Acupuncture For Fertility? Really?

Despite claims to the contrary by acupuncturists and their fans, acupuncture has never had even a whit of benefit for fertility. Nonetheless, acupuncturists and some poorly informed doctors continue to recommend it, despite admitting they have no idea how it works.
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We describe the protocol for a randomized, patient-assessor-blinded, sham controlled trial. Seventy-two eligible patients will be randomly assigned to the intervention group (acupuncture) or the control group (sham acupuncture). All treatment will be given 26 sessions of acupuncture or sham acupuncture over 8 weeks (5 times per week in the first 2 weeks, 3 times per week during weeks 3-6, and 2 times per week during weeks7 and 8). Each treatment will last for 20 minutes. The primary outcome is the change in mean complete spontaneous bowel movements (CSBMs) per week. The secondary outcomes are patient assessment of constipa...
Source: World Journal of Acupuncture Moxibustion - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
Abstract The aim of this study was to investigate the time-dependent effects of acupuncture on the excitability and long-term potentiation- (LTP-) like plasticity induced by paired-associative stimulation (PAS) over the primary motor cortex (M1). The present examination is the first to report the influence of acupuncture on the motor-evoked potential (MEP) throughout the treatment process, including baseline (before acupuncture), the needle in situ, and the needle removal. Subsequently, the LTP-like plasticity induced by paired-associative stimulation (PAS) was explored, which consisted of 200 pairs of electrical ...
Source: Behavioural Neurology - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Behav Neurol Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 17 May 2019Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian StudiesAuthor(s): Alexander Ivanov, CSc, Czech Technical
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
ConclusionThe strength of evidence is weak for many indications, however the evidence for many standard therapies is either not very strong or if stronger, the incidence of adverse events is more, which makes acupuncture a treatment option despite the weak evidence. We have found evidence that many oncologists around the world have started to incorporate acupuncture into the treatment of various cancer related symptoms.
Source: Integrative Medicine Research - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 15 May 2019Source: Integrative Medicine ResearchAuthor(s): Caroline Yik-fong Hung, Xin-yin Wu, Vincent Chi-ho Chung, Endy Chun-hung Tang, Justin Che-yuen Wu, Alexander Yuk-lun Lau
Source: Integrative Medicine Research - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
(Natural News) Obesity has become a global epidemic. It is not only a health problem on its own, but it is also linked to many serious conditions. Fortunately, there is an effective and natural solution to fighting obesity: Acupuncture. A review written by researchers from China confirmed that this traditional Chinese medicine – both alone and...
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Publication date: Available online 24 April 2019Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian StudiesAuthor(s): Justin Shmalberg, Huisheng Xie, Mushtaq A. MemonAbstractAcupuncture and the administration of herbal supplements are increasingly used in veterinary practice, but no retrospective studies have examined patient characteristics and treatment interventions in a population of dogs and cats presenting exclusively for such therapies. This two-year retrospective analysis of 161 referrals to an integrative medicine service at an academic teaching hospital found that dogs were more frequently treated than cats (91.9% vs. 8....
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
ConclusionsThe study did not show a superiority of one technique compared to the other. Longer follow-up periods and more than one cupping session may be needed to evaluate the difference, if any, between both techniques.Trial registrationNCT02012205.
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
Source: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Source Type: research
ConclusionThese results suggest that electroacupuncture plus rehabilitation may provide earlier pain relief for patients with FSS and could be applied clinically.
Source: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
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