ACUPUNCTURE, HERBS AND PCOS: Autonomic nervous system activation mediates the increase in whole-body glucose uptake in response to electroacupuncture

Foundation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

Foundation of American Experimental Biology Journal

 

Applying just one session of low frequency electroacupuncture has been shown to reduce blood sugar in overweight women with PCOS. This adds to the mounting evidence we have that indicates that electroacupuncture is a valid and desirable treatment option for PCOS patients trying to improve their ovary function and fertility.

 

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Herbal Medicines for Treating Metabolic Syndrome: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials

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Jang et al, Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2016;2016:5936402

Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

 

One of the main concerns with PCOS is elevated insulin levels and abdominal obesity.  A reduction in these is correlated with better ovary function in patients with PCOS.

This review examined the effect of Chinese herbs on such parameters and concluded that they were an effective treatment.

 

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Electroacupuncture for reproductive hormone levels in patients with diminished ovarian reserve: a prospective observational study

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Yang Wang et al, 2016, BMJ Acup Med, Vol 34, Issue 5

BMJ Acupuncture in Medicine

 

This study from Beijing examined the effect of electro-acupuncture on women who were diagnosed with poor ovarian reserve, indicated by their baseline FSH level being elevated on Day 2 or 3 of their menstrual cycle, ie between and 11 and 40 mIU/ml.

After 12 weeks of treatment mean FSH levels dropped by nearly a half, a highly significant result.

 

 

 

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META ANALYSES AND REVIEWS ……….. Effectiveness of acupuncture in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome undergoing in vitro fertilisation or intracytoplasmic sperm injection: a systematic review and meta-analysis

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Junyoung Jo and  Yoon Jae Lee, 2017 Acup in Med, online

British Medical Journal; Acupuncture in Medicine

 

A review of randomly selected and controlled trials that examined the effect of acupuncture on 430 PCOS patients undergoing IVF, indicates that acupuncture (both electro acupuncture and manual acupuncture) improved pregnancy rates and reduced the risk of OHSS. Acupuncture was delivered only during the IVF cycle and did not however improve live birth outcomes in this review. It may be the case that PCOS patients would benefit from continued acupuncture treatment during the pregnancy to improve these outcomes.

 

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Therapeutic effect of acupuncture on the outcomes of in vitro fertilization: a systematic review and meta-analysis

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Qian Y et al, 2016  Arch Gynecol Obstet Dec p 1-16

Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics

 

Data from nearly six and a half thousand women undergoing IVF reveals that acupuncture improves pregnancy rates especially when it is carried out in the stimulation phase of the IVF cycle when the follicles are developing. In general studies carried out in Asia using electro acupuncture showed a stronger trend to improved IVF outcomes than did non Asian studies that did not use electro-acupuncture.

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The Role of Acupuncture in in vitro Fertilization: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

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Shen C et al, 2015 Gynecol Obstet Invest 79:1-12

Gynecological and Obstetric Investigations

 

A review of 21 Random Control trials (that included nearly 5,500 patients) concluded that while acupuncture administered to IVF patients only at the time of embryo transfer did not confer any significant advantage, acupuncture administered during the IVF cycle stimulation phase and/or during implantation phase in addition to treatment at the time of transfer showed  significant improvement in pregnancy rates.

 

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ACUPUNCTURE AND BLOOD FLOW: Effects of Acupuncture on the Endometrium in Anovulatory Cases Treated by Clomiphene: A Clinical Observation

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HU Wenxiao, J Taishan Med College. 2016, (9):1029-1031

Journal of Taishan Medical College

 

Researchers in Taishan medical university discovered that when they gave women with anovulatory infertility Clomid alongside acupuncture and moxibustion treatment, they did significantly better than those who had just Clomid, or Clomid plus estrogen. The blood flow to the uterus and endometrium increased and the pregnancy rate was improved in the acupuncture group.

 

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Effects of transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation on ovarian reserve of patients with diminished ovarian reserve in in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer cycles.

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Zheng Y et al, J Obstet Gynaecol Res. 2015 Dec;41(12):1905-11

The Journal of Obstetric and Gynecological Research

 

240 women with poor ovarian reserve who were undergoing IVF treatment, were divided into either a group that received electrostimulation to acupuncture points or into a control group. The study showed that the 56 women who received the electrostimulation to acupuncture points had a significantly higher clinical pregnancy rate than the other groups. This is an encouraging finding for these patients since it is often thought that not much can be done to improve the chances of IVF patients with low ovarian reserve.

 

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ACUPUNCTURE AND PREGNANCY; The effects of acupuncture during labour on nulliparous women: a randomised controlled trial.

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Hantoushzadeh S et al, Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2007 Feb;47(1):26-30.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

 

A reduction in pain and in labour duration was observed in women receiving acupuncture in this trial which involved 144 women giving birth for the first time.

 

 

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Effect of Acupressure at Hugo Point (LI4) On the Process and Outcomes of Labor in Nulliparous Women

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Aghdam S, Daryabakhsh A, IJOG, 2012;15(27):14-20

Iranian Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Infertility.

 

Using simple acupressure on an acupuncture point in the hand was shown to help women in labour in this trial in Iran. The women who received acupressure to point Hegu, or LI 4, found they had shorter labours and experienced less pain at the end of first stage and beginning of second stage, than did the women who had pressure applied to other areas of the hand. Read More

Prior to Conception: The Role of an Acupuncture Protocol in Improving Women’s Reproductive Functioning

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Cochrane S et al,  Evid Based Comp and Alt Med, 2016, Article ID 3587569, 11 pages

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

 

Acupuncture as a modality to improve fertility in women who had been trying to conceive for a year or more without success, was assessed in this review. It shows that women receiving acupuncture tend to conceive more rapidly than those in a control group. Read More

ACUPUNCTURE AND SPERM; Randomised clinical trial of comparing effects of acupuncture and varicocelectomy on sperm parameters in infertile varicocele patients.

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Kucuk EV et al, Andrologia. 2016 Jan 21. doi: 10.1111/and.12541. [Epub ahead of print]

Andrologia

A study comparing surgical versus acupuncture treatment of men who were infertile due to varicocles in the testes, found both methods were successful in improving sperm parameters although acupuncture was superior to surgery. The acupuncture was performed twice a week for 2 months.

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