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are there any good herbal remedies you'd suggest for pcos?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
33 years experience Integrative Medicine
Lack of Iodine: Lack of iodine causes polycystic ovaries - so take 13.8mg of iodine available as iodizyme with biotics and also nac to clear chemicals from liver that aggrates this issue.
Answered on Nov 26, 2013
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Dr. Vasu Brown
Dr. Vasu Brown commented
33 years experience Integrative Medicine
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Dr. Michael B. Schachter says, “The treatment dose when a person is iodine insufficient is generally between 12.5 mg and 50 mg daily. Preliminary research indicates that if a person is iodine insufficient, it takes about 3 months to become iodine sufficient while ingesting a dosage of 50 mg of iodine and a year to become iodine sufficient while ingesting a dosage of 12.5 mg of iodine daily.
Mar 16, 2012
Dr. Lonna Larsh
Dr. Lonna Larsh commented
29 years experience Family Medicine
Excessive iodine consumption can be dangerous. I find it best to check for iodine deficiency before recommending high dose supplementation (13.8 mg is certainly quite high). I usually test with a urinary iodine loading test.
Mar 16, 2012
Dr. Vasu Brown
Dr. Vasu Brown commented
33 years experience Integrative Medicine
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I grew up with thyroiditis by the time clinically the lab could pick up it took more than 10 years. Common sense unfortunately is not used in medicine - it is great to be able to share practical experience instead of worrying about insurance and peer review
Mar 16, 2012
Dr. Khurram Rehman
25 years experience Fertility Medicine
Not really: Pcos is a complex disorder involving Insulin resistance (pre-diabetes), hyperandrogenism (too much male-type hormones like testosterone) and changes in the ovaries. There are no well-proven herbal remedies, although i only searched studies reported in english. Women with pcos have more thyroid problems, but this has not been linked to lack of iodine - a mineral not a herbal unless seaweed counts.
Answered on Jun 25, 2014
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Dr. Khurram Rehman
25 years experience Fertility Medicine
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Sorry I did not read the comments section for Dr Brown's answer before posting ...
Mar 16, 2012
Dr. Lonna Larsh
29 years experience Family Medicine
Insulin resistance: Pcos is frequently associated with, and perhaps in part caused by Insulin resistance, a pre-diabetic condition. Treating this can help to reverse pcos. Exercise and healthy diet are the cornerstones of treating Insulin resistance. There are some herbs that can be helpful too - cinnamon, gymnema, bitter melon, for example. Other supplements to consider are Alpha lipoic acid and chromium.
Answered on Jun 25, 2014
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