In Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM) , practitioners describe PCOS as a Kidney Deficiency. In TCM, the symptom of irregular or absent menstrual periods, along with the absence of ovulation is considered a kidney disease process. The kidney in TCM is the organ system that is regarded with any genetic disorder and, thus, considered the root cause in polycystic ovarian syndrome. TCM also considers PCOS to be a spleen deficiency. A spleen deficiency relates relates to the symptoms of insulin resistance. TCM believes that when the function of the spleen is improved, it helps to regulate blood glucose and weight gain. A healthy spleen also ends excessive fluid accumulation in ovarian cysts.
The main goal when trying to improve fertility in women with PCOS is to induce ovulation, thus conceive naturally. To induce ovulation, TCM practitioners treat the main organs, including the kidney, spleen, and liver. The practitioner may use a combination of acupuncture, moxibustion and herbal therapy. PCOS is treated on a case by case basis, it is best to speak to a practitioner in order to determine what would be best the course of treatment for each individual.