Herbs that are a boon for managing PCOS
Remember the time when your Nani urged you to use more herbs and spices and ran behind you with that spoon of ayurvedic concoction? Then, it seemed unnecessary. Today, we know just how important that concoction really was.
We're often led to believe PCOS equates to being on the pill. "Oh, you have PCOS? The pill must be the only thing you can take to manage it, no?"
We're here to tell you, that is as far from the truth as possible!
PCOS can, and is, managed through natural remedies. A mix of lifestyle changes along with including specific foods and spices can manage the symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. A review in the peer-reviewed BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine journal also examined 33 studies and concluded that there are 6 herbs which may aid in relieving hyperandrogenism and PCOS.
Herbs for managing PCOS
Cinnamon is a must-have in almost all homes, but did you know that it is linked to improving insulin sensitivity? A study also shows that consuming cinnamon can improve menstrual cyclicity when facing irregular periods.
Symplocos Racemosa is known to be extremely helpful in managing issues such as excessive vaginal discharge and has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. This herb is a powerhouse when it comes to managing PCOS, and acts as a hormone regulator by managing the healthy functioning of the hypothalamus-pituitary-ovarian axis.
Phytoestrogens in Lodhra help reduce pre and post menstrual depression by acting on the serotonergic systems. That's not all, it also prevents cell dysfunctions in PCOS and reduces heavy menstrual bleeding.
Stress oftentimes activates the cortisol response and activates glucose production.
Powerful and effective, Ashwagandha helps reduce stress-related weight gain by maintaining cortisol levels in the body.
By reducing stress, it also helps regulate your sleep cycle, fatigue and anxiety.
It is a potent herb that holds a key role in maintaining the duration of the menstrual cycle (3-7 days), reducing irregularities, and maintaining blood flow. It also enhances uterine and ovarian health.
Ginger blocks increased prostaglandin formation, which is linked to severe menstrual cramps and pain. It has anti-inflammatory properties that help with bloating, and its warming properties help soothe cramps. It is also effective in regularizing menstrual cycles.
How can I add these herbs to my day today?
PCOS management is a path of consistency. What you ingest on a day to day basis is important and hence, making sure your body gets what it deserves is the number one goal.
Potent herb blends and teas can be taken daily to power your body with the fuel it needs. Blends like The Basics Herbal PCOS tea combines the power of 11 herbs to alleviate the symptoms of PCOS and help you manage them better with ease.