Polycystic ovarian syndrome is characterised by a cluster of symptoms, which may include the identification of multiple cysts upon the ovaries. These ‘cysts’ are under developed follicles, a natural part of your body, that can be reabsorbed naturally by the body.
PCOS has also been associated with hormonal irregularities, hirtuism, weight fluctuations and irregular ovulation patterns. A diagnosis of PCOS does not mean infertility, however a focus upon cycle regulation is sometimes needed to aid conception.
Acupuncture is a safe, viable treatment, that has been shown to increase blood flow to the ovaries, reduce ovarian volume and the number of ovarian cysts. It was also found to control hyperglycaemia by increasing insulin sensitivity and decreasing blood glucose and insulin levels.
Research has shown that acupuncture has a positive effect upon ovulatory patterns, with one study showing that it was able to assist women to re-establish regular ovulatory cycles. Other studies have shown that acupuncture treatments alongside women with PCOS, who were undergoing IVF, resulted in significantly higher fertilisation rate, cleavage rate and higher quality embryo rates, as well as higher pregnancy rate.
As always with Chinese medicine, we look at you, not your diagnosis to assess what treatment approach is best for you. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have both shown promising results in studies in the treatment of ovulatory patterns, the appearance of cysts and the symptoms associated with PCOS.
By working harmoniously with your bodies energy, we aim to encourage your. bodies energy to realign and flow in accordance with health. As seen in previously mentioned studies, a focus upon the lower abdomen has resulted in the reabsorption of cysts, and regulation of ovulatory patterns.
We work holistically, to address the multiple manifestations of PCOS, to not only regulate the ovaries, but harmonise your entire bodies energy system.