A new study compared the effect of electro-acupuncture (EA), physical exercise and no intervention on testosterone levels, menstrual frequency, acne and hirsutism in women with PCOS. After 16 weeks of treatment, the researchers found both EA and exercise lowered testosterone and increased menstrual frequency, with EA having a significantly greater impact than exercise. After a further 16 weeks of EA treatment or exercise, improvement was noted in hirsutism and acne symptoms, again with electro-acupuncture having a greater impact than exercise.
Lifestyle treatment including diet, exercise, stress reduction and Traditional Chinese Medicine for PCOS makes sense. If you have been diagnosed with PCOS, we encourage you to come in for a consultation and work with our expert practitioners. Our comprehensive and targeted approach to PCOS includes specific dietary recommendations and supplementation, yoga and relaxation for stress reduction and Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncture treatment. You do not need to be struggling to conceive to benefit from our expertise. In fact, getting a handle on PCOS before you are “trying” is essential. PCOS is often under-diagnosed in teenage girls and the acne, irregular periods and weight gain are chalked up to puberty.
For more information about PDtM’s comprehensive approach to PCOS, call 312-321-0004 to book a complimentary face-to-face or phone session with our Patient Advocate.