Friday, March 11, 2011

Acupuncture helps polycystic ovarian syndrome

Undergoing acupuncture may help women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), according to a recent studyAmerican Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism. from the
For the study, researchers assigned 84 PCOS patients to 16 weeks of acupuncture, exercise, or no treatment. Members of the acupuncture group were given treatments in which the needles were stimulated both manually and with a weak electric current (a technique called "electro-acupuncture"), while members of the exercise group worked out at least three times a week. Study results showed that both acupuncture and exercise improved hormone levels and led to more regular menstruation.
The most common hormonal disorder for women of childbearing age, PCOS is marked by abnormally high levels of male hormones. In past research, scientists have found that certain Chinese herbs and medicinal mushrooms may also help enhance hormone health in PCOS patients.

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