Treating PCOS Naturally with Acupuncture
Acupuncture may be an effective treatment method for many fertility disorders including Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is a common fertility disorder among women of childbearing age. PCOS accounts for up to 10% of all infertility cases and can occur at any age before menopause. The causes of PCOS may be unclear, and it can be challenging to treat, sometimes going undiagnosed.
So how can we help women burdened with PCOS? Acupuncture is a highly recommended alternative treatment method due to its treatment of the root cause of the condition. Another bonus is that acupuncture doesn’t result in the adverse side effects often associated with conventional treatments. As shown below, acupuncture may be useful in increasing fertility and improving the overall wellbeing of patients.
The Burden of PCOS
PCOS is characterized by a disruption in ovulation – an abundance of follicles without producing an egg. Some women may skip their periods for a few months only to experience heavy bleeding later on. Obviously, this may hinder the efforts of women trying to conceive naturally or through IVF. PCOS often leads to high sympathetic nerve activity (constricts blood vessels) and elevated androgen hormone levels (e.g., testosterone). Other health impacts of PCOS include high blood pressure, acne, excessive weight gain, abnormal body hair growth, ovarian cysts, diabetes, and even heart-related complications.
How does Acupuncture Work?
What makes acupuncture unique and desirable when there are other alternative treatments? Due to the potential health impacts of PCOS, women often seek medical attention and medication to ease the symptoms. Whereas conventional treatments may help alleviate the suffering, most are associated with adverse side effects such as diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea, fatigue, and malaise. But all is not lost! You may alleviate your PCOS symptoms while avoiding all these side effects, by visiting Centre of Balance acupuncture clinic.
Acupuncture needles are inserted into specific points on meridians or energy channels associated with the reproductive system. The points are mostly on the abdomen and back of the knee. This treatment aims to promote proper functioning, normalise hormone levels (luteinizing hormone and testosterone), improve blood flow, and stimulate the organs. The aim is to promote an environment which is conducive for better quality eggs and more frequent ovulation.
Scientific Research Supporting Acupuncture for PCOS
In a study published in the American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, Stener-Victorin et al. (2009) ascertained that acupuncture treatment could reduce sympathetic nerve activity, reduce waist circumference, reduce testosterone levels, and regulate the menstrual cycle of women. Another study by Anna Benrick et al. (2017) showed that acupuncture treatment stimulates that parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system to improve the uptake of glucose and consequently mitigate insulin-related complications among obese women. There have been other studies and clinical trials in Asia, Australia, and Europe that all point to the role of acupuncture in lowering the level of luteinizing hormone and testosterone
If you are suffering from PCOS or you have a loved one burdened with the disorder, ensure you consult a credible acupuncturist as soon as possible. It is also advisable to begin the acupuncture schedule a few months prior to an IVF procedure to improve ovarian function. Contact us today and start your journey towards improved fertility and better overall health.
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Benrick, A., Kokosar, M., Hu, M., Larsson, M., Maliqueo, M., Marcondes, R. R., … & Behre, C. J. (2017). Autonomic nervous system activation mediates the increase in whole-body glucose uptake in response to electroacupuncture. The FASEB Journal, 31(8), 3288-3297.
Stener-Victorin, E., Jedel, E., Janson, P. O., & Sverrisdottir, Y. B. (2009). Low-frequency electroacupuncture and physical exercise decrease high muscle sympathetic nerve activity in polycystic ovary syndrome. American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, 297(2), R387-R395.