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According to recent study, “Acupuncture and physical exercise improve hormone levels and menstrual bleeding pattern in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), reveals research from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.”

To continue, “In the current study, published in the American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism, a group of women with PCOS were given acupuncture where the needles were stimulated both manually and with a weak electric current at a low frequency that was, to some extent, similar to muscular work. A second group was instructed to exercise at least three times a week, while a third group acted as controls. All were given information on the importance of regular exercise and a healthy diet. ‘The study shows that both acupuncture and exercise reduce high levels of testosterone and lead to more regular menstruation,’ says docent associate professor Elisabet Stener-Victorin, who is responsible for the study. ‘Of the two treatments, the acupuncture proved more effective.'”

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University of Gothenburg. “Women with PCOS benefit from acupuncture and exercise, Swedish study finds.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 7 February 2011. <>.