Acupuncture for Polycystic Ovaries (PCOS)
Polycystic ovaries is a hormonal condition where a there are multiple ovarian cysts that have formed on the ovary. These cysts are partial follicles. Although up to 30% of women may have polycystic ovaries not all would be considered to have PCOS. PCOS is also associated with other effects such as high levels of androgens (male hormones) and high levels of insulin (insulin resistance. Women may seek out acupuncture for PCOS. For some PCOS only becomes apparent when there is weight gain. The loss of 5-10% of weight can lead to health benefits. Other management for PCOS can include the use of diet and exercise and pharmaceutical interventions
Acupuncture for PCOS and Weight Loss
A new study published this month in the Journal of Alternative Complementary Medicine indicates that not only can abdominal acupuncture can help PCOS by providing assistance with menstrual regulation in those with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome but also acupuncture can help with weight loss and reduce BMI and Waist to Hip ratio. We have included the extract for this study of acupuncture for obesity and weight loss in PCOS below.
Effectiveness of Abdominal Acupuncture for Patients with Obesity-Type Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: A Randomized Controlled Trial.
Zheng YH, Wang XH, Lai MH, Yao H, Liu H, Ma HX.
First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical College , Guangzhou, China .
Abstract Objective: To assess the effectiveness of abdominal acupuncture at the endocrine and metabolic level in patients with obesity-type polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Methods: Eighty-six women from the First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical College with a diagnosis of PCOS (body-mass index [BMI] ≥25 kg/m2) were randomly assigned to receive 6 months of abdominal acupuncture (once a day) or oral metformin (250 mg three times daily in the first week, followed by 500 mg three times daily thereafter). BMI, waist-to-hip ratio (WHR), ovarian volume, menstrual frequency, homeostasis model assessment for insulin resistance (HOMA-IR), and Ferriman-Gallwey score were measured at the beginning of the study and after 6 months of treatment. Luteotrophic hormone (LH), testosterone, follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), fasting blood glucose, 2-hour Postprandial blood glucose, fasting insulin, 2-hour postprandial blood insulin, total cholesterol, triglycerides, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) were also assessed.
Results: According to the results at baseline and 6 months, BMI, WHR, Ferriman-Gallwey score, ovarian volume, luteotrophic hormone, ratio of luteotrophic hormone to follicle-stimulating hormone, testosterone, LDL-C, triglycerides, total cholesterol, fasting blood glucose, 2-hour postprandial blood glucose, fasting insulin, 2-hour postprandial blood insulin, and HOMA-IR were reduced significantly in the two groups (p<0.05). Menstrual frequency and HDL-C (p<0.05) increased significantly in both groups; follicle-stimulating hormone also increased in both groups, but the change was not significant (p>0.05). The acupuncture group showed considerable advantages over the metformin group in terms of reduced BMI and WHR and increases in menstrual frequency (p<0.05).
Conclusion: Abdominal acupuncture and metformin improved the endocrine and metabolic function of patients with obesity-type PCOS. Abdominal acupuncture may be more effective in improving menstrual frequency, BMI, and WHR, with few adverse effects.
Acupuncture For PCOS Weightloss - Summary
Although this study present a positive outcome of acupuncture for weight loss in PCOS it is important that in order to assess whether Acupuncture should be recommended for PCOS a broader body of evidence with multiple high quality trials showing same or similar results is required.
The article is for informational purposes only and is not to be considered health advice. Readers are advised to contact their Chinese medicine practitioner or treating health care provider for advice specific to their circumstances.
Zheng, Y., Wang, X., Lai, M., Yao, H., Liu, H. and Ma, H. (2013). Effectiveness of Abdominal Acupuncture for Patients with Obesity-Type Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: A Randomized Controlled Trial. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 19(9), pp.740-745.
Betterhealth.vic.gov.au. (2018). Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). [online] Available at: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/polycystic-ovarian-syndrome-pcos [Accessed 17 May 2013].