Lāʻau Lāpaʻau | Chamomile Reduces Testosterone Levels in Women with PCOS

Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is an endocrine disorder found in women of childbearing age. The main underlying disordered metabolism issues in PCOS are insulin resistance and hyperandrogenism. Characteristic manifestations can include irregular or infrequent or no menses, infertility, hirsutism, hair loss, and weight gain. Underlying mechanisms can be addressed that can then dramatically alter the current issues as well as reduce the long term risks for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and uterine cancer. Many symptoms can be managed with lifestyle changes that include weight loss for those patients who are overweight or obese, and regular aerobic and strength training exercise, as well as conventional pharmaceuticals such as oral contraceptives, metformin effects, and spironolactone. The literature is now quite robust with natural agents that lower androgens in women with PCOS and improve insulin resistance. Chamomile (Matricaria recutita syn. M. chamomilla, Asteraceae) flowers are used to treat anxiety, insomnia, digestive ailments, hay fever, and painful menstruation. Chamomile…

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