PCOS, or polycystic ovary syndrome, is a hormonal disorder that affects many women and often causes symptoms such as acne, irregular menstrual cycles, excess hair growth and more. While the cause of this condition isn’t clearly understood, many who have it are curious about natural treatment for PCOS. You may be trying to become pregnant, or simply want to find relief from the symptoms. Women with PCOS may face an increased risk of diabetes, hypertension, obesity and endometrial cancer; it can also impact fertility.
Perhaps you are taking clomiphene citrate, birth control pills or other drugs to treat your PCOS. Whether you are or not, natural treatment for this condition is often effective and may include acupuncture, nutrition, herbal medicine and other therapies. Electroacupuncture has been shown to promote ovulation induction in PCOS patients. This involves putting electrodes on the needles and attaching them to a machine to provide consistent low-level stimulation.
In terms of nutrition or diet, women with polycystic ovary syndrome should do their best to eat a healthy diet to ensure the proper intake of vitamins, nutrients and minerals. Exercise is also important, as those who carry excess weight are at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Exercise also helps reduce the depression and anxiety you may experience.
Acupuncture is a component of holistic medicine that many women with PCOS have found beneficial. Studies have found that acupuncture reduces the excess androgen (male hormone) levels while improving ovulation rate. Acupuncture also improves blood flow to the ovaries, increases endorphins (the body’s own “feel good” hormones), and helps regulate metabolic and endocrine disturbances.
Chinese herbs provide many benefits as well, and for those with PCOS one of the primary benefits is hormonal balance. Natural herbs can help alleviate stress, enhance energy, and strengthen your immune system. Certain Chinese herbal formulas have been found especially helpful for women with this condition. Preliminary studies have been done using Chinese Herbal formulas shao yao gan can tang, cang fu do tan tang and long dan tie gan tang. However, it is most beneficial to have custom herbal medicine written for each PCOS patient because everyone has a different presentation.
Natural treatment for PCOS may also include massage, which promotes balance in the internal organs and stimulates the uterus, pituitary and ovary reflex points, benefiting polycystic ovaries.
Considering that about 10% of women in America suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome it is important to know all of the options available to you for not only managing symptoms, but healing and promoting wellness throughout your body. The potential health risks are serious, and many women experience fertility problems as a result of PCOS.
Are you ready for a natural approach to treating PCOS? Contact Natural Healing & Acupuncture today to learn more about non-invasive, holistic treatment tailored to your unique needs.Share