The Homeopathic Approach to Treatment of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome in a Rural Set-up
05 February 2020 (online)
Background: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a complex, chronic lifestyle-linked disorder associated with hyperandrogenism, oligo-anovulation and polycystic ovarian morphology.
According to Indian Council of Medical Research, one out of ten women in India suffers from PCOS and the number is increasing alarmingly, even in rural areas. Changing dietary habits (consumption of fatty, processed foods) and sedentary lifestyles result in decreased metabolism, insulin resistance and obesity – factors contributing to menstrual irregularities.
Aim: The objective of the study was to assess the efficacy of homeopathy as a treatment option for PCOS.
Methods: A retrospective observational study of 72 patients, who were diagnosed cases of PCOS, was carried out at a community hospital in rural Maharashtra.
In a mass setting with a large number of patients from poor socio-economic strata, presenting with common symptoms of PCOS, there was paucity of characteristic symptoms. Therefore, the keynote method of prescribing was employed. The data regarding each patient’s presenting symptoms was noted. The protocol followed in this study was formed based on totality of common symptoms of PCOS (irregular menses, obesity, secondary hirsutism, lethargy, acne, infertility). One characteristic symptom (keynote) was selected as a differentiating rubric to choose the most similar remedy from the ones derived.
Each patient’s monthly progress and clinical outcomes, up to one year of starting therapy, were noted.
Results: Out of common symptoms of PCOS, lethargy, loss of general feeling of well-being and irregular menses were the first ones to be ameliorated, which indicates the correct direction of homeopathic action.
Conclusion: Homeopathy as a treatment modality may add substantial value to the paradigm of PCOS management.
Keywords: PCOS, homeopathy, keynote