29. June 2017 · Comments Off on Chinese Herbs And Acupuncture Are Perfect Combo Treatments For PCOS · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: ,

Combined with exercise and a healthy diet, Chinese herbs and acupuncture treatments are giving women the power to overcome PCOS, helping them to lead more satisfying and healthier lives.

Treating PCOS with Chinese herbs and acupuncture in women who are trying to become pregnant, through IVF/ IUI therapies or naturally, enables them to achieve overall balance and fertility, as it regulates their menstrual cycle and balances their hormones.

As it stands today, PCOS has still no cure; fortunately, Chinese medicine offers various helpful ways to manage this condition.

Acupuncturists are well-trained and highly skilled in assisting PCOS patients to regain their regular menstrual periods and several of these patients attain pregnancy naturally via natural therapies that include acupuncture, dietary changes, and Chinese herbs.

An Overview of Ovarian Physiology

The two organs on each side of a woman’s uterus are called the ovaries and they contain tiny sacs that hold the eggs and with fluid known as cysts. Around thirty days, twenty or so eggs begin to ripen but only one egg usually fully matures; when an egg fully ripens or matures, the follicle opens up and releases that egg. The completely ripened egg then enters the fallopian tube and goes to the uterus for potential fertilization and implantation.

PCOS Condition in Women – An Overview

When a woman suffers from PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), her eggs have problems fully maturing because the hormones needed for them to fully mature are inadequate. Follicles can commence growth and accumulate fluid; however, not a single follicle can grow large enough and so the follicles remain as cysts/ sacs. Ovulation cannot take place since the follicles are not large enough and no egg can mature nor can one be released.

PCOS can appear as white, shiny, thick coating on the surface of the ovary superimposed on several rows of cysts. This condition affects about six million women in the United States and is considered to be the number one hormonal disorder seen in women of reproductive age today.

What Causes PCOS?

Although no one knows what exactly causes PCOS, studies indicate that a lot of sufferers tend to show lowered sensitivity to insulin. Insulin’s effect on sugar and other processes is not efficient enough when cells become resistant to insulin. Therefore, to make certain enough sugar is absorbed by the body, more insulin than normal needs to be produced by the body. This results in high levels of insulin in the blood that causes the ovaries to produce more than enough androgens (male hormones) resulting in hormonal imbalances that, in turn cause the PCOS symptoms.

PCOS Symptoms and Signs

Because PCOS has multiple symptoms that may seem unrelated, it is deemed a syndrome. This is one reason why it usually is misdiagnosed or undiagnosed.

Symptoms include:

o Zero or infrequent ovulation
o Irregular menstruation (irregular menses and/or zero menstrual periods, irregular menstrual periods)
o Obesity or weight gain
o Inefficient use of insulin in the body, too much production of insulin, and history of diabetes
o High amounts of male hormones, known as androgens in the body that can result in excessive growth of body and facial hair (especially in the back, nipple area, stomach, chest, or face)
o Patches of black or brown thickened skin on the armpits, groins, folds of the skin, or neck
o Dandruff, oily skin, or acne
o Tiny excess flaps of skin or skin tags in the area of the neck or in the armpits

How Can PCOS Contribute to Infertility?

Obviously, the likelihood of a women’s egg being fertilized is significantly lessened if she’s not able to regularly ovulate every month. If the egg cannot be released, it cannot be fertilized and eventually implanted into the uterus. The menstrual cycle of a woman with PCOS becomes less predictable and more erratic because her condition affects the state of her endometrium and the quality of her follicle. Women suffering from PCOS usually will manifest very heavy bleeding and have very long cycles. They may also experience zero ovulation (amenorrhea) with sparse bleeding or missed periods (amenorrhea). Chinese herbs and acupuncture can help restore harmony to the hormonal cycles and normalize menstrual cycle of the body.

How Do Chinese Herbs and Pembroke Pines’ Acupuncture Treat PCOS?

Chinese herbs and acupuncture provide people with a natural, drug-free, effective, and safe holistic body approach to PCOS. These two natural modalities help restore balance and beef up the body’s hormonal systems, curing PCOS and promoting conception as well as a problem-free pregnancy.

Chinese Medicine Etiology of PCOS

The treatment of PCOS, in traditional Chinese medicine, starts with an exact diagnosis of the underlying cause of the condition. PCOS can either be caused by a deficiency, an excess, or a combination of both.

For PCOS caused by a deficiency, excess, or a combination of both, Chinese herbs and acupuncture are very good effective treatments.

Deficient conditions:

o Spleen qi deficiency
o Kidney yin deficiency
o Kidney yang deficiency

Excess conditions:

o Blood stasis
o Liver qi stasis
o Phlegm dampness

Note: In most cases of PCOS, sufferers are often diagnosed with both deficient and excess conditions as the underlying causes of their problem.

Self-Care Tips to Prevent, Manage, or Cure Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

1. Refrain from eating foods that bring about insulin resistance. They include refined carbohydrates, fruit juice, soda, artificial sweeteners, and sugar. Only consume brown rice, oatmeal, or whole wheat or grains

2. Eat organic foods as much as possible. Stay away from GMOs and processed foods. People suffering from PCOS already have a chemical and/or hormonal imbalance, and these can only worsen when they eat processed foods that contain artificial colorings, additives, and chemicals

3. Eat EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids). These foods can help normalize hormonal balance, which is extremely important when trying to conceive. Eat lots of fresh vegetables that are rich with EFA. They include dark green veggies, carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli

4. Stop drinking ice cold drinks and eating cold food. Cold drinks and food slow down metabolism and take the food longer to digest as they slow down peristalsis. People suffering from PCOS also typically manifest a low metabolism

5. Stop smoking or don’t smoke cigarettes. Smoking can cause early menopause, pelvic infection, cervical cancer, and may negatively impact the fertility in tubal pregnancies

6. Stop drinking too much alcohol. Alcohol is one of the most common causes of irregular hormonal balance in women

27. April 2017 · Comments Off on Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can Help Allay PCOS Symptoms · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: ,

Losing weight is a never-ending struggle for a lot of people. The pounds just won’t come off no matter how hard they try. All the endless hours in the gym and dieting leave them hungry, fatigued, and infinitely frustrated due to lack of progress. For some, it might be due to a hormonal condition known as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS, for short. This disorder makes it all but impossible to lose weight and can lead to many possible symptoms. Treatment options are available from both Western and Eastern medicine. Eastern treatments rely on herbal therapy and acupuncture while Western treatments involve various forms of hormone therapy.

PCOS sufferers develop many cysts on their ovaries, hence the name of the condition. Other symptoms and signs include obesity, weight gain (typically, in the abdomen), irregular periods, acne, thinning hair on the scalp, and excessive hair growth on the face. PCOS sufferers who exercise really hard would find that no matter how much they exercise, the weight in the belly would just never go away which can really be frustrating. They typically will miss a period completely or have delayed cycles when their period comes; and when it comes, it is usually quite painful. This cycle disruption makes it also very hard for them to get pregnant. PCOS is, in fact, one of the top causes of female infertility although many women are not even aware they have it. A lot of the symptoms can be linked to a high level of testosterone, which PCOS sufferers have. Chinese Medicine can help them by restoring ovulation, regulating their natural cycle, and balance their body

Eastern Medicine takes a holistic approach to PCOS while Western medicine looks at it in a linear way. This means that when you have a specific illness, in Eastern medicine this doesn’t necessarily mean that you will get the same treatment as another patient with the same problem. Practitioners of Eastern medicine treat not just treat the symptoms but the underlying root of the problem as well. According to Traditional Chinese medicine, PCOS can be determined through three different diagnoses. People with PCOS may suffer from a combination of two or all three syndromes or just one syndrome. The most common diagnosis is a combination of all three syndromes. These three diagnoses/syndromes are Blood and/or Qi Stagnation, Deficiency in Kidney Yang, and Damp and/or Phlegm Accumulation. If all three are present, one syndrome usually predominates, although all three should be addressed. Along with Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture treatments to tonify Kidney Yang, move Qi and Blood, and clear damp and phlegm are used. Research reveals that electro-acupuncture therapies are the most effective treatments for PCOS. The mild electrical pulses can help reduce testosterone levels in the body.

PCOS suffers should take their condition very seriously. It can lead to even more serious conditions such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, obesity, and diabetes aside from the obvious physical signs. A plan of treatment that includes a regular exercise routine, Chinese herbal medicine, and acupuncture in Fremont, can help you maintain healthy hormone levels and avoid hormone therapy.

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PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome is a fertility issue that plagues millions of women around the world. It is characterized by high cholesterol, type-2 diabetes, obesity, acne, elevated levels of androgen hormones, and lack of or irregular menstruation. PCOS can be diagnosed as early as the teen years of a female, although women between the ages 20 to 30 are usually diagnosed with this condition.

PCOS develops when the ovarian cycle is disrupted, and instead of the ovary releasing an egg, the follicle remains until more and more follicles accumulate. No egg is released during PCOS and this is what causes infertility. There may be no proof that PCOS is inherited but doctors suspect it to be due to the excess insulin in a woman’s body, causing androgens to be created. This eventually disrupts the woman’s cycle of ovulation.

How can acupuncture treat PCOS?

There are a number of ways acupuncture can aid in treating PCOS. Research has revealed that within two to four months, acupuncture can restore balance to a woman’s hormonal cycle. This helps to normalize the menstrual cycle and reduce the androgens in the body. Acne related to PCOS can also be resolved by acupuncture as well as the high cholesterol, diabetes and excess weight, all due to PCOS. Acupuncture does produce beneficial effects all at the same time; it improves blood flow, lymph drainage, nerve conductivity and regulates the sympathetic nervous system and the hormones.

What Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) theory can explain PCOS treatment using acupuncture?

Each patient’s TCM diagnosis is unique. The diagnosis is based on the TCM pattern you present during consultation with your acupuncturist. The pattern will be either excess or deficient in nature.

The excess patterns associated with PCOS are often seen as Blood Stasis or Dampness in the body. These factors cause a blockage in the flow of energy in the meridians or energy pathways. The blockage often manifests as pain, but can have other consequences as well such as the body’s incapacity to release an egg during ovulation. Dampness symptoms related to PCOS has symptoms that include diarrhea, headaches, dull stomach pain and a general feeling of heaviness. Symptoms of blood related to PCOS include a purplish tinge in the tongue or lips, menstruation with blood clots, and a stabbing sharp pain in the stomach.

Deficiency patterns related to PCOS include Kidney deficiencies. The person’s essence is kept in the kidney and this essence is what makes us grow, bear children and age. The essence is made up of Yin and a Yang, two opposing energy forces in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Lack of Kidney Yin in PCOS can produce symptoms such as a short ovulation cycle, low back pain, constipation, hot flashes, and night sweats. Deficient Kidney Yang in PCOS on the other hand can result in symptoms like low sex drive, diarrhea, aversion to communicate with others and dislike to cold.

What can you do?

Since PCOS is intimately associated with a woman’s insulin levels, what may be needed is to regulate her exercise and diet regardless if she is diagnosed with diabetes or not. Perform an exercise program that complements your acupuncture therapy: deficiencies necessitate light workouts, whereas if you show a pattern of excess, you may be required to perform more vigorous physical activity. Diet needs to include a minimum of six to seven servings of vegetables and fruits each day, and with no artificial sweeteners, no white flour products and no refined foods such as candy. Eat smaller portions of food four or five small meals a day. Avoid dairy products especially if you suffer from dampness accumulation. You can consume organic meats.

 

Galina Semyonova is a licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist in New York City. She has studied extensively in the fields of biofeedback therapy, SCENAR therapy, Chinese herbal treatments and Chinese and Western nutrition.