Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a hormone condition that affects women causing prolonged menstrual or no periods, abnormal hair growth, acne, and can cause trouble having a baby.
There is hope. Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome is very treatable with acupuncture and herbs. Traditional Chinese medicine works by bringing the body back into balance so it can heal itself. Acupuncture works by resetting the body to be healthy. Clinical research studies have shown acupuncture to be effective in treating PCOS by regulating the hormone imbalances as well as menstrual cycle.
Acupuncture Treatment of PCOS
Acupuncture is not a one size fits all medicine. The acupuncture treatment and herbal formulations are carefully tailored to your specific presentation. Chinese medicine examination includes a series of questions, taking your pulse, looking at your tongue, and palpating acupuncture points on your body.
Some of the imbalances often associated with PCOS are liver qi stagnation and spleen qi deficiency with dampness.
Common Imbalances Causing PCOS
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 is in charge of digestion and making the qi from food. The root of the problem may be dampness, which is characterized by fatigue, brain fog, and bloating.
Poor digestion leads to dampness so the treatment will often focus on digestion. It is also associate with poor digestion and fatigue.
In addition to getting a customized herbal medicine and acupuncture we will consider food choices such as avoiding greasy heavy food and cutting down on carbohydrates.
Electroacupuncture for PCOS
Electroacupuncture on specific acupuncture points on the legs and abdomen is very effective at balancing hormones and regulating the menstrual cycle. Electroacupuncture is very safe and comfortable therapy. I think this is another way the acupuncture can stimulate the nervous and endocrine system to reset itself.