Entries by Acupuncture Pregnancy Clinic

Effect of acupuncture vs sham acupuncture on live births among women undergoing in vitro fertilization: a randomized clinical trial

Caroline Smith et al, JAMA, 2018 DOI: 10.1001/jama.2018.5336 Journal of the American Medical Association.   848 women at 16 different IVF centres in Australia and New Zealand were given acupuncture (with real or sham needles)  by 80 different acupuncturists. A standardised protocol was delivered on Day 6 of the stimulation phase and another at some […]

Acupuncture administered after spontaneous rupture of membranes at term significantly reduces the length of birth and use of oxytocin. A randomized controlled trial.

Gaudernack LC1, Forbord S, Hole E    , Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2006;85(11):1348-53. Acta Obstetrica Gynecologica Scandinavia Labour times were reduced in women who’s waters had broken if they had acupuncture. There was also significant reduction in the need for oxytocin infusion to augment labor if acupuncture was administered.

The role of acupuncture in patients at unfavourable reproductive prognosis in IVF: a prospective randomised study

Arnoldi M et al, Human Reproduction. 25(20100600)pg i257, ESHRE JUN 2010 102 patients with previous history of failed IVF attempts or with high FSH were offered acupuncture during their next IVF cycle, and the outcome was compared with a similar group who did not have acupuncture. The pregnancy rate was found to be significantly higher […]

The effectiveness and safety of acupuncture for poor semen quality in infertile males: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Ui Min Jerng et al Asian J Androl. 2014 Nov-Dec; 16(6): 884–891 This review looks at a selected number of RCTs that examined the effect of acupuncture on sperm motility and count, but not morphology. From the 4 trials they examined, they report that motility and sperm concentration were significantly increased in the acupuncture groups […]

ACUPUNCTURE, HERBS AND MISCARRIAGE: Systematic Review of Chinese Medicine for Miscarriage during Early Pregnancy

Lu Li et al, Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 753856 Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine   Chinese data bases were screened for published studies on the effect of chinese herbal medicine on threatened miscarriage. While more than 300,000 papers were found, the trials generally did not meet the clinical research standards that would be required […]

Chinese herbal medicine Guizhi Fuling Formula for treatment of uterine fibroids: a systematic review of randomised clinical trials

Ni-Ni Chen et al, BMC Complement Altern Med. 2014; 14: 2. This review examined 38 RCTs and nearly 4000 patients with fibroids. They were treated with mifepristone alone or in combination with a well known Chinese herbal formula. The meta-analyses demonstrated that Guizhi Fuling Formula plus mifepristone was more effective than mifepristone alone in reducing […]

An Easy Aid to Weight Loss?

Source; msn news, 18th April 2017 Some overweight women and some women with PCOS have a hard time controlling their blood sugar levels, and this can make dieting and weight loss particularly difficult. Amazingly it appears that just one electroacupuncture treatment can reduce blood sugar, in much the same way that vigorous exercise does. Repeated […]

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

Anna Benrick et al, FASEB Journal,  April 12, 2017, doi: 10.1096/fj.201601381R 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 […]

Acupuncture and Period Pain

Source; SBS News, AAP. 18th July 2017   Our colleagues at Western Sydney Uni have released a paper proving something many of our patients already know, acupuncture helps period pain. And the effects last up to a year. When period pain improves, not only does quality of life look up, but we know from our […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]