PCOS and Infertility

The PCOS Fix

How to Overcome this cause of Infertility


PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common anovulatory disorder and the single biggest hormonal cause of female infertility, nearly 70% of infertility cases are due to PCOS.  PCOS affects roughly 15M women in America, (they say 10% of females have this condition, my guess is that it is more)

I would call it Type II Infertility.  (as opposed to “unexplained infertility”)

PCOS is what maybe keeping you from having a baby.

There are genetic factors to this condition, however…

Let’s get down to controllable factors.

Insulin resistance is the primary driver of PCOS. Your body no longer effective at regulating blood sugar, affecting this delicate hormone balance. Essentially, your ovaries become dysfunctional.

But how is this caused?

Insulin is the hormone that your body uses to turn food into stored energy, it acts like a key to open up the cells. Being insulin resistant means that the body has stopped responding to ‘normal’ insulin levels. Your pancreas then needs to work harder by producing more insulin to unlock the cells. This consistent state of high insulin levels or hyperinsulinemia, causes the problem.  Your cells become tolerant to the insulin.  Basically your fat cells are saying no more energy is needed.  While your organs are saying ‘hey, there is too much sugar in the bloodstream’ (acute high blood sugar can cause death, chronic high blood sugar causes type II diabetes/PCOS).

The long-term exposure of insulin on the ovaries induces the PCOS.

Be aware, you can be skinny or overweight and still have PCOS.

3 Primary problems PCOS causes with your fertility!

A.  Clinically, PCOS can reveal itself as irregular ovulation or just not ovulating- from ovulating on cycle day 3 or 30 and/or even getting positive ovulation prediction kit results twice a month or seeing that positive surge for 10-15 days long.  Also a higher level of androgens are common (elevated testosterone) causing acne, excess body hair, or thin hair.  In regards to fertility, you don’t release an egg.

B.  PCOS patients tend to have more cysts, both functional cysts and the pearl-like appearance of the ovary.  These pearl-like follicles don’t mature to release properly.

C.  Finally, the quality of what eggs may release is usually poor.  Resulting in no fertilization, early miscarriage (blighted ovum) or non-viable pregnancy.


Diet is the key to managing PCOS

In Chinese Medicine, we refer to this as a proper diet.

Food choice is both the problem and the solution, period.

And this is what most people/websites get wrong.  A “balanced, healthy, natural” or whatever diet is not enough.  The closer you get to a keto-genic diet the better and the faster the condition will resolve.

Most people do not want to believe this or follow it.  

But that is the truth.

A low carb, high fat diet is the way.  (LCHF)

A very low-carb diet is best for treating PCOS.  A grain free/gluten free diet is ideal.  Sparingly sweet potato is going to be your best carb option. Fats should account for nearly 60 percent of your daily calorie intake as this aids in the regulation of blood sugar.

Ideally your calories should look like this, maybe vary the protein up or down a bit but keep the carbs low.

60% Fat

35% Protein

5%   Carbs

Eggs, avocado, meats, some green veggies, and a sweet potato every once in awhile.

This way of eating does a few awesome things.  It forces your body to utilize excess bodyfat, it reduces insulin exposure to the ovaries and it reduces hunger!

But what about….meals, dairy, sweets, vacation, fruit, etc…

No, no, no and no LCHF is your best answer.

Imagine you were a smoker….the only option is to not smoke.  Anything else you think about is less effective.  Same with this approach, if you want a baby.  You have to control your insulin levels and limiting carbs is the best way, end of story.

I am not suggesting this way of eating is fun or easy.  But it is a great solution to your problem and it doesn’t cost $30k like IVF which has maybe a 40% success rate.  That is a big and expensive gamble.

“Let food be thy medicine”

Fix your own health

Other questions…  

Drugs can help but you are band-aiding the issue.

Yes, Metformin will moderate blood sugar.

Yes, Synthroid can help you ovulate on a more regular basis.

Yes, stim drugs help you develop eggs.  (clomid, letrozole, follistim, etc)

But they don’t address the problem of chronically high insulin levels.

What about exercise, yes we can talk about that?

So here is my offer…

Let’s work together and fix this.  

Let’s see you how you are eating and make the pivot.

I want you to have success and get pregnant

You are going to have problems and question.

I am asking you to change some habits.  It will take you a week or two to plan and clean out your pantry.

I will let you in on how I eat and a little secret or two to make LCHF more effective.

So we will meet 3 times in-person or chat online in about a month.

Let’s see where your at, give you a plan and fine tune a strategy to fit your situation.

Why me…

I know nutrition pretty well and I am confident this approach will work.  No one knows what I know in regards to fertility and food in this space.

Your MD doesn’t, your RE doesn’t care, most other “natural” practitioners aren’t schooled in fertility strategies.  Dietician are stuck in ‘balanced, whole-grain diets.”  Nurses don’t do much with food.  This is a very specific approach and space.  If you have questions on fertility I can help, if you ask about metabolism, exercise, etc… I can help.  Other practitioners just don’t do this.

Here is the rub.

You now have all the information to make this happen.

The problem is that reading and understanding is not doing.

Take Action!

You need commitment and accountability.

I will help you succeed and having a guide is the best and quickest way to get from Point A to B.

I eat this way and so should you:)

When my schedule fills up, prices for this program will go up.

Take the plunge with me and let’s help you get pregnant.

All you have to do is book a time to meet.


To your health,

Mason McClellan LAc


PS…You will get!

2-3 hours of contact time

More about your Diagnosis and what tests to run

Food Guidelines

A secret or two

More energy, better skin

Exercise strategy

Fertility Insight

Email Support


Another Happy Monday!

Minneapolis Acupuncture Benefits

Why use acupuncture for stress reduction

Acupuncture relieves stress in the body and could decrease the chances of the developing chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Stress raises our cortisol levels which affects many of our body’s functions. Our body’s immune system is compromised when stress levels are high due to high levels of cortisol, and it becomes difficult to fight free radicals. Free radicals may be a contributing factor to the development of chronic diseases. Continual elevated stress levels make it difficult to maintain healthy cortisol levels which may increase the risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. We recommend regular acupuncture may lower cortisol and stress levels to prevent becoming a victim of one of the leading causes of death in the United States.

Benefits of Acupuncture

Reduces Stress that May Lead to Infertility. Acupuncture has been used in conjunction with fertility treatments to reduce stress levels in women and help couples conceive naturally. Acupuncture may also be combined with yoga to encourage pregnancy.

Improves Sleep. Sleep levels can also improve with decreased stress levels. Heightened stress levels can increase cortisol and cause insomnia. When stress levels are lower, acupuncture recipients sleep better. Better sleep also reduces the chances of developing chronic diseases. Consider how acupuncture can help you improve your sleep patterns and overall health.

Reduces Anxiety Levels. Studies have shown that elevated levels of cortisol for prolonged period of time can result in structural alterations in the amygdala which controls the body’s perception of fear. The amygdala is activated to release adrenal hormones such as epinephrine, adrenaline or cortisol when a person experiences fear. The person’s heart rate, glucose levels and respiration increases, and this can lead to the “fight or flight” response.

Studies showed that mice with altered amygdala were less likely to explore new environments, and mice also became more immune to startling stimuli. People with similar problems were unable to make rational long-term decisions and moral judgments. Acupuncture can help to reduce or eliminate stress that may occur after a traumatic event such as war, disaster, torture, domestic violence, emotional abuse, sexual assault or emotional abuse.

Restores The Body. When stress levels are lowered via acupuncture, homeostasis or normal stress levels are restored. The body can then function at normal levels without compromised stress levels.


Who Can Help?

Our Minneapolis acupuncture clinic can help patients develop a regimen to alleviate stress and improve the body’s immune system. Peruse our website to find out more. When you are ready, call 952-294-9978 and determine if acupuncture is right for you. I am sure it is.

June 2012 Acupuncture Newsletter

Acupuncture for Weight Loss


In Oriental medicine the root of excess weight is an imbalance within the body caused by malfunctioning of the spleen and liver organ systems. Acupuncture points, foods and herbs selected to assist with weight loss can directly influence the Qi of the spleen and liver systems and treat the imbalances that have caused weight gain.

The spleen is responsible for the proper functioning of the digestive system, ensuring that the food we eat is transformed into Qi, the vital substance of life. Disharmony of the spleen will result in symptoms such as fatigue, slow metabolism, water retention, loose stool and a feeling of heaviness.

The liver’s job is to keep the flow of your body’s Qi, blood and emotions running smoothly. Our modern, fast-paced lifestyle and chronic stress can negatively impact the liver’s ability to function properly and smoothly, which, in turn, can cause the spleen and the whole digestive system to function poorly. One result can be a decrease in your metabolism. Liver disharmony can also cause some of the “triggers” that lead to cravings and compulsive eating.

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine have been shown to have positive effects on the functioning of the nervous, endocrine and digestive systems. Treatment can help with food cravings and metabolism. These functions all help energize the body, maximize the absorption of nutrients, regulate elimination, control overeating, suppress the appetite and reduce anxiety.

Come in for a consultation to see how acupuncture and Oriental medicine can assist you with your weight management goals and help you to live a long, healthy life!

A Total Health Program

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine address the issues of over-eating and low metabolism with effective tools to control appetite and increase energy. Energy imbalances are corrected and the digestive and elimination processes are improved so that there is a physical shift in the body to naturally have more energy and desire less food.

By addressing both the physiological and psychological aspects of weight loss, acupuncture and Oriental medicine provide a comprehensive therapy for weight issues that promotes better digestion, balances emotions, reduces appetite, improves metabolism and eliminates food cravings.

Each treatment is customized to the needs of the individual patient. Acupuncture points on the body are chosen for overall well being with the objective of increasing circulation of the blood and Qi (stimulating the metabolism) and calming the nervous system. Treatments can include a combination of auricular (ear) and body acupuncture, ear tacks or pellets to leave on between treatments, herbs and supplements, abdominal massage, breathing exercises, and food and lifestyle recommendations.

In addition to treating the root of the imbalance within the body, different acupuncture points may be used for each treatment as different symptoms arise. For instance, if you are experiencing a desire to overeat related to premenstrual syndrome (PMS) one week, then that can be addressed at that week’s appointment.

The herbs and foods that are chosen during a weight loss treatment are for promoting healthy digestion, energizing the body, augmenting Qi, and improving elimination of water, toxins and waste products. Acupuncture points on the abdomen can help improve digestion. They can also help with food absorption and the movement of food through the intestines.

Deep breathing with visualization can also strengthen will power and be used as a tool to curb hunger and cravings. Most patients report a marked decline in appetite and cravings with acupuncture alone, but special herbs, healing foods and exercises can definitely enhance the efficacy of the treatments.

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine are powerful tools for healthy weight loss, by itself or as a supportive treatment in conjunction with other weight management programs.


Overcome Addiction with Acupuncture

Acupuncture has turned a growing number of cigarette cravers into permanent ex-smokers. In fact, researchers say that acupuncture is a promising treatment for all types of addiction from cigarettes to heroin.

In one study, a team from Yale University successfully used auricular (ear) acupuncture to treat cocaine addiction. Results showed that 54.8 percent of participants tested cocaine-free during the final week of treatment, compared to 23.5 percent and 9.1 percent in the two control groups. Those who completed acupuncture treatment also had longer periods of sustained abstinence compared to participants in the control groups.

Acupuncture treatments for addiction recovery focus on jitters, cravings, irritability, and restlessness; symptoms that people commonly complain about when they quit. It also aids in relaxation and detoxification.

The Will Power Connection

Is there a body/mind connection to will power? According to the principles of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine there is. Will power, or “Zhi,” is said to reside in the kidneys and the state of the Kidney Qi directly correlates to the fortitude of our will power.

In Oriental medicine there is a protective layer around the exterior of the body called Wei Qi, or defensive energy. Nourishing Qi can greatly enhance the body’s ability to thrive in times of stress and can aid in healing, prevent illness and increase vitality. Recharging your battery and regeneration of vital energy, Qi, will help you live, look and feel your best!

Is there an addiction you are working to overcome? Contact us to see how Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help you!


Walk for Focus


One of the many ways that walking can promote health and wellness is by putting gentle pressure on Yongquan (Bubbling Spring).

An acupuncture point on the sole of the foot, this is the starting point of the Kidney meridian. Stimulation of this energizing point can promote clarity of the mind and stabilize emotions, helping you to focus on your goals.

How To Stimulate Yongquan

While Walking:
Let your heel tap the ground gently and feel your weight transfer fully to the ball and toes of your foot. Focus on breathing into your lower abdomen. Keep your shoulders relaxed and allow your arms to swing freely.

By Tapping:
Use your fists to strike your Yongquan about 100 times on each foot.

By Rolling:
Gently roll a tennis ball under your foot while relaxing on the couch.

Seven Addiction Recovery Tips

1. Exercise more. Exercise can reduce your stress and help you relax.

2. Get plenty of fresh fruit and vegetable juices to neutralize and clear the blood and to fortify blood sugar.

3. Carrots, celery, leafy green salads and citrus fruits promote body alkalinity and decrease cravings.

4. Avoid junk food, sugar and coffee. They can upset blood sugar levels and increase blood acidity which can aggravate withdrawal symptoms.

5. Lobelia tea or green tea can be sipped daily during the detox period to keep tissues flooded with elements that discourage cravings. Lobelia is traditionally used to rid the body of a strong toxin such as a snake bite.

6. Drink water. Research shows that dryness causes cravings. Sip water frequently throughout the day.

7. Practice deep breathing exercises to increase body oxygen and keep calm.

10,000 Steps a Day is the Goal!

Implications of Modern Wheat!

I thought Dr Mark Hyman wrote a great article and was very concise to the implications of wheat consumption so I had a graphic put together to sum it up!  I hope you like:)

Original article is here

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See your Qi

We have this technology

We have this software at the clinic.  We seldom use it but if you want to get a reading let us know.  It is a good gauge to see how the acupuncture is affecting your system, a reading takes only about ten minutes.  So if you are curious let us know.

It is also a nice non-invasive way to introduce someone to acupuncture.  So if you have a friend or a co-worker that has headaches, allergies or pain we can show them what we can do and give them some treatment options.

You can read more here…


Get out and enjoy the weather today, it is spectacular.  Stay hydrated and see you soon.

To your Wellness,
Mason and Sandra McClellan LAc MSOM

PS…Also we still have our chrysantmum tea with Goji Berries—a perfect blend for the hot summer!

Can’t thank them enough!!!‎‎

Can’t thank them enough!!!

In March I was in a car accident which resulted in extreme neck pain, back pain and headaches after talking with Mason he suggested that I should come in and get some treatments. Best thing I ever did!!!!!!! After the first session my headaches went away and after a few more all my neck pain was gone. Not only that but my overall outlook on my health and well being has completely changed and I am listening to what my body tells me now. Can’t thank you guys enough!!! I would recommend it for anyone.

Jared J.

Mpls, MN

Smell the Roses.

I have not blogged much this month but here is a message from our friend Leo on being a little more mindful.  There are a lot of health issues that we can address in our clinic.  However, it is up to all of us to figure out how to spend the rest of the week (167 hours–outside the clinic.)  We preach good eats and exercise and get proper rest.  Well the fact is that all of those are easier said than done.  One thing that is available to all of us is being present and enjoying all you got—which is nothing more than NOW!!!  Think about your breath, the sunshine, the breeze and all that you have right at that moment because the truth is that that is all there is.  The past is gone and the future has yet to come.

So take a moment–now–and take a deep breath and enjoy!!!

Good Reading

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Chanhassen MN 55317


Dr Mao at it again–Tongue Diagnosis

Good read on what we are doing when we look at your tongue.

Dr Mao says it all

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Chanhassen MN 55317