Women with polycystic ovary syndrome have gone too far in search of treatment for pcos in every possible way. There are supplements, oral contraceptives, anti-diabetic and workouts that can help in PCOS recovery. But there are some herbs for pcos that can speed up your recovery.
PCOS is the most common endocrine disorder in women across the globe. It affects women of childbearing age and can have symptoms like
- Ovarian cyst
- Irregular periods
- Thinning hairs
- Unexplained weight gain
Can herbs treat PCOS?
According to research, endocrine outcomes included reduced luteinising hormone (LH), prolactin, fasting insulin and testosterone.
There was evidence for the regulation of ovulation, improved metabolic hormone profile and improved fertility outcomes in PCOS.
The herbal formulation can cure polycystic ovary syndrome and related symptoms. To get the maximum benefit of herbs for PCOS, follow specialised yoga asanas too.
Herbs for PCOS can help in:
- Menstrual regulation
- Helps in weight loss
- Boost fertility
- Hair growth
- Treat hirsutism
- Improves insulin sensitivity
- Hormone regulation
Here are some incredible herbs, tips to use them at home and the ideal daily consumption. Keep reading to know more about this gift from Mother Nature.
You should talk to your healthcare provider before trying any alternative treatment. They can discuss possible dosages, side effects, and interactions.
Chasteberry (Vitex agnus-castus) for PCOS
Vitex agnus-castus is a popular herbal supplement to improve a variety of health problems. Chasteberry decrease hormone prolactin and balances estrogen and progesterone levels in the body.
Chasteberry is popular to help in premenstrual symptoms. It is also an extraordinary herb that can enhance fertility and improve menstrual regulation.
Chasteberry works amazing if taken with ashwagandha. You can dry out both the herbs together grind and them to a powder form. Take about half a tbs daily with lukewarm water.
You can find Chastberry Plus * a combination made with black cohosh extract. It is good for menstrual regulation and it might help you in amenorrhea also.
Kanchnaar Guggulu ( Orchid tree/ Mountain ebony)
Hypothyroidism is commonly found in women suffering from PCOS. Kanchnaar guggulu is an effective remedy to treat hypothyroidism, hormonal imbalance, pcos and joint pains.
Kanchnaar guggule comprises multiple herbs like kanchnnar bark (Orchid tree and Mountain ebony) is brewed with ginger, black pepper, long pepper, triphla, Varuna (crataeva nurvala bark), cardamom, cinnamon, and Guggulu resin in equal amounts.
Turmeric for PCOS
Turmeric is an anti-androgenic, hyperlipidemia, anti-obesity and antioxidant. It is a traditional herb with a range of benefits.
It has an active ingredient, ‘curcumin’ which helps to reduce insulin resistance, lower blood sugar levels, and increase your HDL or “good cholesterol” levels.
You should consume 1gm of curcumin every day. Curcumin is best to take with Indian kino tree, Indian gooseberry and Tinospora cordifolia. Hypnoidd* gives you cardiovascular protection with all other benefits from PCOS.
Shatavari for PCOS
Shatavari is a very effective medicine. It helps in regularising your periods. It is excellent to maintain hormonal balance and also reduces hair fall. You can add Banyan Shatavari* as a supplement to your diet.
This herb also helps in regular ovulation and enhances fertility. You should include this herb in your diet or supplements if you are planning to conceive.
Ashoka to Treat PCOS
Ashoka is a powerful herb specially to corrects irregular periods and excessive bleeding because of PCOS. It has proven benefits to improve insulin sensitivity and reduces hair fall.
This is amazing, when there is no hope for a permanent cure for pcos, then here comes Ayurveda to rescue. Ashoka Menstrual Ayurvedic Remedy* is the pure extract that can help you managing PCOS.
M2 tone* comprises Ashoka, Shatavari, Lodhra and another 38 ingredients that help in
- Irregular menstrual cycle
- Uterine disorders
- Bleeding problems
- Menstrual problems
Spearmint for PCOS
A study has shown spearmint has healing potential on PCOS through inhibition of testosterone and restoration of follicular development in ovarian tissue.
A cup of Spearmint Tea* in the morning can be the kick start for the day, it’s refreshing and offers anti-androgenic benefits.
PCOS is a complex disorder, but insulin resistance and hormone regulation may help. Certain lifestyle changes can help manage both major factors.
Make some changes to your diet and choose an active lifestyle to mark success in your PCOS journey.
Diet for PCOS
- Low Glycemic Index Food: The body digests Low Glycemic Index food more slowly which prevents insulin spikes. Foods with LGI include whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits, starchy vegetables and other unprocessed, low-carbohydrate foods.
- An Anti-inflammatory Diet: Anti-inflammatory diets, such as berries, fatty fish, leafy greens, and extra virgin olive oil, may reduce inflammation-related signs, such as tiredness.
- DASH Diet: The DASH diet basically lowers the risk of heart disease. It may also help manage PCOS symptoms. A DASH diet is rich in fish, poultry, fruits, vegetables whole grain, and low-fat dairy produce.
Exercise for PCOS
Invest in yourself to treat PCOS naturally, give time to yourself, exercise at least 25-40 min/day. Wake up early in the morning, take your morning drink and do a good exercise for about 40 min.
And even a 30-minute walk after dinner is a must to lose weight with PCOS.
You can choose any of the following activity programme to lose weight with PCOS:
- Walking/ jogging/ running
- Cardio workout
- Strength training
Few specific yoga asanas offer tremendous health benefits for pcos. Every woman should do it whether she is suffering from pcos or not. Because every woman needs some special exercises in the abdominal region and lower back region.
- Bhadarasana (Butterfly Pose)
- Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
- Sarpasana (Snake Pose)
- Kapalbhati Pranayama
Hair loss is also a big challenge in PCOS. Some supplements help you balance your hormones and treat PCOS naturally. They can also help reduce hair loss and make them grow back. Here are few supplements that add to hair gain:
- Omega 3
Hopefully, these herbs and alternative therapies will help you on your PCOS reversal journey. You can send your queries and leave a comment below with your feedback. Be sure to sign up for my free newsletter to be the first to get new posts! You can also follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.