PCOS, or Polycystic Ovarian Disease, is a gynecological disorder that results in a variety of conditions in women including migraines, mood swings, irregular periods, weight gain, hirsutism, amenorrhea, hormonal acne, loss of hair, ovarian cysts, high blood pressure, infertility and diabetes.
The condition is mainly caused due to lack of balance of the sex hormones. Women with PCOS have higher than normal level of androgen, the male sex hormone. Herbs can help treat a variety of symptoms arising from PCOS quite successfully.
Herbs For Polycystic Ovarian Disease
White Peony Tea
White peony is a sweet smelling herb that stimulates the production of progesterone, the most important female hormone, in the body so as to negate the effects of androgen. High level of androgen causes PCOS as well as infertility in women.
The herb is available in tea form in leading herbal stores and drinking 3-4 cups of the herbal tea every day will effectively treat all the symptoms associated with PCOS. White peony also helps with the production of prolactin, hormone that helps prepare the uterus for pregnancy.
The leaves and stems of the gymnema are used in herbal treatments because of their medicinal properties. Ayurvedic medicine makes use of the herb for treating a variety of problems including diabetes, edema, hypertension and liver toxicity.
In recent times the herb has been used for treating PCOS because it has been found to contain properties that treat high cholesterol, obesity and type 2 diabetes; all of which are symptoms of PCOS. Taking 200-400 mg of gymnema supplements two times during the day have proven to be successful in treating PCOS.
It has been seen that many women with PCOS also end up suffering from hirsutism that results in excessive growth of hair on face and body. The hair that grows due to PCOS is often very dark in color and has a tough and hard texture. The hair generally grows on the lips, cheeks and the back. The cause is of course the high levels of androgen in the body.
Take 160 mg of saw palmetto supplement three times during the day to reverse hirsutism. However, do not take it without your doctor’s advice as it may interact with blood thinning medications.
Evening primrose is a good source of gamma-linolenic acid and linolenic acid both of which are helpful in maintaining regular balance of hormones in the body. Studies have shown that both the fatty acids help increase the production of the female sex hormones so as to counter the negative effects of androgen.
The herb is sold in both oil as well as pill form but to treat PCOS take 100-300 mg of the supplement every day.
Soybeans contain high amounts of isoflavones that are excellent for maintaining hormonal balance. Regular intake of soy supplements has shown to correct the deficiency of one or more female sex hormones in the body.
The herb is also excellent for easing the pre and post menopausal symptoms by regulating the production of hormones. However, soy supplements should always be taken as per the doctor recommendation and under medical supervision.