Natural Remedies for Polycystic Ovaries

Try these natural remedies for polycystic ovaries, includes Q and A with leading natural health experts.

| March/April 2006

  • Natural remedies for polycystic ovaries includes saw palmetto berry (Serenoa repens), used to treat polycystic ovarian syndrome in women.
    Natural remedies for polycystic ovaries includes saw palmetto berry (Serenoa repens), used to treat polycystic ovarian syndrome in women.
    Photo by Steven Foster
  • Black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) can be combined with other herbs to make a “female restorative” tincture for PCOS.
    Black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) can be combined with other herbs to make a “female restorative” tincture for PCOS.
    Photo by Karen Bergeron
  • Q and A expert Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa.
    Q and A expert Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa.
    Photo by Mother Earth Living staff
  • Q and A expert Terry Willard.
    Q and A expert Terry Willard.
    Photo by the Mother Earth Living staff

  • Natural remedies for polycystic ovaries includes saw palmetto berry (Serenoa repens), used to treat polycystic ovarian syndrome in women.
  • Black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) can be combined with other herbs to make a “female restorative” tincture for PCOS.
  • Q and A expert Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa.
  • Q and A expert Terry Willard.

Natural remedies for polycystic ovaries include the use of saw palmetto berry and black cohosh.

Read more about natural remedies for a healthy bladder: Natural Remedies for a Healthy Bladder.

Natural Remedies for Polycystic Ovaries

I was recently diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome. Are there any supplements or herbs I should be taking?
E.M.
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Willard responds: The exact cause of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is not known, but there is a growing body of evidence that Syndrome X (or insulin resistance) is dramatically linked. PCOS is becoming an increasingly common problem, affecting an estimated 6 to 10 percent of women of reproductive age. This percentage seems to have kept pace with increases in the overall population’s issues with sugar metabolism.



PCOS symptoms are varied and include menstrual irregularities, infertility, increased male pattern hair growth, male pattern baldness or thinning hair, acne, oily skin, dandruff, pelvic pain, weight gain, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, skin tags, sleep apnea, snoring and darkened skin patches.

From a holistic point of view, treating PCOS is a combination of several therapies. These include addressing several aspects: the underlying hormonal imbalance; Syndrome X’s insulin resistance; usually an associated imbalance in essential fatty acids; and often a candida yeast problem.



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