This weekend I was exhibiting at a local health expo. With my teas, I was armed and ready to spread my love of medicinal herbs with the women who came to the show. I was lucky enough to come across many women who were excited about what herbs might do for them, and even luckier to connect with other herb lovers.
This being the end of PCOS Awareness Month for 2015, I wanted to save the best for last. The best = herbs for PCOS, by the way.
Why? Because they have made a seriously profound difference in my life, and in the lives of the women I coach privately. It’s no joke to say that without herbs I may not be doing this for a living, and may not even still be in my loving relationship with Kyle. There were some seriously dark times in the past, peeps.
Below I am sharing four of my favourite herbs for PCOS. While this list is by no means all-encompassing, these herbs are very popular, and for good reason.
Traditionally saw palmetto was used in men with prostate issues and hair loss. The reason for this is that saw palmetto is a regulator of testosterone in the body. The great thing about this for your Polycystive Ovarian Syndrome firstly is that it’s anti-androgen capabilities are helpful with androgenic alopecia, or male-pattern hair loss. It does this by reducing uptake of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) or ‘bad’ testosterone within the hair follicle. It also decreases the binding of DHT to androgen receptors
. You should note that research into this connection is just beginning, but I have seen it work with many women in my practice.
Dong Quai originates in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is helpful for reducing stagnation of the reproductive organs, bringing blood flow where it’s needed. This is helpful if you experience absent or scanty periods. This herb can also assist in reducing fatigue and inflammation. It’s a great all-around tonic that like Vitex below, can be used for a wide variety of hormonal imbalances.
Also known as Chastree Berry, Vitex has traditionally been used to correct hormonal imbalances of many kinds. The herb is thought to work on your pituitary gland
, the major hormone-regulator in your brain. So far, Vitex has been shown to be a safe herb for women in scientific study. For your PCOS, Vitex can assist in regulating erratic cycles, reducing symptoms of PMS
, acne and infertility issues. It should be noted that Vitex is a slow-acting herb, and you should allow 3 full cycles to notice a difference. It’s worth the wait!
A widely-used herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine, this flower has little scientific study but tons of anecdotal evidence to make it worth trying. In one study, Peony inhibited the production of testosterone and promoted the conversion of testosterone to estrogen. Peony also helps with painful periods (dysmenorrhea) and helps to reduce stagnation in the reproductive organs for proper blood flow.
Have you used any of the above herbs for your PCOS? What was your experience? Share in the comments below!