Herbal Remedies For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
A condition that affects females in the age group of 20 – 30 years and is caused due to hormonal imbalance is called polycystic ovary syndrome. Herbs which are nutrient rich can help improve well- being and health although they cannot cure PCOS. The cause for the development of this condition is thought to be genetic and needs further understanding. Obesity and uncontrolled blood sugars are also considered to be important factors. The symptoms that are common are acne, male pattern hair growth, few or no menstrual cycles and insulin resistance. Some helpful herbs that can be part of a PCOS diet menu to control symptoms of the condition are given in the blog below.
Natural Treatment Options For PCOS
Cinnamon- High blood sugar levels are not uncommon in suffers of PCOS. Before the use of drugs are initiated, powdered cinnamon can be tried to improve insulin sensitivity of the body cells. Begin using quarter a teaspoon of cinnamon and gradually increase it to half a spoon. There is sufficient clinical data to show the efficacy of this treatment.
Fenugreek Seeds- It contains a chemical called trigonellone that can significantly reduce sugar levels and prevent their fluctuation. Use 5 to 10 grams of the seeds everyday. It can be soaked, powdered or dried before consumption.
Guggul- Many women experience high lipid levels because of the hormonal imbalance in PCOS. Guggul is an Ayurvedic herb that helps to normalize triglyceride and cholesterol levels. Tablets and capsules containing guggul are available.
Licorice- It contains natural hormones called phytoestrogens that can help normalize menstrual cycles on regular use. Licorice can interact with other drugs and hence should be taken only if approved by a doctor.
Turmeric – It is a good natural supplement that helps to reduce inflammation which can at times cause hormonal levels to go haywire. Both fresh or dry powdered turmeric can be used daily.
Using the above herbs and losing weight by following an exercise routine should be given a chance before beginning drug treatment. This should be preceded by a prompt diagnosis by a health care provider.
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