Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is quite a common hormonal disorder and at the same time one of the most complex female health issues affecting women of reproductive age.
Women suffering from PCOS have elevated levels of androgens (the male hormone) that often results in symptoms like – absent/irregular menstrual cycles, increased stress levels, anxiety, excessive body hair growth, and weight gain.
Making appropriate dietary and lifestyle changes and embarking on a fitness regime can help you improve all symptoms of PCOS naturally. Moreover, there are various ayurvedic herbs and supplements that can help manage PCOS.
Read on to find more about naturally treating PCOS.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) causes hormonal imbalance which results in anxiety. Also symptoms like infertility, irregular menstrual cycles, abnormal hair growth, weight gain, acne and sleep disturbances can affect you physically and emotionally which in turn can trigger anxiety. To treat PCOS, try yoga, use ashwagandha roots, castor oil and follow a balanced diet plan.
Causes Of PCOS
There is a common erroneous assumption that if a woman presents with symptoms related to PCOS (acne, oily skin/hair, irregular periods, excessive facial or body hair, infertility) that she must have high levels of androgens. This assumption wrongly pigeon holes 40% of women with PCOS symptoms into the category of insulin resistant and high androgen levels. Sixty percent of women with PCOS symptoms do have insulin resistance and elevated levels of DHEAs and/or testosterone. However, the remaining 40% do not. In these women, PCOS symptoms have a different root cause that needs to be investigated.
Natural Treatment Remedies For PCOS
Stabilize blood sugar by adding cinnamon to your diet. Exercise on a daily basis in short periods, this will prevent spiking of cortisol. Quit birth control pills and consume leafy greens and magnesium rich foods to regularize hormones. Avoid coffee as it can inflame existing cysts. Fight hair loss; consume foods such as wheat germ and Brussels sprouts.
Women with PCOS can conceive naturally if the right root cause can be identified. High-androgen types need to control blood sugar and insulin with a low-glycemic-load diet and exercise. High-prolactin types need to reduce stress levels and consume foods rich in Vitamin B6. Low estrogen types should consume a diet rich in magnesium, zinc, and Vitamin C, B5, B6 to help restore normal adrenal function.
Ayurvedic treatment modalities mainly aim at regularizing the Tridoshas (Vata, Kapha, and Pitta) and reducing or eliminating the build-up of mala (residue) and ama (toxins). Excess Kapha typically indicates a deficiency in digestive and metabolic fires. These are kindled using medicines and activities. In Ayurveda specific purification treatments, such as koshta shuddhi (purification of the alimentary canal), are provided to remove the accumulated residue and toxins. This post also covers effective ayurvedic medicines and herbs for treating PCOS.