Acupuncture for Fertility
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Acupuncture for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition which ovaries develop multiple small cysts. It is often associated with abnormal or absent ovulation and, accordingly, with infertility. The most common symptoms of PCOS are an irregular period, lack of ovulation, infertility, increased hair growth, insulin resistance and unusual weight gain.
How PCOS contributes to infertility
Women with PCOS may menstruate and ovulate irregularly or not at all. This stems from elevated insulin levels that stimulate the ovaries to produce excess androgen. The androgen causes premature follicular wasting, which itself causes inconsistent or absent ovulation – a situation associated with infertility.
How we can help you
Acupuncture is a safe, effective, drug-free and natural approach. It strengthens and balances all the body’s systems, and helps the internal energies restore endocrine harmony, encouraging conception and a healthy pregnancy.
- emphasizes holistic care. PCOS is a very complex disorder and is the result of multiple hormonal imbalances. The abnormalities in the ovary are really more the result – and not the cause – of the whole body’s dysfunction. Currently, this disorder is not well-understood, so no single solution exists to reverse PCOS or assess all the symptoms. However, you can certainly choose acupuncture as a holistic medicine, along with a healthy diet, to improve your overall health, achieving better emotional balance and well-being, regulated periods, enriched sleep and greater energy. Optimizing a general sense of well-being certainly influences the body’s internal hormones, chemicals and metabolisms, which in turn effectively minimize and eliminate numerous factors in the processes of PCOS.
- treats the underlying, root causes of conditions. PCOS is one of the primary causes of infertility. Recently, conventional medicine has not experienced a great deal of success in treating PCOS and infertility. The most popular form of treatment is the use of ovulation inducers like clomid, hCG and gonadotropin. Unfortunately, these drugs do not easily or effectively address the underlying failure of ovarian health, such as poor egg quality or an androgen-rich surrounding environment. As a result, women have lower pregnancy rates, higher rates of miscarriage, and potentially undesirable side effects from drugs.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are designed to stimulate the body’s own natural production of hormones and to regulate the menstrual cycle by gently correcting underlying deficiencies and/or eliminating disruptions. For example, when applied, they can:
- restore reproductive energy in the kidney system, which represents the reproductive endocrine system to normalize the production of hormones that regulate ovulation.
- balance the liver system, which controls the smooth flow and distribution of blood, thereby removing obstructions or constrictions in blood circulation in the pelvic organs. Such obstructions or constrictions might be caused by high amounts of stress, consistent anger, frustration and/or anxiety.
- build an adequate supply of blood to sustain a normal menstrual cycle, nourish the eggs to be revitalized and support a healthy pregnancy.
- help dissolve the thick, waxy coating on the ovaries’ surface to improve ovarian function and enhance egg quality through the use of Chinese herbal medicine.
- soothe the sympathetic nervous system to relax the body, reduce stress and influence healthy ovulation.
PCOS is an endocrine disorder with wide-ranging effects on both fertility and general health. After many years of study and experience with the disease, Dr. Zhou believes that a balanced diet, proper nutrition, exercise and a healthy lifestyle can greatly contribute to the treatment of PCOS. She prescribes the following changes to enhance fertility and lead patients along the path to greater health and well-being:
- Eat organic foods and avoid processed foods. People with PCOS already have a hormonal and/or chemical imbalance. Processed foods contain chemicals, additives and artificial colorings that worsen the condition.
- Avoid sugar, artificial sweeteners, soda, fruit juice and refined carbohydrates, which affect insulin resistance. Eat only complex carbohydrates such as whole wheat or grains, oatmeal and brown rice.
- Avoid cold food and ice-cold drinks. Cold food and drinks take longer to travel through the digestive system and therefore slow the body’s metabolism. People with PCOS usually also have low metabolisms. Warm drinks and foods are better for PCOS sufferers.
- Avoid physical and mental exhaustion; get plenty of rest and maintain regular sleep patterns. Longer hours of regular sleep can play a major role in maintaining good homeostasis and general well-being.
- Eat plenty of fresh vegetables, like broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and dark green vegetables, which contain high amounts of Essential Fatty Acids (EFA). EFA regulates hormonal balance, which is very important when one is trying to conceive.
- Avoid alcohol consumption. Alcohol can lead to a disturbance in one’s hormonal balance.
- Stop smoking. Smoking may affect fertility in tubal pregnancies, cervical cancer, pelvic infection and early menopause.
We welcome all those who seek acupuncture and herbal medicine as a holistic solution to improving the body’s natural healing potential and addressing the underlying symptoms of PCOS, as well as a means of achieving pregnancy naturally!
” I believe that I would never have been able to continue have a normal life without the help of her acupuncture treatment and Chinese herbs” – Cathy W
“Acupuncture and few lifestyle changes helped us to get to where we are today… the proud parents of our precious little girl” – Robin & Clary
chinese herbal medicine
Chinese herbal medicine is a major facet of traditional Chinese medicine. The fundamental premise of Chinese medicine is that every condition is the result of energy deficiency, excess, or inactivity in our internal organs.