Natural Remedies for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
The health of the ovaries is closely tied to that of other organs. Intestinal congestion can directly affect the health of our reproductive organs. We must also facilitate liver function, which is directly related to the endocrine system.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) causes irregular periods, difficulty losing weight, excess body hair, acne, hair loss and fertility problems, among other symptoms.
In this article, we’re going to explain everything you need to know to naturally treat this health problem, including the most effective nutritional remedies.
Balance the liver
The liver is the organ that cleans the blood of toxins. Its function is closely tied to the rest of the organs, and in particular, the endocrine system. To completely and naturally treat the liver, you can facilitate hepatic function with medicinal plants like milk thistle or boldo. It’s also essential to avoid unhealthy fats and food additives in our diet.
Regulate the intestines
If you look at the proximity of the intestines to the ovaries, you’ll see that intestinal congestion can directly affect the health of our other internal organs. Keeping your intestines healthy is important because if they’re not functioning correctly, it can cause many health problems.
If in addition to PCOS, you’re suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, parasites or another intestinal disorder, it’s best to naturally treat these conditions before they upset the balance of the ovaries.
To regulate intestinal function, follow a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, legumes, whole grains and dried fruits. If you’re suffering from constipation, add a few natural laxatives to your diet like flax seed or prunes.
Watch out for gluten
Gluten allergy, or celiac disease, is easy to detect as the body immediately reacts after ingesting gluten containing foods. However, there are different levels of tolerance and a slight imbalance over time could lead to PCOS.
If you have a history of gluten intolerance or allergies or are suffering from digestive problems, keep this explanation in mind.
The most effective plant for treating this disease is vitex (vitex agnus castus), a remedy that has been traditionally used to regulate hormone levels, prevent irregular periods, and restore ovulation in women who have stopped having their period. It’s especially effective when the PCOS is accompanied by low levels of progesterone and prolactin.
Take 200 mg of vitex extract a day for at least 3 or 4 months before expecting results.
Maca is an Andean root that is very beneficial to women’s health. In particular, it acts to regulate hormones, regardless of type. It’s also great for menopausal symptoms.
This root can be found in tablet or powder form. Powder makes it easier to dose, as it’s advised to start with a tiny amount and gradually increase over time because it is very energizing and can cause nervousness.
- For a shock treatment, take 6-9 grams daily for a month.
- The maintenance dose is 3 grams per day (about one level teaspoon).
Flax seed oil
Cold pressed flax seed oil is rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6, two nutrients that naturally regulate hormone levels and promote ovulation.
Take two tablespoons of flax seed oil daily. If the flavor doesn’t suit you as it might taste fishy, you can mix it with food. You’ll still get all the benefits without the fishy taste.
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We hope you’ve enjoyed learning about polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) in this article.