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  • Writer's pictureDr. H. Singh, ND

Unlocking the Power of Acupuncture: A Holistic Approach to PCOS and Fertility



Hello to all of the fertility warriors!


Let's dive deeper into the world of acupuncture, that mystical yet grounded practice that might just hold the keys to easing the complexities of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). We’ve already celebrated its ability to navigate hormone chaos, but let’s uncover the superhero mechanisms behind its magic.


I always love sharing more detailed information on how complementary and alternative medicine can support our reproductive goals. So instead of just focusing on the 'what' acupuncture can do I want to discuss 'how' it can help achieve some of the wonderul benefits obserted in clinical research.


Improving Androgen hormone levels


Picture this: your body’s bustling with androgens, those mischievous hormones throwing a wrench in your PCOS journey. Acupuncture steps in, directing the spotlight on the aromatase enzyme. Aromatase is an important enzyme responsible for converting androgen hormones into a more manageable hormone: estrogen. So, those hormonal rollercoasters? Acupuncture can help to steady the ride.


Normalizing Anti-mulletian hormone levels


Another challenge for regulating problematic symptoms arising from PCOS is related to eleavted levels of Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH). AMH can inhibit follicle maturation and can therefore prevent ovulation. Acupuncture seems to help normalize AMH levels in Patients with PCOS, returning balance to the follicle maturation process and the ovulatory cycle.


Helping to Reduce Inflammation


Another challenge with PCOS is the chronic low grade inflammation it can cause. Acupuncture can act as an excellent troubleshooter for this. Like a cool breeze on a hot summer day to help ease the heat, acupuncture appears to suppress the production of several mediators for inflammation.


Improving Insulin Resistance


Glucose is transported in to the cells of your body by the action of the GLUT4 transporter. Insulin is the hormone responsible for communicating with the GLUT4 transporter to help move glucose from the blood in to the tissue. And acupuncture seems to exert a gentle persuasion, to enhance the communication between insulin and the GLUT4 receptors again, helping to increase insulin sensitivity, thereby reducing insulin resistance.


Modulating levels of Beta Endorphins


But it doesn’t stop there. Acupuncture, the holistic maestro, also has a way of influencing levels of beta endorphins. These little powerhouses can affect a whole orchestra of other hormones—like FSH, LH, estrogen, and progesterone. Like a domino effect, shifting levels of beta endorphins can help to imporve balance of other reproductive hormones.


So, how does acupuncture orchestrate all this? The tiny needles? They're like messengers, tapping into your body’s inner intelligence, guiding it back to a more harmonious state. And the best part? It can be a Zen-like experience, a moment for you to relax, breathe or even nap while these needles quietly work their magic.


Remember, this isn’t about replacing conventional medicine—it’s about adding another catalyst to improve your fertility journey. Acupuncture can complement your existing treatments, may enhance their effects, making your fertility journey smoother.


So if you have been struggling with PCOS and infertility, you should strongly consider incorportating acupuncture in to your fertility treatment. It might just be that missing puzzle piece you’ve been searching for!


This article is being shared as educational content and is in no way a replacement for medical advice or medical care, it is advised that anyone concerned about their Health should speak with their Naturopathic Doctor. Please discuss with your healthcare provider and only make changes to your medications regimen if recommended by your doctor and under their guidance and supervision.


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