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Poly cystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is not an illness where cysts are present on the ovaries. Many women may have cysts present on their ovaries but they do not have PCOS.
The 4 different types of PCOS are:
When it comes to determining a diagnosis of PCOS, Rotterdam’s criteria lists the clinical measures that consist of 3 signs and symptoms:
The main presenting symptoms in clinic are, absence or irregular periods, obesity, skin changes such as acne and hirsutism (male pattern hair growth) and anovulation (no egg released at ovulation).
Current research explores the relationship between the gut microbiome and insulin resistant PCOS, androgen excess and inflammation, all conditions that contribute to the pathogenesis of PCOS.
The homeopathic approach always considers the whole person and so the approach to working with PCOS is made on the individual symptoms of the client. Remedies that are commonly prescribed for PCOS:
When we prescribe these remedies we are matching the clients symptoms with the symptoms produced by a remedy in controlled conditions. For example the Sepia remedy personality usually is synonymous with a woman who is exhausted (adrenal fatigue), experiences pre-menstrual symptoms such as anger and moodiness, periods are late and scanty and they may experience constipation (1)
Other areas to address:
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Endometriosis is a chronic health condition where cells that are similar to those of the lining of the uterus (endometrial cells) proliferate in other parts of the body, particularly outside the uterus and possibly on the intestines and in the pelvic cavity.
These cells are receptive to the usual hormonal changes of a woman’s cycle, and therefore bleed at the same time as your menstrual period. This bleeding can cause pain and shedding of tissue in areas of your body where this should not be happening.
Other symptoms you may experience are :
There are many traditional practitioners that believe that endometriosis is caused by oestrogen, however it is in fact that endometriosis is stimulated by oestrogen. Therefore it does play a role in the expression of endometriosis, but it is not the cause.
Endometriosis is now known as inflammatory and immune disease! Therefore addressing inflammation and immunity (always considering gut health) are very important areas if hoping to resolve symptoms. You can have a laparoscopy to temporarily reduce symptoms, however it does not address the underlying cause… and you know that we are much more in favour of addressing causes and finding resolution!!
In terms of treatment, it is important to note that taking the oral contraceptive pill is not a form of treatment and a Cochrane review reveals that there is no evidence that the pill is effective in treating endometriosis. (2)
One of the understandings of endometriosis is that it relates to retrograde menstruation – which is when the endometrial tissue flows back out of the fallopian tubes as well as exiting through the vagina. The current research shows that retrograde menstruation is common among all women, leading us to the question – why are women with endometriosis suffering from the displacing of the endometrial tissue? Many researchers are investigating the role of the immune system in not performing its duty in being able to remove these cells from where they are lodging themselves outside of the uterus. (3)
Predispositions to endometriosis include genetics and epigenetics (through exposure to toxins), presence of bacterial toxins in the pelvis and also related to a nickel allergy. (4)
So how can The Family apothecary and homeopathy help?
Addressing symptoms with homeopathic remedies supports the vital force/immunity as opposed to working against it, leading to an overall healthier physical body.
Important homeopathic remedies for endometriosis include: