Study: Acupuncture helps women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS Acupuncture ImageHere’s another positive research result for Acupuncture! Studies now show that Acupuncture significantly changed the course of disease for women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). As many as 10% of American women have PCOS, which is marked by few to no menstrual cycles, increased facial hair and acne, low energy, and abnormal hormone levels of many kinds. In particular, a study published last year in Sweden by the University of Gothenberg showed that 16 weeks of Acupuncture both increased the number of menstrual cycles and decreased the testosterone levels 25%! That’s more than significant, that’s major. The same study showed that exercise also helped. Acupuncture alone was actually better than exercise; the  two together would probably be even more significant. I would venture to guess that adding in herbs would improve things even more.

Now, the same team, in a continued analysis of their data, showed that the Acupuncture also lowered the tendency of women with PCOS to get blood clots (In technical terms, the prothrombotic state was reduced, in that a coagulation (blood clotting) indicator improved).

While many of my women’s health patients come to me for fertility, menopause, painful menstruation (dysmenorrhea), or PMS related acne or migraines, I do see many other cases, including very complicated conditions like PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). And I’ve seen women get better! That’s why I think it’s so important for women to know they have the option of trying Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for their unique health conditions.

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