Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affects the reproductive system of a woman whereby the ovarian cyst develop in the ovaries. The ovarian cyst make the ovary enlarge while influencing the release of hormones causing serious imbalance. The hormones released lead to presence of some male characteristics in a woman such as hair growth on the face, while causing other disturbing issues in a woman’s reproductive system. The cause of polycystic ovary syndrome is not well known but doctors have attributed some common factors to the occurrence of the condition.
Causes of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Excess Insulin Production
Excess insulin production in the pancreas can lead to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) in a woman. Increased production of insulin occurs when the body cells are unable to consume the glucose available prompting the pancreas to release more insulin.
While facilitating this vital function, increased levels of insulin stimulates the ovaries to produce more androgen hormone whose high levels are required in men. A surge in androgen block the ability of the ovaries to ovulate hence no mature egg is released. In addition, increased androgen results to other undesirable symptoms such as hair growth on the face of a woman which is a male characteristic.
Low grade inflammation has been found to cause Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Inflammation is a response through which the white blood cells present in the body fights against disease causing organisms. When a woman has low grade inflammation the ovaries are stimulated to produce high levels of androgen that hinders the normal functioning of the ovaries. This leads to development of ovarian cyst leading to enlargement of the ovaries among other symptoms.
Polycystic ovary syndrome can be passed genetically from a parent to the siblings. In this case, the Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) becomes a hereditary ailment that can be traced in the family line. If a woman has a history where either her mother or sister has suffered from this condition, one should seek medical help for early diagnosis and treatment of the condition before complications sets in.
Common Symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
Menstrual Cycle Issues
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) leads to various menstrual cycle issues, irregular periods that are hard to ignore. Due to hormonal imbalance, the woman experience changes in the menstrual cycle that manifests in delayed menses, irregular periods or frequent menses with some coming after a short span of even two weeks. This makes a woman who has been experiencing regular period to suddenly start having irregular periods and the person may experience increased frequency of irregular periods if the condition is not effectively treated.
Marked Weight Gain
Weight gain may be experienced due to changes in diet or lack of exercises. However, marked weight gain that amounts to obesity is a cause of alarm as it can be a symptom of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This abnormal weight gain happens without the presence of other factors that can lead to obesity. This occurs as a result of the body’s reaction to the sudden changes brought about by the presence of ovarian cyst in the ovaries. On how to lose weight, it should be noted that not every woman suffering from this condition will experience abnormal weight gain though.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) leads to stimulation of the ovaries to produce high levels of androgen hormone. This hormone leads to growth of hair on the face, chest and back, a phenomenon that is not normal in females.
Infertility is one of the symptoms that occur in almost every woman suffering from polycystic ovary disease. The androgen hormone produced in the ovary plus the presence of the cysts blocks the occurrence of ovulation hence infertility.
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Natural Treatment of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome using Traditional Chinese Therapy
Chinese medicine regards most ailment as a process of energy imbalances in the body. Using ancient Chinese herb ‘mugwort’, Moxibustion is a 3,000 years old traditional therapy which uses heat stimulation on various acupuncture points to achieve an activated energy flow (qi) throughout the meridians of the body. Essentially, the therapy “unblocks” the flow of qi (life energy) through the pathways in the body.
Moxibustion therapy is among the ancient Chinese traditional treatment for various ailments such as menstrual cramps, insomnia and ovary related issues such as ovarian cyst, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) . The therapy is carried out by the use of moxi stick that is pressed on the targeted acupuncture pressure points of the body to stimulate sufficient blood circulation.
In the treatment of ovary related health issues, this therapy is effective as the moxa stick is pressed around the lower abdomen stimulating adequate blood flow into the ovaries. This leads to cleansing of the ovaries supplying them with the required amounts of hormones and nutrients to function well. This also helps in toxins removal and adequate blood circulation in the ovaries hence healing. Other benefits include improving the blood circulation, increasing the immune system of the body which had showed signs of frailty and weakness.
Overall, moxibustion treatment is effective for arthritis related conditions: rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and other ailments such as kidney issues, vertebral conditions related to neck, shoulder pain, migraine and tension headache.
Chinese herbal treatment can be used along with moxibustion therapy. Herbal medicine should be prescribed to boost the supply of oestrogen and progesterone other than androgen. In addition, if the insulin levels are high, herbal treatment should be provided to reduce insulin levels in the blood hence low androgen levels.
In order to enhance the natural therapy, ovarian maintenance is performed through massage using essential oils and juice derived from natural herbs. The traditional Chinese treatment for ovary related health issues is targeted at various acupuncture pressure points related to infertility and improve circulation of bodily functions. The therapy also facilitates to restore vitality of the ovary.