Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a common reproductive health condition for women. It has become increasingly common with increase in the consumption of a highly processed diet. The condition is characterised by an increase in male hormone testosterone. This leads to a combination of symptoms that include jawline facial acne, facial hair, multiple cysts on the ovaries and weight gain. Frequently these symptoms co-exist with insulin resistance caused by high blood sugar levels. Often you may also experience depression due to the effects of the condition. PCOS is has significant effects on a woman’s life, and many women will also experience fertility issues related to the condition. The physical changes that directly affect appearance have a significant impact and often result in mood changes.

Stress has a significant impact on PCOS and the development of the condition. Stress causes an increase in the production of cortisol from the adrenal glands and this causes an increase in the production of adrenalin. This leads to increase blood sugar levels and  an increase in the release of insulin. Eventually the receptors on the cells become less sensitive to the insulin and it is this that causes insulin resistance. At this time, it is still not fully understood how this causes PCOS.

The naturopathic approach to treating PCOS is to restore balance in the body by treating the cause. As a naturopath I make it a priority to make my clients aware of the relationship between stress and health and include stress management in the treatment plan, to so clients can sustainably learn how to reduce their stress, and become aware of the how stress affects them. If a client has a history of long term trauma and or stress it may also be important to explore other complimentary services, or psychology services that will help the client to gain a tool box of skills that can help to take some control over their mental health.

As a naturopath the next important goal is to help the client to understand and identify with how their diet may be impacting their condition by fully assessing their nutritional status, identifying the clients goals for their health and helping them understand the steps they need to take in order to improve their insulin sensitivity. As a naturopath I feel it is important to help clients to learn how to enjoy a variety of foods that will provide enjoyment and avoid the need for yoyo dieting. So, my clients can feel like they can follow a healthy eating plan long term and achieve a sustainable and healthy weight range.

Lastly as a naturopath Jodi provides a variety of treatments that may involve herbs that may provide beneficial effects in balancing of hormones. Herbal therapy for hormonal imbalances has been used for thousands of years successfully. Herbal therapy is gentle and affordable usually has minimal side effects, Jodi can provide a herbal therapy script that will help to balance your hormones. You don’t usually need to take herbal remedies long term as Jodi will monitor and provide options to reduce your herbal remedies throughout your treatment. The aim is that eventually your diet will provide all the nutrients you should require. However, there are times that nutrients can be very effective, and Jodi will assess your diet and help you to identify the best treatment options short term and long term.

At Verdure Naturopathy I really enjoy helping women to manage PCOS naturally feeling empowered and in control of their health choices. If you would like to find out more about how natural medicine can help you with your stress and trauma or how Jodi Campbell can assist you with PCOS or any other women’s health or hormonal issue please visit www.verdurenaturopathy.com.au or phone 0408356044. Jodi offers free telephone advice to help you find the right support for you and your health problem and if she cannot assist, she will provide a contact for someone who may be able to assist.

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