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Acupuncture aids more than back pain

July 1, 2009 by  

Studies are beginning to reveal that the practice of acupuncture eases some forms of back pain and new testing indicates that it may also help women suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

A research team at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, applied electro-acupuncture treatments to a group of women with PCOS and compared the results to another cluster of patients who were told to simply exercise.

Women who have PCOS generally experience higher levels of androgens like testosterone in their blood, ovarian cysts and irregular menstrual cycles.

Those who were treated with acupuncture on three pressure points that are believed to affect the ovaries had decreased testosterone levels, more normal menstrual cycles and smaller waist circumference.

Meanwhile, the group that completed regular exercise experienced weight loss and lower body mass index.

From these results, Dr. Elisabet Stener-Victorin concluded that "low-frequency electro-acupuncture and exercise decrease sympathetic nerve activity in women with PCOS." She further explained that this "indicates a possible alternative non-pharmacologic approach to reduce cardiovascular risk in these patients."

According to the study, a new effective treatment for PCOS could be a combination of both exercise and electro-acupuncture therapies. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19241820-ADNFCR

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  • Toby

    Vitamin D has been shown to be a cause of muscle weakness that leads to low back pain. Many find D helps their aches and pains. Amazingly it has also been shown to correct the infertility seen in women with polycystic ovarian disease. That data was generated many years ago but forgotten as no one can make any money out of it. there are also studies showing that vitamin D deficiency seriously impairs fertility, but you wont find any of those expensive IVF clinics checking for vitamin D deficiency?
    Good summaries of the information to be found on

    • http://no Brian Rawls

      There is no money to be made be advising someone to take vitamin d. lol

  • jitesh

    Dear friends,
    How to reduce weight, I am suffring from Hypothyrodisum seince last 10 years. with 80Kg/cm2 weiht. T3; T4 and TSH test are normal

  • martin

    Dear Jitesh,

    The normal values for the tests you mentioned are always too broad and they miss millions of Americans with undiagnosed hypothyroidism. They also don’t take into account “thyroid resistance syndrome” and other peripheral thyroid metabolism deficiencies, under conversion of T4 to T3 and the individual metabolic differences between patients. Difficulty loosing weight is one of several symptoms of hypothyroidism but just fosusing on weight loss only ignores much more serious problems that can result from thyroid dysfunction including heart disease, poor mental function, depression etc.

    Please see books and articles by Dr. Brownstein, MD. Over 90 % of my patients have mild to moderate thyroid dysfunction with “normal” lab work and when treated, experience remarkable and life changing health improvements. If you find a knowledgeable physician the is willing to treat you, request that he treat you with natural thyroid such as Naturethroid, iodine supplementation, adrenal support if necessary and is also willing to look at the sex hormones.

    Good Luck,

    Dr. M


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