Nowadays, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common hormonal imbalance disorder in women of reproductive age. To worsen it further, PCOS is known to directly impact fertility. It is most likely to occur in but not limited to obese women. It involves formation of small pearl like cysts in the ovaries along with elevated levels of androgens and absent or irregular menses.
It is believed that insulin resistance is the major culprit for causing PCOS. Medically, insulin resistance is the inability of the body cells to utilize insulin available in the body for glucose metabolism. When this happens, higher levels of insulin are needed so that insulin can have the proper effects. At this point, the pancreas is overloaded, working harder and harder to produce more insulin.
On the other hand, excess insulin signals the ovaries to increase the secretion of testosterone, a male sex hormone. Therefore, PCOS women often experience acne, facial hair growth, weight gain and male pattern baldness (hirsutism). Excess insulin in the bloodstream also signals the ovaries to release more estrogen which can suppress ovulation. PCOS is also negatively affected by diet, lifestyle and exposure to certain environmental toxins.
How to cure PCOS naturally?
Constant diet control and lifestyle changes along with herbal supplements can be used to manage PCOS effectively. Here are 8 major herbs that help manage PCOS
1. Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Licorice root helps the body to achieve proper hormone production and release. It also supports healthy insulin levels and liver health which is important for women with PCOS.
2. Maca (Lepidium meyenii)
Maca works to balance estrogen and progesterone in the body which regulates menstrual cycle. It also relieves stress and promotes fertility.
3. Vitex (Vitex agnus-castus)
Vitex (Chaste Tree Berry) is one of the most powerful herbs for women’s fertility and menstrual health. It supports hormonal balance in the body by correcting the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, the root cause for PCOS.
4. Tribulus (Tribulus terrestris)
Tribulus aids women with menstrual irregularities, promotes ovulation and acts as a nourishing tonic for the female reproductive system.
5. Cinnamon (Cinnamomum spp.)
Cinnamon is known to greatly reduce insulin resistance in women with PCOS by slowing the movement of food from the stomach to the small intestine. This slows the breakdown of carbohydrates which is important for women with PCOS.
6. Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens)
Saw Palmetto acts as an anti-androgen, blocks 5-alpha-reductase activity and reduces the conversion of the testosterone into a more active form called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which may help prevent hirsutism or excessive hairiness in women with PCOS.
7. Spearmint (Mentha spicata)
Spearmint helps deal with PCOS due to its anti-androgenic properties. Drinking spearmint tea can help reduce hirsutism, or excess body hair by reducing free and total testosterone levels and increasing luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) levels.
8. Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum)
Fenugreek promotes glucose metabolism in the body and improves insulin resistance. This in turn helps balance your hormones.
Try herbal supplement – Hyponidd
Hyponidd manufactured by Charak Pharma is an herbal insulin sensitizer with D-chiro-inositol edge. Haridra (Curcuma longa) in Hyponidd has anti-androgenic, hypolipidemic antiobesity and antioxidant properties useful in managing PCOS. Other herbs like Gudmar (Gymnema sylvestre), Amlaki (Emblica officinalis) Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Mamejoa (Enicostemma littorale) and Tarwar (Cassia auriculata) are insulin sensitizers, antidiabetic, hypolipidemic and cardioprotective. Hyonidd helps to control the symptoms of PCOS due to its anti-androgenic property and also manages the root cause due to the presence of insulin sensitizing herbs. It also helps regulate menstrual cycle and promotes fertility.
Incorporate these herbs along with diet and lifestyle changes to defeat PCOS successfully.