Alternative Medicine/pcos

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Hi, I am very concerned about my well being and would like your opioion on it. I'm 23 and I have pcos, besides working out and diet changes what can I take as far as supplements are concerned? thank you

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Hi Cg
that's a young age to have to start being concerned about the impact of PCOS, but the more engaged you are in managing this condition, the better it will be for you in the long run.
Your top priority is to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.  That is key to minimising the effect of excess testosterone.
There are other strategies that can be useful - herbal medicine as well as targeted mineral supplementation.  However, it's inappropriate for me to prescribe these over such a message board - you need to have a proper assessment by an holistic practitioner, who can tailor a regime for you.  
In my clinic, I'd first assess your hormones - the balance between oestrogen, progesterone & testosterone at around day 18 of your cycle, using a salivary test.  This would form the basis of the treatment strategy.

I hope you find someone in your region who you can work with.

kind regards
Sharon

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Sharon Erdrich

Expertise

Any health related question, particularly those related to an holistic approach, using nutrition, herbal medicine, aromatherapy and lifestyle options.

Experience

30 years as a registered nurse, Private health consultant and experienced educator of complementary medicine practitioners.

Organizations
NZAMH, NZ Nursing Council., AIMA (Associate member), Naturopaths of NZ.

Publications
Kai Tiaki Journal. Healthy Options Magazine. See my website www.houseofhealth.co.nz for downloadable articles.

Education/Credentials
Reg Nurse, Post Grad Cert Health Science (Nutrition), Dip Herbal Med, Dip Naturopathy, Dip Aromatherapy.

Awards and Honors
Best Research Paper, Top Naturopathic Student (2005)

Past/Present Clients
Varied, from all ages and with a range of health issues.

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