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PCOS or Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome

Most common symptoms of PCOS are:

· Acne, its aggravation
. enlarged ovaries with multiple small cysts, an abnormally
high number of follicles at various states of maturation, and a
thick, scarred capsule surrounding each ovary.
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· Amenorrhea (lack of menstrual periods) Absent menses
(amenorrhea), usually (but not always) after having one or more
normal menstrual periods during puberty (secondary amenorrhea)
· Oligomenorrhea (very light menstrual cycles), heavy flows at
shorter span cycles are also observed when pitta vitiation is ecessive. Exess unopposed estrogen gives rise to this situation and contrary to most beliefs, is easier to treat than vatic from of PCOS: most women suffering from Vatic PCOS have
irregular menses and may have scanty menstruation (oligomenorrhea) or
no menses at all (amenorrhea).
· Decreased breast size
· Anovulation (lack of ovulation and therefore infertility)
· Dysfunctional uterine bleeding (abnormal bleeding patterns at mid cycles)
· Hirsutism (excess hair growth, usually in a male pattern),
Growth is centred on the body, calf muscles, slightly below big toe
on feet, thighs, below navel, between breasts and mustache region.
Sometimes thick eyebrows and cheeks too. Facial hair, and/or thinning
of the scalp hair This pattern is sometimes termed virilization. This
is a advance of PCOS in difficult to treat regime. Change of voice may be present. Experienced vaidyas can spot a case by the hair growth easily.
· Infertility
· Insulin resistance (problems with blood sugar regulation)
· Male-pattern hair loss and fat deposition
· Weight gain, difficulties loosing weight, central obesity

In polycystic ovary disease, under-developed follicles accumulate in
the ovaries. Follicles are sacs within the ovaries that contain ova.
The ova in these follicles fail to mature and, therefore, cannot be
released from the ovaries. Instead, they accumulate as cysts in the
ovary. Such ovaries are two to five times larger than normal ovaries,
and they have a white, thick, tough outer covering. Women are usually
diagnosed when in their 20s or 30s.This can contribute to
infertility. The lack of follicular maturation and inability to
ovulate are likely caused by low levels of follicle stimulating
hormone (FSH) and higher-than-normal levels of androgens (male
hormones) produced in the ovary. The ratio of LH to FSH is used by
modern medicine as a pointer to PCOS. If a woman is suffering from
excess androgens, an experienced vaidya can pick up the features from
face, body frame etc. In medical astrology, influence of masculine
planets on 5th house of the chart indicates such possibilities. Many
feel urge to evacuate the bowels but when they visit toilet, nothing
happens. In the same way, in PCOS, eggs are there, but their lack of
maturity precluses their expulsion from the ovary. Ayurveda believes
that for a healthy baby, a strong healthy ovuma and equally strong
sperms are needed. Hence at least 3-6 months of strengthening of
ovaries, uterus, sperms are attempted by diet, herbal treatment.
Insulin resistance is believed to cause polycystic ovarian syndrome.
In addition to other hormones, insulin helps regulate ovarian
function. When someone is insulin resistant, this means that cells
throughout the body do not readily respond to insulin circulating in
the blood. For this reason, the amount of insulin remains high in the
blood (called hyperinsulinemia). High levels of insulin can
contribute to lack of ovulation, high androgen levels, infertility,
and early pregnancy loss.

Women who underwent precocious puberty have higher risk of PCOS.
Women diagnosed with this disorder frequently have a mother or sister
with similar symptoms commonly associated with PCOS.

Treatment for PCOS

Exercise and weight reduction have been shown to be highly
beneficial in the treatment of PCOS and its symptoms. Exercise can
helps reduce weight, regulate menstrual cycles, and reduce risk
factors for diabetes and heart disease which are associated with
PCOS.

Women with PCOS respond well to simple carbohydrates with low
calories, low animal product, high fiber diet which helps reduce
weight, regulate blood sugar and insulin levels, and reduce
inflammatory prostaglandins. author recommends avoiding night shade
family.

Diet can help to regulate blood sugar and insulin levels, reduce
circulating androgens, improve ovarian function, improve fertility,
reduce risk of heart disease, and support liver detoxification of
estrogens.

Depending on symptoms of PCOS, a variety of herbal options exist.
Modern science offes mostly birth control pills to regulate cycles,
anti-diabetets medicines such as metformin/glucophage for
hyperinsulinemia and synthetic hormone tablets such as clomid to
force ovulations. With new scientific evidence drawing links between
use of the contraceptive pill and anxiety and depression, the use of
female hormones in the treatment of excessive androgens may bring
about additional undesirable symptoms in women already looking for
relief. Few of this authors patient obtained excessive central
obesity after using birth control pills for 5-10 years.

Ayurveda has a wide range of phytosterols to strengthen ovarian
functions. Various Ghrutams made from herbs and cow ghee are used to
balance out hormones. Aloe vera, cinnamon, fenugreek, amalki, honey,
glycosugars, shilajit, shatawari, aswgandha, Kauncha, Vidarikand,
salam, ashoka, etc is a wide spectrum. The goal of herbal medicine
might be reducing circulating androgens, optimizing ovarian function,
and supporting optimal endocrine function.

Any herbal treatment of PCOS must consider the fact that sex hormones
are steroids ie fats and are therefore water insoluble – which is why
they need the sex hormone binding globulins or SHBGs (which are water-
soluble proteins) to move through the bloodstream. In order to get
rid of used or excess hormones the liver conjugates, or joins, them
with another molecule to make them water soluble. They are then
excreted via the bile duct into the gut. If they hang about in the
gut too long these conjugates are broken down by bacteria in the gut
and the hormone component is reabsorbed into the hepatic portal vein.
This is known as entero-hepatic recirculation. So by increasing bile
flow you are helping to both improve the clearance of excess hormones
via the liver and reduce the amount of entero-hepatic recirculation.
Improved bowel function also helps to reduce insulin levels.
[http://www.gcwhite.co.uk/PCOS.htm]

Author obtained a reasonable success when treatment focused on
helping the liver function more optimally in the hormonal balancing
process. Let body take care of its own balance instead of
manipulating the hormones. Modulation of hormones is best left to
nervous system.

1/2 to 3/4 tsp. of cinnamon with every meal helps keep insulin &
blood sugar levels under control. Alternative practitioners and some
researchers believe that the hidden epidemic of PCOS is caused by bad
ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fats in diet. Fatty acids help keep cell
membranes flexible. Flexible cell membranes have more and better
insulin receptors, which improves glucose metabolism. Flax seed and
some kinds of deep-sea fish have them; in addition borage oil, black
currant oil, evening primrose oil, flax seed oil, fish oil are used
in west, but in ayurveda, sesame oil, cow butter and ghee is supposed
to take care of most of cardiac problems as well as insulin
resistance problems. Glycosugars are also essential as discussed by
this author in ayurvedaonline archieves under tittles "Iron rules of
Health".

Indian women can take a paste made from 21 leaves each of neem, bail,
tulsi at breakfast time to reduce insulin resistance. Similarly soak
1 tsp fenugreek seeds at bedtime in a cup of water, take this water
first thing in the morning.

A weight decrease of only 5 percent of total body weight is
associated with decreased insulin levels, increased fertility,
reduced hirsutism and acne, and lower androgen levels.

Western herbal medicine uses phytoestrogen and phytoprogesteronic
herbs, such as blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides) and false
unicorn root (Chamaelirium luteum), as well as liver herbs, like
milk thistle, dandelion (Taraxacum mongolicum), to work toward
hormonal balance. Vitamin supplements with antioxidants, including
zinc, and vitamins A, E, and C, are also recommended.

Although the treatments for PCOS seem simple and straightforward when
written in black and white, living with PCOS can be difficult and
stressful. Many women seek explanations for their symptoms, only to
be turned away by doctors who do not take their complaints seriously,
or who explain away their symptoms as simply "modern life". In
particular, excessive hair growth and acne are symptoms which have
been labeled "purely cosmetic" by doctors either not familiar with or
not willing to look deeper at what these symptoms might be pointing
to. Abnormal menstrual cycles, particularly in teenage sufferers of
PCOS, have similarly been labeled as variations on a normal cycle,
and women reporting particularly long and/or painful periods have
been treated with skepticism or disbelief. Because of the wide
variation of symptoms this syndrome exhibits, doctors may not be able
to recognize the link between them, and may exclude PCOS as a
possibility.



55 comments:

  1. Ayurveda is very similar to Chinese medicine. Chinese medicine, acupuncture and chinese herbs is also helpful for women with PCOS, infertility and weight gain. Here is a book about it http://www.amazinghealing.com/aiyana.php?nav=5&article_id=994

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  2. Marilyn11:43 PM

    Hi everyone, I hope this post will be relevant in a general way to the topic being discussed. I found out that vitamin D combined with calcium supplementation resulted in normalized menstrual cycles within 2 months for 7 of 13 women in a recent study at Columbia University. Two became pregnant and the others maintained normal menstrual cycles. Vitamin D plays a crucial role in calcium regulation and thus may help to normalize the development of your follicles and increase odds of becoming fertile. I got the information from this web page: www.ovarian-cysts-pcos.com/vitamindfertility

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  3. I thought the comment on weight gain and PCOS was particularly interesting.

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  4. Very useful and excellent information..


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  5. Very useful and excellent information..


    You may also find it useful to visit my website: http://www.healinginstitute.info

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  6. I am very interested in natural treatment for pcos as a sufferer myself and your article has been extremely useful. I am currently consulting with a kinesiologist but will consider your recommendations of Ayurveda.

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  7. Well.. i m 22 and living with this disease , i get to know abt it last month and realised that it has caused me thyroid too
    but within a month [as soon as i realised ] i started taking calcium with vit D 1000 mg daily and in addition to it i added one multivitamin tablet as a dietary supplement and take 200 mg karela twice a day and has lost 6 kg within 1 n half month and regaining my health back..
    i m planning to join yoga for getting rid of more androgens before going for laser.
    i was 60 kg and now my weight is 54 kg and my acne is also under control and seems my cycle is also regular

    So in short my guide to those who are want to try ayurveda

    regulate ur insulin
    rest all will be fine within few months rather than eating evecare or shatavari [infact they are dangerous and should be avoided]

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  8. http://www.sakthifoundation.org/irregularmenstruation.htm

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  9. Dear Parul, you are making unjustified comments. Shatavari is used even by pregnant women and is included in the rejuvenating herbs by Charakacharya. You should not mislead others .
    Clinically.Shatavari is a very good her for women. Thanks, no hard feelings here.

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  10. komal4:19 AM

    hi
    with this article i came to know about my problem in detail .can u ppl pl tell me how to loose weight so that i can treat my prob easily.thanks for this article.

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  11. Hi, I d spotted for 16days, a week ago my period had stopped, and for the next day after having sex I started bleeding and its still continuing, should I be concerned about this.
    I d diagnosed with pcos, currently I m on ayurvedic medication. Please help me in this regard.

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  12. i have had irregular menses since puberty. Now 6 rs married cannot concieve . tries IUI but no luck. My androgen in the body is high . doctor not sure whether PCOs or not since the ovaries look normal , no facial hir, acne etc. but irregular menses, low growth of follicle and late ovualtion. On teh 24th day of the cycle. Is there any help from avurveda

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  13. hi i am 26 now married for 2 years...one year back i was diagonised with PCOS.i have excess facial hair,specially on chin doctor asked me to try laser hair removal but unfortunately dint work now planning to go for electrolysis. I was put on metoformin and birth control pill called dianett.these tablets did help me to regularise my periods and with excercise reduced abt 10 kilos. now i have stopped taking them since i am trying to concieve.I have gained bak the same weight. Now i am planning to take ayurveda med and i hope it works.Just want to share few things with u gals tht if u start noticing oily scalp then try and was ur hair every day or else u will start noticing men patter baldness.use mild shampoo and was ur hair every day with luke warm water. drinking alovera juice can help reduce the weight. People like me who hav excess hair, there is this cream called VANIQA can help to decrease hair growth till u use it on the areas where u hav excess hair. But once u stop it the normal hair wld grow bak or reduced hair. But this cream will not stop complete hair growth but control the new hair growing and try and stop the grown once.This cream is expensive and not sure if u get it in india.I have also read tht reflexology can help u to hav regular period and also helps u to ovulate.this wld help for gals who are trying to conceive.I have started hating myself,i is to look so good and charming before but now i have lost everything and this facial hair is so disgusting... i cry almost everyday i dont even feel like going out with my friends. I cant tell them my problem i have gained weight mostly on my tummy , face and arms.hope god listens to me. gud luck to all u gals in the same boat as mine.

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  14. Anonymous3:27 AM

    What is Bail leaves? what's the indian name of this?

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    1. Jahnovee7:55 PM

      Search for "Aegle Marmelos" or "Stone Apple" in Google...It's also called Bilwa or Vilvam.

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  15. Anonymous12:31 PM

    I think you mean bay leaf not bail leaf..indian name of bay leaf is Tej patta..

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  16. Anonymous8:20 PM

    No Bail is a tree with fruits, its the same leaves which are used for religious purpose. In India we get these trees easily available on roadside or near to temples.

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  17. Anonymous7:25 PM

    My daughter of 12 years is in puberty, we consulted gynecologists who diagnosed PCOS. Will early medication help in getting rid of POly cysts? what kind of diet do you suggest?

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  18. Anonymous5:54 AM

    Is eve care good for regulating menstrual cycle, Please advise

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  19. Ayurworld6:42 AM

    Pls check the consultation link to get details..
    http://ayurworld.blogspot.com/2001/01/paid-ayurvedic-consultations.html

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  20. Anonymous11:58 AM

    Evecare can be good,.. as it contains, Aloe vera, ashoka,and Shatavari which are well known regulator and help in normalising Menses and reducing male hormeones.... along with Try Yoga.. Kapal Bhati, Anulom Vilom and mild Brisk walking every day for 20-30 min.. will help a lot

    Navankur Sood

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  21. Ny daughter is 15 and has been diagonosed with mild PCO and higher insulin level, She is suffering from excess facial and body hair. Eventhough she unwent 2 years of various types of laser along with orally taking glucophage-1500mg and aldectone -50mg the HAir grows back in 10 days, Please advise
    A very concerned mother

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  22. i am 25 yrs old, 2 yrs for marriage suffer from PCOS last 4 years. tried all sort of treatments ayurvedic, allopathic, accupressure, homeopathis, but all in vain.
    No cure, i am totally confused and now hav stopped all d treatments. i hav a problm of prolonged period, heavy bleedin, overweight etc.i wanna tel all u gals really difclt to get proper treatment for PCOS. if anyone cured completely out of this by a specific medicine.. plzz let me know.. advice !!!!

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    1. Rupali12:02 PM

      Dear Sona please take 5 ml of Ashokarisht and 1 tsp of fenugreek seeds (soaked in water overnight) along with water everyday. I face the same problem like urs........but this one helped lot.......

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    3. Hi, my wife has the PCOS problem bcoz of which she misses her MC and her follicle never grows so lack in ovulation. Did you have same kind of problem and have u got rid of it. Please share how? You may reply to me at navendu.mohanty@gmail.com

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  23. Anonymous4:22 AM

    I have been diagnosed with PCOS since 10 yrs.Ayurveda helps, but after 1-2 yrs after stoping the medication my irregularity relapsed. I have developed thick hair growth on thighs and chin. Also suffering from lots of hair loss, male pattern balding! tried allopathy / homeopathy etc.. but all in vain. The fact is there is no cure for pcos in modern science. All we can do is keep our weight in control, meditate, and try some ayurvedic medicine till we concieve. I hope God forgive us for whatever bad karmas we did b'coz of which we are less fortunate then others!!!

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  24. Anonymous4:26 AM

    Pls keep your bowels clean, eat healthy & fresh, stress / anxiety level low, constant chk on hormone levels, yoga & meditation, basic medications.. and leave rest on God! All the Best

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  25. Anonymous1:18 AM

    i have pcos,bp and thyroid problem. my weight is 65kg.i have took alot of medicine in alopathy.but pcos is not cure.i am interesting to take ayurveda medicine. i want pregnancy.pls give advice for me.

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  26. Anonymous4:03 AM

    im 28yrs old married for 8yrs, my problem is in overies egg growth.i have reduced my weignt and i have taken medicines also.i will do regular walking. pl advice me to improve the growth of the egg in natural food habits which is available in india especially in tamil nadu

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  27. what is bail leaves whether it available in tamil nadu.

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  28. Anonymous11:53 AM

    I sufer from PCOS too after diagonized to be pcos i took metformind and then stopped it after a year where i lost 5 % of my weight where i m not obesse , the pcos has got me abdominal weight male pattern baldness and facial excess hair i spend atleast 30 mins a day to fix my face . as i dont shave i pluck . i m 5.7" height and 140 lbs weight which is normal .what would you suggest me . diet & excercise ?

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  29. hello, i suffer pcos too but I am not obese. i tried to eat neem for more that 3 months now for purification of my blood circulation. Yesterday I just found out that neem prevent us from pregnancy. So if I stop now can I get pregnant soon? I'm so worried about this.

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  30. govindanandini12:19 PM

    hi, to all who are thinking what bail leave is ? well the spelling is wrong thats way we all couldnt get it.Its bel patr the leave which is offered to lord shiva.
    govindanandini

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  31. Anonymous4:42 PM

    electrolosis works best for hair removal, it is expensive and a long process but worth the money. try not to pluck this will increase hair growth.

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  32. Anonymous4:43 PM

    does anyone know of a website where i can learn specific yoga positions to help reduce weight and treat pcos. I am 23 and very worried about not being able to concieve. helllppp

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  33. hi..you can learn yoga from our site itself.
    just check out the page below
    http://ayurworld.blogspot.com/2000/01/learn-yoga-and-cure-your-disease.html

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  34. You can get treatment assistance from us.Just visit
    http://ayurworld.blogspot.com/2001/01/paid-ayurvedic-consultations.html

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  35. hi..you can learn yoga from our site itself.
    just check out the page below
    http://ayurworld.blogspot.com/2000/01/learn-yoga-and-cure-your-disease.html

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  36. Anonymous4:15 PM

    Hi all,

    I am a PCOS sufferer as well.I can help if you live in UK.There is a diet called DIETCARE and it had tremendous success in U.K.We had our 301th Baby in November. There is no cure but with the diet ,you can manage all the nasty symptoms of PCOS.If you live abroad, you can always do the course online.I have tried all sorts of therapies but that's the only one that has actually worked and I am now pregnant. SHATAVAR is a good herbal supplement and is safe throughout pregnancy.My ph no: U.K. 07920596797.mY name is Neel

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  38. Anonymous2:57 AM

    I was diagnosed as PCOS few yrs back.Fortunately I could conceive twins with medical help.But now I get periods after 2-3 months and I am putting on weight. Would like to know if anyone has got positive results with Ayurvedic treatment to regularize periods and reduce weight.Any good ayurvedic doctor in Pune?

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    1. Anonymous4:43 AM

      what treatment you went through?
      i would like to get the details of that...
      iam also a sufferer of pcos and starving for motherhood...

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  39. Thanks for the post this is additional info for me I'm a nursing student It help me a lot in my reports

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  40. Leanne11:43 AM

    I was diagnosed with PCOS. I'm 21 and have been taking ayurvedic medication for more than the past 6 months. My cycles went from about 45-50 days to presently about 33. The treatment has been very helpful but it must be combined with a healthy diet as mentioned in the article as well as a reasonable amount of exercise. I have also made efforts to reduce stress and I feel quite healthy overall. I recommend ayurveda because it's effective without side effects. I was initially taking metaformin for the PCOS but it was somehow not working for me.

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  41. Anonymous8:54 AM

    Hello Ayurworld, Great site. Ganoderma is thought to act as insulin in the body. Check out article on www.sites.google.com/site/ganodermareview

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  42. Anonymous12:31 AM

    it is possible to cure PCOD/PCOS, ONE OF THE REGION OF FEMALE INFERTILITY. MY WIFE SUFFER FORM THIS DISEASE , DOCTOR PRESCRIBE SO MANY TEST AND DRUGS BUT NO EFFECT , MY WIFE DURING ALLOPATHY HAVE SOME MAJOR SIDE EFFECT BUT NOT SEEN IN HERBAL ONE. BUT AT LAST WE MEET Dr. VERMA, AND ACCORDING TO THEIR GUIDELINE WE FOLLOWUP AURVEDIC THERAPY . Whithin two month my wife conceive and now she have 8 month pregnency. if any one suffering from this disease cont. Dr. verma 9839354290 or mvgolu@gmaol.com ,

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    1. Anonymous4:45 AM

      can you please explain what all were the medications in the ayurtherapy???

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    2. Anonymous9:18 AM

      Where is living dr verma can u tell me plzK

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  43. Anonymous5:37 AM

    i want to be free frm pcos

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  46. Anonymous11:14 PM

    Hi!very nice company.i like this one.ayurveda


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    Suhana

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  47. Thanks for posting!!keep it up!!
    Main Problems Faced by Women Trying to Conceive…………….
    Are you ovulating........?
    It is necessary to know the RIGHT Day, RIGHT Time and RIGHT Way for conception……
    Now it has become very easy to identify the right …. Day, Time, WAY…………………
    First you must determine the length of your menstrual cycle, which
    commences on the first day of bleeding or spotting and ends on the day
    before your next period starts (known as your cycle length).

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