The study published in the American Journal of Physiology – Endocrinology and Metabolism found that four months of acupuncture treatment reduced the levels of testosterone in women with PCOS by 25 percent.
The study shows that both acupuncture and exercise reduce high levels of testosterone and lead to more regular menstruation. Of the two treatments, the acupuncture proved more effective.
Acupuncture combined with frequent physical activity is key to reducing hormonal imbalances in women suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) according to the University of Gothenberg, Sweden.
The symptoms of PCOS are: irregular or no ovulation/menstruation and ovaries full of immature eggs. Other symptoms include low energy, extra body/facial hair, fairly overweight and high insulin and blood sugar. They also have high-elevated levels of testosterone.
Groups separately treated with exercise or acupuncture both experienced improvements in weight, testosterone levels, acne and menstrual regularity, according to the study.
Evidence being presented this weekend at the largest UK acupuncture research forum, the ARRC Symposium, will highlight the benefits of acupuncture to reduce the severity and frequency of hot flushes in postmenopausal women.
The results of the Acuflash study, completed in 2009, conclude that acupuncture can contribute to a clinically relevant reduction in hot flashes and increased health-related quality of life.
In the study, carried out by The National Research Center in Alternative and Complementary Medicine, University of Tromsø, Norway, women reported a reduction in frequency and intensity of hot flashes both by night and by day having used acupuncture for 12 weeks.
Hot flash frequency and intensity were both reported to be improved, in addition to the “side effect” of better sleep! : )
The New England School of Acupuncture in Newton today said it was awarded a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to finance a clinical trial focused on the use of acupuncture in the treatment of Gulf War Illness.Continue reading