Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is an endocrine disorder typically characterised by absent or infrequent periods, obesity, and multiple cysts on the ovaries. In addition, women with PCOS often suffer from high levels of androgens, for example testosterone and DHEA-S, which can lead to issues such as acne, hair thinning, male pattern baldness and excess facial and body hair. Insulin resistance is another problem faced by many PCOS patients, which can lead to further health complications such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, depression, high cholesterol and fertility problems.
Many PCOS patients visit East West Fertility to explore what Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine may offer to naturally help the side effects and symptoms. Along with dietary changes, Chinese Herbs and Gynaecological Acupuncture may deliver additional benefits in managing the symptoms and improving your overall health.
Typically, patients with PCOS receive weekly acupuncture. Acupuncture points are chosen that help increase the production of endorphins to reduce stress. This in turn, facilitates the release of gonadotrophin-releasing hormone (GnRH) which regulates reproduction, as well as affecting progesterone, estradiol, and luteinizing hormones that play a part in infertility.
Though research findings are mixed, some studies have shown that acupuncture may increase blood flow to the uterus, thereby improving the thickness of the uterine lining– a very important factor for fertility.
Women with PCOS tend to be prescribed birth control pills, diabetes medication or fertility medication to help manage their condition, depending on their personal situation, symptoms and needs. However, for those who wish to support their conventional medicine treatments, Chinese Herbs may be a viable adjunct treatment.
Chinese Medicine has been studying gynaecological disorders since ancient times. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Spleen, Kidney and Liver are the main organs associated with PCOS. Herbs that have traditionally been used to relieve PCOS symptoms include Gui Zhi (cinnamon), Fu Ling, Du Zhong, Cang Zhu, and Tu Su Zi.
In addition to a balanced energetic diet to help manage weight-related symptoms of PCOS, Gui Zhi, or cinnamon twigs or bark have traditionally been used to help ‘Warm’ the Uterus. These are herbs that have been traditionally used for women who suffer from painful periods; especially pain that can usually be somewhat relieved by using heat pads or hot compresses. The herb Lu Lu Tong, or sweetgum fruit, has also traditionally been used to help manage PCOS symptoms.
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