Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is probably the most prevalent female hormonal disorder in women of reproductive age, and is a common cause of:
· Prolonged menstrual periods
· Excess hair growth
· Type II Diabetes
· Heat Disease
Women with PCOS commonly have high levels of androgens (These are sometimes called male hormones, though females also make them), and many small cysts in their ovaries preventing ovulation and causing irregular menstruation.
The Cause of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome are unknown, but according to Mayo Clinic these factors paly a role in the syndrome; excess insulin, heredity, and low-grade inflammation.
Lifestyle choices can also make a difference. Eating a low carbohydrate diet, Chinese Medicine and exercising all help.
“In March of 2014, researchers from the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology in Sweden published the results of a new study in the American Journal of Physiology – Endocrinology and Metabolism. Their study included thirty-two women with PCOS who were randomly chosen to receive either acupuncture with electrical stimulation or physical therapy. They were all treated twice a week for 10-13 weeks. Researchers found that the acupuncture group had significantly reduced ovarian and adrenal sex steroid serum levels. The levels returned to healthier numbers with no effect on the luteinizing hormone. They also concluded that repeated acupuncture treatments resulted in a higher ovulation frequency and was more effective than just physical therapy. This study provides further evidence that acupuncture may help control the PCOS symptoms due to its regulatory function on the endocrine system.” Published by The Epoch Times.
Consult your Chinese Medicine Practitioner as well as your medical doctor to work out a treatment plan that is best for you.