PCOS in Chinese Medicine
PCOS can result in Amenorrhea which is the absence of menstruation — one or more missed menstrual periods. Women who have missed at least three menstrual periods in a row and girls who haven’t begun menstruation by age 15 are considered to have Amenorrhea. In Chinese Medicine we contribute this pattern to deficiency of the Kidney Yang leading to delayed menstruation, spotting, or scanty mensuration, many times this is accompanied with weakness or soreness of the lower back and knees, coldness of the extremities and a pale purplish tongue. As always when dealing with any chronic or ongoing issue like this you want to address it form several aspects of your life. First make an appointment with your gynecologist and have them do a hormone panel as well as a pap smear to make see if there is an issue with the reproductive organs or the glands that help regulate hormones. In some cases it is extreme enough that it requires hormones to start the cycle again. In addition to dietary and lifestyle changes Chinese herbs can be quite dramatic in managing this pattern When looking for a more modern day formula to tonify the Kidney yang, Invigorate blood circulation in the lower jiao, and Tonify the Liver blood look for one containing one or more of the herbs below:
Best Chinese Herbs for PCOS
Dang Gui – Strongly tonifies the blood and regulates menstruation, this herb is also very effective in reliving pain related to menstrual cramps.
Bai Shao – Nourishes the Liver yin, and the blood, regulates menstruation and soothes spasms and cramps esp. in the abdomen.
Rou Gui – Helps to restore depleted Kidney yang, augments the ming-men fire, also this herb warms and opens the channels, to treat obstruction due to coldness.