Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a complex metabolic disease, which may involve the pancreas, the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, the thyroid and adrenals glands. It is said to affect 5-10% of women. PCOS may be inherited. Approximately 40% of the women with a family history of PCOS will have the condition. However not all of these will develop symptoms.
Women suffering from PCOS are at a far higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, obesity, altered cholesterol levels, Type 2 diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance, a thickening of the uterine lining, cancer of the uterus, gestational diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance during pregnancy. A woman with PCOS can suffer from acne and unwanted body hair. PCOS can cause infertility.
In general PCOS responds favourably to Herbal Medicine and dietary changes. Treatment is aimed at addressing both the underlying metabolic problem and the symptoms and will differ depending on whether the patient is trying to get pregnant or not. While it is not possible to completely cure the condition, it is possible to gain significant symptom control and regulation of the menstrual cycle with long term care.
The herbal approach to PCOS is safe and usually very effective according to our treatment outcomes. It helps to:
Initiate ovulation and improve fertility
Reduce insulin resistance
Support liver function
Reduce cardiovascular risk
Support adrenal function
Provide diet and lifestyle advice
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