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Research Archive

Welcome to our Chinese medicine and acupuncture research news pages. We add to the content of these pages continuously as more research news comes in. Browse through the complete archive below or use the category links on the right.

Please note that the most twenty recent research archive items are free to view but access to the thousands of items in the archive require a journal subscription.

Five weeks of electro-acupuncture (EA) treatment improves markers of glucose regulation and androgen levels in overweight/obese women with polycystic ovary syndrome ...

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A UK-based pilot study suggests that both individualised and standardised Chinese herbal medicines have similar clinical effects on promoting menstrual regularity in women with polycystic ovary syndrome ...

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Electro-acupuncture (EA) may improve reproductive hormone levels in patients with diminished ovarian reserve (DOR), according to preliminary research from China ...

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A pilot pragmatic trial carried out in Australia suggests that acupuncture can halve the time taken for sub-fertile women to conceive ...

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Transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation (TEAS) can regulate hormone levels and improve clinical pregnancy rates in patients with decreased ovarian reserve (DOR) during in vitro fertilization (IVF) and embryo transfer ...

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A systematic review by Australian authors suggests that management of female infertility with Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) can improve pregnancy rates two-fold within a three to six month period, compared with Western medical fertility drug therapy (WM) ...

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Individualised treatment with ‘whole-systems traditional Chinese medicine’ (WS-TCM, that includes a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and dietary and lifestyle recommendations) may be of benefit when added to IVF treatment, according to an American research team ...

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Transcutaneous electrical acupuncture point stimulation (TEAS) has beneficial effects on markers of endometrial receptivity in women undergoing frozen-thawed embryo transfer (FET), a Chinese study has shown ...

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Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) is nearly twice as effective as Western medicine (WM) in the treatment of female infertility (60% successful pregnancy rates compared to 33%) according to a meta-analysis of 40 randomised controlled trials and meta-analyses ...

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A trial carried out in the USA has found that acupuncture performed off-site on the day of embryo transfer (ET) was detrimental to the success of the transfer. In a prospective, physician-blinded study ...

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The use of Chinese herbs can improve the outcomes of assisted reproductive technologies, according to a Chinese study ...

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Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan (GZFLW - Cinnamon and Hoelen Formula) appears to result in additional reduction of fibroid volume when added to mifepristone treatment, according to a Cochrane Database systematic review.

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A small Chinese study suggests that acupuncture can regulate hormone levels and improve psychological and menopausal symptoms in women with premature ovarian failure (POF).

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Swedish authors have reviewed the results of randomised studies on the use of acupuncture for women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

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There is no evidence that acupuncture improves live birth or pregnancy rates in assisted conception, according to an update of a Cochrane Database systematic review.

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A small Chinese study suggests that electro-acupuncture (EA) can normalise hormone levels and induce menstruation in women with primary ovarian insufficiency (POI - a syndrome characterised by amenorrhoea, sex steroid deficiency and elevated gonadotrophin levels, occurring in women under the age of 40).

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Acupuncture researchers from the USA have carried out a study to re-examine the effect of an adjuvant acupuncture protocol that was previously reported to have a negative effect on clinical pregnancy rates (CPR) in women undergoing vitro fertilization (IVF).

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Two US authors have undertaken a critical examination of the current state of research on acupuncture as a supporting treatment for IVF.

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A small qualitative study carried out in the UK has found that women treated with acupuncture during labour reported enhanced birthing experiences.

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A Chinese research group has shown that treatment with Chinese herbal medicines (CHMs) can prevent the recurrence of endometriosis and improve the conception rate in women who have undergone surgery for endometriosis.

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A course of acupuncture treatments can increase ovulation frequency in women with PCOS, according to a Swedish study.

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Treatment with acupuncture and moxibustion can lead to better chances of a successful pregnancy for women who have had previous IVF failures.

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Chinese researchers have found that adding Er Zhi Tian Gui granules (ETG, Two Ultimates Tian Gui Granules) to the treatment regime of women undergoing IVF can reduce the dosage of gonadotropin (Gn) required for ovarian stimulation and shorten treatment duration, as well as alleviating clinical symptoms and improving clinical pregnancy rates.

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A preliminary study conducted in Japan suggests that women who have failed to become pregnant from IVF could benefit from taking Chinese herbs during future IVF treatments.

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Results from a meta-analysis by Chinese authors indicate that acupuncture, especially around the time of controlled ovarian hyperstimulation, can improve pregnancy outcomes in women undergoing IVF.

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An international panel of acupuncture fertility experts has collaborated to establish a consensus on what is considered to constitute

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The results of a large Australian observational study suggest that intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is linked to an increased risk of birth defects compared with spontaneous conception.

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There are currently no recommended medical treatment options for threatened miscarriage.

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A qualitative study has explored the experiences of women receiving acupuncture for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

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A meta-analysis of studies evaluating the effect of acupuncture on in vitro fertilization (IVF) outcomes has concluded that the type of control procedure used can affect study outcomes.

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Acupuncture can reduce anxiety symptoms in women undergoing IVF, according to a team of Brazilian researchers.

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A systematic review of the use of traditional Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) in the management of female infertility has concluded that it can significantly improve the chances of pregnancy, compared with Western medical (WM) drug therapy or IVF.

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Transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation (TEAS) has been found by Chinese researchers to significantly improve pregnancy rates in women undergoing embryo transfer (ET).

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Acupuncture can help reduce stress for women experiencing infertility, according to Australian researchers.

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A Chinese study has found that a Chinese herbal formula compares favourably with drug therapy for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

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A systematic review by US authors has concluded that Chinese herbal medicine may increase the effectiveness of infertility treatment with the drug clomiphene citrate (CC).

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A paper by Eric Manheimer questions the rationale behind use of sham acupuncture controls in trials of adjuvant acupuncture for in vitro fertilization (IVF).

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A paper by Eric Manheimer questions the rationale behind use of sham acupuncture controls in trials of adjuvant acupuncture for in vitro fertilization (IVF).

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Low-frequency electro-acupuncture (EA) can improve hyperandrogenism and menstrual frequency in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), according to

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A Brazilian team has found that the ability of acupuncture to benefit fertility treatment may depend on the cause of the woman’s infertility. Four hundred and sixteen patients undergoing intracytoplasmic sperm injection cycles were randomised to ei

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Women receiving acupuncture on the day of ET perceive less stress, which may play a role in improving their chances of becoming pregnant. In an observational, prospective, cohort study, American investigators studied 57 infertile patients undergoing

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A large Danish randomised controlled trial has concluded that acupuncture administered in relation to embryo transfer (ET) has no greater effect on the outcome of IVF and or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) than placebo needling. 635 patients

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Acupuncture is perceived by infertile women to have a positive impact on their health. An Australian pilot study investigated the experience of eight infertile women who had attended a minimum of four acupuncture sessions with the intention of improv

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In a small Brazilian study, 19 male patients with sperm abnormalities (sperm count, motility and morphology) were randomly assigned to receive true (treatment group) or sham (control group) acupuncture and moxibustion treatment. The treatment group w

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A study of the effect of acupuncture on sperm quality in men suffering infertility of unknown cause, found that after twice weekly treatment for five weeks, there were fewer structural sperm defects (acrosome position and shape, nuclear shape, axo

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The first prospective, randomised, single-blind, placebo-controlled study of the effect of acupuncture in infertile men with severe oligoasthenozoospermia has shown that acupuncture can improve sperm motility. The German study, involving 29 men compa

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A UK based systematic review has concluded that acupuncture does not improve in-vitro fertilisation outcome.

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American researchers have investigated the effects of acupuncture on serum cortisol and prolactin in IVF patients undergoing drug-induced ovarian hyperstimulation.

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The beneficial effect of acupuncture on fertility treatment has once again been highlighted by the results of a major scientific study.

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A meta-analysis of seven clinical trials in which acupuncture was used to support embryo transfer during IVF has concluded that it improves rates of pregnancy and live birth.

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A literature review from the USA provides an overview of the use of acupuncture as an adjunctive therapy for in vitro fertilisation (IVF).

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A randomised prospective controlled clinical study examined the effect of luteal-phase acupuncture on the outcome of in vitro fertilisation/intracytoplasmic sperm injection.

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In a Danish study to investigate the befits of acupuncture in assisted reproduction (IVF and ICSI), women were randomly assigned to three groups.

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Over a period of three years in a private practice 22 patients entering assisted reproduction therapy were given acupuncture.

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A German study reported in NEWS 69, June 2002 showed that adding IVF to the treatment protocol of patients receiving IVF increased their chances of becoming pregnant by 50%. Now a further study carried out at the Reproductive Medicine and Fertilit

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In this study, 286 women were randomly assigned to receive either electroacupuncture plus para-cervical block or alfentanil (a powerful analgesic) plus para-cervical block during oocyte aspiration (egg retrieval).

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A review of the medical literature on acupuncture and female fertility published in the journal Fertility and Sterility has shown that acupuncture can help reduce stress, increase blood flow to the reproductive organs and normalise ovulation and the menstrual cycle.

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A recent study in Germany (the Christian-Lauritzen-Institut in Ulm) has shown that adding acupuncture to the treatment protocol of IVF patients increases their chances of becoming pregnant by nearly 50%.

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6 female patients being treated for infertility by in vitro fertilisation were referred to acupuncture due to difficulty with follicle production despite maximum gonadotropin therapy. Acupuncture was given at the same time that they began follicle

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Acupuncture may stimulate follicle development in women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF). In a small study of 6 women who all had difficulty with follicle production despite maximum gonadotropin therapy, three produced more ovarian follicle

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