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Fertility and acupuncture

Junyoung Jo, Hyunho Kim
This retrospective study aimed to evaluate the differences in abdominal temperature (AT) between fertile (n=206; age) and infertile (n=250) women between the ages of 30 and 39 years. We evaluated the differences in two distinctive skin temperatures by thermography: ΔT1 (CV8 index) - difference in temperature between the mid-abdomen (CV8 acupuncture area) and ventral upper arm (VUA) and ΔT2 (CV4 index) - difference in temperature between the lower abdomen (CV4 acupuncture area) and VUA. The results indicated that the ΔT1 and ΔT2 of infertile women were significantly lower (by 1...
October 2016: Journal of Thermal Biology
Adam H Balen, Lara C Morley, Marie Misso, Stephen Franks, Richard S Legro, Chandrika N Wijeyaratne, Elisabet Stener-Victorin, Bart C J M Fauser, Robert J Norman, Helena Teede
BACKGROUND: Here we describe the consensus guideline methodology, summarise the evidence-based recommendations we provided to the World Health Organisation (WHO) for their consideration in the development of global guidance and present a narrative review on the management of anovulatory infertility in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). OBJECTIVE AND RATIONALE: The aim of this paper was to present an evidence base for the management of anovulatory PCOS...
August 10, 2016: Human Reproduction Update
Zhengyun Xie, Bing Yao, Li Chen, Yanyun Mu, Jie Cheng, Qian Li, Zhao Gao, You-bing Xia
The impact of acupuncture for the pregnancy of in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer (IVF-ET) is discussed in the paper. Nowadays there are various conclusions about the impact of acupuncture for IVF-ET, and it may result from the differences in research designs. The effect is closely related to the demographic and clinical characteristics of subjects, such as age, the diagnosis of barrenness, blood flow index of uterine spiral arteries, the cycle of IVF, etc. Besides, the efficacy is influenced by treatment based on syndrome differentiation or not, the frequency and course of acupuncture in both the treating group and the control group, etc...
May 2016: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Ju-Feng Xia, Yoshinori Inagaki, Jian-Feng Zhang, Ling Wang, Pei-Pei Song
Chinese medicine (CM) has been used in clinical treatment for thousands of years in China, Japan, Korea, and other countries. CM is at present attracting many attentions around the world for reproductive health care and disease prevention, including treatment of female infertility. This review focuses on the CM treatment for female infertility patients, and supplies a summary on the efficacy, safety, and mechanism of some Chinese herbal medicines, herbal medicine-derived active compounds, and acupuncture. A large number of researches have reported that CM could alleviate or even cure female infertility by regulating hormone, improving reproductive outcome of in vivo fertilization, affecting embryonic implantation, curing polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, relieving mental stress, and regulating immune system...
August 2, 2016: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
Yong Tang, Hai-Yan Yin, Patrizia Rubini, Peter Illes
Chronic pain is a debilitating and rather common health problem. The present shortage in analgesic drugs with a favorable spectrum but without remarkable side effects furthered the search for alternative therapeutic manipulations. Increasing evidence from both basic and clinical research on acupuncture, a main alternative therapy of traditional Chinese medicine, suggests that chronic pain is sensitive to acupuncture procedures. Clarification of the underlying mechanisms is a challenge of great theoretical and practical significance...
June 25, 2016: Neuroscientist: a Review Journal Bringing Neurobiology, Neurology and Psychiatry
Suzanne Cochrane, Caroline A Smith, Alphia Possamai-Inesedy, Alan Bensoussan
The global average of couples with fertility problems is 9%. Assisted reproductive technologies are often inaccessible. Evidence points to acupuncture offering an opportunity to promote natural fertility. This study asked whether providing a multiphasic fertility acupuncture protocol to women with sub/infertility would increase their awareness of fertility and achieve normalisation of their menstrual cycle compared with a lifestyle control. In a pragmatic randomised controlled trial sub/infertile women were offered an intervention of acupuncture and lifestyle modification or lifestyle modification only...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Yang Wang, Yanhong Li, Ruixue Chen, Xiaoming Cui, Jinna Yu, Zhishun Liu
BACKGROUND: Effective methods for the treatment of reproductive dysfunction are limited. Previous studies have reported that acupuncture can modulate female hormone levels, improve menstrual disorders, alleviate depression and improve pregnancy rates. However, studies of acupuncture for diminished ovarian reserve (DOR) are lacking. OBJECTIVE: To carry out a prospective observational study aimed at assessing the effect of EA on the reproductive hormone levels of patients with DOR seeking fertility support and consider its safety...
May 13, 2016: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
Chi Eung Danforn Lim, Rachel W C Ng, Ke Xu, Nga Chong Lisa Cheng, Charlie C L Xue, Jian Ping Liu, Nini Chen
BACKGROUND: Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is characterised by the clinical signs of oligo-amenorrhoea, infertility and hirsutism. Conventional treatment of PCOS includes a range of oral pharmacological agents, lifestyle changes and surgical modalities. Beta-endorphin presents in the follicular fluid of both normal and polycystic ovaries. It was demonstrated that the beta-endorphin levels in ovarian follicular fluid of otherwise healthy women who were undergoing ovulation were much higher than the levels measured in plasma...
2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Yan Wu, Nicola Robinson, Paul J Hardiman, Malcolm B Taw, Jue Zhou, Fang-fang Wang, Fan Qu
OBJECTIVE: To provide guidance for future randomized controlled trials (RCTs) based on a review concerning acupuncture for treating polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). METHODS: A comprehensive literature search was conducted in October 2015 using MEDLINE, EMBASE, SCISEARCH, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, the Cochrane Menstrual Disorders and Subfertility Group trials register, Allied and Complementary Medicine (AMED), China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), and the Wanfang databases...
March 2016: Journal of Zhejiang University. Science. B
Xiaoshu Zhu, Yuklan Liew, Zhao Lan Liu
BACKGROUND: Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) usage is expected to increase as women suffering from menopausal symptoms are seeking alternative therapy due to concerns from the adverse effects (AEs) associated with hormone therapy (HT). Scientific evidence for their effectiveness and safety is needed. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of CHM in the treatment of menopausal symptoms. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the Gynaecology and Fertility Group's Specialised Register of controlled trials, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL; 2015, Issue 3), MEDLINE, Embase, CINAHL, AMED, and PsycINFO (from inception to March 2015)...
2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
David F Yao, Jesse N Mills
While we may be comfortable with an allopathic approach to male infertility, we are also responsible for knowledge about lifestyle modifications and holistic, complementary, and alternative therapies that are used by many of our patients. This paper provides an evidence-based review separating fact from fiction for several of these therapies. There is sufficient literature to support weight reduction by diet and exercise, smoking cessation, and alcohol moderation. Supplements that have demonstrated positive effects on male fertility on small randomized controlled trial (RCT) include aescin, coenzyme Q 10 , glutathione, Korean red ginseng, L-carnitine, nigella sativa, omega-3, selenium, a combination of zinc and folate, and the Menevit antioxidant...
May 2016: Asian Journal of Andrology
Li Zhou, Youbing Xia, Xiang Ma, Limei Tang, Jing Lu, Qingqing Tang, Yinping Wang
OBJECTIVE: To observe the effects of "menstrual cycle-based acupuncture therapy" on ovarian function and pregnancy results of in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer (IVF-ET) in patients with decline in ovarian reserve (DOR). METHODS: A total of 63 patients of DOR who received treatment of IVF/intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) were randomly divided into an observation group (30 cases) and a control group (33 cases). The patients in the observation group were treated with "menstrual cycle-based acupuncture therapy"...
January 2016: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Richard Glickman-Simon, Tammy Lindsay
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November 2015: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
Paraskevi Matsota, Eva Kaminioti, Georgia Kostopanagiotou
Management of pain and anxiety during oocyte retrieval makes anesthesia an important part of the in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures. There are many studies investigating the influence of anesthesia on IVF success. This review article provides an overview of published data regarding the potential toxic effects of different anesthetic techniques (Loco-regional, general anesthesia (GA), and monitored anesthesia care (MAC)), different anesthetic agents, and alternative medicine approach (principally acupuncture) on the IVF outcome...
2015: BioMed Research International
Qian Chen, Cuifang Hau
OBJECTIVE: To observe the impacts on endometrial and pregnancy outcomes treated with acupuncture and moxibustion in the patients of in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer (IVF-ET) and explore the application value, of acupuncture and moxibustion in IVF-ET treatment. METHODS: One hundred and fourteen patients of IVF-ET treated with standard long-term program at luteal phase were randomized into an observation group and a control group, 57 cases in each one. In the observation group, at the beginning of ovulatory induction, moxibustion was applied to Shenque (CV 8) and acupuncture was to Zhongji (CV 3), Guanyuan (CV 4), Qihai (CV 6), Zigong (EX-CA 1), Xuebai (SP 10), etc...
April 2015: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Jing Li, Wei Cui, Wei Sun, Qi-Yao Zhang, Qun Guan
OBJECTIVE: To observe the effect of electro-acupuncture (EA) treatment on the oocyte quality in polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) patients undergoing in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer (IVF-ET). METHODS: Totally 217 PCOS patients undergoing IVF-ET were assigned to two groups by random digit table, the EA group (119 cases) and the control group (98 cases). All patients received long program ovarian hyperstimulation with gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist...
March 2015: Chinese Journal of Integrated Traditional and Western Medicine
Lee E Hullender Rubin, Michael S Opsahl, Klaus E Wiemer, Scott D Mist, Aaron B Caughey
Patients undergoing IVF may receive either acupuncture or whole-systems traditional Chinese medicine (WS-TCM) as an adjuvant IVF treatment. WS-TCM is a complex intervention that can include acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, dietary, lifestyle recommendations. In this retrospective cohort study, 1231 IVF patient records were reviewed to assess the effect of adjuvant WS-TCM on IVF outcomes compared among three groups: IVF with no additional treatment; IVF and elective acupuncture on day of embryo transfer; or IVF and elective WS-TCM...
June 2015: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
Fang Lian, Chen Chen, Shan Xiang
OBJECTIVE: To explore the impact and effect mechanism of electroacupuncture (EA) on oocyte quali ty in the patients with infertility of kidney deficiency pattern. METHODS: Sixty-six cases differentiated as kidney de ficiency and with in vitro fertilization-embryo transplantation (IVF-ET), aged fromnt 35 to 42 years were rando- mized into an observation group and a control group, 33 cases in each one. The IVF-ET therapy of the long proto- col with gonadotrophin releasing hormone agonist was adopted in the two groups...
February 2015: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Jasmin Okhowat, Maximilian Murtinger, Maximilian Schuff, Johannes Wogatzky, Dietmar Spitzer, Pierre Vanderzwalmen, Barbara Wirleitner, Nicolas Herbert Zech
CONTEXT: Massage therapy is increasingly used to relieve physical and mental discomfort and is suggested as a safe therapeutic modality, without any significant risks or any known side effects. Although a multitude of complementary therapies, such as acupuncture, are applied in reproductive medicine, no information is available with regard to the application of massage as an adjuvant therapy in assisted-reproduction techniques (ARTs). OBJECTIVES: This study was intended to assess the effectiveness of a deep relaxation (andullation) therapy based on oscillating vibrations when used prior to embryo transfer (ET) in in vitro fertilization (IVF) cryo-cycles...
March 2015: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
Yan-Li Hong, Yong Tan, Yan-Yun Yin, Yi-Jie Zou, Yin-Hua Guo, Xiao-Wei Nie
OBJECTIVE: To observe the effect of electro-acupuncture (EA) on clinical outcomes and the occurrence of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) in in vitro fertilization and embryo transplantation. METHODS: Totally 109 patients who routinely received in vitro fertilization/intracytoplasmic sperm injection (IVF/ICSI) at Reproductive Center were assigned to the control group (56 cases) and the EA group (53 cases) according to even and odd-numbered date. Patients in the control group received controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH) referring to GnRH-a long protocol...
November 2014: Chinese Journal of Integrated Traditional and Western Medicine
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