CONCLUSION: The treatment of idiopathic male infertility benefit from employing acupuncture. A general improvement of sperm quality, specifically in the ultrastructural integrity of spermatozoa, was seen after acupuncture, although we did not identify specific sperm pathologies that could be particularly sensitive to this therapy.
Acupuncture improves sperm quality (motility, normal sperm ratio) and ICSI outcomes: The sperm concentration, motility, morphology, fertilization rates and embryo quality were observed. Quick sperm motility after acupuncture was significantly improved as compared with that before treatment. The normal sperm ratio was increased after acupuncture. The fertilization rates after acupuncture (66.2%) were obviously higher than that before treatment (40.2%, P < 0.01).
Effect of electro-acupuncture on ovarian expression of alpha (1)- and beta (2)-adrenoceptors, and p75 neurotrophin receptors in rats with steroid-induced polycystic ovaries. Manni L, Lundeberg T, Holmang A, Aloe L, Stener-Victorin E. Cardiovascular Institute and Wallenberg Laboratory, Sahlgrenska Academy, Goteborg University, SE-413 45 Goteborg, Sweden. firstname.lastname@example.org BACKGROUND: Estradiol valerate (EV)-induced polycystic ovaries (PCO) in rats […]
Electro-acupuncture reverses nerve growth factor abundance in experimental polycystic ovaries in the rat. Bai YH, Lim SC, Song CH, Bae CS, Jin CS, Choi BC, Jang CH, Lee SH, Pak SC. Research Division of Biological Science, Chosun University Medical School, Gwangju, Korea. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) remains one of the most common causes of anovulation […]
Effects of electro-acupuncture on anovulation in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Stener-Victorin E, Waldenstrom U, Tagnfors U, Lundeberg T, Lindstedt G, Janson PO. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Goteborg University, Sweden. BACKGROUND: The present study was designed to evaluate if electro-acupuncture (EA) could affect oligo-/anovulation and related endocrine and neuroendocrine parameters in women with polycystic […]
Acupuncture normalizes dysfunction of hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis. Chen BY. Institute of Acupuncture, Shanghai Medical University, P.R. China. This article summarizes the studies of the mechanism of electroacupuncture (EA) in the regulation of the abnormal function of hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis (HPOA) in our laboratory. Clinical observation showed that EA with the effective acupoints could cure some anovulatory patients […]
Measuring the Effectiveness of Chinese Herbal Medicine in Improving Female Fertility By: Trevor A. Wing & Elke S. Sedlmeier Aim: To determine the relationship between female fertility indicators and the administration of Chinese herbal medicine (CHM). Design: A prospective cohort clinical study to measure accepted bio-medical factors that affect female fertility and to determine if […]
FALLOPIAN TUBE DYSFUNCTION AND CHINESE HERBAL MEIDCINE A study was carried out in Guangzhou, China, to find an effective treatment for tubal obstruction. The results of 120 women divided into three treatment groups were compared. One group received a combination of Western medical treatment and Chinese herbal medicine, one group received Chinese herbal medicine only […]
Dieterle S, Ying G, Hatzmann W, Neuer A. Fertil Steril. 2006 May;85(5):1347-51. Epub 2006 Apr 17. Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Witten/Herdecke, Dortmund, Germany. Dieterle@IVF-Dortmund.de OBJECTIVE: To determine the effect of luteal-phase acupuncture on the outcome of IVF/intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). DESIGN: Randomized, prospective, controlled clinical study. […]
Clinical observation on treatment of 43 women with polycystic ovary syndrome based on syndrome differentiation [Article in Chinese] Jia LN, Wang XJ. Department of Gynecology of Integrative Medicine, Huashan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai 200040, China. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the therapeutic effect of treatment based on syndrome differentiation and its influence on the serum levels of […]
Acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer significantly improves the reproductive outcome in infertile women: a prospective, randomized trial National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Vienna, Austria: There was heartening news today (Wednesday 3 July) for would-be parents worried because they had difficulty conceiving. A new study being presented to Europe’s leading reproductive medicine conference […]
Coffee linked to doubled fetal death rates American Journal of Epidemiology 2005; 162: 983-90 Investigating whether coffee consumption during pregnancy is associated with late fetal death. Women who drink eight or more cups of coffee a day are twice as likely as women who do not drink coffee to miscarry or have a stillbirth, a […]
Acupuncture and good prognosis IVF patients: Synergy. P. C. Magarelli, D. K. Cridennda, M. Cohen. Reproductive Medicine & Fertility Center, Colorado Springs, CO; East Winds Acupuncture, Inc., Colorado Springs, CO. OBJECTIVE: To determine the role of electro stimulation acupuncture and traditional combined with auricular acupuncture on IVF outcomes in good prognosis patients.
P.C. Magarelli, D.K. Cridennda. Reproductive Medicine & Fertility Center, Colorado Springs, CO. Background and Significance: The utility of acupuncture in the treatment of infertility has been demonstrated in two controlled studies. The first study determined the effect of reducing the Pulsatility Index (PI) of the uterine artery on reproductive outcomes; the second study described a […]
Tanaka T; Mizuno K; Umesaki N; Ogita S Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Osaka City University Medical School, Japan.Osaka City Med J, 44(1):117-24 1998 Jun (ISSN: 0030-6096) Changes in the specific antiendometrial IgM antibodies in an endometriotic patient, who were treated with leuproride acetate and in turn with Keishi-bukuyogan, were investigated by the flowcytometric analysis […]
By: Marilyn Elias USA TODAY Acupuncture on pain-relief points cuts blood flow to key areas of the brain within seconds, providing the clearest explanation to date for how the ancient technique might relieve pain and treat addictions, a Harvard scientist reports today.
Over a period of three years, acupuncture was offered to patients entering assisted reproduction therapy. Acupuncture sessions were given at varying, but usually weekly, intervals during the in vitro fertilisation (IVF) cycle, and immediately before and after embryo transfer. Twenty two patients (average age 36.2 years) were treated over a total of 26 IVF cycles and 15 pregnancies were achieved, as determined by presence of foetal heartbeat on ultrasound at four weeks post embryo transfer. This was a success rate of 57.7% compared with 45.3% for patients in the IVF unit not treated with acupuncture (P > 0.05). Relaxing effects were noted following acupuncture and it is speculated that this may have contributed to the increase in pregnancy rate for the acupuncture group.
Victor S. Sierpina, MD; Moshe A. Frenkel, MD Family Medicine Department, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX Abstract This article summarizes the research base, probable mechanism of actions, and clinical applications of acupuncture. It offers the clinician a deeper understanding of appropriate conditions for which acupuncture may be useful, outlines how to integrate acupuncture […]