In the United States, 1 in every 10 women is diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) each year. This makes PCOS the most commonly diagnosed female reproductive condition in that country. Extremely light to very serious menses, irregular menstruation, less frequent menstrual cycles, and secondary amenorrhea are some of the symptoms of this disease. Besides those, male sex characteristics may also develop including hair thinning on the head, abundant body hair, enlargement of the clitoris, deepening of the voice, and decreased breast size. Moreover, skin changes may also occur including creases around the breasts, neck, groin, and the armpits because of insulin sensitivity.
Hormonal imbalance is the reason for the development of PCOS. Progesterone and estrogen are the two primary hormones women possess. These two play very important roles in the menstrual cycle of a woman. Besides them, there is also a male hormone that females carry. This hormone is called the androgen hormone. When there is too much androgen in a woman’s body PCOS can develop. An imbalance of hormones usually becomes frequent and all too common for women 20 to 30 years of age and this often results in PCOS. Infertility may be the outcome when PCOS is not promptly treated.
Chinese herbs and acupuncture in Tarzana are holistic drug-free therapies that can be of help when striving to restore balance to the hormones. PCOS is seen by a licensed acupuncturist to be either the result of Kidney Yin or Yang deficiency or both although usually Kidney Yang deficiency is diagnosed for this condition. A deficiency in Kidney Yan causes the transformation of phlegm and dampness to fail. Excess dampness and phlegm are the symptoms of this disharmony that may lead to the development of cysts. Blood and liver qi stasis can also arise in a Kidney Yan deficiency. If a Kidney yin deficiency is diagnosed, this will result in chronic blood and qi stasis, leading to transformation failure of phlegm and dampness causing the development of cysts.