Researchers have discovered that acupuncture improves menstrual frequency, normalizes estrogen activity, and decreases circulating androgens in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
PCOS is a common female endocrine disorder with side-effects including irregular menstruation, amenorrhea, anovulation, infertility, polycystic ovaries and excess quantities of androgenic hormones. Excess androgens may lead to acne, obesity due to insulin resistance, high cholesterol and hirsutism (excess facial and body hair).
Another study published in the American Journal of Physiology – Endocrinology and Metabolism concludes that low frequency electro-acupuncture improved menstrual frequency and balanced sex steroid levels in women with PCOS.
Researchers measured the total concentration of testosterone, androgens, estrogens, androgen precursors, and glucuronidated androgen metabolites.The sex steroid levels improved significantly with acupuncture and acne markedly decreased. The researchers concluded that electro-acupuncture may help induce ovulation in women attempting to conceive since participants showed significant improvement in monthly menstrual frequency.
Menstrual irregularities and difficulties are one of my favorite areas to treat. I have seen it change women’s lives! If you or someone you know is struggling with this, give me a call!
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