Acupuncture and PCOS
Polycystic ovary syndrome affects up to 10% of women in reproductive age. Acupuncture combined with lifestyle changes offers hope to successfully address one of the possible root causes of the Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
What causes PCOS and why acupuncture is successful at naturally restoring ovulation and regulating cycles has puzzled specialists, endocrinologists and gynaecologists for decades. The “bible” on the treatment of infertility (Clinical Gynecologic Endocrinology and Infertility) says “The characteristic of polycystic ovary develops when a chronic anovulatory state persists for a sufficient length of time.” But there are many causes for anovulation.
A recent study published in the Nature magazine could change how we see Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Swedish researchers, who conducted the study, discovered that the sympathetic nervous system is hyperactive in PCOS women. And most noteworthy, the sympathetic hyperactivity precedes anovulation. Hence this could potentially be the one simple underlying cause of this complex condition. This phenomenon could explain why acupuncture can reverse some of the harm done by the syndrome, including restoring regular ovulation, decreasing androgen levels, regulating ovarian blood flow and the function of HPG axis.
When done correctly, acupuncture can restore normal ovulation, decrease ovarian cysts and ovarian size in PCOS patients.
A systematic review published in June 2014 found combining herbs with acupuncture to be even more successful acupuncture alone. They documented this combination of natural treatments helps women suffering from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome by reducing:
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