Entries by Acupuncture Pregnancy Clinic

Overview of systematic reviews of non-pharmacological interventions in women with polycystic ovary syndrome

Human Reproduction Update Jyotsna Pundir et al, Hum Reprod Update, Volume 25, Issue 2, 2019, Pages 243–256 The authors reviewed 12 systematic reviews of randomized trials (high quality score AMSTAR) that have evaluated the effects of non-pharmacological interventions, such as lifestyle interventions, nutritional supplements or acupuncture and Chinese medicine in women with PCOS on fertility, […]

Point of Influence: What is the Role of Acupuncture in In Vitro Fertilization Outcomes?

LH Rubin MEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE Volume 31, Number 6, 2019 Lee Hollander Rubin from the University of California summaries the latest analyses of the effectiveness of acupuncture intervention for IVF patients. The incidence of live births in IVF patients who had acupuncture was seen to be significantly increased in recent meta-analyses, especially in women who had […]

Acupuncture in improving endometrial receptivity: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Yajing Zhong et al, BMC Comp Alt Med (2019) 19:61   BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine The authors examined data from Korean, Chinese and Japanese data bases and found nearly 400 articles relating to endometrial receptivity and fertility. After applying strict exclusion criteria only 13 RCTs were included in the analysis. Significant evidence was found […]

Acupuncture for infertile women not undergoing assisted reproductive techniques (ART) A systematic review and meta-analysis

Liu Yun et al, Med (Balt). 2019 Jul; 98(29): e16463. Medicine (Baltimore) Research into treatment of general infertility with acupuncture and Chinese medicine is rare in countries outside of China – one, it is difficult to recruit patients (much easier to collect data on IVF patients) and two there is no financial incentive for such […]

Acupuncture for Depression: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Armour M et al J. Clin. Med. 2019, 8(8), 1140 Journal of Clinical Medicine The authors of this meta-analysis scrutinised more than 1000 reports on the effect of acupuncture on depression in medical journals, and by applying strict clinical trial standards reduced the number of reports down to 29 for analysis. These reports included more […]

Auricular acupuncture versus cognitive behavioural therapy in the discontinuation of hypnotic drug usage, and treatment effects on anxiety, depression and insomnia symptoms − a randomised controlled study

Bergdahl L et al, Eur Jn Int Med, Vol 16, 2017,  15-21 European Journal of Integrative Medicine Ear Acupuncture was seen to reduce anxiety and depression in this study on 57 participants with insomnia disorder and long term use of hypnotic drugs. 74% of them managed to discontinue their hypnotic drug consumption post-treatment. Future studies […]


There have been a number of randomised controlled trials and pilot studies that have looked at the effect of acupuncture or electro stimulation of acupuncture points, on sperm quality in men with low counts, poor motility and morphology or a varicocele, most with favourable results. Because these trials all had different methodology and measured different […]