Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormone (endocrine) disorders experienced by women today. It only affects women of reproductive age, making it one of the most common causes of infertility. Acupuncture treats PCOS by regulating the body’s hormonal balance, energy (Qi) flow, and improving blood circulation. Acupuncture theory also provides dietary recommendations and lifestyle changes that can help treat PCOS. Herbal medicine is often used in the treatment of PCOS as an adjunct to acupuncture.
What are the symptoms of PCOS?
Polycystic ovary syndrome is a disorder caused by hormone imbalance. When a doctor examines a woman’s ovaries, it is common to find a large number of small cysts (polycystic) on the outer edge of their ovaries, giving the disorder its name.
The most common symptoms of PCOS is menstrual irregularities, which can appear as infrequent periods or even no periods, and no ovulation (anovulation).
Other common symptoms are excess body hair growth, acne and obesity (metabolic syndrome) and insulin resistance.
Adolescents experiencing infrequent or no periods may have PCOS. Polycystic ovary syndrome may be a cause of infertility.
How does acupuncture treat PCOS?
Acupuncture treats PCOS by regulating the menstrual cycle and promoting ovulation. Balancing the body’s energy can help regulate the hormones. Acupuncture can also treat acne symptoms.