By Dr. Radhika A (Md), Acupuncture
The condition of having multiple fluid-filled cysts in the ovaries is known as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS. Women suffering from this condition may have either prolonged or infrequent menstrual periods. It may also lead to long term complications such as heart problems or diabetes. Yet, traditional treatment for this problem mainly focuses on managing symptoms. Gynecologists try to address PCOS concerns such as infertility, acne, hirsutism etc with medication and/or lifestyle changes.
Owing to the perceived limitations of modern treatment in controlling this condition, people are turning to age-old practices like Acupuncture. In fact, Acupuncture has been found to be one of the most effective ways in managing various ramifications of PCOS.
How Acupuncture Works?
Acupuncture has its own way of working in the body. An Acupuncture practitioner will insert multiple needles at various points of the body depending on the complaints of the patient. According to ancient Chinese belief, the body is diseased when the normal flow of energy is disrupted. Acupuncture helps in restoring the normal balance of energy flow.
Studies suggest that needles may have a stimulating effect on nerves, muscles and connective tissues. Such stimulation may enhance blood flow. In turn, enhanced blood flow can bring in multiple benefits to the patient.
Acupuncture and PCOS
Women suffering from PCOS may have a number of problems. An increase in blood flow due to Acupuncture can release more hormones. This can have an effect on the symptoms of PCOS.
The effect of Acupuncture on women suffering from PCOS is more evident in women who are not obese. In fact, a study has suggested that non-obese women suffering from PCOS react positively to acupuncture.
This does not mean that overweight women suffering from PCOS don’t at all react positively to acupuncture. The study has found that for such women a combination of acupuncture and lifestyle modification can improve menstrual health and reduce male hormone levels.
It has been observed that the effect of acupuncture may be restricted to few symptoms of PCOS such as increased male sex hormone etc. Nevertheless, recent studies have also suggested that acupuncture can improve the rate of ovulation as well as the regularity of menstrual cycles.
It has been observed that repeated Acupuncture may have the effect of inducing regular ovulation in several women suffering from PCOS. It may also reduce the symptoms of PCOS.
The study has found that Acupuncture may improve functioning of endocrine glands and therefore improve problems arising out of PCOS. The practitioner places needles along the acupuncture meridian of the reproductive system. This may have the effect of stimulating reproductive organs and improving blood flow in them. This may help in normalizing hormone levels that promote a healthy reproductive system.