PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition most often characterized by irregular menstrual periods, excess hair growth and obesity, but it can affect women in different ways. Irregular or heavy periods may signal the condition in adolescence, or PCOS may become apparent later when a woman has difficulty becoming pregnant.
An increase in androgen hormone production causes PCOS. In women with increased body mass, elevated androgen production may come from stimulation by higher levels of insulin. In lean women, the elevated levels of androgen may be stimulated by a higher ratio of luteinizing hormone (LH). Lack of menstruation (amenorrhea) or irregular periods are common symptoms in women with PCOS.
In PCOS, increased androgen production prevents the follicles of the ovaries from producing a mature egg. Small follicles that start to grow but can't mature to ovulation remain within the ovary. A persistent lack of ovulation may lead to mild enlargement of the ovaries.
Without ovulation, the hormone progesterone is not produced and estrogen levels remain constant. Elevated levels of androgen may cause increased dark or thick hair on the chin, upper lip or lower abdomen as well as acne and oily skin.
Acupuncture has shown promising results in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome in regulating their periods. Almost all women suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome who subscribed to acupuncture had their periods regulated in a study conducted. It has also helped women lose weight and relieve headaches in the long run leading to a calmer and stable mind.
It is because of this variation of presentation from one individual to another that there are no specific homeopathic remedies for the treatment of this condition. However, that does not mean to say PCOS does not respond to homeopathy, in fact quite the contrary. The single factor that does remain constant though is that all cases of PCOS require constitutional homeopathic treatment.
Constitutional treatment requires a remedy that has been selected to treat the individual based on the entire case. This does not just include the period symptom but all of the general facts about you; your personality, food likes and dislikes, weather/season likes and dislikes, sleep patterns and body temperature amongst others. Once selected the appropriate remedy is often prescribed in a very short dosage programme - this acts like a short sharp shock to the body's energy system in order to get it vibrating at the right frequency which equates to health. Follow ups, to assess the result of the treatment, are usually carried out four to five weeks later.