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Probably polycystic - herbs?

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Apparently, I missed Dawn on here... oh well, maybe others can help?

I'm guessing that I'm polycystic (acne, a bit too much hair, very painful periods...). Are there any herbs / foods / practices that help you stabilize things? Currently I have to pop 1-3 advils per day in the first 1-3 days of my period, otherwise I end up throwing up and almost passing out (I'm guessing a blood pressure drop, but not sure). I used to also have high breast tenderness for a week before my period (as in, I couldn't even go down the stairs without holding them down). Cutting out milk and dairy (and maybe most sugar) seemed to have solved that. The skin thing is quite annoying, as every month there's a flush of new problems for about a week, that then slowly heals until the next month, following my hormonal changes.

While I'd love to sort out the skin and hair problems, the pain is really my biggest enemy. We're not trying for a kid yet, but we probably will be soon enough, and if I can sort things out now, that would be great.

Any advice and personal tidbits would be helpful.
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I would recommend finding a trained nutritionist/herbalist for figuring out the best option and dosage. Assuming from the title that you are dealing with ovarian cysts, the herbs I would check you for if you were in my office would be Chaste Tree, Wild Yam, Black Cohash, White Peony, and Dong Quai. For dietary aspects, I would recommend increaseing intake of deep green vegetables (kale, brussel sprouts, etc) and even adding a chlorophyll (oil based) supplement.

While this is not a popular recommendation, cutting intake of coffee, tea (black, green, etc), and chocolate can also be very helpful.
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