Acupuncture for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PSOC)

Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome PCOS is considered to be one of the leading causes of sub fertility in women, with 5 to 10% experiencing symptoms. The exact cause is yet unknown, but there is now evidence that shows there is a genetic element involved.

For a diagnosis of PCOS all the main symptoms need to be present. These are, infrequent or irregular ovulation or the absence of ovulation, excess androgen production of testosterone by the ovaries, which leads to acne, excessive facial and body hair and loss of hair from the scalp and the presence of polycystic ovaries (10 or more follicles), detection by ultrasound. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome PCOS can lead to other complications also, eg. insulin resistance which can lead to type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure. The western treatment can be a long process involving prescription medication, surgery, and lifestyle changes that are aimed at controlling the symptoms.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome PCOS

Traditional Chinese Acupuncture’s approach to the treatment of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome PCOS

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believes that all the body’s functions are connected by the free flow of Qi, (I’ll give a more logical explanation Qi in a later post). Any blockage in the free flow of Qi or blood in the body results in illness or pain. Acupuncture treatment is aimed at resolving the root cause of any condition, as well as relieving your symptoms, and this approach has the potential to lead to a more permanent resolution of the condition.

An acupuncturist will make a diagnosis by:

Questioning – your medical history and how the illness if affecting the quality of your life.

Observation – examining your tongue, in particular its coating, shape and size, amongst others, and observation of posture, and how the patient moves.

Palpation – This includes pulse diagnosis where an acupuncturist will read up to 28 different pulse qualities, on each wrist. By assessing the strength, depth, rhythm and rate of the pulse, different types of imbalance of Qi can be identified.

Having made a diagnosis a treatment plan will be agreed which is specific to you and your conditions. The objective is to resolve the root cause of your condition, as well as relieving your symptoms. The TCM approach has the potential to lead to a more permanent solution to your health problem.
Studies show that acupuncture treatment for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome PCOS is safe and effective with a possible role in reducing the number of cysts, improving ovarian volume, and increasing blood flow to the ovaries.

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