Chinese Medicine Treatment And Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Many people choose to turn to Chinese medicine treatment for a variety of health concerns. In some cases, western medicine can be invasive, and medications can be harmful to the body and/or are not meant to be used for a long time. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, also called PCOS, is a condition that many women have and choose to use Chinese medicine treatment either by itself or alongside traditional medical treatments.
One of the most popular and most available Chinese medicine treatments for PCOS is a herb known as Dong Quai. Because PCOS is a chronic (recurring and/or long-term) condition, some people believe that it can be treated herbally. Herbs tend to be much more gently on the body than synthetic drugs are. Herbs are also generally able to be used for longer time periods, while many medications are not indicated for long-term or repeated use. Dong Quai is a Chinese herb, and has even been referred to as a “female ginseng.” Dong Quai can be used for longer periods of time. Dong Quai helps the endocrine system as well as the liver. Dong Quai is thought to help also with irregular menstruation, Premenstrual Syndrome, and other female problems.
Another herbal treatment for PCOS, while not necessarily Chinese, is Chasteberry. Chasteberry, also known as Vitex and Angus Castus, is an herb commonly used for treating PCOS. This is because this particular herb has an immediate effect on the pituitary gland; the pituitary gland is responsible for hormone production, which is at the root of many of the symptoms of PCOS, such as weight gain and unwanted hair growth or hair loss. Some people believe that chasteberry is what is known as an “adaptive herb.” An adaptive herb is one which does whatever the body needs it to do.
Other herbal treatments for PCOS include evening primrose, black cohosh, and saw palmetto. Evening primrose is used to help with PMS, as well as with skin problems. It is thought to help women who have irregular menstrual cycles as well. Some think that evening primrose oil will aid with cholesterol problems, blood pressure problems, and heart disease. Black cohosh is also used for PMS, amenorrhea, and irregular menstruation. Saw Palmetto is another herb that is sometimes used, and it is an anti-androgen, which means that it will fight many of the symptoms and side-effects of PCOS.
In addition, Chinese medical treatments, such as acupressure and acupuncture, may also be used to treat the symptoms of PCOS. While there are not specific points that deal with a specific disease such as PCOS, there are points that can deal with things like hair loss, weight gain, and problems with menstruation.