At this Perth clinic, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common disorders that we treat. It is a deep rooted systemic problem – and it has many repercussions on a woman’s health. PCOS is a leading cause of infertility and menstrual irregularities. It also affects many other body systems. With its holistic approach, naturopathy is uniquely situated to help the condition.
The presence of multiple cysts on the ovaries is the usual diagnostic factor. But it is now thought that many woman who appear normal on examination, but who have most of the other distinguishing hallmarks of PCOS, either have the syndrome or are in danger of developing it. In any case, the treatment will be similar.
Dietary management, assisted by herbal and homeopathic treatment, is usually successful in restoring balance. We help regulate the hormonal and endocrine factors that underlie polycystic ovarian syndrome. In this way, we help restore fertility and regulate periods. It assists with all the symptoms that go with the disorder.
Insulin resistance is a leading cause of polycystic ovarian syndrome. This means that the body is not able to properly regulate blood sugar levels. As a result, obesity is a common factor, but many patients with PCOS are also of normal weight or even underweight.
High levels of insulin in the bloodstream may also cause an increase in testosterone produced by the ovaries. An increase in luteinising hormone(LH) relative to follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) has the same result. Oestrogen dominance or activity relative to progesterone also has an influence. These things are contributed to by many lifestyle factors and diet, all of which can be modified by a naturopathic approach.
As in every case we treat, the naturopathic and homeopathic approach is to take a full holistic case. We look at the whole person, mentally, emotionally and physically. This is as well as examining and treating the specific imbalances in the organs, glands and tissues. As a result, the eventual outcome is a more lasting and balanced response by the body on all levels.
To manage polycystic ovarian syndrome, it is important to focus on diet. The most crucial factor is to maintain stable blood sugar levels. In this way, we help the body maintain a healthy insulin response. This will involve a relatively low carbohydrates diet. To achieve this, it is important to eliminate sugar. In most cases, we advise eating good fats and protein regularly. Despite most patients fears about fats, this usually means better weight management. This is because when blood sugar is stabilised, the body uses more calories for energy and less are stored as fat.
Homeopathy and herbal treatment provide support to this basic approach at a cellular level and support the organs and endocrine system. With the homeopathic treatment in particular we provide constitutional treatment which mobilises the body’s healing forces and energy on all levels.