Receiving a diagnosis of PCOS can be very scary, especially when trying to get pregnant. Between information received from the physician and then from Dr. Google, women find themselves with more questions than answers. Moreover, the classic understanding of PCOS does not always apply to each women’s symptoms. PCOS used to be characterized by hirsutism (inappropriate hair growth), excess weight, acne and irregular or absent menstrual cycles. Many women who are currently diagnosed with PCOS do not fit that picture and it can be very confusing. Luckily, acupuncture and Chinese medicine is here to help!
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine, no matter what is being treated, always treats the symptoms. As an acupuncturist, the diagnosis is of little importance when compared to a woman’s menstrual cycle, PMS and other hormonal symptoms. In this manner, PCOS is NOT treated the same amongst each woman. This allows the acupuncturist to formulate a specific treatment plan for each woman—including diet, supplements, acupuncture treatment and Chinese herbs. Treating PCOS with Chinese medicine is like orchestrating a symphony—making sure the hormones work in concert and with the proper timing! To this end, it must be understood that the treatment of PCOS is not a quick and easy road. It takes time to regulate hormones, make dietary changes and re-adjust lifestyle practices. The truth is that investing the time to regulate PCOS symptoms not only benefits fertility, it supports the health of the women for the rest of her life!