Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal imbalance that affects women and is one of the leading causes of infertility.
Not all women with PCOS are overweight, have unwanted hair, elevated male hormones, or multiple cysts in the ovaries. It is simply your body’s inability to utilize insulin. The reason it is called a syndrome is that it does not manifest the same way in all women. Dietary changes are key. At East Winds, we spend time teaching you how to regulate insulin and reduce the effects of insulin resistance, which can affect not only your overall health but also your fertility. Many of our patients with PCOS begin to have regular ovulation with treatment.
Some symptoms associated with PCOS:
- IRREGULAR PERIODS
- RECURRENT MISCARRIAGES
- PELVIC PAIN
- ACNE/OILY SKIN OR DANDRUFF
- EXCESS FACIAL & BODY HAIR AROUND BREASTS, UPPER LIP, CHIN, BELLY AND LOW BACK
- THINNING HAIR OR MALE-PATTERNED BALDNESS
- CYSTIC OVARIES (SEEN ON ULTRASOUND, THAT RESEMBLE A STRING OF PEARLS)
- WEIGHT GAIN AND DIFFICULTY LOSING WEIGHT
- PATCHES OF THICK, DARK-COLORED SKIN ON THE NECK, ARMS, BREASTS AND THIGHS
- ROUGH MEALY SKIN/SKIN TAGS
- SLEEP APNEA
- DEPRESSION OR ANXIETY
Treating PCOS with Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine
Many studies have proven that acupuncture can successfully treat PCOS. It is not a quick fix, but rather it requires a series of treatments, including herbal prescriptions taken daily, along with better lifestyle choices and dietary changes. This therapy works more quickly with some patients than others. Compliance plays a role in outcomes, and every patient responds differently, based on their constitution and compliance.
One Swedish study examined the difference between physical exercise, no intervention and electro acupuncture (EA). This study was based on a 16-week course of treatment. EA demonstrated improvement in fasting blood sugar, acne, menstrual patterns, hyperandrogenism (too many male hormones) as well as improvement in a full endocrine analysis. Results were significantly different between the no treatment group and the EA group. The EA group had greater improvement than the exercise group in acne, sex steroids, testosterone and menstrual regulation.
Proposed Treatment Plan:
- COMPLETE EVALUATION BASED ON CHINESE MEDICINE.
- ONE-HOUR EVALUATION ONLY ON INITIAL INTAKE
- WEEK 1-3: EA 2 TIMES PER WEEK
- HERBAL PRESCRIPTION PRESCRIBED FOR INDIVIDUAL PATIENT BASED ON THEIR CONSTITUTION AND PATTERN.
- WEEK 3 -10: EA ONE TIME PER WEEK
- WEEK 10-17: EA EVERY OTHER WEEK
- HERBAL PRESCRIPTIONS TO BE CONTINUED AND MODIFIED ON AS NEEDED BASES.
Baseline labs before treatment, reevaluation at the 3-4-month time line. Patient either continues EA and herbal prescription based on evaluation of: androgen levels, sex steroids, as well as any other significant measures ordered by physician and staff.
We recommend a patient self-evaluation re: menstrual regulation, acne, moods and energy levels in conjunction with labs.
Goals for Patients Using TCM:
- REGULATION OF MENSES
- IMPROVED OVULATION
- PREGNANCY IF DESIRED OF PATIENT
- IMPROVEMENT OF SEX HORMONES
- IMPROVEMENT OF QUALITY OF LIFE
- IMPROVEMENT IN WELLNESS AND LONGEVITY
- EDUCATION ON MAKING BETTER CHOICES IN TERMS OF FOODS, LIFESTYLE AND PERSONAL HABITS.
It is our goal to work with PCOS patients to help them with motivation, accountability, support as well as help them understand that this requires a lifelong change. Our desire is to not only see the positive effects of this therapy on our patients personally, but to put into place a healthy lifestyle for their entire family for longevity and overall wellness. PCOS is passed onto daughters of PCOS mothers and their grandchildren as well. We can help.