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I received this question on an expert site which I wanted to share with you about acupuncture and Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS.

Question: I was diagnosed with PCOS a year ago. My husband and I are trying to get pregnant. I have many of the symptoms typical for PCOS including few and irregular periods, body hair, acne, and weight gain which is difficult to take off, but do not have the actually cysts on my ovaries according to my ultrasound.

What would you recommend for my situation?

Answer: Hello,
Thank you for your question. I understand you’re in a difficult situation, PCOS is a very common and trouble getting pregnant is frustrating and can be very hard.

There is hope. PCOS is very treatable with acupuncture and herbs. Your body’s natural healing mechanisms are actually the only way to heal, but as long as the imbalance persists, there can be no healing.

Traditional Chinese medicine works by bringing the body back into balance so it can heal itself. That’s why I can often treat conditions that other approaches cannot.

Chinese medicine is not a one size fits all medicine, and formulations have to be carefully tailored to your specific presentation. Chinese medicine examination includes a series of questions, taking your pulse, looking at your tongue, and palpating acupoints on your body.

Some of the imbalances often associated with PCOS are liver qi stagnation with blood stasis, and also your spleen may be effected. Don’t worry, the names of the organs are the same, but an imbalance in your Chinese medicine liver and spleen does not mean an imbalance in your western liver.

Qi, the body’s energy, flows through the body, and when it flows well, your health is generally good. When it is slowed down or stops, disease occurs. Qi can stagnate for many reasons. The Liver in Chinese medicine is responsible for the free flowing of qi.

Emotional health can be a factor. You know, the mind and the body are not separate, but each effect one another. In Chinese medicine, each organ is effected by specific emotions. Often the liver is related to frustration, anger, and stress.

The spleen can also be affected as well. The root of the problem may be dampness, and for that you may need a customized herbal formula. In Chinese medicine the spleen is related to the digestion. Poor digestion leads to dampness. The fact that it is difficult to lose weight may be related to a spleen dysfunction. It is also associate with poor digestion and fatigue.

In addition to getting a customized herbal formula from a TCM practitioner, I would recommend regular exercise, avoiding greasy heavy food, and cutting down on carbohydrates.

Joseph Alban, L.Ac.

Joseph Alban, L.Ac.

Joseph Alban is a New York Licensed Acupuncturist and Board Certified Herbalist providing the highest quality Acupuncture and Chinese medicine care tailored to your needs.
Joseph Alban, L.Ac.

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