The Advanced Level Diploma in Fertility Acupuncture

Module 3: PCOS & OHSS

What is actually in the module?

Each module goes through a biomedical and TCM explanation of the topic, plus:
Topic 1: What is PCOS?
Topic 2: Statistics and PCOS
      1. Are statistics reflected in clinic?
Topic 3: Clinical Signs of PCOS
      1. A silver lining?
      2. Where does PCOS come from?
      3. The PCOS ovary
Topic 4: The Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Ovarian Axis
      1. GNRH Pulsation
      2. The HPO and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Topic 5: Menstrual Cycles and PCOS

Some initial feedback from Beta Testing:
I am extremely grateful and impressed by the scope of the handouts, they were very applicable and went above and beyond. The combination of research papers, hormone levels, diet information and TCM theory is so well-rounded – Thank You!

Topic 6: Western Medical Testing and PCOS

Topic 7: The PCOS Diagnostic Triumvirate

      1. Traditional Chinese Medicine and PCOS Diagnostic Terminology
      2. Traditional Chinese Medicine Syndromes and PCOS
Topic 8: Case Histories
      1. Yin and Yang-Type PCOS
Topic 9: Male Sex Hormones
      1. Testosterone
      2. Sex Hormone Binding Globulin
Topic 10: PCOS and Insulin


Beta Testing Feedback about the clinical applications of this module: I was very impressed with the information that was given on charts, case studies, laboratory testing, the additional nutritional information for clients, and the stories and examples given, which will give me the confidence to question the care of IVF clinics when something doesn’t feel right.” 

Topic 11: PCOS and Adiposity

Topic 12: Clomid

Topic 13: Androgenic Symptoms

      1. Alopecia
      2. Hirsutism
      3. Western medication
Topic 14: Can PCOS be Misdiagnosed?
      1. Thyroid Conditions
      2. Endometrial Hyperplasia
      3. Cycle Issues
Topic 15: Common Accompanying Syndromes
      1. LUFS

Overall module feedback from Beta Testing:
The scope of knowledge presented in this course, and the efficiency with which it is done, feels unique.

Topic 16: Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome

      1. Risks
      2. Traditional Chinese Medicine Pathologies
      3. Mild-Severe OHSS
      4. Traditional Chinese Medicine and OHSS Diagnoses
      5. Jin & Ye Fluid Function
      6. Damp-Heat Elaborated
      7. Oedema
      8. The OHSS Tongue and Pulse Picture
      9. Point Selection in the treatment of OHSS

Topic 17: PCOS and Diet

      1. Low GI
      2. Paleo
      3. Autoimmune Paleo
      4. The Ketogenic Diet
        1. Keto and Insulin
      5. The Blood-Type Diet
      6. Dairy and PCOS
      7. Repairing the Gut
      8. Traditional Chinese Medicine and food



Hasn’t the subject been done to death already??

My starting point with this module was to think about what I needed as a practitioner of 20 years experience. I didn’t need to hear the basics, or have the TCM theory spelled out to me in minute detail again – and I certainly didn’t need to see one of the myriad of books on the subject (which I almost certainly owned) paraphrased and regurgitated back to me.

What I needed were some new clinical tools that I could use to boost my results and understand why, in some cases, what I was doing from a purely TCM point of view was just not working.

Many years ago, my clients were coming in with blood tests that were no use to me beyond telling me that the client did indeed have PCOS, and those who had to have IVF were often going through OHSS without me understanding enough about what I could do to alleviate – or even prevent – their discomfort.

Then, in 2007, I spend a year working in the private practice of the two consultants who ran the largest public IVF unit in the UK and integrating acupuncture into that unit. I was able to have behind the scenes access to egg collections, to sperm analysis and to the inner workings of decision-making around medication and embryology choices.

As part of this experience, I had for the first time access to the results of the then regular blood tests given to clients during their cycles. And, I could see what changes there were in the bloods the days after I had given them acupuncture. Similarly, when working with my Endometriosis clients and seeing monthly blood testing with them, I began to see a pattern between my treatment choices and their hormonal response.

These experiences sent me down a black hole of research and experimentation until I realised that I could translate the biomedicine into my innate TCM language and diagnostic system, and use the latter to help refine my diagnostic choices and the results I could expect to get. These days, the elements of PCOS I used to struggle with are no longer an issue. And, I know enough about the biomedicine to be able to talk to my clients knowledgeably and with authority about their experience, helping to guide them through the issues that having PCOS and having PCOS and IVF can throw up.

At the end of this module, practitioners should be able to read and understand all the hormonal and metabolic testing I discuss, and be able to translate that into useful, clinically applicable TCM diagnostic and treatment patterns – my overall aim in this module to make your practice more effective and improve your client outcomes.


To access the module, you can apply here.