Herbal water balance support!
Our tailored PCOS Natural treatment / Fluid Balance Treatment Pack have been specifically chosen for their nutrient-dense, herbal, vitamin, mineral and probiotic ingredients, which work in combination to support healthy water balance in the body, along with digestive tract health. Ideal support for anyone experiencing oedema (or non-medical excess stored water), including women going through the menopause or experiencing difficult monthly cycles, when bloating and puffiness can be a problem.
With our step-by-step guide (see below), it couldn’t be easier. Purchase this combination pack now, savings compared to buying these products individually and ensure best results in the shortest time!
More about the products that make up this Fluid Balance Treatment Pack:
- 1x pots WateReg: For supporting healthy ‘water’ levels in the body, it increases the rate of spontaneous ovulation, improves the environment of the uterus, decreases chances of miscarriage and prevents PCOS.
- 1x pot Omega-Krill: This is a pure and natural source of Omega 3 oil (an essential fatty acid) and provides high levels of phospholipids – a fundamental component of human cell membranes. Notably, it also contains the powerful antioxidant astaxanthin, which sets krill oil apart from traditional fish oils. Omega’s are important because they are instrumental in many body functions, including in relation to hormones, blood pressure, heart function, cholesterol, body temperature, weight management, skeletal health, cognitive function, mood, skin, hair, nails and more.
- 1 x pot Pea Protein PLUS: A high quality pea protein powder, blended with 9 nutrient-dense superfoods and herbs for added antioxidants and phyto-nutrients. This unique formula contains a concentrated level of pea protein – from the 6% found in fresh peas, up to around 80%! Protein helps to balance blood sugar levels, which is essential for treating PCOS.
To add extra nutrients to your pack, why not try our high-potency VitC capsules? They will provide extra antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to your daily low-calorie diet.
Easy step-by-step guide to using this Fluid Balance / PCOS Treatment Pack:
WateReg: Start off on a higher intake of 1 – 2 capsules taken with breakfast, lunch and evening meals for 3 – 4 weeks. Thereafter, reduce intake to 1 capsule taken 1 – 3 times per day.
Omega-Krill: Take 1 capsule, 1 – 2 times per day with food.
Pea Protein: Mix 1 serving (25g to 30g) to into a liquid of your choice, 1 – 3 times per day.
Note: Always combine this excess fluid retention support program with a balanced low sodium / low salt daily diet, exercise and plenty of pure water to support cell cleansing, hydration and flushing out of excess sodium from the body. The Fluid Balance Support Pack should be taken continuously for 3 – 4 months.
Traditional Chinese Medicine for PCOS
Chinese medicine has studied polycystic ovaries since ancient times. There are many ancient and modern text books which mention abdominal masses (ie polycystic ovaries), along with scanty menstruation and absent or delayed menstruation.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, organs involved with PCOS include the Spleen, Kidney and Liver, with a subsequent disharmony of Chong and Ren channels / meridians.
In my Traditional Chinese Medicine practice, the condition known as PCOS has become a very common diagnosis. I see young women diagnosed with PCOS who are quite thin, have no facial or body hair growth, and suffer from very painful menstruation that is relieved by the application of hot pads. These women tend to feel more chilly, especially around the time of their periods.
Other women, also diagnosed with PCOS, have very irregular periods occurring only 4 or 5 times a year, but with a heavy and debilitating flow. They most often come to me for help because they have been trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant for a couple of years. Some mature women come because of persistent, painful acne and later find out they have PCOS.
Chinese medicine views PCOS as a complex combination of different patterns. Ovarian cysts are seen and treated as an accumulation of ‘phlegm damp’ in the uterus, enlarging the ovaries. This pattern is often accompanied by blood stagnation that is responsible for painful menstruation (stabbing pain) and dark, scanty, thick blood.
At the root of the disease is a kidney deficiency (hormonal imbalance), and a spleen qi deficiency (digestive problems) which causes accumulation of dampness. Very often a liver qi stagnation, worsened by years of stress or frustration, is added to the mix.
To effect complete recovery from PCOS, Chinese medicine uses herbs and acupuncture to regulate menstrual cycles, improve digestion, dissolve cysts, promote ovulation, improve egg quality, support conception and prevent a miscarriage when a pregnancy is achieved.
Pattern Differentiations and Treatment
Deficiency of Spleen Qi and Kidney Yang, Accumulation of Phlegm and Damp – Women suffering from this pattern have very long menstrual cycles (more than 35 days between periods which occur only 4 or 5 times a year), scanty bleeding that can alternate with flooding periods, which contain stringy tissue or mucus, or watery blood. Or they have no periods at all and come for fertility treatments. Such women also have a tendency to put on weight easily, feel bloated, don’t like cold weather and tire easily. Their appetite is not necessarily strong but they crave pastries and carbs, especially after meals. They can have chronic yeast infections, or chronic vaginal discharge. The tongue shows swollen and enlarged, with teethmarks on the sides, and is sometimes covered by a thick white coat.
In western society, despite cold winters, the overconsumption of large quantities of ice cream (with its high sugar and fat content), milk-shakes, cream cheese and other dairy products impact the digestive system from a young age. This accumulation of toxins in the body manifests as damp phlegm that blocks proper channel circulation in the abdomen, where the toxins tend to accumulate (think belly fat).
Treatment aims at strengthening the digestive system, removing dampness, and dissolving phlegm (removing cysts) with herbal supplements.
Liver Qi Stagnation and Blood Stasis – Enduring stress, depression or anxiety may lead to liver qi stagnation. This eventually impairs proper circulation of the blood, since qi makes blood circulate in the liver as well as in the ren and chong channels that traverse and connect with the uterus.
Another common cause of blood stagnation in the uterus is the invasion of cold. Cold causes contraction and prevents proper blood circulation. The liver channel begins at the big toe and travels up the leg, encircling the genitals. Coldness can easily enter the body through the feet and invade the uterus via the liver channel. This is one of the reasons why we advise women not to swim during their menstrual periods, when the uterus is particularly open and vulnerable, and to keep their feet, legs, abdomen and lower back warm.
Long term liver qi stagnation can also transform into heat, causing severe PMS symptoms: feelings of heat, restlessness and irritability, headaches, distended breast or abdomen, irregular periods and particularly heavy and clotty periods (when heat has transformed into blood stasis).
We use herbs that promote qi and blood circulation in the uterus, reduce clotting, reduce pain and distention, calm emotions and remove heat.
With this pattern, the pulse is often wiry (feeling like a wire hitting the finger), and the tongue is reddish with redder sides. Sometimes you can see purplish spots on the sides of the tongue, indicating blood stasis.
Phlegm, kidney yang deficiency, spleen qi deficiency, liver qi stagnation, blood stasis (with either heat or cold symptoms) and finally, some possible blood and yin deficiency, can all combine as symptoms.
Acupuncture for PCOS
Acupuncture treatments are typically given once a week and sometimes more often, especially when there is pain before menstruation or mid-cycle. The duration of treatment with acupuncture and Chinese herbs depends on the duration of the disease, intensity of the symptoms, and the Chinese medicine diagnosis. Typically, at least three months of continuous treatment is required.
i) Young women should have regular moderate exercise in the sun. Around the time of menstruation, exercise should be reduced.
ii) Relax and avoid strong emotions, especially around menstruation time.
iii) Avoid cold environments, foods and beverages (cheese, dairy products especially ice creams and milkshakes). On cold days during menstruation, use a hot water bottle and place it on the abdomen. Do not swim while menstruating.
iv) Cut out all forms of refined sugar and carbohydrates: white bread, pasta, white rice, rice cakes, most breakfast cereals, and all starchy, low-fibre foods.
Avoid sweeteners, soda, fruit juice and any drinks that rapidly raise the blood sugar level, as PCOS is linked to Type 2 diabetes.
v) It is important to record day one of your menstrual cycle, the duration, condition of the blood (quality, amount, colour). If you suffer from delayed periods or period pain, it is recommended you address this in the early stages in order to avoid polycystic ovaries.
More about water retention (oedema)…
Fluid retention is an accumulation of fluid beneath the skin. Common sites include the fingers, abdomen, breasts and ankles. Other symptoms may include headaches, frequent urination and possibly Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). “My feet are killing me”, “I can’t get my wedding ring off” or “my trousers feel tighter than usual” are frequent complaints by those suffering with fluid retention!
Water retention can affect both men and women and can be caused by a wide range of factors, such as poor kidney function, heart disease, poor mineral balance, HRT and other drugs (such as cortisone). However, it is particularly common with women going through the menopause or around the time of their monthly cycles (e.g. as a part of premenstrual syndrome (PMS)). It is also sometimes a complication of diabetes, or following abuse of laxatives or diuretic drugs.
Excess sodium is associated with raised blood pressure (although not everyone is affected in this way). As sodium levels rise in the body, fluids are made less concentrated by retaining more water. A diet high in table salt is therefore also a common cause of oedema or fluid retention.