Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is not just an issue with a woman’s ovaries, but can be a systemic condition that is closely tied with a variety of hormonal interactions in the body. The standard conventional treatment involves the use of synthetic hormone birth control pills, which can suppress some of the symptoms, but it does not get at the underlying root of this condition.

Chinese medicine, with its long history of natural solutions to women’s health issues can be quite effective in treating PCOS.

Listen in as our guest in this episode both details her personal journey with discovering how Chinese medicine helped her to solve her own problems and how she has gone on to  help women who suffer with PCOS using the natural and effective methods of acupuncture, Chinese medicine, and lifestyle changes.

If you or someone you care about struggles with PCOS, this podcast discussion will be well worth your time.


Show Highlights:
2:33 It started with a flying packet of birth control pills and the sense that there had to be a better answer.
6:50 PCOS is not just a cystic condition, it’s a systemic issue that involves the whole body.
9:48 Issues with blood sugar are a key aspect of PCOS. Regulation of blood sugar is a key element of treatment.
12:04 Cortisol levels are also an important aspect of controlling PCOS.
13:28 Where an acupuncturist would start with treating PCOS.
15:54 Commonly seen patterns.
20:54 How long does it take to start seeing improvement with PCOS using acupuncture?
26:07 How Chinese medicine addresses high cortisol levels.
27:23 Why it is important to improve the period to improve fertility.
29:10 What else women should know about how Chinese medicine can help.


Dr. Farrar Duro DOM, FABORM practices reproductive acupuncture and became a Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine in 2008. After overcoming her own struggles with PCOS and endometriosis using a combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine and other natural methods, she has felt tremendous joy in sharing her methods with other women.

Dr. Duro has since specialized in the treatment of PCOS, infertility and female pelvic pain with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for over 15 years and has a passion for women’s health and wellness. This path led her to pursue advanced pregnancy training in the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy and publication of her first book, The Smart Couple’s Guide to Getting Pregnant, An Integrated Approach in 2015.

A board-certified acupuncture physician, Dr. Duro graduated from the Florida College of Integrative Medicine and performed her post-graduate training at Shandong University of TCM in Shandong, China. She holds regular speaking engagements at local universities, hospitals and IVF centers to advocate for a better understanding of integrative women’s health between patients, doctors and other complementary healthcare providers.


Links and Resources:

Visit Farrar’s clinic website

Learn specifics of how Chinese medicine can treat PCOS and some things you can do for yourself by listening in to Farrar’s podcast show at www.pcospodcast.com

Working with fertility issues? Read Farrar’s book The Smart Couple’s Guide to Getting Pregnant, An Integrated Approach.

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Download Farrar’s ebook on Preparing for IVF or IUI.


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