Did you know 1 out of 15 girls have been diagnosed with PCOS?
Recently published data shows acupuncture is a safe alternative or complement in the treatment of endocrine and reproductive function in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). It shows that Acupuncture can relieve PCOS related symptoms, such as irregular menstrual cycles, anovulation, acne, free flowing androgens, and may improve metabolic dysfunction.
Hypothetical physiological and molecular basis for the effect of acupuncture in the treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome.
Clinical and experimental evidence indicates that acupuncture may be a safe alternative or complement in the treatment of endocrine and reproductive function in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This review describes potential etiological factors of PCOS with the aim to support potential mechanism of action of acupuncture to relieve PCOS related symptoms. The theory that increased sympathetic activity contributes to the development and maintenance of PCOS is presented, and that the effects of acupuncture are, at least in part, mediated by modulation of sympathetic outflow. While there are no relevant randomized controlled studies on the use of acupuncture to treat metabolic abnormalities in women with PCOS, a number of experimental studies indicate that acupuncture may improve metabolic dysfunction.
For each aspect of PCOS, it is important to pursue new treatment strategies that have fewer negative side effects than drug treatments, as women with PCOS often require prolonged treatment.
What can you do if you have PCOS
When our patients at Reproductive Wellness are trying to conceive or just need to modulate their hormones Acupuncture can regulate menstrual cycles, promote ovulation, decrease circulating androgens, and decrease acne within 3-4 months using electro-acupuncture treatment.
When a patient with PCOS comes to see our natural fertility and reproductive health specialist, she not only have Acupuncture, they will also take away knowledge about how to manage this condition with diet and exercise. This is a condition they will have for the rest of their lives and we strongly feel it is important to educate women and girls of their treatment options to help control their symptoms and prevent long-term problems.
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Information based On:
Mol Cell Endocrinol. 2013 Feb 14. pii: S0303-7207(13)00029-4. doi: 10.1016/j.mce.2013.01.006.