Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a common health condition in women of reproductive age caused by an imbalance of reproductive hormones. The hormonal imbalance creates problems in the ovaries and leads to symptoms such as irregular periods or no periods at all, infertility, anovulation and also leads to excess hair growth on the face, chest or arms and legs(hirsutism). Hormonal imbalance also leads to weight gain or obesity, thinning hair and hair loss from the scalp. They also face skin problems like oiliness, pimples, and acne on the face.
These problems not only affect women's physical health but also has a deep impact on mental and social wellbeing. Dr. Arati Soman, Ayurvedic Expert, Nisarga Herbs says that "primary treatment of PCOS symptoms involves a combination of herbs that have inbuilt properties of maintaining hormonal balance and improving vitality.
"The herbs that are used in the for treating PCOS are anti-inflammatory and help relieving inflammation which is caused due to cysts in ovaries. Some of these herbs are also well known for treating digestive disorders, weight increase, skin issues and insulin sensitivity."
Here are some herbs listed by Soman that prove helpful in improving hormonal balance and relieving symptoms of PCOS.
Shatavari is a known Rasayana herb in Ayurveda and is best known to improve hormonal balance. This miraculous herb is better known for several benefits but it became a staple ayurvedic medicine because it improves vitality. Shatavari is found much effective to reduce PCOS, improve follicular growth, development, and ovulation. This herb helps provide estrogen-like effect which is due to the presence of phytoestrogens in it. Heavy on minerals and vitamins, shatavari is a perfect antioxidant that helps in improving the reproductive system.
The herb helps in relieving symptoms of fibromyalgia and fatigue and also helps in improving insulin sensitivity which works as an anti-diabetic
Rich in compounds called flavonol glycosides, lodhra is a herb that helps in reducing uterine disorders. It is excellent for regulating ovarian hormones and it also helps in improving fertility in women. This herb has astringent properties that support the cleansing of the uterus and making the uterine cavity more fruitful for pregnancy. It helps in reducing male hormones.
Ashok is known as a women fertility enhancer. Its main action is to regulate menstruation and reduce pain and excessive bleeding in menstruating women. It is effective in regulating estrogen levels as well. It helps to reduce the hormonal imbalance in females and it strengthens and tones the uterus. Asoka powder is beneficial in pain associated with menses, and excessive menstrual bleeding, fibroids, cysts, and other vaginal and reproduction-related disorders.
Devdar is well known for its muscle-relaxing qualities and it also has anti-inflammatory properties. The cramps that you get amid menstruation can be reduced with this herb and it also helps in treating obesity. Devdar is also beneficial in regulating menstruation proper blood flow.
It is the best-known energiser and useful in improving hormonal balance. It is an adaptogenic herb that helps in reducing stress and mood swings. It is a known antioxidant that helps in relieving oxidative stress and helps in combating inflammation in the body.it is also useful in reducing blood sugar levels and keep them low.
These herbs will definitely help reduce the symptoms but professional help should always be sought without any stigma related to this condition.
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