Chinese Medicine for PCOS: Does it Work?

Sep 07, 2023
misc image
Chinese Medicine for PCOS: Does it Work?

Affecting millions of people worldwide, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a group of symptoms that can cause distress and affect the daily activities of females who have this condition. The cause of PCOS is still not well understood, but it is being considered a result of a complex relationship between genetics, the endocrine system, and the reproductive system. PCOS is characterized by elevated androgen levels, irregular menstrual cycles, and the presence of ovarian cysts.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are generally three types of PCOS:

Modern treatments are available. However, in recent studies, many individuals are now considering alternative solutions that address the root causes of PCOS to shorten the course of the condition and also to avoid the risks of modern drug side effects. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), although has been present for thousands of years, has regained attention for its ability to offer effective treatment for PCOS symptoms because of its holistic approach. 

Herbs combined with acupuncture have shown effective results in treating PCOS. Herbal medication for PCOS is not a one-size-fits-all. The combination of herbs recommended to be taken will depend on your symptoms and current condition. That is why it's advisable to consult an expert when taking these medications for optimum results and to avoid complications. What can acupuncture and herbal medication do to help you deal with PCOS?

  • Clearing excess dampness on the reproductive system to facilitate regular menstrual flow
  • Invigorate the blood
  • Stimulate ovulation with improved egg cell quality
  • Modulate the dysregulation of hormones
  • Relieve chronic stress to indirectly address other symptoms such as difficulty sleeping and anxiety to improve both physical and mental health

In PCOS and almost all other conditions, food is part of the treatment. Generally, a well-balanced diet rich in protein and fiber and avoidance of sweets and caffeine is recommended for those with PCOS. In particular situations such as those with the deficient type of PCOS, they are recommended to focus on consuming warm slow-cooked meals. For those with the damp or phlegmy type of PCOS, increasing your daily protein intake and spicing up your meals is ideal. Just be careful with consuming chili. Lastly, those with inflamed-type PCOS are recommended to drink plenty of fluids and to keep their skin hydrated.

In NYC Acupuncture + Wellness, treatment plans are custom-made for each patient based on their symptoms, history, and their goals. If you want to start your wellness journey, book an appointment by contacting (646) 883-8321



Shen, W., Jin, B., Pan, Y., Han, Y., You, T., Zhang, Z., Qu, Y., Liu, S., & Zhang, Y. (2021). The Effects of Traditional Chinese Medicine-Associated Complementary and Alternative Medicine on Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM2021, 6619597. https://doi.org/10.1155/2021/6619597