Acupuncture may not be effective in treating infertility

(Penn State) Acupuncture, alone or with the medication clomiphene, does not appear to be effective in treating infertility in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), according to an international team of researchers. The finding casts doubts on previous smaller trials that have suggested that acupuncture may improve reproductive function in women affected by infertility.
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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Hongmei Zhu, Sha Nan, Chuanguang Suo, Qiulin Zhang, Manli Hu, Rong Chen, Juan Wan, Meng Li, Jianguo Chen and Mingxing Ding* College of Veterinary Medicine, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China Hypothalamic-pituitary-ovary (HPO) axis is a dominant system controlling ovulation during puberty. Electro-acupuncture (EA) has been widely used to cure the reproductive diseases associated with endocrinological disorders. However, whether EA treatment affects HPO axis activity of physiological animals and induces alterations on the hormones in the HPO axis was also unclear. Here, we performed the EA stimuli on bil...
Source: Frontiers in Physiology - Category: Physiology Source Type: research
Miguel del Campo1, Beatriz Piquer1, Jason Witherington2, Arun Sridhar2 and Hernan E. Lara1* 1Laboratory of Neurobiochemistry, Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Centre for Neurochemical Studies in Neuroendocrine Diseases, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile 2Galvani Bioelectronics, Stevenage, United Kingdom Sympathetic innervation of the ovary in rodents occurs via two routes: the superior ovarian nerve (SON), which runs along the ovarian ligament, and the plexus nerve (PN), which is mainly associated with the vasculature. SON and ovarian norepinephrine (NE) levels play a major role in regulatin...
Source: Frontiers in Physiology - Category: Physiology Source Type: research
Abstract OBJECTIVE:: To evaluate the efficacy of electroacupuncture (EA) for the treatment of anxiety and depression in unmarried patients with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) by secondary analysis of a randomised controlled trial. METHODS:: A prospective pilot randomised controlled trial of unmarried women with PCOS was conducted from November 2012 to March 2016. Participants were assigned to the acupuncture group (receiving EA for 16 weeks) or the control group (receiving sham acupuncture for 16 weeks), with 27 patients in each group. The pre-specified primary outcomes and all secondary outcomes, with th...
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research
This study was a secondary analysis of the Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Acupuncture and Clomiphene Trial (PCOSAct), a large randomized controlled trial conducted at 27 hospitals from 2012 to 2015 in mainland China.PARTICIPANTS/MATERIALS, SETTING, METHODSOut of 1000 women with PCOS, SHS exposure status were available in 500 women, of whom 271 women were non-exposed and 229 exposed to cigarette smoke (170 women ≤10 cigarettes per day as low-SHS exposed and 59 women>10 cigarettes per day as high-SHS exposed). We compared circulating sex steroids, glucose and lipid metabolism, metabolic syndrome and phenotypes, fertility an...
Source: Human Reproduction - Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research
To the Editor In a trial of acupuncture and clomiphene in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), Dr Wu and colleagues found that acupuncture compared with control acupuncture did not increase live births.
Source: JAMA - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
In Reply Ms Szmelskyj and Mr Szmelskyj question the rationale for increasing ovarian blood flow in women with PCOS, which conflicts with previous work. Electroacupuncture stimulation, independent of frequency, activates sympathetic nerve fibers innervating the ovaries during stimulation, an effect that is mediated via the central nervous system. The rationale for using low-frequency and not high-frequency electroacupuncture was because repeated low-frequency electroacupuncture treatment decreases sympathetic nerve activity and circulating testosterone and induces ovulation in women with PCOS.
Source: JAMA - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
By Amy Orciari Herman Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Lorenzo Di Francesco, MD, FACP, FHM Two new trials in JAMA report mixed findings for acupuncture: One shows that acupuncture may help treat stress urinary incontinence, while the other shows no effect on infertility …
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TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 -- Acupuncture, a 3,000-year-old healing technique, received mixed reviews in two new studies from China -- one focusing on incontinence and the other on a cause of female infertility. A research team found acupuncture did...
Source: - Daily MedNews - Category: General Medicine Source Type: news
(MedPage Today) -- Two acupuncture studies find different outcomes in different conditions
Source: MedPage Today Endocrinology - Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news
AbstractWith the rapid development of assisted reproductive technology, various reproductive disorders have been effectively addressed. Acupuncture-like therapies, including electroacupuncture (EA) and transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation (TEAS), become more popular world-wide. Increasing evidence has demonstrated that EA and TEAS are effective in treating gynecological disorders, especially infertility. This present paper describes how to select acupoints for the treatment of infertility from the view of theories of traditional Chinese medicine and how to determine critical parameters of electric pulses of EA/TE...
Source: Journal of Zhejiang University. Science. B. - Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: research
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