Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a complex metabolic condition, which may involve the pancreas, the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, the thyroid and adrenals glands. Consultant Medical Herbalist Deborah Grant has successfully treated many patients, who have PCOS, at her London PCOS Clinic. The treatment for polycystic ovaries helps to regulate periods, improve skin and enhance fertility. Sometimes there is a reduction in unwanted body hair.
A 2002 US estimate has PCOS affecting as many as 10% of a company’s female workforce. It has been shown that PCOS may be inherited. Approximately 40% of the women with a family history of PCOS will have the condition. However not all of these will develop symptoms.
Women suffering from PCOS are at a far higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, obesity, altered cholesterol levels, Type 2 diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance, a thickening of the uterine lining, cancer of the uterus, gestational diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance during pregnancy. A woman with PCOS can suffer from acne and unwanted body hair.
Orthodox Treatment of PCOS
- Metformin : to moderate insulin resistance
- Oral contraceptive pill (especially those containing cyproterone acetate) to treat acne and hirsutism (unwanted body hair)
- Spironolactone: to treat acne and hirsutism
- Clomiphene: to improve ovulation and fertility for those wishing to conceive
Metformin is associated with side effects of nausea, vomiting and other gastrointestinal disturbances.
The Herbal Treatment of PCOS
In general PCOS responds favourably to Herbal Medicine and dietary and lifestyle support. Treatment for polycystic ovaries is aimed at addressing both the underlying metabolic problem and the symptoms and will differ depending on whether the patient is trying to get pregnant or not. While it is not possible to completely cure the condition, it is possible to gain significant symptom control and regulation of the menstrual cycle with long term care.
The herbal approach to PCOS is safe and usually very effective. It helps to:
"With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), it was like a breath of fresh air finding Deborah. Her treatment was the exact multi-dimentional approach I was looking for and within three months I was back to a regular cycle after having had no periods at all for two years. I would not hesitate at all recommending Deborah, particularly to anyone wanting a holistic treatment for regulating hormone levels."
- Initiate ovulation and improve fertility
- Reduce insulin resistance
- Support liver function
- Reduce cardiovascular risk
- Support adrenal function
- Treat cysts
- Improve hirsutism
- Provide diet and lifestyle advice
Carolyn - LondonIf you would like treatment for polycystic ovaries, contact us for an appointment.