Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal disturbance among pre-menopausal women. It is associated with multiple cysts in one or both ovaries and it is one of the leading causes of infertility due to lack of ovulation.
Symptoms include irregular periods or lack of periods, irregular ovulation or no ovulation, unwanted facial or body hair, oily skin, acne, breast pain, blood sugar imbalances, weight gain and mood disturbance. Some women will experience just a few mild symptoms whilst others may have a wider range of more severe symptoms.
Precisely what causes PCOS is not known for sure, but there is emerging evidence that the higher than normal levels of testosterone often found in sufferers is worsened by increased levels of another hormone – insulin.
Also, although it is not a cause, being overweight can worsen the symptoms of PCOS.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
- Eliminate Candida: Click here to find out how
- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
- Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic. Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water. It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
- Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste www.wecarespa.com
- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water.
Eat foods low on the Glycemic Index (GI) such as vegetables and whole grains. It is very important for those with PCOS to completely avoid refined carbohydrates. Insulin is released in response to carbohydrate foods (sugars and starches), and it makes sense to limit those foodstuffs which give rise to the highest insulin levels. Foods to limit in this respect include sweet foods and sugary foods, white bread, pasta, white rice and potato.
Foods that give more controlled insulin secretion include 100 per cent wholemeal bread, brown rice, beans, pulses, nuts, seeds, green vegetables and fruits other than grapes and bananas.
Keep your blood sugar stable by eating regularly – every three to five hours is ideal. Be sure that you include some protein and good fats (some nuts or seeds and their butters, eggs, humus etc.) at each meal. Protein foods take up to 5 hours to digest while carbohydrate foods digest within 30 minutes and can spike your blood sugar.
Eat at least five servings a day of vegetables including at least two of leafy greens such as kale, broccoli, collard greens, pak choi and cabbage. Leafy greens contain indole-3 carbinol, which helps to regulate liver function which is key in glucose and hormone metabolism.
Eat least three daily servings of fruits like berries –which are lower on the glycemic index and high in anti-oxidants
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so also try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef.
www.grasslandbeef.com The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here.
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
- Adding vitamin B complex to your daily routine will help to restore liver normal function in insulin balancing.
- Take Chlorophyll – it reduces symptoms of hypoglycaemia without raising blood glucose level. You buy liquid chlorophyll and add it to your water and sip it throughout the day
- Magnesium, Chromium and Alpha lipoic acid should also be included (see research section for more information)
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitionershere
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Vitex (Chaste Berry) – This is a well-known herb that has been used for centuries for hormonal imbalances in women. It is also one of the most important herbs for PCOS because it helps stimulate and stabilize the function of the pituitary gland which controls release of LH (Luteinizing Hormone). Vitex is not recommended for those currently undergoing infertility treatments. Taking it with infertility medication can heighten the affects of the IF meds. This herb can also alter the affects of oral contraception, so it is not recommended if you are currently using any type of birth control.
Dandelion Root – A great liver tonic! This helps cleanse your liver and remove the build up and toxins that accumulate. A lot of menstrual problems/infertility issues are made worse because the excess hormones tend to “back up” in your liver. Dandelion Root will help keep your liver working properly which will help it rid your body of all the excess “crud” you don’t need.
Milk Thistle – A key herb for the liver; one that is so important for the treatment of PCOS. Milk Thistle helps your liver cells against damage, and promotes healing of damaged cells. This improves the overall function of your liver.
Cinnamon, bitter melon and fenugreek – may also be recommended. When included into your daily diet they can help to reduce insulin resistance and regulate blood glucose.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here
Your practitioner may recommend:
Chinese herbs that correct hormonal imbalance such as
– Dong Quai – used to treat several conditions that are related to PCOS, including irregular periods and infertility.
Chinese Peony – for regulating menstrual cycles.
Motherwort – to encourage ovulation.
A series of acupuncture treatments:
A study at Goteborg University in Sweden showed that electro-acupuncture may help 38% of women with PCOS women ovulate. Acupuncture can help to restore the ratio of LH and FSH, reduce the level of testosterone and beta-endorphin. Some studies show that acupuncture also helps to shrink of the weight of polycystic ovaries, which can enhance ovulation and egg implantation. Weekly acupuncture is ideal.
How Does Aromatherapy Help PCOS?
It is believed that the oil’s scent stimulates the olfactory system of the brain that controls our sense of smell. When we smell the aroma of the oils, the brain’s limbic system (responsible for memory and emotions) releases chemicals that work to restore hormonal balance, release emotional stress in the body and increase feelings of relaxation and well-being.
Chamomile – to alleviate moodiness, irritability, insomnia, indigestion, period pain and heavy periods.
Jasmine – to alleviate low libido levels, emotional stress, feelings of depression and low self-esteem.
Rose – to treat feelings of anxiety, confusion, impatience and Irregular menstruation.
Dill, Coriander, Cinnamon and Cypress – to regulate blood sugar levels in the body, assisting in weight management and appetite control.
Eucalyptus oil – to relieve hormone associated water retention, pain and actively may lower blood sugar levels.
Fennel – to help regulate hormone levels and menstrual cycles.
Sandlewood – a well-known tonic for the female reproductive system.
Rose – to regulate irregular menstruation cycles and hormonal imbalances.
Ylang Ylang – to alleviate moodiness, feelings of depression, anxiety and hypertension.
Add several drops of your chosen oils to bath water, steam the vapours in an oil burner or make into a massage blend with a carrier oil.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Radium Bromide (for acne)
Thuja or Pulsatilla (for excess hair)
Fraxinus Americana (for cysts)
The herb Saw palmetto slows down the conversion of testosterone into an even more active form of the hormone known as dihydrotestosterone. Therefore, saw palmetto may reduce the impact of testosterone on your body, and help to reduce excess hair growth on your face and elsewhere. The recommended dose is 250 – 350 mg per day.
Other effective herbs for treating PCOS are macca root, red clover, chasteberry and dandelion root (see video section for their healing properties)
Juice Therapy – make a detox juice of carrot, beetroot, cucumber, celery and apple and drink it daily.
Exercise: Not only will exercise help you burn excess fat, it helps lower insulin levels so find a type of exercise that you enjoy and do it regularly.
Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
Living with polycystic ovarian syndrome simplehomemade.net/living-with-polycystic-ovarian-syndrome-and-treating-it-naturally
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Acupunture for polycystic ovarian syndrome: www.the-cma.org.uk/Articles/Acupuncture-May-Bring-Relief-For-Polycystic-Ovary-Syndrome-4451
Best Herbs for Treating PCOS www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKH50yQSKcY
Top 7 Diet Tips for PCOS www.youtube.com/watch?v=sC6KwRJD-kQ
Research studies PCOS and saw palmetto, magnesium, chromium, vitamin D, omega 3 fatty acids and more natural remedieswww.lef.org/protocols/female_reproductive/polycystic_ovary_syndrome_02.htm
Study shows that exercise is better than dieting for PCOS www.pcosnutrition.com/index.php?pID=29
Further Information (links and books)
Natural Fertility www.naturallyknockedup.com/start-here
Fit for Life by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond
The Paleo Diet Cookbook: More Than 150 Recipes for Paleo Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, Snacks, and Beverages by Loren Cordain, Nell Stephenson and Lorrie Cordain
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
Andrea Butje | Aromahead firstname.lastname@example.org – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt email@example.com – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA firstname.lastname@example.org – meditation, stress
Judith Hoad email@example.com – herbalist.
Kath May firstname.lastname@example.org – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges email@example.com – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika firstname.lastname@example.org – aromatherapy.
Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.