Acupuncture is commonly used for a variety of gynaecological conditions. It is often employed more specifically to help women with conditions related to hormone imbalance such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, painful periods and menopausal symptoms.
POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME (PCOS)
PCOS is the most common hormonal disorder among women of reproductive age and is a common cause of infertility.
Recent clinical trials on the use of acupuncture for women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, published in the American Journal of Physiology (Research here) demonstrated that women having acupuncture experienced a greater increase in ovulation frequency (compared to those who met with a physical therapist). The study also revealed that acupuncture treatment was associated with a significantly greater decrease in levels of some sex hormones which are found to play a key role in the development of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.
The onset of peri-menopause may occur years prior to menopause and is related to a decrease in oestrogen production by the ovaries.
Indications of peri-menopause include hot flushes, fatigue, increased premenstrual syndrome (PMS), irregular menstrual cycles, insomnia, vaginal dryness, decreased libido, mood swings, anxiety, and breast tenderness.
Recent research in the Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science (Research here) suggests that acupuncture can benefit peri-menopausal women by:
increasing estrogen levels
decreasing levels of Follicular Stimulating Hormones (FSH) and Luteinizing Hormones (LH)
increasing estrogen receptor protein expression
inhibiting Gonadotropic-releasing Hormones (GnRH)
- transforming androgen into oestrogen
BE WELL LONDON COOKING WORKSHOP COMING UP!!!
29 July, 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Hormone regulation can be very effectively supported through diet, no matter what stage of life cycle you are in - from puberty to menopause.
In this workshop we will demonstrate simple ways to balance your hormones through diet. We will be looking at optimising the function of different types of hormones, including: the adrenals, for stress response, thyroid hormones, which regulate the speed of metabolism, and sex hormones, such as oestrogen and testosterone.
We will make simple and tasty recipes to show you how to get the right amount of fibre and also demonstrate ways that plant compounds, which are particularly supportive and protective for hormone regulation, can be incorporated into your daily diet.