Reshaping PCOS treatment through Functional Medicine and Integrative Medicine approach
Instead of trying to control symptoms with pharmaceuticals method, Functional medicine and integrative medicine reshapes treatment approach through Holistic way: life style first (reducing adrenaline fatigue, stress, weight gain and controlling inflammation) along with herbs and supplement. Pharmaceutical approach comes next.
PCOS is a complex hormonal disorder that affects many females of childbearing age. The PCOS is the most common cause of menstrual disorders, ovarian dysfunction, and infertility of women. Observational studies postulate that up to 15% of women suffer under this condition during their reproductive life. PCOS etiopathology is not clear, but most probably a strong genetic cause that is influenced by gestational environment and lifestyle seems to be the key factor. The most common features of PCOS are hyperandrogenism, chronic anovulation, typical PCOS ultrasound images, and skin issues such as acne, hirsutism, and seborrhea. Furthermore, recently it has been found that insulin resistance plays a key role in the clinical development of PCOS in almost all the women.
The most common symptoms vary from person to person and sometimes stay dormant for long time presenting as Insulin Resistance only. There could be only symptoms as abdominal pain due to ovarian cyst. Other symptoms of PCOS could be irregular periods,acne,hair growth on the face, chest, or other parts of the body, thinning hair, weight gain, and infertility.
Medical Journal reviews reported the following supplement from 24 studies and considered that these nutritional supplements were safe and more effective ways of managing PCOS apart from life style changes. The supplements were:
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine journal reported the effectiveness of the following herb:
Vitex agnus-castus and Cimicifuga racemose to regulate menstrual period.
Cinnamon and chromium for metabolic syndrome.
There current studies about the effects of CBD on PCOS, but it help with anxiety or insomnia that’s seen with PCOS due to hormone imbalance.
Animal studies have concluded that probiotic supplements helped reverse symptoms of PCOS in rats.
The FDA do not regulate herbal products, and these may interact with medications that you may be taking, so its better to consult your physician.
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