ACUPUNCTURE, HERBS AND PCOS: Autonomic nervous system activation mediates the increase in whole-body glucose uptake in response to electroacupuncture

Foundation of American Experimental Biology Journal

 

Applying just one session of low frequency electroacupuncture has been shown to reduce blood sugar in overweight women with PCOS. This adds to the mounting evidence we have that indicates that electroacupuncture is a valid and desirable treatment option for PCOS patients trying to improve their ovary function and fertility.

 

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Herbal Medicines for Treating Metabolic Syndrome: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials

Jang et al, Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2016;2016:5936402

Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

 

One of the main concerns with PCOS is elevated insulin levels and abdominal obesity.  A reduction in these is correlated with better ovary function in patients with PCOS.

This review examined the effect of Chinese herbs on such parameters and concluded that they were an effective treatment.

 

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Effectiveness of acupuncture in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome undergoing in vitro fertilisation or intracytoplasmic sperm injection: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Junyoung Jo and  Yoon Jae Lee, 2017 Jun;35(3):162-170.

British Medical Journal; Acupuncture in Medicine

 

A review of randomised and controlled trials that examined the effect of acupuncture on 430 PCOS patients undergoing IVF, indicates that acupuncture (both electro acupuncture and manual acupuncture) improved pregnancy rates and reduced the risk of OHSS. Acupuncture was delivered only during the IVF cycle and did not improve live birth outcomes in this review.

 

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Effectiveness of Abdominal Acupuncture for Patients with Obesity-Type Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: A Randomized Controlled Trial

 Zheng YH et al, 2013 Sep;19(9):740-5. 

Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine

A comparison of the efficacy of Metformin or acupuncture over a period of 6 months indicated that while both acupuncture and Metformin were effective in improving the endocrine and metabolic function of PCOS patients,  acupuncture was more effective in improving menstrual frequency and BMI.

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Acupuncture for ovulation induction in polycystic ovary syndrome: A randomized controlled trial.

 Johansson J et al, Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2013 May 1;304(9):E934-43
American Journal of Physiology – Endocrinology and Metabolism 

 

This trial showed that repeated acupuncture treatments increased ovulation frequency in PCOS patients and abnormally high ovarian and adrenal hormone levels were reduced.

 

 

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Effects of acupuncture on the outcome of in vitro fertilisation and intracytoplasmic sperm injection in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Rashidi BH et al, 2013 Jun;31(2):151-6.

Acupuncture in Medicine

This randomly controlled trial involving 62 women with PCOS using IVF, showed better quality embryos in the women receiving acupuncture but there was no difference found in pregnancy rates.

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A systematic review on use of Chinese medicine and acupuncture for treatment of obesity

 

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Effects of Yangling Zhongyu Decoction on the secretion of ovarian granule cells in polycystic ovarian syndrome rat model

 

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True and Sham Acupuncture Produced Similar Frequency of Ovulation and Improved LH to FSH Ratios in Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

 

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The physiological basis of complementary and alternative medicines for polycystic ovary syndrome

 

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Impact of EA and physical exercise on hyperandrogenism and oligo/amenorrhea in women with PCOS.

 

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Intense electroacupuncture normalizes insulin sensitivity, increases muscle GLUT4 content, and improves lipid profile in a rat model of polycystic ovary syndrome

 

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