Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is an endocrine disorder that affects between five and ten percent of women of reproductive age, making it the most common hormonal disorder of that age group.

It occurs when the ovaries overproduce the hormone androgen. This overproduction usually occurs for one of three reasons: the overproduction of LH (luteinizing hormone), which is produced by the pituitary gland, high levels of insulin which can stimulate the ovaries to produce testosterone, or obesity which itself causes higher levels of insulin. However, in the case of insulin related causes, it is surmised that the body has to both produce high amounts of insulin and also be sensitive to insulin for this condition to occur. Women with PCOS do not ovulate regularly. They may also have excess body hair or hair loss, polycystic ovaries, acne, obesity, infertility, or reduced fertility.

Fortunately, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a long history of treating PCOS. It was first written about in The Complete Book of Effective Prescriptions for Diseases of Women. Published in 1237 A.D., it was the first book devoted solely to gynecology and obstetrics in Chinese Medicine. TCM views PCOS as stagnation in the body. When there is stagnation in the body it impedes the flow of energy and blood. In the case of PCOS, the stagnation is related to the lower part of the body. TCM employs acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to address the stagnation and correct hormone imbalance. This brings the menstrual cycle back into regularity and promotes ovulation. You can read a testimonial about how TCM helped one woman regain fertility on our blog

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