PCOS is one of the biggest reasons for obesity, menstrual problems and infertility in women of reproductive age around the world. Ugly cystic acne, hair loss, unsightly facial hair and patches of pigmented skin are among the cosmetic woes of women with PCOS.
Ayurvedic treatment for PCOS takes a holistic approach to dealing with the syndrome. Most Ayurvedic remedies for PCOS focus on:
- Tissue nourishment
- Strengthening metabolism
- Rectifying the hormonal imbalance governed by bio-dosha energies
Here are five Ayurvedic herbs for PCOS for the female reproductive system that are holistic therapies for this female health problem.
Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus)
Shatavari is for women what ashwagandha is to men. It is well-known for its restorative properties of the ovarian follicles, regulating the menstrual cycle and energizing the female reproductive functions as a whole. Shatavari is high in phytoestrogen (plant-based estrogen) so it helps women with this Kapha disorder who also suffer from excess insulin (hyperinsulinemia).
Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia)
Guduchi is a powerful herb with anti-inflammatory properties. It helps soothe the chronic inflammation in tissues which are the primary reason for ovarian cysts and insulin resistance. Guduchi banishes any metabolic disturbances and vitalizes the body tissues.
Shatapushpa (Foeniculum vulgare)
Fennel seeds or shatapushpa work wonderfully well in treating PCOS naturally. Power-packed with phytoestrogens, fennel eliminates inflammation and so, fights against insulin imbalances. The phytoestrogens in this herb also correct metabolic disturbances common in PCOS. You can chew on a teaspoon of these seeds to boost the ovulation process.
This is actually a blend of three fruits: Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) and Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica). Triphala is truly the superhero of classical Ayurvedic formulations that is great for women with PCOS. Loaded with the goodness of Vitamin C, it is a rich antioxidant that fights inflammation and free radicals. This Ayurvedic medicine for PCOS also has cleansing and detoxifying properties.
Kumari (Aloe barbadensis)
Aloe Vera is yet another herb that is used in PCOS treatment in Ayurveda. Consuming a teaspoon of aloe juice can regularize menstrual cycles by balancing ovarian hormones.
Bonus PCOS remedy:
Mix together 150 grams of ashwagandha root and 70 grams of Arjun chhal. Make 30 equal parts of this mixture. Add three cups of water to one part of the mixture and boil till it reduces to a single cup. Filter and add fresh cows milk to it. Boil this mixture again after adding two cardamom pods to it. Cool and drink this on an empty stomach every morning for the treatment of PCOS.