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What is PCOS and what are its symptoms?

PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is more commonly known as an infertility diagnosis and the cases have risen significantly in the past few years. The main reason regarding what can cause it has still not been figured out completely yet. PCOS is an endocrine disorder and is a condition where multiple cysts form on the ovaries. However every woman with this disorder doesn't develop cysts. It creates an imbalance and dysfunction in insulin, cortisol, testosterone and several other reproductive hormone levels. In simple words, weight gain, stress, inflammation and having too much sugar in your diet are some of the reasons why this syndrome could occur.

PCOS symptoms?

PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is more commonly known as an infertility diagnosis and the cases have risen significantly in the past few years. The main reason regarding what can cause it has still not been figured out completely yet. PCOS is an endocrine disorder and is a condition where multiple cysts form on the ovaries. However every woman with this disorder doesn't develop cysts. It creates an imbalance and dysfunction in insulin, cortisol, testosterone and several other reproductive hormone levels. In simple words, weight gain, stress, inflammation and having too much sugar in your diet are some of the reasons why this syndrome could occur.

In women having PCOS, an abnormal amount of androgens is produced by the ovaries and it can cause many issues with the menstrual cycle. And this high amount of androgens is accountable for many of the symptoms of this disorder. Some of the symptoms for PCOS are:

  • Weight gain
  • Oily skin and acne
  • Irregular periods, missed periods or very light periods
  • Fertility Issues
  • Excess body hair
  • Dark or thick patches of skin in the armpits, back of the neck or under the breasts, etc.

If you are wondering- “is PCOS treatable?”, it is not a yes or no question. PCOS treatment depends on a lot of factors which includes your age or how severe the symptoms are in your case and even your overall help. The treatment process often involves medication, and while it can’t cure it completely, these medications will help in reducing the symptoms.

Acupuncture for PCOS- Everything you need to know.

Chinese medicines have inspired many over the years and the main objective is to create the perfect balance in the endocrine system with a holistic approach. According to a study published in the American Journal of Endocrinology, Physiology and Metabolism– it was revealed that undergoing a series of acupuncture treatments over a duration of 12 weeks could actually reduce the metabolic effects of PCOS and also showed an increase in population frequency.

Study find out the mechanism behind it and concluded that the acupuncture points modulated the sympathetic nerve stimulation to the ovaries. When the sympathetic nervous system effects are reduced, it shows a major impact on the multiple hormonal functions in our body.

Another research was done by Lim C, Ng R, Cheng N, Zhang G, Chen H and was published on Cochrane (a medical research organization). The main objective behind the research was to find out the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture treatment for ovulation disorders in women diagnosed with PCOS. Around eight studies were conducted involving 1546 women different forms of acupuncture were tried out in different scenarios. The results obtained were not extremely definite and they were not sure whether acupuncture improved ovulation rate or not. However, it was also noticed that acupuncture might have improved restoration of regular menstrual periods.

One more research conducted by a team of medical experts tried to summarize and evaluate the evidence from randomized controlled trials using acupuncture to treat PCOS. They were specially focused on ovulation rate, menstrual rate and related hormones. The level of evidence was not enough to prove that acupuncture is likely to improve population rate and squirrel rate. However acupuncture showed significant benefits as a treatment supplement to medication in luteinizing hormone, testosterone, fasting insulin and pregnancy rates.

Even though it might seem Acupuncture for PCOS success stories aren’t that many, it does not mean that the hype behind acupuncture is baseless. The root of acupuncture rose when there was not enough scientific understanding of human biology and today many clinics go for acupuncture treatments with particular herbal medicines, diet and exercise. Acupuncture is suggested quite often for women who are not ovulating regularly and sometimes it results in a more balanced menstrual cycle after going through an acupuncture course for 2-3 cycles.

Acupuncture points for PCOS fertility.

Researchers from Maternal and Child HealthCare Hospital of Hengfeng County found in one of their experiments that acupuncture could successfully regulate hormone and ovarian blood flow in women with PCOS. Combined with drug therapy, it produced superior outcomes in the participants. Following the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, a total of 8 acupuncture points for PCOS were selected.

  • Baihui (GV20)
  • Tianshu (ST25)
  • Qihai (CV6)
  • Guilai (ST29)
  • Geshu (BL17)
  • Xinshu (BL15)
  • Shenshu (BL23)
  • Pangguangshu (BL28)

You can research more on these points if you are looking into Acupuncture for PCOS.

Conclusion:

It is very difficult to measure and quantify the subjective data and even though studies are not always reliable, it does not mean that all their findings are invalid. There is very limited evidence to judge how effective and safe acupuncture is when it comes to observing primary outcomes for people diagnosed with PCOS. It’s a complex condition will be which also should combined with medication and healthy lifestyle changes for the optimal effect. Regular exercise, limit foods which can trigger inflammation and try to reduce estrogen overload from the environment by choosing organic meat, reducing soy, etc.

For more information about how Chinese Medicine can help you with PCOS, book your free consultation with our Chinese Medicine experts today

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We can’t guarantee the treatment result, as the symptoms of conditions are unpredictable and vary greatly from person to person. The treatment length and recovery time also varies for individual. Please visit our clinics website: GinSen where a specialists will discuss your care and provide a consultation, and the treatment will be designed to meet your individual needs.

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