PCOS is the most common female endocrine disorder. Up to one-third of women in the UK have polycystic ovaries (10 or more follicles per ovary detected on ultrasound), and around a third of these are thought to have the syndrome.
PCOS is characterised by infrequent or very light menstruation, infertility (failure to conceive), acne and hirsutism (excessive hair growth).
Research has shown that acupuncture treatment may specifically help with symptoms of PCOS by:
Regulating hormones such as FSH, LH, androgens, testosterone and beta-endorphins
Affecting the sympathetic nervous system and improving ovarian blood flow
Regulating steroid hormone/peptide receptors
Controlling hyperglycaemia by increasing sensitivity to insulin and decreasing levels of blood glucose and insulin
Acting on areas of the brain that reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation and deactivating the part of the brain which is responsible for anxiety and worry
Increasing the release of adenosine, thus reducing inflammation, by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors.
Facial enhancement acupuncture: I came to Natalie for facial acupuncture as I had read great good things about it. I wanted to do something about the lines around my eyes and above my top lip but I didn't want to resort to surgery. The lines on my face have definitely improved and I am really pleased with the results. My friends keep telling me that I look really healthy!
Anxiety: Before I came to Natalie for acupuncture, I suffered with anxiety the whole of my adult life. It affected every part of my life, even to the point where I had to stop driving because of it. After a few sessions, I noticed I felt much less anxious and stressed...now I hardly notice it at all. It has changed my life.
Fertility: I am convinced that coming to Natalie for acupuncture helped us conceive. We had had 3 failed IVF cycles and then I started coming to Natalie for acupuncture and reflexology before my 4th attempt and that was the one that worked! It helped enormously with my stress levels during pregnancy too.
Migraines: I have suffered from migraines for about 7 years. They come on suddenly and I just have to go to bed for 2 days when it happens. I was desperate for something to help and my friend suggested acupuncture as she had been to Natalie before. After a few weeks the migraines were less frequent and less severe. Now I haven't had a migraine for about a year.