Affecting 1 in 10 women in theU.S.and the leading cause of female infertility today, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) can cause much frustration and difficulty for women who are suffering from it and trying to conceive. A disorder of the endocrine system that causes irregular or infrequent menstrual periods, PCOS is also associated with a lack of regular ovulation, high levels of androgenic or male hormones, polycystic ovaries, insulin-resistance and weight gain. Pulling Down the Moon’s new PCOS program integrates acupuncture, nutrition, massage and yoga to help clients who are dealing with this disorder.
Acupuncture/Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Acupuncture is extremely effective in regulating hormone levels in the body, and this is quite helpful when treating a patient who has been diagnosed with PCOS and is trying to conceive.
By balancing the body’s hormone levels, acupuncture has been shown to make periods more regular and help ovulation. If weight is an issue, acupuncture can also support the PCOS patient by helping with weight loss. It does this through its ability to balance hormones, curb appetite and reduce stress.
Using Chinese herbs is also an effective adjunct to the acupuncture treatments for PCOS. If you’re not undergoing assisted reproduction, or taking “time off” from medicated cycles, there are specific Chinese herbs that can reduce masses in the low abdomen, e.g. ovarian cysts. At Pulling Down the Moon, your practitioner may give you a formula specifically tailored to your TCM diagnosis. We do not advocate taking herbs during medicated fertility cycles.
The frequency and duration of your acupuncture/herbal therapy at Pulling Down the Moon is determined at the initial treatment and based on a number of factors. In developing a treatment plan we take into account the severity of the PCOS, your constitutional level, and whether or not you’re undergoing a medicated fertility treatment cycle.
When it comes to nutrition and healthy eating, there are basic principles that apply to most women with PCOS, but we must honor the differences between individuals and the various types of PCOS.
When you come in for your nutrition appointment at Pulling Down the Moon, you will receive personalized nutrition recommendations that cover both your diet as well as supplements based on your unique situation. You will receive a binder with fertility nutrition guidelines, a sample meal plan, and our Fertility Go, Whoa and No foods. In addition, we’ll work on incorporating foods that aid in healing your specific type of PCOS from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective. Your nutritionist will give you a packet of recipes that includes foods that are specifically therapeutic for your type of PCOS. For example, we work on incorporating foods that through TCM are thought to decrease and shrink cysts, while minimizing foods that may exacerbate cysts. We truly merge science and traditional wisdom to maximize your ability to manage your PCOS and improve your chance of conception.
The PCOS Massage offers you a unique massage session that integrates Eastern and Western bodywork. Techniques have been chosen to alleviate your specific PCOS symptoms and to promote healing, harmony and balance. For example, vibrational therapy helps restore depleted energy and reduces stress. Circulatory massage improves pelvic health and may encourage the menstrual cycle. Abdominal massage soothes and decreases pain, promotes organ and fluid movement and releases stagnation, which may help with cysts. Friction, stretches and joint mobilizations encourage pelvic blood flow and improve range of motion in the hips and pelvis. Acupressure and essential oils are incorporated to help balance hormones and specifically treat your type of PCOS.
The PCOS Massage is safe to receive throughout your cycle whether you are taking time off or trying to conceive naturally or assisted. Sessions are approximately 75 minutes with 60 minutes of massage and an additional 10-15 minutes to discuss your specific symptoms and provide self-care suggestions. Your massage therapist will work with you to determine a treatment plan that will provide the most benefits and meet your specific needs.
Yoga has shown amazing results in women suffering from PCOS and related infertility. Yoga can help counteract PCOS symptoms by the practice of specific asanas (poses) that improve blood circulation to the ovaries and help with weight loss.
Additionally, yoga for PCOS works at a much more subtle level, deeper than just the physical body. Your Pulling Down the Moon yoga instructor will help you release deeply stored stress in the system by combining yoga poses with pranayama and meditation. Pranayamas are powerful breathing techniques that help lower cortisol levels, relaxing the body and mind. Meditation helps in reducing stress, anxiety and boosts your immune system and body functionality.
Private yoga sessions for PCOS are available with one of Pulling Down the Moon’s certified yoga instructors. Your yoga instructor will guide you through the best poses for your specific needs and help you in understanding why they are important for your health and fertility.
If you have been diagnosed with PCOS or suspect you are suffering from this disorder and would like to learn more about the PCOS treatments offered by Pulling Down the Moon – Chicago, please contact us at 312.321.0004. We are happy to discuss your symptoms and develop a treatment plan that would fit your needs. At this time, Pulling Down the Moon – Rockville, is not offering a PCOS Passport. However, if you are interested in getting treatment for PCOS, this location offers PCOS massage and Firstline Therapy for Fertility (FLTF) Nutrition Consultations with a focus on PCOS. To discuss treatment options for PCOS at Pulling Down the Moon – Rockville, please contact us at 301.610.7755.