Chinese Herbal Treatments for PCOS

Chinese Herbal Treatments for PCOS

Chinese Herbal Treatments for PCOSPolycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) occurs when cysts (non-cancerous) grow around the ovary which causes problems with hormone regulation. It means too much male hormone is released into the female body. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

This causes problems with oestrogen and progesterone secretion which disrupts fertility cycles and interferes with the workings of the thyroid, pituitary, pancreas, adrenal and hypothalamus glands. Signs used for diagnosis are elevated male hormones, cysts that develop around the ovaries and failure to release eggs from the ovary. Whilst ultrasound has helped more and more women diagnose their condition by picking up the cysts, treating it is still difficult and can often be a disheartening and frustrating process for women.

Symptoms of poly-cystic ovary Syndrome

This syndrome is accompanied by many additional symptoms that are pronounced in women who suffer from it. Symptoms can include such things as weight gain, hair loss, acne, excessive body hair growth, irregular periods and a predisposition to yeast infections. All which take a toll on the emotional wellbeing of the patient.

Treatment plan for PCOS

A good Chinese herbalist will not address the symptoms one by one as is a common occurrence in traditional western medicine, but approach from a holistic stand point. This means the practitioner will address you as a whole and balance your Ying and Yang energies. Qi is an important part of Chinese culture and loosely translated mean “life force” – it is thought that if you have enough Qi energy then you will be able to recover from an illness quicker.

Chinese medicine works by addressing the imbalances in your body and thus works well when dealing with PCOS. Most herbalists will treat you with teas and tinctures which tend to be herbs in an alcoholic base. Find a good herbal practitioner in your area through a business directory or internet search engine. Look for testimonials and good references as this can help you weed out the practitioners who are subpar.

Chinese herbs used for treatment of PCOS

An herbal practitioner may treat you for stress and depression and use calming herbs such as valerian root or jujube seeds and suggest you drink a chrysanthemum tea. This is also an effective liver tonic. Or, they may prescribe Siberian ginseng and Schisandra which also help improve adrenal gland function.

This means they are both great tonics and relaxants, aiding in the overall improvement of men and body. Chinese herbalists may try and balance your hormones out using black-cohosh, sarsaparilla and liquorice. They may also try to prevent onset of type II diabetes, by administering herbs that reduce insulin resistance such as cinnamon, gurmar, basal, globe artichoke, dandelion root and sacred basil.

Lifestyle changes to help improve PCOS

Your herbal practitioner may also recommend a series of lifestyle changes that will help your body weather the discomforting symptoms. This includes dietary advice such as avoiding any meat or dairy products if they have been raised on artificial hormones and increasing the fiber in your diet. Stay clear of plastics and cleaning products that are made from oestrogen mimicking compounds.

An important part of Chinese medicine is exercise or qigong, and massage or Tui na – these therapies help our body find its own balance, which in turn allow it to heal itself. Meditation is also a big part of Chinese medicine, and is useful in helping you de-stress which can help prevent an escalation of symptoms.

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 Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD
Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.