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Women with PCOS are unable to produce normal insulin levels. Instead, their bodies over-produce insulin to maintain a normal blood sugar level. This frequently leads to increased androgen productions and weight gain.

Acupuncture can help to regulate fat metabolism with the outcome of significantly reducing body weight and weight-hip circumference. A study done in 2012 showed that chinese medicine and acupuncture were more effective than placebo or lifestyle modification in reducing body weight. They had a similar efficacy as the Western anti-obesity drugs but with fewer reported adverse effects.

In 2008, Wang et al published an article stating evidence from a rat experiment that low frequency electroacupuncture for 30 minutes produced a significant reduction of both food intake and the body weight. High frequency electroacupuncture is also able to reduce of plasma levels of total cholesterol and triglycerides. An open trial in 16 over-weighted persons showed that acupuncture 3 times a week for 4 weeks produced a steady and significant decrease of body weight.

Sources:

  1. A systematic review on use of Chinese medicine and acupuncture for treatment of obesity. Obes Rev. 2012 May;13(5):409-30. Sui Y, Zhao HL, Wong VC, Brown N, Li XL, Kwan AK, Hui HL, Ziea ET, Chan JC.
  2. Wang F, Tian DR, Han JS. Electroacupuncture in the treatment of obesity. Neurochem Res. 2008; 33: 2023 – 2027.