20 Natural Remedies For PCOS

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a complex, confounding problem which causes hormonal imbalance in women of reproductive age. Here are some tried and tested natural remedies to control PCOS.

1. Cinnamon:

It can help improve the menstrual cycle. It can also reduce insulin resistance. The cinnamon can be taken in capsule form, about 1,000 mg thrice daily or one tsp of cinnamon powder dissolved in a glass of hot water can be taken daily.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar:

2 teaspoons taken in a glass of warm water first thing in the morning. You can slowly increase the frequency to 2-3 times in a day (before meals). It is supposed to exert an anti glycemic effect and regulates insulin levels in the body.

3. Coconut Oil:

Add I tbsp virgin coconut oil to your smoothies every morning. This helps regulate blood sugar levels and insulin secretion and reduces levels of bad cholesterol in the blood.

4. Castor Oil:

Soak a piece of flannel cloth or wool in castor oil and wring out the excess oil. Lie down and place this on your lower abdomen. Next, place a hot water bottle over this and leave for 20-30 minutes. Do this for 3 to 4 days then give a gap of the same number of days. The oil will penetrate to deeper layers of the skin and even to the organs and heal them. It enhances circulation, and lymph flow in the area. It regulates hormonal and nutrient delivery and removes toxins.

5. Evening Primrose Oil

Take one capsule from day one of your cycle till day 15. This  decreases high cholesterol levels in the body and improves metabolic function. It also gives relief from symptoms that are similar to PCOS and menopause/premenstrual syndrome.

6. Green Tea:

Brew fresh green tea  in hot water for 4-5 minutes and drink 2 to 3 cups every day. You can add honey to the tea. Brings down levels of androgen and reduces weight.

7. Royal Jelly:

Can be taken either by itself or mixed in with your breakfast. Supports ovarian function and exerts a strong estrogen effect.

8. Aloe Vera Juice:

Take one glass daily before breakfast. Reduces cholesterol levels and helps ovarian function.

9. Amla Juice:

Take 1/2 cup amla juice diluted with one cup water. Detoxifies, reduces cholesterol and restores hormonal balance in the body. Has anti-inflammatory effects too.

10. Palm Jaggery:

Substituting this for white sugar regulates glucose and insulin levels.

11. Cumin Seeds/Powder:

1/2 tsp in a cup of warm water twice a day. Acts as an anti-oxidant and reduces glucose levels.

12. Onion Or Kalonji Seed Oil:

1tsp with 1 tsp honey every morning on empty stomach.
Has anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory and estrogen properties which help relieve the symptoms of PCOS.

13.  Chia, Pumpkin and Flax Seeds:

Contains omega-3 fatty acids. Add to smoothies or sprinkle over breakfast.

14. Fenugreek and Fennel Seeds:

Make an infusion by soaking 2 tbsps of each in water overnight. Add another glass of water to this and boil the solution for 5-6 minutes. Strain and drink this water every morning on an empty stomach.

15. Sesame Seeds:

Boil 1 tsp in water till water reduces to half. Add some jaggery for taste. Drink 1 to 2 cups of this herbal decoction every day. Also contains essential minerals.

16. Saw Palmetto extract supplement:

Take  150mg – 200mg equivalent daily. Reduces hair growth over body by decreasing the levels of androgens.

17. Licorice Root:

Pour hot water over the I tbsp of licorice root and let this sit for a few minutes. Strain and drink a cup of this herbal tea daily. Reduces androgens and promotes ovulation.

18. Chasteberry Supplements, Daily:

One capsule only. Regulates the pituitary gland and balances hormonal levels.

19. Spearmint Tea:

It has anti-androgenic properties. Reduces body hair and increases levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). Drink twice daily.

20. Triphala choorna and Ashwagandha are often prescribed by Ayurvedic doctors for PCOS.

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