Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) And Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
What is PCOS?
PCOS is one of the most common gynaecological and endocrinal conditions in women. It is a complex syndrome that includes problems with a woman’s menstrual cycle, her hormone levels, her fertility and her physical appearance. It is important to note that for many, the condition can have devastating effects; physically and emotionally.
The symptoms of PCOS can vary from woman to woman, with some suffering more than others. Symptoms can include any of the following:
- Menstrual irregularities
- Painful menstruation or pain during ovulation
- Pelvic pain
- Cysts on the ovaries
- Physical changes such as increased hair growth, weight gain, inability to lose weight, acne, skin conditions and thinning hair
- Anxiety or depression
How does TCM understand PCOS?
In TCM, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) can have a number of linked patterns of deficiency and excess, which have an impact on the way the body ovulates. Women may fall into one of the following patterns, or can display symptoms from a combination of them:
The first patterns result from a deficiency in the body and an imbalance in the kidney system. Imbalance can appear in either yin (female energy) or yang kidney energy (male energy).
An imbalance of yang is present with symptoms such as: cold limbs, lethargy, frequent urination, excessive vaginal discharge, and a heavy sensation in the lower abdomen. If the yin is off-balance, common symptoms are: hot flushes or night sweats, a short follicular phase, constipation, scanty and dark urine and dizziness.
Other patterns are seen as excess patterns, presenting as damp-phlegm accumulation, internally leading to accumulations or cysts. Symptoms of damp-phlegm conditions can include fatigue and feeling heavy limbed, bloating after meals, chronic nasal congestion or phlegm, looser bowel movements.
Another excess pattern is blood stasis, when the energy and blood builds up and stagnates – unable to move the old out or bring in the new fresh blood, also leading to accumulations or cysts. Blood stasis is indicated in painful or periods, headaches, clotted menstrual blood, rib pains/tightness or a purplish tinge to the lips or tongue.
How does TCM treat Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) ?
As PCOS is strongly related to insulin levels and glucose metabolism, diet and lifestyle changes can have a significant impact on balancing your hormones. Incorporating acupuncture and herbal medicine into your routine is an important and effective component in rebalancing your body. TCM uses herbs and acupuncture to regulate menstrual cycles, dissolve cysts, improve digestion, improve egg quality, encourage conception and prevent a miscarriage once pregnancy is reached.
TCM always focuses on the individual, trying to identify the underlying pattern and restoring balance from there. The duration of treatment will therefore depend on the duration of the condition, intensity of the symptoms, and the TCM diagnosis.
Disclaimer & Important Information
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. GinSen’s specialists will discuss your care before carrying out the treatment, and the treatment will be designed to meet your individual needs.
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