How Acupuncture Helps PCOS
Having PCOS is a stressful thing. There are so many symptoms that go along with that diagnosis and it can be a very scary thing to have to deal with on a daily basis. Some symptoms include, hirsutism (excessive hair growth on the face and neck, among other places), acne, weight gain, trouble losing weight, insulin resistance, mood swings, menstrual irregularities, infertility, thinning of the scalp hair, depression and ovarian cysts. Many of these symptoms, if not all of them, can be controlled by alternative means, such as acupuncture, herbal supplements, aromatherapy, and reflexology.
Acupuncture is one of the most commonly used alternative therapies. Acupuncture can help many different symptoms and conditions. It was originally practiced in China, more than three thousand years ago. Acupuncture operates on the understanding that the body has pathways, or meridians, along the body. It is in these pathways that qi (pronounced chee) flows freely, unless there is a blockage. You would know you had a blockage if you have a condition, disease or even just a symptom, such as pain. Each meridian is connected to a certain internal organ or organ system. In order to unblock the qi and get the body balanced, special small needles are inserted in specific places in the body. This is painless and even relaxing for many. The needles are what opens up the blockages and allows the qi to freely flow throughout the body’s meridians, restoring the body’s balance and stopping the symptoms.
For women with PCOS, the biggest benefit is regulating the menstrual cycles. Acupuncture can also help with weight loss, headaches and mood swings. Many other conditions also benefit from acupuncture as well. Infertility has been known to be a big reason that people seek help from acupuncture. Many find that when they are going through conventional medicine treatments for infertility, that it is extremely beneficial to add in some Chinese medicine as well, such as acupuncture. The two work hand in hand in treating not only the symptom but also any other issues attached to that symptom.
There are very few studies that include PCOS sufferers and acupuncture but one study of five women with PCOS that do regular acupuncture sessions shows that all five women regained normal menstrual cycles by the end of the study. Acupuncture can restore the menstrual cycle within just a few short sessions. Some women even see total relief of their problems after just one acupuncture session.
The effects of acupuncture are complex. How it works is not entirely clear but almost everyone that tries acupuncture says that it does work. It may produce a variety of effects in the body and the brain. It increases our pain threshold and my also increase our blood circulation and body temperature. It affects white blood cell activity and also has been known to regulate blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol levels.
With all of these possibilities, it seems silly not to try it out. A typical acupuncture session is an hour or less and costs around fifty dollars. Many holistic centers and spas are popping up everywhere you turn so finding a certified, experienced acupuncturist shouldn’t be too hard. Keep an open mind and try it if you have any medical issues. You will be surprised at the outcome.
I have tried acupuncture a few times in the past and had outstanding results. I have PCOS and at one point in my life, my cycles were extremely irregular. I had one acupuncture session and within in a week, had a period on my own, with no medication help. I continued with the acupuncture until things regulated and I haven’t done it since. I haven’t had the need, but if that day ever arises and I feel that things are turning for the worst again, I will have acupuncture done before seeking help from a conventional medicine doctor. I know many people as well, that have had acupuncture done and have seen dramatic results. It can help almost any problem you might be experiencing. This is the way to go before resorting to unnecessary medications or procedures. It is inexpensive, quick and easy to find. I recommend it to anyone and everyone seeking help with their health.