Herbs for PCOS

Can herbs help with PCOS

Using herbs for PCOS is very effective, in fact any hormonal imbalance responds extremely well to herbs.  It is estimated that as many as 1 in 5 women are affected by polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in the UK. 

Women experience symptoms of PCOS from the teen years and upwards.  But some women are only diagnosed when they see their doctor because they are having problems getting pregnant.  PCOS is one of the most common reasons for female infertility.

Symptoms

Hirsutism – excess face or body hair

Irregular periods or no periods

Male pattern baldness

Cystic ovaries

Acne

Why some women experience PCOS and others don’t is not known.  However, it can run in families and being overweight is a risk, although you can still have PCOS even if you are of a healthy weight.  Low levels of inflammation and excess insulin can also be factors contributing to the condition.  So women with PCOS are at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

It is possible to have PCOS without having any cysts on the ovaries and it’s possible to have polycystic ovaries without having any symptoms. 

GP’s frequently prescribe the contraceptive pill and metformin (to reduce insulin levels in the blood) to treat PCOS.

Many women would rather try the natural route first (diet, exercise and herbs) because they see both oral contraceptives and metformin as sticking plasters rather than a real solution.  If this is how you feel you are definitely not alone.

If you need help with PCOS and would like to try the natural route, please do get in touch.

Self-help tip

Do you think you have insulin resistance?

Insulin is a hormone which helps to pull sugar into cells and go to where it is needed rather than float around inside the blood vessels.  When you have insulin resistance your body does not respond very well to insulin.  That means the pancreas has to pump out more insulin in response to high blood sugar levels.

Regular exercise helps sensitise your cells to insulin and improve insulin resistance.  Better still, walking after meals lowers blood sugar (glucose) because the skeletal muscles used for walking take in the glucose rather than remaining in our blood.

The muscles used when we exercise do not need insulin to take up glucose, they can use a different method.  This reduces the body’s need to secrete insulin.  When we are at rest the muscles do need insulin to take up glucose.

So if you have diabetes type two or PCOS give your pancreas a rest and postpone that netflix binge by taking a lovely after dinner walk.

If you would like help with PCOS and would like to discover how herbs, diet and lifestyle can manage the condition please get in touch.