Vol. 4, Issue 5, Part B (2016)
Polycystic ovarian syndrome: Therapeutic potential of herbal remedies- A review
Author(s): Bency Baby T, Smitha Rani, Remya K, Shebina P Rasheed and Azeem AK
Abstract: Infertility due to polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a worldwide problem that is increasing at alarming rates. It is characterized by polycystic ovaries, chronic anovulation and hyperandrogenism leading to symptoms of irregular menstrual cycles, hirsutism, acne and infertility. Insulin resistance and elevated levels of male hormones (androgens) are associated with PCOS. The sedentary lifestyle, dietary variations, lack of exercise and stress etc., are also the contributory factors. Various plants like Panax ginseng, Tribulus terrestris, Punica granatum, Cinnamomum zeylanicum, Curcuma longa, Cimicifuga racemosa, Gymnema sylvestre, Trigonella foenum-graecum, Cocus nucifera etc., proved active in the treatment of PCOS. In this review, attempts have been made to summarize the important medicinal plants which are used in treatment or prevention of PCOS. Special attention is given to the role of insulin resistance and the potential utility of insulin sensitizers in management of PCOS.
How to cite this article:
Bency Baby T, Smitha Rani, Remya K, Shebina P Rasheed and Azeem AK. Polycystic ovarian syndrome: Therapeutic potential of herbal remedies- A review. International Journal of Herbal Medicine. 2016; 4(5): 91-96.