PCOS and an Integrative Approach to Healing

May 30, 2024

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, or PCOS, is a common hormonal disorder affecting women of reproductive age. It is characterized by irregular menstrual cycles, excessive androgen levels, insulin resistance, and, oftentimes, polycystic ovaries (ovaries with an abnormal amount of cysts). Symptoms may include weight gain, acne, hair loss, and fertility struggles, making it a challenging condition to manage.

The exact cause of PCOS remains unknown, but factors such as genetics, blood sugar dysregulation, and inflammation are believed to play significant roles. Conventional treatment typically involves medications like birth control pills, anti-androgens, and insulin-sensitizing drugs to manage symptoms. However, an integrative approach to healing can offer a more comprehensive solution addressing the root causes of this condition.

An integrative approach to PCOS combines the best of Western medical treatment with complementary therapies, focusing on the whole person rather than just the symptoms. At Sarana Health, our integrative care team employs a multi-faceted strategy to help you manage and heal from PCOS.

1. Nutrition and Diet: A balanced diet is crucial in managing PCOS. We recommend a diet rich in whole foods, including plenty of vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Reducing sugar and refined carbohydrates can help manage insulin levels and support weight loss, which is often beneficial for women with PCOS.

2. Exercise: Regular physical activity can improve insulin sensitivity, aid in weight management, and boost mood. We work with you to develop a personalized exercise plan that suits your lifestyle and preferences.

3. Stress Management: Chronic stress can exacerbate PCOS symptoms and increase androgen hormone production, like testosterone. Techniques such as yoga, meditation, and mindfulness can help better manage stress. Our team offers guidance and resources to help you incorporate these practices into your daily routine.

4. Supplements and Herbal Medicine: Certain supplements and herbs, such as inositol, omega-3 fatty acids, and Vitex agnus-castus (chasteberry), can support hormonal balance and improve symptoms. We provide personalized supplement recommendations based on your specific needs.

5. Medical Support: Our integrative care team includes medical professionals who can prescribe medications when necessary and monitor your progress closely. This ensures a safe and effective treatment plan tailored to your unique situation.

In summary, PCOS is a complex condition that requires a multifaceted approach to navigate effectively. At Sarana Health, we believe that a holistic approach is the key to managing PCOS effectively. By addressing the root causes and supporting the body’s natural healing processes, we aim to improve your overall health and well-being.

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Posted by Keira Kroin, MS

Keira is a functional nutritionist and herbal medicine practitioner. Her approach revolves around assessing an individual holistically to determine potential root causes of disease. Keira emphasizes the integration between physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

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This article is for informational and educational use only and should not be considered a substitute for medical advice. Consult your health and wellness provider for more information.


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