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Arthritis refers to inflammation of the joint. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis which is characterised by joint degeneration and loss of cartilage. Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of inflammatory arthritis which is also an autoimmune disorder. In this case the body's immune system attacks its own cartilage and tissue surrounding the joints.

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Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCO's) - Natural treatments

What is polycystic ovarian disease?

PCOS is characterized characterised enlarged ovaries that contain numerous small and painless cysts. Symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome include:

Symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

  • infertility
  • irregular or absent periods
  • excess hair on the face and/or body
  • male-pattern hair thinning
  • acne
  • obesity
  • lipid abnormalities

Polycystic ovarian syndrome is frequently associated with a number of serious medical conditions. These conditions include decreased sensitivity to insulin which may lead to an increased risk of adult onset diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease. The symptoms of PCOS cause emotional issues such as depression. The symptoms which can be most distressing include facial and body hair, infertility, and obesity. Women with polycystic ovary syndrome need emotional and social support to deal constructively with the effects that this disorder may have on their lives.

How do I treat polycystic ovarian syndrome naturally?

It needs a multifaceted approach to be successful. Because it is a syndrome, symptoms may also be in predominance in different people. Work with a qualified natural professional alongside regular monitoring by a GP's diagnostic facilities.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome - Natural treatments

Regulate blood lipid levels

Many women with PCO's have blood fats and blood sugar abnormalities. Reducing this helps control androgen levels.

Eat high fibre foods –seeds, grains, beans, fruits and veges.

Reduce fat intake – red meat, dairy, fried foods.

Eat natural yogurt – lactobacillus

Treat any hypoglycemia – blood sugar abnormalities

Eat small amounts of protein regularly at meals and with snacks.

Eat small meals often

Avoid all sugar, honey and dried fruit. Eat low G.I foods. (See our glycemic index files on this site)

Consume only small quantities of unsweetened diluted fruit juice

Manganese, chromium, magnesium and zinc foods help insulin get into the cells.

Look after your adrenal glands (these are glands on top of your kidneys that secrete hormones)

Avoid all stimulants such as tea, coffee, chocolate.

Avoid alcohol and cigarettes.

Eat wholegrain foods, avoid white flour and refined cereals.

Always eat breakfast.

Weight reduction

Reducing weight will help to control androgen levels. (see our weight loss file on this website)

Bowel and liver

Ensure bowel and liver are healthy. This helps with the breakdown and excretion of excess hormones.

Lactobacillus, beetroot, bitter foods, linseeds, cabbage family foods e.g. broccoli, cauliflower, brusselsprouts

Bowel/liver cleanse with Green foods and good fibre.


Check thyroid is functioning normally. Check basal body temperature. If thyroid is under active increase iodine rich foods.

Reduce Stress

Exercise, relaxation techniques or meditation (see tips on this website)

Herbs for treatment of polycystic ovarian disease (PCOs)

Herbs are very useful at treating and even curing PCO's. There are however many different herbs that may be an options to use so we will describe the individual herbs here. The individual herbs will be chosen on an individual symptom / whole person basis. However a good herbalist will prescribe herbs for the following effects:

Decrease androgen levels
Decrease luteinizing hormone
Treat latent hyperprolactinamia
Support luteal phase of the menstrual cycle
Reduce insulin levels
Reduce cardiovascular risk
Support adrenal function
Soften scarring if necessary
Treat cysts
Improve hirsutism