Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is well treated with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), but it is not resolved quickly. This is because Internal Dampness is a main contributing factor, and takes some time to address fully. PCOS is a complicated condition that takes some study to address utilizing natural herbal therapy.
In Chinese medicine there is not a specific endocrine system; rather, hormonal imbalances are attributed to Liver-Kidney energetic organ system imbalances or insufficiency. The earliest stages of PCOS with irregular menstruation and symptoms of PMS may be attributed to Liver Qi Stagnation, as the Liver stores the menstrual blood and is the basis of energetic Qi circulation; stagnation of Qi would result all types of menstrual irregularities and PCOS with breast tenderness, especially around menstruation. You may also see acne, increased facial hair, or male pattern-type baldness with this pattern of PCOS according to TCM.
Spleen Imbalances and PCOS
One type of PCOS is due to Spleen imbalances according to TCM. Improper diet and the Liver overacting on the Spleen are common causes of Spleen imbalances. Fatigue, insulin resistance, unstable blood sugar, a body mass index over 25, or weight gain would be indications of Spleen Qi-type PCOS. Internal Dampness can develop with Spleen Qi Deficiency may be indicated with vaginal discharges, development of large fluid filled cysts, and a heavy feeling in the body. Additionally, PMS pains that are deep, achy, and relieved with pressure or heat would indicate Internal Cold-Damp accumulations.
Damp-Heat and PCOS
If Liver Qi Stagnation is allowed to worsen without proper treatment, the Liver will heat up and combine with the Internal Dampness creating Damp-Heat. PCOS with vaginal discharges that are yellow to orange, marked with blood, or have a strong odor would be indications of Damp-Heat.
Essence-Jing Deficiency and PCOS
The Kidneys store the Ancestral Essence, or Jing, according to Chinese medicine. Essence is also the origin of menstrual Blood in TCM, and allows for reproduction. Weak Kidney Qi or Jing can lead to scanty periods, watery menstrual blood, and tiredness. A genetic predisposition to reproductive issues would also point to Essence Deficiency; Essence imbalances often suggest a familial component to PCOS which would be seen with women who's mothers had insulin resistance or blood sugar problems when she was pregnant.
Qi and Blood Stagnation and PCOS
Because the Liver controls the free flow of Qi throughout the body, Liver Qi Stagnation can lead to Qi Stagnation in the Lower Jiao. Where Qi goes Blood goes, so long standing Qi Stagnation can form in to Blood Stagnation. Additionally, accumulating Internal Dampness will block the free flow of Qi and is common with PCOS. Blood Stagnation is indicated with sharp, fixed pain.
Infertility and PCOS and Chinese Medicine
The Conception Vessel is an Extraordinary acupuncture channel that runs midline along the front of the body. Internal Dampness can cause blockages of this meridian leading to reproductive imbalances.
Those actively trying to conceive would only be able to take the appropriate formulas during the first half of their cycle; this course of treatment would be unrealistic because it would take so long. Taking a break from trying to conceive, while taking the herbs full time makes much more sense.