Acupuncture for Lazy Ovaries

Acupuncture for Lazy Ovaries

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Lazy ovary on its own is one of the common organic causes of infertility. A woman visits her infertility doctor and he tells her that one of her pairs of ovary is lazy and does not produce eggs because the ovarian follicles don’t seem to be developing or enlarging within the ovary to nourish the eggs. There is no internal evidence of egg maturation and ovulation or release of eggs from the lazy side.

Lazy ovary could be caused by hereditory weakness, hormonal imbalance, endometriosis, ovarian cyst, aging process, poor circulation due to plaques, or acid degeneration within the ovaries. It could also be due to toxic pollution of the ovaries by heavy metals.

Remember that the ovaries are prone to poor blood supply, nutrient depletion and oxygen deprivation compared to other organs like the liver and the kidneys. Moreover the lazy ovary seem to be affected by toxins more because a weak organ always shuts down to preserve energy. Any weak organ is also prone to toxin accumulation because of anerobic glycolysis. Any weak cell is an inefficient cell and does not perform as well. Atrophy is the fancy name given to a weak organ that shrinks because of lack of nutrients. That’s why the lazy ovary or ovaries look smaller than normal. The cells that produce eggs within the ovary seem to be replaced with fibers or cysts and can’t reproduce as usual. Endometriosis in one of the ovaries can cause scarring and shrinking. This is why lazy overy is one of the major reasons why a woman cannot get pregnant.

Acupuncture helps to bring balance to the endocrine system and hormones and can directly affect ovulation. There are many acupuncture techniques to help improve blood flow to the reproductive organs and optimize ovulation.

In general, acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system and cause the release of neurochemical messenger molecules. The resulting biochemical changes influence the body’s homeostatic mechanisms, thus promoting physical and emotional well-being.

Research has shown that acupuncture treatment may specifically help with symptoms of PCOS by:

  • impacting on beta-endorphin production, which may affect gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) secretion (Lim 2010; Stener-Victorin 2009; Feng 2009; Manneras 2009);
  • a regulatory effect on follicle stimulation hormone (FSH), luteinising hormone (LH) and androgens (Lim 2010; Feng 2009);
  • modulating the activity of the sympathetic nervous system and improving blood flow to the ovaries (Stener-Victorin 2006, 2009);
  • regulating steroid hormone/peptide receptors (Feng 2012);
  • downregulating the expressions of serum levels of testosterone and oestradiol (Zang 2009);
  • controlling hyperglycaemia by increasing insulin sensitivity and decreasing blood glucose and insulin levels (Lim 2010);
  • acting on areas of the brain known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation and deactivating the ‘analytical’ brain, which is responsible for anxiety and worry (Hui 2010; Hui 2009);
  • increasing the release of adenosine, which has antinociceptive properties (Goldman 2010), and;
  • reducing inflammation, by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors (Kavoussi 2007).
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