Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Natural Remedies

Polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS affects 1 in 20 U.S. women of childbearing age and 1 in 10 of menopausal women (according to government statistics). PCOS symptoms include facial acne, facial hair growth, hair loss on the head, loss or irregular periods, low voice, and small breasts. It is often associated with obesity. PCOS may include infertility issues, irritability and blood sugar irregularity (insulin resistance or diabetes). Cholesterol levels may be affected. PCOS can look like many other conditions (obesity, hormonal disturbances, infertility).

Causes of polycystic ovarian syndrome are usually an imbalance of hormones (androgens) which may affect the rest of the endocrine system. Birth control drugs or other medications may contribute to this imbalance.

Modern medicine offers the use of estrogen, or birth control pills to control menstrual cycles. Spirolactone™ or some other drug is used to suppress excess androgen which causes most of the symptoms. These therapies can help symptoms but must be used continuously to suppress symptoms.

Natural perspective is that the endocrine system is out of balance. This includes the HPA axis (Hypothalamus, pituitary, and adrenal). This axis regulates hormones. The adrenals affect cortisol levels, and when out of balance contribute to abdominal obesity and stress. Often times stress contributes to PCOS.

There are natural solutions that I have used over several years with great success. For premenopausal women, it is usually a combination of Vitex, Saw palmetto, homeopathic ACTH, and either Natrum muriaticum or Sepia (see below).

Diet and supplements for PCOS – you must eliminate tobacco, alcohol, coffee, black tea, and processed foods. Also lose weight with exercise and diet control. Natural supplements for polycystic ovarian syndrome include Chromium which helps and regulates adrenals.

 

Herbs for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome PCOS

Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.

Use a combination of the following herbs for PCOS in capsule or liquid for maximum benefit, and adjust as your condition improves. Therapeutic dose is equal to one capsule of each herb 3 times a day or 1 liquid dropper full of an herbal tincture 3 times a day.

The most important herbs for PCOS are Vitex and Saw palmetto – use these in combination.

Vitex – hormone balance and research suggests that it works on PMS and fertility issues.

Saw palmetto is traditionally used for prostate problems in older men – it reduces androgens in women and improves urinary function.

Other herbs for polycystic ovarian syndrome:

Schizandra is an adaptogen that improves the HPA axis as well as improving liver and respiratory function.

Ashwaganda is also an adaptogen and works similar to Schizandra but also supports thyroid.

Blue vervain is exceptional for those stressed women of executive skills and challenges. Many herbalists use this as their primary herb for menopausal hot flashes.


Cell Salts to Help with PCOS

To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day.

#7 Kali sulph 6X – female problems show up on the face as brown spots, menses late, yellowish vaginal discharges
#9 Nat mur 6X – sensitive persons who isolate as a defense mechanism, crave salty foods, vaginal dryness, hair loss, facial hair, low voice
#12 Silicea – lack of periods, shy person, delicate, feels icy cold, vaginal cysts


PCOS Homeopathic Remedies

Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies.

Sepia (#1 Homeopathic for PCOS) – facial hair; acne with menstruation; irregularity in period; masculine; hair loss on head; low sex drive; exhausted; obesity especially during menopause.

Calcarea carb – obesity; cold clammy feet; over worker; weak ankles; sweats at night, especially need the window open; fear of rodents; menopause problems; acne; possible hair loss; hoarse voice.

Graphites – obesity with skin problems such as eczema with yellow honey like discharges; tendency to keloids (ropy scarring); acne with menstrual irregularities.

Natrum mur – for those who are sensitive; isolation when needing protection; crave salty foods; vaginal dryness; acne; hair loss; facial hair; low voice.

Thuja – with a tendency to warts or other non-cancerous growths; acnes with hormonal problems; genital warts; facial hair as well as hair loss; feels guilty or unworthy; may have hoarse voice;

ACTH 30c with one of the above remedies to regulate the adrenals.

 

 

Source: Dave’s Healing Notes

PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) Natural Remedies

PMS symptoms may occur before or during a woman’s period.
Symptoms may include:

 

  • Weight gain or bloating
  • Moodiness, including anxiety or depression
  • Hormonal headaches
  • Backaches, cramps
  • Breast tenderness
  • Difficulty concentrating or memory loss
  • Loss of interest in usual activities
  • Sugar and food cravings

PMS is associated with women’s hormonal health. The menstrual cycle is normally 28 to 30 days long and symptoms often show up a week before menstrual bleeding. Some symptoms may last all month long. Woman may also experience frigidity, the lack of sexual interest. See also a Women’s Libido Natural Remedies and other Women’s Health issues in Common Ailments.

A diet rich in animal fats and fast food may contribute to poor hormonal health. Other symptoms are cause by chemical hormone therapies including birth control methods.

Natural remedies for PMS like herbs, cell salts, and homeopathy combined with a change of diet and removing chemical hormones can be very helpful.

 

Herbs for PMS

Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.

Vitex – this herb is often the only one needed. Many women have found success with only 3 capsules a day. Do not use during pregnancy. Modern research shows Vitex is also helpful for depression, ovarian problems, and endometriosis. It often increases sex drive.

See an abstract on a Treatment regarding Vitex and PMS symptoms

Blessed thistle – when Vitex is not working well. Many women use 2 capsules twice a day when the liver is sluggish. Symptoms are irritability, anger, and grumpiness; May be used along with Vitex.


Cell Salts to Help PMS

To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day.

#2 Calc phos 6X – irritability, exhaustion
#9 Nat mur 6X – sensitivity, wants to be alone before period
#12 Silicea 6X – thin, weak, exhausted, cold, timid


PMS Homeopathic Remedies

Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies.

Calc carb (Puls) – complex, heavy build; can’t sleep from worry, ailments from anticipation, fear something bad will happen. Sensitive emotionally, worse watching sad movies; can’t watch news on television, feel vulnerable. Cramps in feet or legs, edema (swelling, fluid retention); breasts swell, tender and sore (congestion), constipation before period. Increased desire for sweets.

Ignatia (associated with Nat mur) – mood changes, frustration, argumentative, looking for a fight. Premenstrual twitches or spasms in parts of the body. Odors bother them, headaches before period, and problems with relationships, slighted easily. Idealistic – lady remembers everyone’s little comments and it all comes out. Holds in frustration and hurts and remembers them. Hard on themselves, perfectionist, GUILT that they haven’t done enough.

Lachesis – severe violent, abusive, manic, jealous, loquacious (talkative). Manic depressive, high blood pressure. Suspicious around PMS. With menstrual flow, all is back to normal. LEFT-sided, hot-blooded, hyper, can’t sleep, everything is a party, shopping sprees, and possible alcoholism.

Pulsatilla – WEEPY, SAD, EDEMA (swelling, fluid retention), feels ABANDONED, loves consolation, craving pastry and creamy, sad at sunset. Binge on soft and creamy to console themselves – Weight fluctuations at period. SCANTY MENSES – feel better with normal – spots for several days. Headaches. Contrary, hard to please.

Sepia – irritable, depressed. LOW SEX DRIVE worse by consolation. Wants to be left alone; exhaustion. Heaviness in back or uterus as if a weight. CONSTIPATION.

 

 

Source: Dave’s Healing Notes

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Natural Remedies

Irritable bowel is a disorder which causes discomfort and distress to the intestines. Symptoms irritable bowel symptomsare characterized most commonly by cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. Some may have constipation while others may have diarrhea, or a combination of both in alternation. Other symptoms include bloating and gas, mucus in the stool, and urging after having a bowel movement.

As many as 20 percent of the adults have symptoms of IBS, making it one of the most common disorders diagnosed by doctors. It occurs more often in women than in men, and it begins before the age of 35 in about 50 percent of people.

IBS, for most people, can come from poor diet containing fast foods, dairy, tobacco, alcohol, coffee, black tea, and soda. These things also cause the death of the friendly bacteria in the intestines. Other causes may be due to dietary allergies, or food sensitivities. Stress may play a part in the cause.

Modern medicine treats IBS with diet changes, fiber supplements, anti-diarrheal medications, anticholinergic medications (nervous system), anti-depression medications, and counseling. Medication specific to IBS is Alosetron (Lotronex) which is supposed to relax the colon – only approved for women. These medications only treat the symptoms and create dependency.

To heal the body the natural way, reduce stress, improve the diet and women should balance their hormones. Using the herb Vitex (3 capsules a day) may eliminate other hormonal symptoms as well as some of the IBS symptoms.

 

Herbs for Irritable Bowel

Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.

The following herb combinations are directed toward the balancing the digestive system. Use other single herbs particular causes outlined.

Herb combinations:

Dave’s Lower Bowel Formula – herbs used traditionally to relax the colon and release gas and bloating. Taking capsules between meals is even more beneficial.

Dave’s Digestive Formula – helps the stomach to normalize digestion.

Herb singles that support intestines:

Licorice – anti-inflammatory support as used in up to 3 capsules a day

Marshmallow – soothes the colon

Slippery elm – soothes the colon and heals ulcers

Herb singles for nerve support:

Lavender – warming, nerve calming, and stimulates digestion

Melissa (Lemon balm) – calms the nerves as well as improves digestion


Cell Salts to Help with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day.

#5 Kali mur 6X – tenderness, swelling, gas, especially right liver area, diarrhea.
#10 Nat phos 6X – cutting, twisting, griping pain with gas and gurgling. Digestive complaints.
#11 Nat sulph 6X – burning pains, cramps around navel, cramps with painful trapped gas, better from kneading abdomen.


Irritable Bowel Homeopathic Remedies

Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies.

These homeopathics are indicated for diarrhea or constipation, or diarrhea alternating with constipation.

Aloe socotrina – jelly-like stools with mucus. Stools pass unnoticed. Must pass urine and feces together. Stools of mucus, gassy, lumpy, bloody or slimy.

Antimonium crud – stools with mucus, hard or loose with nausea. Stools of hard lumps mixed with watery discharge. Belching, indigestion, coated tongue.

Nitricum acid – sharp splinter-like pains in anus with hemorrhoids. Diarrhea, especially from antibiotic treatments. Violent cutting pains after stools. Fissures in rectum. Great straining with little passing.

Nux vomica – irritability with liver and digestive problems where food feels like a rock in the stomach. Craves spicy foods. Uneasiness of rectum. Constant urging but only passing small quantities. Itching with blind hemorrhoids.

Podophyllum – smelly gas. Gurgling of bowels, then yellow profuse putrid stools gushing out painlessly. Rectal prolapse. Severe burning, deep in rectum after stool. Anus feels very sore, sensitive and swollen. Stools yellow with undigested food.

 

 

Source: Dave’s Healing Notes

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