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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine and metabolic disorder characterized by excessive androgen secretion and is linked with obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, and affects up to 17% of women in reproductive age. We have also demonstrated that women with PCOS have epigenetic and transcriptional changes in skeletal muscle and adipose tissue relevant for development of disease3,4. We have also shown that a single bout of electroacupuncture increases whole-body glucose uptake in overweight and obese women with PCOS by activation of the sympathetic and partly the parasympathetic nervous systems. It is known that a single bout of exercise induce rapid transcriptional and epigenetic changes in skeletal muscle. We have found that a single bout of electroacupuncture, in addition to increase whole-body glucose uptake, also remodels epigenetic and transcriptional changes in adipose tissue and skeletal muscle mimicking a single bout of exercise.

The idea of “experts coming together to produce change” inspired a research project designed to investigate how acupuncture and TCM reproductive specialists approach the treatment of PCOS in their clinics. This presentation reveals these new insights, which includes interesting quantitative data on acupuncture points selection and valuable qualitative reasoning for those choices which will contribute to 1.) demonstrate to colleagues and other healthcare practitioners how acupuncturists treat PCOS in their TCM clinics, and 2.) inform future clinical research by contributing to trial design with aspects of dosage and point selection.

This lecture will share the basis for the development of this condition as well as how it is diagnosed. With a thorough understanding of the multisystem nature of PCOS, a multi-disciplinary team can collaborate to best meet the patient’s immediate needs as well working to reduce long term health risks associated with the condition.

Video 1: PCOS Update (Mark Perloe, MD)

Video 2: Transgenerational PCOS and Epigenetic Manipulation (Elisabet Stener-Victorin, PhD)

Video 3: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: New Insights from Research into Specialist Acupuncture and TCM Clinical Practice (Sandro Graca, Lic.TCM, FABORM, MSc (Cand))

Learning Objectives:

  • What is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?
  • Pathophysiology of PCOS
  • Environmental, epigenetic and genetic mechanisms
  • Developmental programming of disease
  • Transgenerational transmission of PCOS
  • Epigenetic changes in adipose tissue and skeletal muscle in women with PCOS
  • Effect of acupuncture on insulin resistance and epigenetic and transcriptional changes in adipose tissue and skeletal muscle
  • Evaluate and contextualize the issues with acupuncture research relating to dosage and trial design.
  • Analyze the results of a study investigating how specialist acupuncture and TCM practitioners treat women with PCOS in their clinics – and how these new findings compare with the existing literature.
  • Learn how these insights from the coalface can impact on clinical practice and drive future research design
  • Ongoing acupuncture research in the group


Lecture Presenters

Sandro Graca, MSc, Lic. TCM, FABORM
Sandro Graca, MSc, Lic. TCM, FABORM Author

Sandro is a lecturer and a researcher, Fellow of the ABORM, and one of the Directors at Evidence Based Acupuncture. Originally from Portugal, Sandro obtained his Licentiate in TCM at the Irish College of TCM in Dublin, followed by a four-week program on acupuncture and moxibustion at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. He completed his MSc in Advanced Oriental Medicine (Research and Practice) at the Northern College of Acupuncture (NCA) – in conjunction with Middlesex University – focusing on acupuncture for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Sandro is a lecturer on the online MSc program at the NCA in York, U.K. and he is one of the researchers on the Cochrane Review Group for acupuncture for assisted reproductive technology. In other education and advocacy roles, Sandro is a senior moderator for Healthy Seminars, offering tech support to speakers and practitioners using the Healthy Seminars learning platform, and he is also the Director for International Membership of the Obstetrical Acupuncture Association (OBAA).

Mark Perloe, MD, OBGYN, REI
Mark Perloe, MD, OBGYN, REI Author

Dr. Perloe earned his medical degree from Pennsylvania State University, Hershey Medical Center, and served his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Perloe completed his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Minnesota. He has extensive experience treating conditions related to infertility including polycystic ovary syndrome, recurrent pregnancy loss, menstrual disorders, fibroids, male factor infertility, endocrine disorders, and other reproductive health problems. His patients have access to the latest in vitro fertilization techniques including fertility preservation, the use of donor eggs, donor sperm, and gestational surrogacy. Dr. Perloe has served as principal investigator in numerous reproductive health research studies including innovative IVF treatments, ovulation induction, polycystic ovary syndrome, as well as investigational medications for the treatment of male erectile dysfunction. He has served as consultant and a task force member to the Women’s Initiative of the American International Health Association and was active in establishing the first approved endoscopy-training center in the former Soviet Union at the Russian National Institute of Women’s Health. He has published research in medical journals including Human Reproduction, Fertility and Sterility, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Southern Medical Journal, and the International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Elisabet Stener-Victorin, PhD
Elisabet Stener-Victorin, PhD Author

Dr. Stener-Victorin is a senior lecturer and researcher at Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. She has recently received a renewal of the Longjiang Scholar, Chair Professorship at Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine, China. She works with western medical acupuncture research since beginning of 1990 with main focus to investigate the effect and mechanism of acupuncture in reproductive medicine both in clinical and experimental studies. This ended up in a PhD at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2000. After her PhD she went to Japan for postdoctorial research in collaboration with Professor Mieko Kurosawa. From 2005 she has been working full time as a researcher with grants from the Swedish Research Council at the Department of Physiology at the Institution of Neuroscience and Physiology at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg. In January 2015 she moved with her research group to the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm. Her research focuses on the pathophysiology of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the most common endocrine and metabolic disorder among women, and the effect and mechanisms of acupuncture and exercise on PCOS related symptoms. She is a well-known lecturer at international conferences and at acupuncture courses in Europe, US, South America, China, Australia and New Zealand. She has published more than 135 peer-reviewed articles and is in the Editorial Board of JCEM, Human Reproduction, Acupuncture in Medicine and in Journal of Physiology. Since 2012 she is member in the board of Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR) and Androgen Excess and PCOS Society.

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