At both my New York and Connecticut offices, my staff and I treat a sizable number of Polycystic women. We receive an average of 3-5 new call inquiries a week specific to this disease alone. Those affected by this disorder fall within a range of symptoms and severities, and now with the information available to us (via internet), more women are feeling less alone when enduring the symptoms of this perplexing disease.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is an endocrine disorder that affects 1 in 20 women of childbearing age, and is a health problem that has affected as many as 5 million women in the United States alone (WomensHealth.gov).
Western experts haven’t been able to pinpoint what exactly causes PCOS, and although the symptoms of this disease are exhibited primarily through a woman’s reproductive system, this disease is foremost an endocrine issue. The overproduction of androgens “male hormones” prevents the body’s ability to regulate insulin, as well as the proper development and timely release of eggs during ovulation.
When treating PCOS, Western Doctors usually prescribe Metformin, an insulin-regulating drug; also given to diabetics. Eastern Medicine embraces a different viewpoint when treating PCOS; that by receiving regular acupuncture treatments, enhancing a balanced and dairy free diet, one can also contribute to its treatment. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are designed to stimulate the body’s own natural production of hormones and regulate the menstrual cycle by gently correcting underlying deficiencies.
These improvements may take time, as with most chronic illnesses. However, when Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are applied, they can potentially:
- Restore reproductive energy
- Remove obstruction or constriction of blood circulation in the pelvic organs
- Build an adequate supply of blood to sustain a normal menstrual cycle
- Enhance egg quality with the use of Chinese herbal medicine
- Soothe the sympathetic nervous system to calm the body
- Reduce stress and influence healthy ovulation.
Acupuncture is a very effective way for PCOS sufferers to naturally manage their hormones and enhance fertility. In turn, it also reduces their risk of cancer, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and other long-term health conditions which may also stem from this very complex disorder.
If you or someone you know suffers from PCOS, or infertility resulting from PCOS, be sure to call us and schedule your first appointment. We look forward to working with you.
– Iris Netzer-Greenfield