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Monday, 9 July 2012

PCOS & CHINESE HERBS


People now choose to turn to Chinese herbs treatment for a variety of  health concerns. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, also called PCOS, is a condition  that many women have and choose to use Chinese herb either by  itself or alongside traditional medical treatments.
One of the most popular and most available Chinese treatments for  PCOS is a herb known as Dong Quai. Because PCOS is a chronic (recurring  and/or long-term) condition, some people believe that it can be treated  herbally.  Herbs tend to be much more gently on the body than synthetic  drugs are.  Herbs are also generally able to be used for longer time  periods, while many medications are not indicated for long-term or repeated  use.  Dong Quai is a Chinese herb, and has even been referred to as a  “female ginseng.”  Dong Quai can be used for longer periods of time.  Dong  Quai helps the endocrine system as well as the liver.  Dong Quai is thought  to help also with irregular menstruation, Premenstrual Syndrome, and other  female problems.
Another herbal treatment for PCOS, while not necessarily Chinese, is  Chasteberry.  Chasteberry, also known as Vitex and Angus Castus, is an herb  commonly used for treating PCOS.  This is because this particular herb has  an immediate effect on the pituitary gland;  the pituitary gland is  responsible for hormone production, which is at the root of many of the  symptoms of PCOS, such as weight gain and unwanted hair growth or hair loss.    Some people believe that chasteberry is what is known as an “adaptive  herb.”  An adaptive herb is one which does whatever the body needs it to do.
Other herbal treatments for PCOS include evening primrose, black cohosh, and  saw palmetto.  Evening primrose is used to help with PMS, as well as with  skin problems.  It is thought to help women who have irregular menstrual  cycles as well.  Some think that evening primrose oil will aid with  cholesterol problems, blood pressure problems, and heart disease.  Black  cohosh is also used for PMS, amenorrhea, and irregular menstruation.  Saw  Palmetto is another herb that is sometimes used, and it is an anti-androgen,  which means that it will fight many of the symptoms and side-effects of  PCOS.
In addition, Chinese medical treatments, such as acupressure and  acupuncture, may also be used to treat the symptoms of PCOS.  While there  are not specific points that deal with a specific disease such as PCOS,  there are points that can deal with things like hair loss, weight gain, and  problems with menstruation.

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