Having lived with the condition all her life and having been actively concerned about it for the last ten years of her life, Nifemi had become something of an aficionado where issues of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) are concerned.
She has tried all sorts of remedies; from homemade to orthodox medicine. Honestly, I personally believe she can write a dissertation on some of the side effects of the medication, and best of all, she can detect a cock and bull story from miles away.
When the news of a woman who claimed to have cured her PCOS broke, Nifemi was like, ‘That’s just bull!’. PCOS is incurable. Yes, you can manage the symptoms, but curing it? That’s a long shot, because even as I write, the root cause of PCOS is unknown. All that is known is that it is caused by hormonal imbalance. On the other hand, the symptoms are well known, and they present themselves differently in different women.
In the course of her journey, Nifemi has tried different treatments and homemade remedies, and we are going to be tapping from her reservoir of knowledge. She shares with us some of the five natural remedies you can use to manage PCOS and how they actually work.
First on her list is the Apple Cider Vinegar
Nifemi uses Apple Cider Vinegar mostly for its detoxification quality. It is particularly found to be helpful in boosting the body’s natural abilities to eject toxins, including bacteria build up, not to mention, its effectiveness in fighting some female reproductive diseases.
It helps to control the symptoms of PCOS, as it keeps insulin levels in the body regulated. And that is a big deal, where reliving PCOS symptoms is concerned.
According to Nifemi, all you need to do on a daily basis is add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water. Drink this first thing in the morning. You can slowly increase the frequency to 2-3 times in a day.
I’m a huge fan of Cinnamon, and wasn’t surprised when Nifemi listed as one of the home made remedies that tames PCOS symptoms.
Apparently, regular ingestion of cinnamon improves the regularity of a PCOS woman’s menstrual cycle. It also helps to boost insulin resistance in cysters.
All you need to do to enjoy the benefits of this spice (or herb, to some people), is to add one teaspoon of cinnamon powder to a glass of warm water. Drink it daily for a few months or until you are satisfied with the results.
Or you can turn into a regular spice in your kitchen. Sprinkle some over your oatmeal, cereal, yogurt, and even sandwiches and on other foods that take your fancy.
However, there is a side effect. Cinnamon can lower blood sugar. Good news on one hand…but not too good for some. So, talk to your doctor about it.
Evening Primrose Oil
Now, Nifemi practically gushed over this remedy, and you will know why shortly.
This particular oil can help balance the levels of estrogen and progesterone in the woman’s body. Is that not good news? Sure, it is.
Another benefit of evening primrose oil is improved metabolism, which in turn helps decrease the high cholesterol levels in the body.
It also comes in capsule form, and that is all you need. Take the Evening Primrose capsules daily, and for better results, start on CD1 and continue using until you ovulate.
Most of us know castor oil therapy and the amazing work it does, where scar tissue is concerned. Well, now there is a connection between castor oil and PCOS, even though it is not obvious at first.
Castor oil, where PCOS is concerned, is mostly a preventive measure rather than curative. It helps to keep the body in a state where the symptoms of PCOS do not overshadow the body and actively affect a cyster’s lifestyle.
Over the years, researchers have found castor oil to be beneficial in the treatment of many female reproductive issues with direct or indirect infertility caused by the polycystic ovary syndrome.
According to DiagnoseMe, the physiological effects of using castor oil include stimulating the liver, increasing eliminations, relieving pain, increasing lymphatic circulation, improving gastrointestinal function, increasing relaxation and reducing inflammation (PCOS is an inflammatory condition).
If you have the time and don’t mind the mess, castor oil therapy is worth trying. All you need is:
- Organic castor oil
- A piece of flannel cloth or wool
- Hot water bottle or hot pack
- Plastic wrap
- Soak the flannel in castor oil and wring out the excess oil. It should not be dripping with oil.
- Lie down and place this on your lower abdomen.
- Wrap the abdomen with the plastic wrap and place the hot water bottle on this.
- Keep this on for 20-30 minutes.
- Remove the plastic wrap and rinse the area with soap and water.
The flannel piece soaked in oil can be stored in an air tight container and used again.
However, you need to dispose of the flannel when it starts to smell or change colour.
You can aim to do this therapy for 3-4 consecutive days in the week, and rest for the remainder of the week. Give it a month of consistency, to see some results.
For Nifemi, aside from the beauty and other health benefits of this green plant, Aloe Vera has shown it has the ability to reduce blood cholesterol levels. Importantly, reduced cholesterol levels leads to a balance in the ovarian hormonal environment.
This positively impacts ovarian function and helps relieve PCOS symptoms.
All you need is a glass of aloe vera juice daily, preferably before breakfast.
These are some of the natural remedies Nifemi has found to be very useful in alleviating the symptoms of her PCOS, as well as boosting her chances of conception.
The fact that these remedies exist at all is an indicator of the abundance of resources in nature, which we can use for our good.
PCOS may not be curable…but it is definitely manageable.
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