Herbs to Manage PCOS / PCOD symptoms
PCOS / PCOD is one of the most common endocrine conditions among Indian women of reproductive age. Some of the main symptoms of PCOS include:
4.Thinning of hair
7.Excessive facial hair growth
Living with PCOS/PCOD is very difficult. The symptoms are very difficult to manage without the right diet, supplements and lifestyle changes. The exact reason for this condition is unknown, but one of the biggest contributing factors is stress and imbalance of female hormones. However, there are many natural ways to manage PCOS/PCOD symptoms; we have listed a few herbs to manage PCOS symptoms.
*Please consult with your doctor or nutritionist before you try any of these herbs. This is an informative article only.
Herbs to Manage PCOS
The root of maca has been traditionally known to help balance hormones and lower cortisol levels –your body’s main stress hormone – which works with certain parts of your brain to control mood swings, motivation, and fear. Maca root may also help treat depression, which can be one of the symptoms of PCOS/PCOD.
Ashwagandha is a very healthy medicinal herb. It can help your body to manage stress as well as other symptoms of PCOS/PCOD. It is also called “Indian ginseng.”
Saw palmetto pills
It can reduce excessive hair growth and hair thinning – one of the common symptoms of PCOS. Since the herb doesn’t take great, one can consume it in the form of pills.
Tulsi or Holy Basil
Tulsi is widely used in traditional medicines in India. It helps reduce blood sugar, prevents weight gain and lowers the stress hormone called cortisol.
A natural blood sugar stabiliser, cinnamon has shown to drastically reduce insulin resistance by slowing down the food from the stomach to the digestive system. In fact, it also helps in reducing stomach cramps.
It has many medicinal benefits over and above its uses in foods. Licorice root has anti-inflammatory properties that can help metabolise sugar, balance hormones, soothe digestion issues and relieve stress.
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