Extremely Interesting PCOS/Acupuncture study

A Swedish/Italian controlled study from the Biology of Reproduction Journal, (date): involved inducing a state of poly cystic ovaries in rats, with injections of estradiol valerate. Increased activity of the sympathetic nervous system resulted, followed by increased concentrations of nerve growth factor in ovaries, and the adrenal glands. Within 60 days the rats developed polycystic ovariess. The control group received no therapy and maintained features of PCOS. Those treated with acupuncture showed a reduction in the hyperactivity of the ovarian peripheral sympathetic nerve fibers, reduction of the increased nerve growth factor concentrations within the ovaries to normal and reduced the weight of the poly cystic ovaries. This group of doctors then set out with the aim of reproducing similar results in women with PCOS. The study concluded, “We have shown that repeated electroacupuncture treatments restore regular ovulations in the anovulatory women with PCOS. In addition, acupuncture influenced neruoendocrine and endocrine parameters indicative of PCOS, such as LH/FSH ratios, mean testosterone concentrations, and beta-endorphin concentrations, which reduced significantly.”

This study illustrates the hormonal origin of this disease process, and the fact that it can be induced artificially. The induction of this hormonal trauma produces a physiologic state of stress which raises the activity of the sympathetic nervous system, producing a disease syndrome. Acupuncture treatments were effective at resolving this pathologic process because it reduces the level of hypersympathetic nervous system response, relaxing the whole neuroendocrine system.

Source: http://www.easternharmonyclinic.com/medart/marl06.html

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2 Comments»

  Kim wrote @

This is interesting. How do you find an acupuncturist that knows how to do the right things for PCOS though?

I guess…how do you find one at all?

  Kim Bonsteel wrote @

“relaxing the whole neuroendocrine system” can be an effect of acupuncture, and there are acupuncturists who are doing nothing but releasing endorphins into the body. But that’s not all acupuncture is capable of. Matter and energy are really the same thing, yes? Einstein said that matter tells space how to curve, and space tells matter how to move. There is an energetic blueprint or template, if you will, that informs the human body how to be. When the template becomes distorted, the tissues become distorted in form or function or both. Restore the energetic template, and the tissues MUST come in line with it, given the nutritive raw materials that are needed. (Leaving aside the issue of the template being exhausted or damaged beyond repair.) This is the real “secret” of acupuncture, not merely calming the sympathetic and engaging the parasympathetic nervous system.


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