Did you know that women are 5 to 8 times more susceptible to thyroid problems than men? Women are more prone to hormonal imbalance issues. They may go through life unaware of their hormonal problems and may be misdiagnosed or worse - never be diagnosed.
PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome and hormonal imbalance
PCOS or PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome is one such illness which often goes undiagnosed. Women who suffer from PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome have an hormonal imbalance that wreaks havoc on their endocrine system and results in a host of problems such as weight gain/loss, heavy periods, ovarian cysts, fertility issues, and osteoporosis - and those are only a few of the difficult symptoms of PCOS.
As I'm writing, there is no be all and end all cure for PCOS. You cannot cure it, you can only manage it. PCOS symptoms are already difficult as they stand. Women are prompted to explore alternative and all natural medication instead of bombarding their bodies with conventional meds that have another set of side effects to be contended with.
Ashwagandha and its Ayurvedic healing powers
The super powered ayurvedic herb, ashwagandha, is now being tapped as a viable solution to manage PCOS and its symptoms. Ashwagandha, otherwise known as Withania somnifera, Indian Ginseng or Winter Cherry, has been long known to be used for its Ayurvedic healing powers. Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb - it has natural substances that can help the body adapt to stress and gain homeostasis (balance). It is also known to be a fabulous mood elevator. Remember these important points as they will come into play when treating PCOS.
PCOS and Thyroid imbalance
You see, the primary problem for those afflicted with PCOS is a serious thyroid imbalance. As a result, women experience fatigue, fluid retention, and weight gain. Ashwagandha does not contain any thyroid hormones. In fact, it does not contain any hormones at all but it’s adaptogenic properties help to stimulate the central nervous system and fight stress by reducing cortisol levels and balancing thyroid hormones. The thyroid stimulating effect of Ashwagandha can prove helpful for under-active thyroid glands commonly associated with PCOS.
Ashwagandha helps with anxiety and stress
Ashwagandha also helps activate GABA or Gamma aminobutyric acid receptors in the brain to block signals of anxiety and stress. Moreover, ashwagandha roots also contain tryptophan, which is the building block of serotonin, which helps elevate mood. As an adaptogenic herb, ashwagandha, can also promote better sleep and fight off fatigue which makes women better equipped to fight off stress that can cause weight gain. It can also help boost metabolism and increase insulin sensitivity.