cause/s of the disorder has not been established, it is generally believed to be genetic in nature. Some medical specialists are also of the opinion that this condition arises out of contemporary, fast-paced lifestyles and stress. PCOD is considered to be one of the major causes of subfertility in females.
Women suffering from PCOD usually have enlarged ovaries each of which contains small follicles filled with fluid.
PCOD is diagnosed with the help of an ultrasound examination which shows abnormal ovary size. However, the following symptoms points towards the disorder.
- Erratic menstrual cycle
- Excessive hair growth
How can yoga help?
Since stress and a hectic lifestyle are considered to be one of the causes of PCOD, calmness of the mind and a peaceful lifestyle prove beneficial in treating the disorder. Not only PCOD, yoga is considered to be beneficial in treating a lot of medical conditions. It is a natural and risk free tactic to enhance all; the physical, mental and emotional well-being of the humankind.
Yoga is beneficial in treating PCOD as it works on a more basic and deeper level than just the physical enhancement of the body. Pranayamas promote relaxation and calm the mind while asanas help lose weight while also opening up the pelvic area.
Yoga asanas beneficial for PCOD:
Sudarshan Kriya – This asana is known to curb excessive acne problem. It also controls frustration, mood swings, makes one feel enthusiastic, full of energy and keeps negative emotions in check.
Butterfly pose – While carrying this pose however, one may cut down on the leg flapping and try holding the posture for a long time instead.
Shavasana (corpse pose) – Relaxing shows the best results for PCOD and this asana is the perfect bet for doing just that!
Bharadvajasana – This asana entails twisting of the spine.
Padma Sadhana – This asana is believed to yield impressive results.
Supta Badhakonasana – Simply put, this asana is the reclining butterfly pose which entails the same procedure as the butterfly pose; the difference only being it is performed when lying down.
Chakki chalanasana – Copying the movement of a grinding wheel, this asana is known to benefit the uterus, the kidneys, the pancreas, the liver and massage the reproductive organs.
Sun salutation – Helps in weight loss. It is however, advisable to perform only a few rounds of this asana.
What not to do
Asanas that lay a great stress on the abdomen should be limited in duration and frequency. Postures like the bow pose, cobra pose, superman pose and the boat pose shouldn’t be held for a long time. It is also best if yoga is done under the guidance of a trained yoga professional.