One in every 10 women in India suffers from PCOS. I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2008. The usual symptoms – acne, hirsutism, missed periods etc. But, I was not overweight, which is perhaps the most common symptom. I was put on a lot of allopathic medicines – metformin, estradiol tablets etc. The hormones artificially induce bleeding every 21st day. I had had enough! I switched to homeopathy. Homeopathy was good. It cured the underlying causes instead of the symptoms. Over a year, I slowly started getting regular periods and my condition improved. I took an ultrasound scan to confirm that PCOS had gone. Yay! But, then in 2011 I started missing my cycles. I took a scan to find that it was PCOS again. Sigh!
I did my bit of research to discover the horrid fact that PCOS can be treated, but not completely cured. So, did that mean I had to keep popping pills for the rest of my life? I was very dispirited. I started searching all online forums and sites created to help women with PCOS. I was on the lookout for natural remedies because I did not want to continue relying on medicines. I came across many options – fenugreek, saw palmetto, chaste tree, milk thistle, licorice etc. I dug deep into each one of them. Most of them had side effects like putting on weight, external estrogen etc.
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The safest of them all was Spearmint– it is dried mint leaves, after all! (Not to be confused with pudina which is peppermint). Spearmint is produced in India and so I thought “Nice, easily available!”. But no – there were no spearmint tea sellers in India. How very sad! I had to get tea imported from some country which imports tea from India. Oh, the irony!
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I ordered my tea bags from UK. There are other brands, but they offer a blend of spearmint with green tea or jasmine tea. This is 100% dried spearmint leaves. It is also caffeine free. There is also another brand which offers 100% spearmint. I am going to try this the next time. If you can grow spearmint in your garden, that would be the best thing.
My Drinking Pattern:
1. I dip a tea bag in a cup of water that has a temperature of about 80 degree Celsius.
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2. Everywhere it is asked to steep tea bags for about 5 minutes (that is only so that it doesn’t become too strong and unbearable to drink), but I keep mine for an hour or so that all the goodness is extracted. It tastes very minty, that’s all.
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3. I repeat this twice a day after breakfast and lunch.
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What Spearmint Tea Does:
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Spearmint tea basically helps by controlling following hormones:
• Free Testosterone, the hormone responsible for acne and hirsutism is reduced by about 30%.
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• Luteinising Hormone (LH), the hormone responsible for triggering ovulation when it surges mid-cycle is increased by around 30%.
• Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), the hormone responsible for the proper maturation of ovarian follicles was increased by around 15%.
About 2-3 months after I started taking this tea:
- I got my periods which had stopped completely prior to this. From then on, I have menstruated every month. I take no other medicines or supplements other than this.
- As an added benefit, my acne too has cleared up so much! I can actually notice a difference if I stop taking the tea (I once had to, because the shipping was delayed).
I have been drinking spearmint tea for over an year now. This is one of the best things to have happened to a woman like me, who suffers from PCOS!
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