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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Evidence-Informed Practice of Acupuncture and TCM


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The eminent release of the 2023 update to the international evidence-based guideline for the assessment and management of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) will coincide with 20 years of the main diagnostic criteria for PCOS, the Rotterdam criteria.
As we navigate this era of patient-centered care and evidence-informed practice, acupuncturists need to stay up-to-date with the latest guidance to inform patients and facilitate referrals, along with being equipped with the most recent knowledge from acupuncture research.
This webinar draws on the presenter’s experience of being part of the international team working on the updates to the PCOS guidelines and his involvement in acupuncture research, providing you with expert insights on how to build a successful evidence-informed practice.
Examine PCOS through the TCM lens and the principles for managing PCOS-associated symptoms using acupuncture and linking these with the proposed mechanisms for acupuncture and the recent research findings regarding treatment frequency, rationale, and clinical implications. Along with acupuncture, other aspects of TCM will be explored in order to position Chinese herbal medicine, dietary and lifestyle advice as essential components which will empower you to build a strong evidence-informed clinical practice and enhance your patient outcomes.

Goals and objectives

  • 1. Understand the historical progression of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) from Stein-Leventhal in 1935 to the latest updates in the 2023 PCOS guidelines, along with its implications on the management of PCOS;
  • 2. Explore the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective on PCOS, including the use of acupuncture points and herbs for symptom management;
  • 3. Examine the proposed mechanisms of action for acupuncture in PCOS management and learn how to incorporate this knowledge into your treatment approaches in clinic.
  • 4. Review recent acupuncture research for PCOS, including treatment frequency, rationale for acupuncture point usage, main findings from research, and its practical application in everyday clinical practice.
  • 5. Develop a strong and up-to-date knowledge base to guide your treatments and your communication with both patients and other clinicians, in order to facilitate referrals.
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Sandro is a lecturer and a published researcher in the field of menstrual and reproductive health, 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 Groups for acupuncture for dysmenorrhea and for assisted reproductive technology, and Chinese herbal medicine for endometriosis.

He is also the Director for International Membership of the Obstetrical Acupuncture Association (OBAA) and the Social Media Editor of the European Journal of Integrative Medicine. In 2023, Sandro became a Board Member of the Society for Acupuncture Research.

$105.00 USD