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.
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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: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - Category: General Medicine Source Type: news
(MedPage Today) -- Two acupuncture studies find different outcomes in different conditions
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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
Abstract With 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 pulse...
Source: J Zhejiang Univ Sci ... - Category: Science Authors: Tags: J Zhejiang Univ Sci B Source Type: research
This is a guest post from a very thoughtful patient of ours.It describes very eloquently the worries and fears which prey on an infertile patient's mind. It's very hard to discuss them with anyone, and bottling them up just makes things worse !--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Isn't it a paradox that when India and world's population is exploding at alarming rate; here I am ,struggling to have a single child for 5 long years and with no idea when the struggle will really end.I am being treated at Malpani's and yesterday the doctor urged...
Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog - Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: blogs
AbstractOvulatory dysfunction refers to absent ovulation or luteal insufficiency. It is commonly seen in women with irregular menstruation or menstrual cycles, especially in those with oligomenorrhea or amenorrhea. Ovulatory dysfunction is considered the single-most frequent cause of female infertility. Clinically, the two major causes of ovulatory dysfunction are polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and luteinized unruptured follicle syndrome (LUFS). Acupuncture-moxibustion improves ovulation and helps with infertility. Through a systematic review and analysis on relevant literatures inChinese Medicine andAcupuncture-moxibu...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
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