PCOS and A Complementary Approach to Medications


The following article is one person’s experience with prescribed medications and Acupuncture. Always check with your physician before starting any complementary treatments. —EH Stafford, Managing Editor


What is this PCOS?

PCOS is part of the Endocrine system. PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. This condition is where there are 10 or more fluid filled cysts on each ovary. It causes irregular/painful menstruation, increased levels of testosterone, acne for some, and it predisposes us for Type 2 Diabetes.


Unfortunately, I was diagnosed with this condition at the age of 13. The treatments for this condition were very few. Which oddly, enough didn’t work for me. What’s worse is that the cause was unknown. The older I got, the more medications I was put on, which caused more side effects. I went to Naturopathic Medical school in Tempe, Arizona and there is where I learned more about this condition and what could help.


Diet and Acupuncture

As a result of combined efforts—reducing dairy from my diet and getting weekly Acupuncture treatments—made the cysts on my ovaries shrink. Not only was I relieved from my symptoms of irregular menstrual cycles, but I wasn’t given a prescription once my series of Acupuncture treatments were over.


Then, after a few months, I had labs done and found out that my hormones had leveled out. I was overjoyed that Acupuncture helped me and that I had hard core facts that showed evidence of Acupuncture working. This turned my interest into Acupuncture, and I said, “if Acupuncture worked for me, I will tell the world about the amazing benefits.” I enrolled in an Acupuncture Medical school in Phoenix, Arizona.



Cherie Torrence is a Licensed Acupuncturist. She graduated from Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture (PIHMA) in Phoenix, AZ. What interested her most about the healing art and science of Acupuncture is that did not involve chemical medications and their side effects. She knew Acupuncture helped for pain conditions, but she didn’t know that it would help her menstrual cycles and regulate hormones. After living her dream to work on a cruise ship, Cherie has opened her practice to a new location behind Birkdale Village, 16930 W. Catawba Ave. Suite 203. Cornelius, NC 28031. www.serenityawc.com


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