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Acupuncture for PCOS

Polycystic Ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a condition in which the 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 results from elevated insulin levels that stimulate excess androgen production by the ovaries. The androgens cause premature follicular wasting which causes inconsistent or absent ovulation, which is associated with infertility.

How we can help you

Acupuncture provides a safe, effective, drug-free and natural approach, strengthens and balances all systems of the body, and assists our own internal energies to restore endocrine harmony encouraging conception and a healthy pregnancy


  • Emphasizes holistic care: PCOS is a very complex disorder and due to multiple hormonal imbalances. The abnormalities in the ovary are really more the result of the whole body's dysfunction, not the cause. Currently this disorder is not well understood, so there is no single solution 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 – as a way of achieving better emotional balance and well being, regulated periods, enriched sleep, and greater energy. Optimizing a general sense of well-being definitely 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 major leading causes of infertility. Recently conventional medicine has not had a great deal of success in treating PCOS and infertility. The most popular form of treatment is with 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 quality of eggs or an androgen rich surrounding environment. As a result, women have a lower pregnancy rate, a higher rate 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 regulate the menstrual cycle by gently correcting underlying deficiencies and/or eliminating disruptions. For example, when applied they can

  1. Restore Reproductive energy in the kidney system which represents endocrine system to normalize the production of hormones that regulate ovulation.
  2. Balance the liver system which controls smooth flow and distribution of blood to remove obstruction or constriction of blood circulation in the pelvic organs, which might be caused from living with high stress, consistent anger, frustration and/or anxiety.
  3. Build an adequate supply of blood to sustain a normal menstrual cycle, nourish the eggs to be revitalized, and support a healthy pregnancy.
  4. Help dissolve the thick, waxy coating found on the surface of the ovaries to improve ovarian function, enhance egg quality with the use of Chinese herbal medicine.
  5. Soothe the sympathetic nervous system to relax the body, reduce stress and influence healthy ovulation.

PCOS is an endocrine disorder, which has 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 contribute greatly to the treatment of PCOS. She prescribes the following changes for the enhancement of fertility and the path to greater health and well-being:

  • Eat organic foods and avoid processed foods. People who have PCOS already have a hormonal and/or chemical imbalance, and processed foods contain chemicals, additives and artificial colorings, which make conditions worse.
  • Avoid sugar, artificial sweeteners, soda, fruit juice and refined carbohydrates, which impact 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 go through the digestive system and slow the body’s metabolism. People who have PCOS usually also have a low metabolism. Having 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 trying to conceive.
  • Avoid alcohol consumption. Alcohol can lead to a disturbance of hormonal balance.
  • Stop smoking. Smoking may affect the fertility in tubal pregnancies, cervical cancer, pelvic infection and early menopause.

We welcome all of 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!