How to Manage PCOS With Herbs

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a complex hormonal and metabolic disorder affecting millions of women of reproductive age worldwide. Characterized by symptoms including irregular periods, weight gain, hair loss, hormonal imbalances, and ovarian cysts, PCOS poses challenges to both physical and mental well-being. 

While the cause of PCOS is not fully understood due to a lack of research, we do know that there is generally an inflammatory component, insulin dysregulation, and gut dysbiosis as the main drivers of symptoms. Due to the multifaceted nature of the condition, we know that we can’t just treat one thing. Hormones are involved in every system of the body, therefore a holistic approach is necessary when working to manage PCOS symptoms. 


Holistic healing for PCOS involves various practices such as maintaining blood sugar balance, reducing processed food consumption, practicing stress management, supporting liver health, minimizing exposure to toxins, and prioritizing adequate sleep. As an alternative to conventional treatments, which often only mask symptoms, a growing number of individuals are exploring holistic lifestyle approaches, including the use of herbs, to effectively manage PCOS symptoms.


Here are some herbs that can support PCOS management and symptoms: 


Ginger: Ginger, known for its versatile medicinal properties, offers several benefits for women with PCOS. The presence of anti-inflammatory compounds can support in managing inflammation associated with PCOS. Ginger also aids in digestion, potentially easing gastrointestinal discomfort often experienced by individuals with PCOS. Emerging research also suggests that there are promising outcomes regarding ginger's potential to address menstrual pain and irregularities.

Chamomile: Renowned for its therapeutic properties, Chamomile offers a multitude of benefits for individuals managing PCOS. Studies suggest that this herb has the potential to enhance key PCOS markers by influencing the ratio between luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). Chamomile is also celebrated for its calming effects, aiding in the regulation of the nervous system and providing stress management support, both of which are crucial aspects of PCOS management. 

Dandelion root: The recognized benefits of dandelion root include its ability to help alleviate PCOS symptoms by supporting the elimination of toxins and surplus hormones stored in the liver. Beyond hormonal balance, dandelion root addresses inflammation, helps control blood sugar levels, and is rich in antioxidants. It’s potent properties make it a valuable ally in weight management, while simultaneously promoting holistic detoxification and maintaining a healthy liver.

Peppermint: Peppermint may possess anti-androgenic properties, offering support for hormonal balance in women with PCOS. Beyond hormonal considerations, peppermint aids digestion and has demonstrated efficacy in alleviating uncomfortable gastrointestinal symptoms, which often coexist with PCOS. The refreshing and soothing flavour of peppermint adds a pleasant aspect to its therapeutic benefits, making it a flavourful choice for those seeking natural support in managing PCOS.

Cleavers: Cleavers, a botanical treasure, provides numerous benefits for women dealing with PCOS. Its remarkable support for the lymphatic system proves especially helpful for the body's detoxification processes. With its diuretic properties, cleavers can contribute to the removal of excess fluids, potentially easing the bloating and fluid retention commonly associated with PCOS. Traditionally acknowledged as a cooling herb, herbalists have historically used cleavers to address excessive heat and stagnation in the body. By boosting the lymphatic system's function, cleavers help improve its capacity to eliminate toxins and alleviate bloating. 

In managing PCOS, it's essential to address the complete picture, including blood sugar balance, liver support, detoxification, gut health, and mental well-being. Incorporated into Leaves blends, these herbs offer therapeutic benefits supportive to address the challenges faced by women with PCOS. Bloat's blend, specifically designed, provides support by alleviating digestive discomfort commonly associated with the condition. Likewise, the carefully curated herbs in Detox contribute to enhancing the liver's capacity to metabolize excess hormones, ultimately promoting healthy ovulation. With remarkable anti-inflammatory healing properties, both Bloat and Detox emerge as valuable allies for women seeking holistic approaches to manage their PCOS effectively.




Written by Holistic Health Coach, Faye Gold. 

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