Acupuncture for (PCOS) Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
PCOS, or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, is a complex endocrine disorder that can lead to infertility and other long-term health conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and uterine cancer. It is the most common reproductive endocrine disorder in the world.
PCOS stems from disordered hormone signaling, and often has insulin resistance at its root. While PCOS doesn’t cause pain, its symptoms are often a source of distress for those affected. In young women, infertility, unwanted hair growth, weight gain, and irregular or absent periods are common. Left untreated, the problems that cause PCOS can eventually lead to more serious health conditions later in life. The high prevalence of this condition and the severity of its associated problems tell us that timely diagnosis and treatment is important.
To date, Western medicine offers pharmaceutical treatment to improve insulin resistance, which can restore ovulation and improve hormone function. Women are also frequently offered oral contraceptives to control hormone signaling and minimize the unwanted symptoms of PCOS; however, such treatment often has unwanted side effects and may not prevent serious long-term health consequences.
Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture for PCOS
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which includes acupuncture and Chinese herbs, has been suggested as a viable alternative to correcting the imbalances involved in PCOS, especially when combined with appropriate lifestyle changes. Simultaneous treatment with pharmaceuticals may also be useful.
As with any condition, the goal of acupuncture and herbal medicine is to identify imbalance in the qi, blood, organs, and meridians and work with the body to restore balance from within. By doing so, TCM encourages proper hormone signaling, reduces insulin resistance, promotes fertility, and reduce the unwanted symptoms of PCOS, including:
- Anovulation / Irregular Periods
- Hair Loss
- Increased Risk of: Uterine Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease
- Insomnia / Sleep Apnea
- Metabolic Disturbances: High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure, Atherosclerosis, Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)
- Weight Gain
How Acupuncture Can Help
Because PCOS is a complex condition, a TCM women’s health specialist, specifically one who is experienced in treating PCOS, would be ideal. Weekly acupuncture treatments may be suggested, along with daily usage of Chinese herbs. In addition, your Acupuncturist should work closely with you to make necessary lifestyle changes. Well Woman Acupuncture is here to help you regain the balance you seek.