What does PCOS stand for?
What are the key symptoms for PCOS ?
These can include; irregular periods, pelvic pain, headaches, Small Cysts on the Ovaries, SEVERE ACNE, insulin resistance, INFERTILITY, weight gain, EXCESS facial/ body hair, IRREGULAR periods, anxiety & depression, INCREASED androgens and sleep problems.
How is PCOS may be diagnosed?
DIETARY THERAPY & Lifestyle for PCOS
- Keeping a healthy weight: fat cells store estrogen, and usually with this condition there is too much ESTROGEN and LH circulating.
- Cut out all forms of REFINED SUGAR & refined CARBOHYDRATES & any type of sugary drink that can raise blood sugar (some fruit juices too): this is the best natural management for insulin resistance and impaired glucose metabolism
- Eat only complex whole grains such as BUCKWHEAT, BARLEY & SPELT
- Consume as many fresh veggies & ROOT VEGGIES
- AVOID DAIRY: This is super important because it can exacerbate the condition
- Get adequate amounts of exercise
- Eliminate Alcohol and caffeine
- Eat fruit sparingly, berries are great because they aren’t high in sugar: )
- FREE RANGE Poultry (not breast)
- Fermented foods, legumes and nuts/seeds
SUPPLEMENTS for PCOS:
- Cinnamon: this warming spice helps to stabilize blood sugar. New Chapter has a good supplement but you can use the powdered form in food or lattes as well
- Magnesium: Most women are deficient in magnesium & this has been proven to be anti inflammatory as well as helping with insulin resistance
- B6: Also found in garlic and grassfed beef, helps to raise progesterone levels which are often low in PCOS
- Selenium: This is essential for DETOXING the liver of excess estrogen as well as boost progesterone.
- Zinc: This mineral assists in balancing testosterone, which are often high in PCOS
- Chromium Picolinate: 500 mcg BID- > This helps to balance blood sugar
- Chlorophyll: Reduces symptoms of hypoglycemia (when cutting out sugars/carbs)
Other vitamins that support insulin resistance:
- B VITAMINS, Magnesium, alpha lipoic acid, & conjugated linoleic acid
- NAC (N-acetyl-cysteine): 600 mg, 2x per day, assisting with insulin imbalance
- Vitamin D: 1000 IU/day
Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine for Managing PCOS
Disclaimer: This article is not to diagnose or offer treatment advise. We encourage you as with all medical conditions, you should always seek the advice of your doctor before beginning any acupuncture treatments or herbal therapies for PCOS.