Fertility Enhancement Research

Quantitative evaluation of spermatozoa ultrastructure after acupuncture treatment for idiopathic male infertility.
Pei J et al Fertil Steril. 2005 Jul;84(1):141-7 Fertility and Sterility CONCLUSION(S): The treatment of idiopathic male infertility could 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.
Published on July 1, 2005

Randomized non-invasive sham-controlled pilot trial of electroacupuncture for postpartum depression.
Chung KF, Yeung WF, Zhang ZJ, Yung KP, Man SC, Lee CP, Lam SK, Leung TW, Leung KY, Ziea ET, Taam Wong V., J Affect Disord. 2012 Dec 15;142(1-3):115-21. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2012.04.008. Epub 2012 Jul 26. Source: Department of Psychiatry, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, SAR, China. kfchung@hkucc.hku.hk CONCLUSION: Both electroacupuncture and non-invasive sham acupuncture were effective for postpartum depression. Further studies utilizing larger sample size, better recruitment strategies, and home-based acupuncture treatment are warranted.
Published on July 26, 2012

Reduction of blood flow impedance in the uterine arteries of infertile women with electro-acupuncture.
Stener-Victorin E, Waldenström U, Andersson SA, Wikland M., Hum Reprod. 1996 Jun;11(6):1314-7. Source: Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Fertility Centre Scandinavia, University of Gothenburg, S-413 45 Gothenburg, Sweden. CONCLUSION: Compared to the mean baseline PI (pulsatility index), the mean PI was significantly reduced both shortly after the eighth EA treatment (P < 0.0001) and 10-14 days after the EA period (P < 0.0001).
Published on June 11, 1996

Steam sauna and mother roasting in Lao PDR: practices and chemical constituents of essential oils of plant species used in postpartum recovery.
de Boer HJ, Lamxay V, Björk L. Steam sauna and mother roasting in Lao PDR: practices and chemical constituents of essential oils of plant species used in postpartum recovery. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2011 Dec 15;11:128.
Published on December 15, 2011

Success of acupuncture treatment in patients with initially low sperm output is associated with a decrease in scrotal skin temperature.
Siterman S, Eltes F, Schechter L, Maimon Y, Lederman H, Bartoov B. Asian J Androl. 2009 Mar;11(2):200-8. doi: 10.1038/aja.2008.4. Epub 2009 Jan 5. Source: Maccabi Fund Complementary Medicine, Kaufman Street, Tel Aviv 68012, Israel. Conclusions: Low sperm count in patients with inflammation of the genital tract seems to be associated with scrotal hyperthermia, and, consequently, acupuncture treatment is recommended for these men.
Published on January 5, 2009

The current use of acupuncture during pregnancy and childbirth.
Xu J, MacKenzie IZ., Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol. 2012 Mar;24(2):65-71. doi: 10.1097/GCO.0b013e32834fead1. Source: Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Oxford, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, United Kingdom. CONCLUSIONS: Acupuncture therapy may offer some advantage over conventional treatment in the management of hyperemesis gravidarum and postcaesarean section pain and these areas warrant further study. Rigorous randomized studies, particularly those using objective measures, have failed to identify any obvious benefits from acupuncture for many of the other conditions studied.
Published on March 24, 2012

The use of acupuncture as a routine pre-birth treatment
Article by Debra Betts (Debra Betts practises in New Zealand. She is also a tutor at the New Zealand School of Acupuncture in Wellington.)
Published on March 26, 2018

Treatments for breast engorgement during lactation
Mangesi L, Zakarija-Grkovic I.Treatments for breast engorgement during lactation. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016 Jun 28;(6):CD006946. “Non-medical No differences were observed in the one study comparing acupuncture with usual care (advice and oxytocin spray) (risk ratio (RR) 0.50, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.13 to 1.92; one study; 140 women) in terms of cessation of breastfeeding. However, women in the acupuncture group were less likely to develop an abscess (RR 0.20, 95% CI 0.04 to 1.01; one study; 210 women), had less severe symptoms on day five (RR 0.84, 95% CI 0.70 to 0.99), and had a lower rate of pyrexia (RR 0.82, 95% CI 0.72 to 0.94) than women in the usual care group.”
Published on June 28, 2016

Use of acupuncture in female infertility and a summary of recent acupuncture studies related to embryo transfer.
Stener-Victorin E, Humaidan P., Acupunct Med. 2006 Dec;24(4):157-63. Source: Institute of Neuroscience and Physiolopgy, Sahlgrenska Academy, Göteborg University, Sweden. elisabet.stener-victorin@neuro.gu.se ABSTRACT: During the last five years the use of acupuncture in female infertility as an adjuvant to conventional treatment in assisted reproductive technology (ART) has increased in popularity. The present paper briefly discusses clinical and experimental data on the effect of acupuncture on uterine and ovarian blood flow, as an analgesic method during ART, and on endocrine and metabolic disturbances such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Further it gives a summary of recent studies evaluating the effect of acupuncture before and after embryo transfer on pregnancy outcome. Of the four published RCTs, three reveal significantly higher pregnancy rates in the acupuncture groups compared with the control groups. But the use of different study protocols makes it difficult to draw definitive conclusions. It seems, however, that acupuncture has a positive effect and no adverse effects on pregnancy outcome.
Published on December 24, 2006

Using moxibustion in primary healthcare to correct non-vertex presentation: a multicentre randomised controlled trial
Jorge Vas, José Manuel Aranda-Regules, Manuela Modesto, María Ramos-Monserrat, Mercedes Barón, Inmaculada Aguilar, Nicolás Benítez-Parejo, Carmen Ramírez-Carmona, Francisco Rivas-Ruiz, Acupunct Med 2013;31:31-38 doi:10.1136/acupmed-2012-010261 Conclusions:Moxibustion at acupuncture point BL67 is effective and safe to correct non-vertex presentation when used between 33 and 35 weeks of gestation. We believe that moxibustion represents a treatment option that should be considered to achieve version of the non-vertex fetus.
Published on October 26, 2012

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