Dr. Sarah Arkell
- BHSc (Acu) 2009
- Awarded clinical Excellence 2009
- AHPRA: CMR0001740502
- AACMA: 4042
- Special interest in IVF , Fertility, Pregnancy and Women’s Health.
Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS is a complex gynaecological condition associated with painful periods, irregular cycles, hormone imbalance, weight gain, acne and reduced fertility. There are three medical criteria for PCOS: cysts on the ovaries, elevated androgen levels, and irregular menstrual cycles; with the presence of two being enough to confirm diagnosis.
Many women experience years of complications due to the misconception that periods are typically difficult and painful, when in fact this is our body’s signal to us that something is wrong. It is considered that over a fifth of all reproductive aged women may have PCOS with majority of those being undiagnosed.
Do you have PCOS, or suspect that you may? Do you want to know more about managing your symptoms? Book a Gynaecological Acupuncture Appointment to speak with Dr Alicia Pearse and learn your TCM diagnosis as well as develop a management plan for long term lifestyle improvements.
Downtime / Relaxation
We live in a busy world . We are physically busy as well as mentally . If we want our mind and body to work optimally we need to add times of rest and restoration into our lives .This acts as a circuit breaker by calming our nervous system , lowering our heart rate, slowing our busy minds and enabling us to reset and handle what life brings .Using mindfulness skills , abdominal breathing , creative pursuits , getting out in nature or spending time at the beach on a regular basis gives our brain and body time to stop .Taking a pause from day to day business is essential to our continued health and well being.
Use a Heat Pack or Hot Water Bottle
Another great way to increase warmth in the abdomen. Improve Blood and Qi circulation by softening tension in the muscles and organs of the abdomen. A heat pack on the lower back or tummy isn’t just an old wives’ tale (though maybe those old wives were onto something!)
Avoid Icy Drinks
Room temperature water or good quality tea (my personal favourite) are better options than that iced latte, smoothie or soft drink. Cold liquids enter our stomach and damage our digestive fire; this in turn leads to poor metabolism, restricted circulation in the organs, and limits our organs’ ability to do their job. Perhaps you’ve never noticed an issue with this; but when our body expresses disharmony, and the female body will often tell us via the menstrual cycle, this is an easy adjustment to make to give it more support while healing.