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

Jnl of Taishan Med college

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Methods;

43 patients were randomly distributed into three groups. Group 1 received only clomiphene. Group 2 received clomiphene plus estradiol cypionate and dydrogesterone. Group 3 received clomiphene plus acupuncture and moxibustion. The number of patients in each group was 15, 14, and 14 respectively. Patients ranged from ages 21–39. The preexisting duration of anovulatory infertility ranged from 1–8 years.

The acupuncture protocol was;

  • CV4 (Guanyuan)
  • CV3 (Zhongji)
  • Zigong
  • ST29 (Guilai)
  • SP6 (Sanyinjiao)
  • ST36 (Zusanli) plus
  • BL18 (Ganshu) for Liver Qi stagnation
  • ST40 (Fenglong) for Damp
  • SP10 (Xuehai) for Blood stasis with
  • LV2 (Xingjian)

Moxibustion was applied once a day to the following points from 10 days after ovulation:

  • Zigong
  • CV3 (Zhongji)
  • CV4 (Guanyuan)
  • ST29 (Guilai)

Conclusion;

Traditional Chinese Medicine can be either applied alone or combined with Western medicine to increase pregnancy rates and treat infertility. With the help of TCM treatment for infertility can be more effective while producing much less adverse effects.