Many women are turning to Chinese medicine for the treatment of Polycystic ovaries and Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Chinese medicine has a long history of treating gynecological problems and infertility.
What is PCOS?
PCOS is a condition that affects numerous women and their fertility. It is where the ovaries have 15 or more cysts. Every month as part of ovulation follicles form, one matures and ruptures sending an egg into the Fallopian tubes for fertilization. The others break down and disappear. In PCOS these cysts do not mature or break down, instead they become fluid filled leaving the ovary with many cysts. The ovaries, filled with so many cysts, can become large with a thick lining making it difficult to ovulate. Many women are not diagnosed with PCOS until they are having difficulty to conceive.
Signs and Symptoms
There are a number of signs and symptoms that accompany PCOS including:
- excessive body hair
- skin issues
- menstrual and ovulation irregularities
- scalp hair loss
- mood changes including insomnia, anxiety and depression
- Some women are overweight or obese, yet other women may be very skinny
- Insulin resistance
- An excessive of androgen hormones
Treatment with Chinese Medicine
In Chinese medicine the starting place of treating PCOS is to regulate the menstrual cycle and promote ovulation. This is done through a thorough health assessment to diagnose the systems not functioning properly according to Chinese medicine physiology. While women in Western medicine will have the diagnosis of PCOS, the Chinese medicine diagnosis will vary according to the signs and symptoms and constitution the woman presents with.
Treatment usually involves weekly acupuncture, moxabustion, drinking a herbal medicinal tea, dietary therapy and lifestyle changes. Diet, exercise and lifestyle changes are an integral component to fertility treatment.
The aims of Chinese medicine treatment are:
- Balancing the hormones to regulate the menstrual cycle
- Promote ovulation, reduce fluid filled cysts and diminish the thick lining around the ovaries
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- De-congest the pelvic region
- Encourage conception and a healthy pregnancy
If you are having trouble conceiving, check out the Shared Care Fertility Support Program
Julienne Tatkovic has 10 years experience in treating Women’s health, fertility and supporting women through pregnancy with Chinese medicine.