Botanical Treatment for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Siddika E Karakas, Susmita Mishra

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This chapter presents information on treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) by use of botanicals. PCOS in mentioned to be the most common endocrine disease in young women and the most common cause of anovulatory infertility. A table is presented that summarizes the potential benefits of botanicals in PCOS. The various disorders associated with PCOS are discussed which include anovulation, obesity, dyslipidemia and inflammation. The botanical treatment for ovarian disorders due to PCOS is given namely: N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) which is an antioxidant, d Chiro-inositol, chaste berry, etc. The treatments for insulin resistance in PCOS include cinnamon, gymnema, quercetin and white peony. Management of dyslipidemia in PCOS by use of botanicals consists of red rice yeast, curcumin and d Chiro-inositol. PCOS patients are mentioned to be at risk for cardiovascular diseases. The circulating C-reactive protein, interleukin-6 and tumor necrosis factor are the inflammatory markers for cardiovascular diseases and PCOS patients have higher inflammatory markers in the circulation. The use of fish or flax seed oils is mentioned to reduce inflammation in PCOS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComplementary and Alternative Therapies and the Aging Population
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9780123742285
StatePublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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