Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is becoming more and more common these days, affecting one in 10 women of the ages between 22 and 35.
If you suffer from this and do not want to rely on medications and external treatments, go on to read this blog as it tells you about the home remedies for PCOS.
Suffering from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS is not a cakewalk; if you suffer from this condition, you would exactly know how the ailment makes you feel physically and mentally. In this blog, we shall tell you what is PCOS, what does it cause and certain home remedies for PCOS(1).
What is PCOS?
Heredity and several genetic and hormonal disorders affect women as they grow. One such disorder, PCOS, happens when an imbalance in the reproductive hormones produce fluid filled cysts inside the ovary.
It is the most common endocrine disorder in females of reproductive age. PCOS has direct impact on women’s fertility and is accompanied by several other health issues.
Some of them are obesity, creation of multiple ovarian cysts that look like small strands of pearls in the ovaries, irregular menstrual cycles, and increased androgen level. Sometimes, you may end up missing even one or two complete period cycle while atother times you would bleed for weeks together.
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Causes of PCOS
There is no certain cause that we can point out for this condition. However, there are several links that form a thread reaction to PCOS. Some of them are possible abnormal foetal development, genetics, diabetes, insulin resistance and inflammatory reactions.
However, little do we know that insulin resistance is one of the prime reasons for PCOS but what leads to the development of insulin resistance, is still not clear!
“Untreated PCOS will have serious health implications including fertility problems.”
It is also found that diet, lifestyle and exposure to excessive amount of male hormones (androgens) are associated in the development of the condition. In case of androgens, it transforms when the foetus is developing. And the affected genes will not function properly during the reproductive age, later in life.
Signs and Symptoms of PCOS
- Irregular periods
- Missed period, more than twice in a row
- Mid cycle bleeding
- Excessive and heavy bleeding
- Blood clots in periods
- Excessive body hair
- Polycystic ovaries
- Mood swings, depression and anger
- Recurrent miscarriages
- Not able to conceive
Health Risks Associated with PCOS
- Menstrual irregularities
- Bloating body and obesity
- Heart diseases
- Gestational diabetes
- Possible risk of breast cancer and endometrial cancer
Home Remedies for PCOS
Although we usually resort to doctor’s recommendations, we can also try the following home remedies for PCOS.
1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is easily available at home and apparently, it is one of the best home remedies for PCOS. Coconut contains several fatty acids that effectively regulate blood sugar and insulin secretion level.
Treatment: 1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil in your regular diet. You can mix it in your salads and consume just like that. Repeat it as long as symptoms persist.
2. Fenugreek Seeds
Fenugreek seeds not only add flavour to your curries but also have several health benefits. When excessive insulin is secreted that is not used by the pancreas, it releases extremeamount of testosterone. While treating PCOS, the seeds actively balance the insulin level and glucose tolerance in our bodies. It also keeps the hormone, testosterone in check.
Treatment: Soak 3 tablespoon of fenugreek seeds overnight. Drink the water three times a day on empty stomach.
3. Indian Gooseberry or Amla
Amla is an exclusive cure for diabetes as well as for this particular infertility condition. It not only stabilises your cholesterol level but also neutralises and restores the hormonal imbalance in our body.
Treatment: Eat 2 Amla during day time, preferably early in the morning. Alternatively, squeeze the juice of 2 goose berries in a cup of water and drink the liquid.
4. Basil Leaves
Basil Leaves or referred as Tulsi, is an age old herbal treatment for several health issues. Basil leaves are easily available in households and vegetable markets. They stabilise insulin levels and regulate the androgens that are not used due to lack of ovulation during PCOS. Basil leaves are a great source of antioxidant as well.
Treatment: Chew 10 – 12 fresh basil leaves on empty stomach every morning. Alternatively, boil the leaves in 1 cup water and drink the liquid throughout your day. It has no side effects and you can have it as long as you want.
Cinnamon has been used in many traditional as well as Ayurveda medications. It is a versatile ingredient as it goes well with desserts and is a perfect spice for curries and stews. It burns calories and boosts your metabolism and thusly controls your blood sugar level. It also helps to combat insulin sensitivity.
Treatment: Add a stick of cinnamon or 1 tsp of cinnamon powder in your tea or juices and smoothies. Repeat twice, everyday.
6. Green Tea
Green tea has innumerable health benefits – it is a rich source of anti-oxidant, is a metabolism booster, keeps fatigue away and helps you stay supple and active. It is widely used in Chinese food tradition and medicine culture.
As a home remedy for PCOS, green tea stimulates your metabolism and its higher content of polyphenols helps prevent cellular damage, one of the prime factors that affect androgen levels in women.
Treatment: Brew fresh green leaves in one cup of water for 3 – 5 minutes. Drink the tea any time of the day. You can also use green tea bags instead of leaves. To enhance the taste, you can add few drops of honey. Don’t add milk or sugar.
[Also Read: Benefits of Green Tea]
7. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar has several medicinal values and one of them is being effective home remedies for PCOS. It is the most widely recommended option to treat the condition. It balances your body pH percentage efficiently and also controls the time to time hormonal imbalance. It further curbs the insulin level, thereby directly effecting PCOS positively.
Treatment: In a glass of warm water mix two tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and take the concussion in empty stomach. Do not have vinegar directly. Make sure you dilute it. Have this mixture 2 – 3 times a day. However, start with 1 dosage a day and increase its frequency.
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