Acupuncture and Herbs and PCOS

PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) is a disorder that is well described in terms of clinical symptoms but poorly understood in terms of cause. Given the lack of western medicine treatments for this syndrome (other than insulin lowering medication) there is a lot of interest in exploring therapies such as acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. The effect of these on reducing blood sugar, insulin and testosterone levels and obesity, and increasing ovulation frequency has been studied in the trials listed here, as has the effect of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine on IVF outcomes and OHSS (ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome) in PCOS patients. We have included trials examining the effect of acupuncture on obesity and metabolic syndrome here, since many PCOS patients have similar clinical presentation.

To comply with AHPRA advertising guidelines we have removed our plain English summaries, the abstracts and PDFs of these trials. Please feel free to contact us if you would like any information about any research papers listed here.