Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Those in West LA, Santa Monica and surrounding areas who suffer from PCOS or polycystic ovary syndrome can rely on Natural Healing & Acupuncture for personalized treatment that is natural and effective. PCOS is common among reproductive age women, and is a hormonal disorder that may contribute to heart disease, type 2 diabetes and other complications. Because women with polycystic ovary syndrome often experience prolonged or infrequent menstrual cycles, it often interferes with fertility. Using acupuncture, nutrition, oriental medicine and other therapies we develop a unique treatment for women who suffer from PCOS.
It is believed that among women ages 18 to 44, up to 10% are affected by this hormone imbalance which often involves cystic ovaries and an excess of DHEA, testosterone and other male hormones or androgens. Some of the most common symptoms of PCOS include:
- Absent or infrequent menstrual cycles
- Thinning hair
- Growth of hair on chest, chin or other areas often seen in males – Hirsutism
- Elevated level of testosterone
- Insulin resistance
- Weight gain
- Depression or anxiety
High cholesterol, endometrial cancer, metabolic syndrome and obesity are some of the risks for women with PCOS in addition to high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
While the cause of polycystic ovary syndrome is unclear, what is known about this imbalance is that women with a sister or mother who have PCOS are at a greater risk of developing PCOS themselves. Other contributors to the condition include excess body weight, inflammation and insulin imbalances.
As holistic medicine practitioners we take a different, more natural approach to treating PCOS after delving deep in an effort to discover the underlying cause of the imbalance. Rather than treating symptoms, we look at the whole picture, so to speak. The human body is a “whole,” an entire network made up of cells, systems and organs. Disease or illness in one area of the body can (and often does) affect other areas or systems in the body. From evaluating overall health and wellness to looking at lifestyle, environmental and other factors, our focus is learning as much as possible about each unique patient in order to develop the most effective treatment or therapy.
The human body is capable of healing itself in a way that is non-invasive and completely natural when given the opportunity. The foods we eat, exercise, mental and emotional health, stress reduction, changes in lifestyle, oriental herbs and acupuncture that help balance hormones and regulate mood; rather than treating a disease, we treat the person. It is really about empowering your health and your fertility in a way you may not understand, but that you will with our support and guidance.
Dr. Denise Wiesner, DACM, L. Ac.
Acupuncture is well-known for its ability to balance hormones; when combined with proper diet, Chinese herbs and massage, relief from polycystic ovary syndrome is often achieved. Traditional Western medicine typically focuses on one area or system of the body, such as female reproductive organs. Our natural fertility specialists understand the importance of overall health and optimal functioning of all body systems in order to resolve many medical conditions including PCOS. If you are a woman who suffers from this syndrome we urge you to consider our integrative wellness center serving those in West Los Angeles and Santa Monica. Call Natural Healing & Acupuncture today at 310-473-7474.