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Re: PCOS ? - info & herb suggestions

PCOS is a complex endocrine disorder. You may find this web site helpful to learn more about it:

See if you can find a copy of the November 2004 issue of The Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients (you can learn more about the publication here: Nov 2004 is the Women's Health Issue and has a very good article on PCOS in the Phytotherapy Review and Commentary section. It also provides a botanical protocol for dealing with the insulin resistance, elevated androgens and estrogen dominance that are part of the syndrome.
The sample protocol cited in the article uses herbal extracts. You could use the powdered herbs as well. Try researching the following:

White Peony (Paeonia lactiflora)- reduces elevated androgens, modulates estrogen and prolactin, and helps with low progesterone.

Gymnema sylvestre (also called Shardunika in ayurveda pharmacology) - this will help with the insulin resistance. Shardunika has been shown to facilitate regeneration of the pancreas.

Tribulus terrestris (Gokshura in ayurveda) - modulates estrogens and androgens.

Vitex agnus-castus or Vitex Negundo (Nirgundhi)- the roots, flowers, leaves and bark will help regulate the estrogens and raise the progesterone. You may want to buy this from an ayurvedic herb supplier to ensure you get the correct parts of the plant and not the berries.

Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides) - this will help regulate the menses, either bring them on or slow them down. It is a uterine and ovarian tonic and pelvic anti-inflammatory.

Echinacea spp. - serves as an immune modulator to help with hypothyroidism.

Schisandra chinensis - liver suppor to help clean out all those excess hormones.

Kelp (Fucus vesiculosus)- thyroid support

Diet is of prime importance with PCOS. The insulin resistance that develops from too many refined carbs is a key factor in kicking this condition off.

Hope you find this info helpful and not overwhelming.

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