While it’s well understood that acupuncture can help a variety of ailments, many women may not know that the treatment can be especially helpful in treating Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, commonly known as PCOS.
The syndrome, which is unfortunately common — affecting about 1 in 10 women of childbearing age — causes irregular periods, polycystic ovaries, and excess androgen levels. It can lead to infertility, pain, diabetes, depression/anxiety, abnormal bleeding and more.
Thankfully, acupuncture can help, and a new study further supports the notion.
A recent study released by the Maternal and Child Healthcare Hospital of Hengfeng County China is explained via HealthCMi, Healthcare Medicine Institute.
In the study, researchers compared the efficaciousness of acupuncture and drug therapy and found incredibly encouraging results.
Within the study, 124 women who had been diagnosed with infertility because of PCOS participated, with the control group receiving conventional drug therapy, and the study group receiving both drug therapy and acupuncture treatments.
As outlined in the study, women who received acupuncture therapy received the treatment at the following points:
Baihui (GV20) – raises yang and benefits qi
Tianshu (ST25) – raises clear yang qi and descends turbid fluids
Qihai (CV6) – supplements the kidneys, benefits essence and original qi
Guilai (ST29) – regulates blood flow and menstruation
Geshu (BL17) – tonifies qi and blood
Xinshu (BL15) – invigorates blood and calms shen
Shenshu (BL23) – tonifies the kidneys and nourishes essence
Pangguangshu (BL28) – regulates the lower burner, warms yang, and promotes the transformation of qi
Women who received both treatments showed improvement in, "regulation of hormone levels and ovarian blood flow, which are significantly greater improvements than using only conventional drug monotherapy.”
Overall, it’s safe to say that, “acupuncture has the potential to improve clinical outcomes for women with PCOS when combined with usual care.”
If you are struggling with PCOS or other female reproductive health issues, NJ Acupuncture is happy to help. Call the center to begin treatment today.