Effective Natural Treatments for Women with PCOS 

“Rhythm is something you either have or don’t have, but when you have it, you have it all over.”               

-Elvis Presley

 

Despite affecting nearly 2 in 10 women, PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) is still a poorly understood condition.  It’s frustrating to live with, frustrating to treat, and often unpredictable.  But with the right frame of reference and an understanding of the root causes, your PCOS symptoms can completely resolve.

*Individual results vary. We provide no offer or guarantee of immediate or permanent results. Your individual experience will depend on numerous factors.

Effective Treatments for Your PCOS Symptoms

  • Irregular Menstrual Cycles
  • Anovulation
  • Infertility
  • Fatigue
  • Weight Gain
  • Unwanted Hair Growth (hirsutism)
  • Thinning Hair
  • Acne
  • Skin Changes
  • Pelvic Pain

 

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Hormonal Imbalance
  • Long-term Health Concerns
  • Ovarian Cysts

Your Initial Consultation is Free.

Come in and meet us in person. Learn more about our approach and what we do. The free consultation is an opportunity to review your health history and goals and see if you’re comfortable with our philosophy and recommendations.

Why Our Natural Approach to PCOS Is So Effective

We Focus on the Root Cause

We dive deep to find the root imbalance that is leading to your PCOS. By starting with an in-depth health history and utilizing the unique diagnostic paradigms of Eastern Medicine, we can find the root cause and address those areas head-on. Your body already knows how to regulate your hormones and menstrual cycles, and we can give it the tools it needs to get back in sync.

Our Holistic Tools Give You Control Of Your Hormones

With the right tools, you can bring your hormones back into balance and ditch all of those frustrating and painful PCOS symptoms. Acupuncture and customized herbal formulas work together to bring hormones back into balance and unlock your body’s innate healing capacity. We will also give you nutrition and lifestyle shifts that will give you the control to regulate your hormones and fertility long-term.

We Know You’re Tired of Band-Aids

We know that what you’ve been offered up until now feels like a band-aid. The medications may help one symptom but cause another. The side effects of the ‘treatments’ are often worse than the symptoms they’re supposed to treat. And when you decide to start a family, the whole cycle just gets worse. You want to get off the hamster wheel of medicine and truly heal. And that’s exactly what we do.

A Comprehensive Approach to PCOS

Root Imbalance Assessment

We begin with a detailed health history and examination to determine the root causes that are leading to hormonal imbalance.

A Simple Plan

We provide you with an easy to follow treatment plan to guide you throughout the process. Your plan may include nutritional guidance and lifestyle adjustments known to help boost fertility naturally.

Hormone and Nervous System Balancing

Weekly acupuncture sessions, synced with your cycles, to balance your hormones and nervous system.

Personalized Supplement Guidance

We provide personalized herbal formulas and supplement regimens to support egg quality, hormonal balance, and healthy uterine lining.

Fine-tuned Nutrition and Lifestyle Recommendations

Nutritional guidance ensures that you’re following a fertility-promoting diet and stress management practices to promote peak fertility.

Continual Progress Evaluation

By continually re-evaluating as your cycles progress, we stay on track to ensure the most effective support possible.

Your Initial Consultation is Free.

Come in and meet us in person. Learn more about our approach and what we do. The free consultation is an opportunity to review your health history and goals and see if you’re comfortable with our philosophy and recommendations.

How Does Acupuncture Help Infertility?

Common Questions

How does acupuncture help when trying to conceive?

Acupuncture has numerous effects that improve fertility so you can conceive your healthy baby. It increases blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, regulates hormone levels, and reduces stress and anxiety. Women receiving acupuncture have more regular cycles, better blood flow in the uterus, and improved egg quality. (see this study) (and this study)

How often do I need to come to best support my fertility?

Ideally, we will plan to see you once per week for 3 cycles. Some women conceive within 1 cycle after starting treatment while women with complex fertility challenges may need to continue treatment for 6 months. We can give you our best recommendations for your situation at a free consultation.

I am planning to start medical treatment or IVF soon. Is it too late to get the benefits of treatment?

There is no point at which it is too late to start. Every session holds a benefit to your fertility. If and when you do start medications or IVF, we can continue to support you on your fertility journey and increase your chances of success.

Will any of your treatments interfere with treatments my doctor prescribes?

We work very hard to ensure that our sessions enhance the treatments your doctor prescribes, not interfere.  We have worked with many women at various stages of Western fertility treatment and are always careful that what we recommend works with your doctor’s fertility treatment to increase your chances of conceiving.

Does acupuncture hurt?

No. The needles are extremely thin making the sensation associated with acupuncture painless.

Is it safe?

Acupuncture has been used safely for centuries, and is extremely safe, especially in the hands of an experienced practitioner.

Do I have to spend a lot of time coming in and keep coming in forever?

Most clients are able to get the full benefit of treatment with hourly session once per week. We always keep our treatment plans as simple as possible without sacrificing effectiveness. We recommend that clients continue with regular treatment just until their condition has stabilized, not longer.

I was able to be vulnerable and honest with Ashley right away...

“I was able to be vulnerable and honest with Ashley right away, which made my acupuncture session really incredible. Ashley is calm, welcoming, empathetic, and very easy to understand. She is exactly what you want to be around when you want this experience. Thank you!” -Emily

I am very pleased with the deep healing and increased energy...

“I am seeing Ashley for acupuncture and herbal treatments regularly. In just 3 treatments my symptoms are resolving and I feel better. She is fully present and takes the time to listen to me at each appointment. Her healing presence, years of experience and knowledge of the healing arts is bringing my body into harmony and wholeness. I am very pleased with the deep healing and increased energy. May you and your loved ones receive blessings upon blessings. Thank you, Ashley.” -Harmony

Ashley not only listens to your concerns but to your body as well...

“Ashley not only listens to your concerns but to your body as well. Last visit I had a cold that was gone within 24 hours of treatment. A relaxing environment and a soothing treatment. I love her recommendations of herbs upon leaving each visit. I highly recommend! Today Ashley got out a knot in my shoulder that has been affecting my range of motion with her magic needles. She is the best!” -Lori S

Ashley is a wonderful acupuncturist...I appreciate every single visit I have with her...

“Ashley is a wonderful acupuncturist. She is a great listener, and is very focused and technique driven during her session. When coming to see her you definitely feel that she is really actively finding all the pieces of the puzzle and working through them so you get the best results. I appreciate every single visit I have with her. Regular sessions with her have helped my acne, anxiety, stress, menstrual cycle, and best of all- sleep! Most of my life I’ve spent tossing and turning, waking up every few hours. I now sleep much more soundly, consistently. I highly recommend!” -Kat A

You must do this. It can be life changing!

“Ashley is excellent at what she does. She is professional, knowledgeable, clear and compassionate. I have tried several types of bodywork in my life, and I very strongly recommend Shiatsu with Ashley. I chose to do a series of Shiatsu sessions to get my body and mind off to the right start. So I did one session every week for 4 weeks, and then moved to one session a month to maintain. It is worth the money, and in fact, is a bargain considering how much my life has changed since I first tried Shiatsu. I noticed immediate and huge benefits following the very first session, and in each session afterwards. Some key benefits I noticed were: immediate and long-term relief from TMJ (I had surgery for jaw clenching, and this is a severe issue for me), decreased stress levels, better focus on my work and personal goals, a balanced overall feeling of wellness and happiness, increased circulation, and a huge increase in flexibility in my shoulders, back, hips and legs. You must do this. It can be life changing! Especially if you look at it as investment in your health and future! -Laura H

Every time I leave her office I feel completely relieved of my stress and ailments...

“I’ve gone to Ashley Flores for acupuncture on a regular basis.  Every time I leave her office I feel completely relieved of my stress and ailments.  She has helped relieve my back pain, stomach pain, female “issues” and the stress brought on by my every day life.   Ashley is extremely calming in her nature, she asks thorough questions and has a way of making me feel very relaxed.  Extremely professional with a caring nature. -Stephanie M

My Shiatsu session with Ashley yesterday was simply amazing...

“My Shiatsu session with Ashley yesterday was simply amazing. I still feel the effects of it. Today, I feel free in my own body; I feel free of pain. I feel taller, looser and in general, much happier and stress free. Additionally, I can feel muscles I haven’t felt in years, and have regained flexibility. I have already booked another appointment, as I see Shiatsu as a way to create real and permanent change in my body, and improve my overall health. Don’t hesitate. Work with Ashley NOW. -LD

The acupuncture itself was amazing and my body felt like it was in another world...

“Ashley is extremely knowledgeable and I immediately felt like I could really open up to her. I was not rushed at all and she followed up with me after a few days. The acupuncture itself was amazing and my body felt like it was in another world – if you’re interested in Acupuncture definitely see Ashley. -LP

I will absolutely be returning to Ashley at Four Flowers Wellness!

“I really enjoyed my first acupuncture experience. Ashley has a calm, knowledgable way about her that made me feel comfortable. The consultation was not rushed, it felt like she was truly absorbing my history and goals. I didn’t immediately feel a “change” that I can describe, but as days go by I feel tension patterns dissipating, which is thrilling. I will absolutely be returning to Ashley at Four Flowers Wellness!. -CB

*Individual results vary. We provide no offer or guarantee of immediate or permanent results. Your individual experience will depend on numerous factors.

Fertility, Emotions, and Acupuncture

As any woman who has struggled to conceive knows, emotions are a key part of the pregnancy puzzle.  Fertility problems are stressful, and often cause a woman to feel anxious, depressed, or inadequate.  Depression and emotional turmoil can delay or even prevent conception all together.  Addressing the emotional side of fertility can lessen the emotional pain and increase the chances of becoming pregnant. Read more…

About Your Practitioner

I am a licensed acupuncturist in Chicago, Illinois, and nationally certified in Chinese herbal medicine and shiatsu massage. I studied at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago, and earned a Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine and a Certificate in Asian Bodywork Therapy. I continued my bodywork education at Zen Shiatsu Chicago, completing a Certificate in Zen Shiatsu.  I am nationally certified in Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine (NCCAOM).  Before finding my way to East Asian Medicine, I earned my BA in Linguistics from the University of Washington in sunny Seattle. As part of my Masters training at Pacific College in Chicago, I spent over 1000 hours in a clinical setting. This included internships in the on-site clinic, as well as 2 years at the Chicago Women’s Health Center, where I gained invaluable experience with women’s health. I completed additional internships in Asian bodywork therapy and zen shiatsu. After graduation, I began my shiatsu practice and added acupuncture and herbal medicine in 2010. I have attended numerous continuing education courses on women’s health and fertility, psycho-emotional disorders, advanced herbal medicine and acupuncture techniques, and the treatment of pain. Read my whole story here…