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The Effects of Auricular Acupressure on Weight Loss and Serum Lipid Levels

, The American Journal of Chinese Medicine, Vol. 38, No. 04, pp. 675-682 (2010)

This study examined the effect of ear acupuncture on weight loss in young people with a high BMI. Typically ear points are stimulated with needles or with seeds that can be taped onto the point and pressed at intervals.

In this study the ear points related to hunger and stomach function were pressed with vaccaria seeds or with magnetic pellets for ten minutes once a week. Even with such a low intensity of treatment BMI was seen to reduce significantly in the active groups.


Auricular acupressure is widely used to reduce body weight. The current study was designed to test the efficacy of auricular acupressure on weight reduction and serum total cholesterol (TC), total triglycerides (TG), high density lipids (HDL) and low density lipids (LDL) in an eight-week, randomized controlled trial of three groups of 84 adolescents aged 18–20 with a body mass index (BMI) of 23 or higher. The control group received tape treatment only and the other two experimental groups were administered acupressure using either Japanese Magnetic Pearls or vaccaria seeds. All three groups were educated on reduced calorie diets, physical activity, weight loss, and lifestyle modification. During the eight-week trial, all participants were seen weekly for 10 min per session. Anthropometric measurements of BMI and TC, TG, HDL, and LDL were performed at weeks 0 and 8 for all participants. Changes in BMI, TC, TG, HDL, and LDL were calculated from baseline to trial completion. BMI was significantly increased in the control group by +0.0457 (p < 0.0001), it was decreased in the Japanese Magnetic Pearl group by -0.6982 (p < 0.0001) and the vaccaria seed group by -1.2341 (p < 0.0001). All three groups showed significant increases in TC, TG, HDL, and LDL.

In conclusion, the current study shows that auricular acupressure employing Japanese Magnetic Pearls or vaccaria seeds can decrease BMI, with the vaccaria seed method showing the greatest reduction. Auricular acupressure did not result in decreased TC, TG, HDL, or LDL in the current eight-week protocol.

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 in the acupuncture group.


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Some good reasons why you should think about having acupuncture before and during your IVF cycle

There are several good reasons why you should think about having acupuncture before and during your IVF cycle

……..or maybe why you shouldn’t !



Spoiler alert …..

If you are young, and healthy and doing IVF only because of male factor or blocked tubes, acupuncture might not benefit you as much as it could other IVF patients.

UNLESS you are feeling a bit stressed about the whole thing, then you should definitely consider it.

OR if you are planning a frozen embryo transfer, there is a lot you can do to prepare the uterine lining.

Here is all the latest information about Acupuncture and IVF Read More

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 the volume of fibroids, and the herbal formula significantly improved symptoms of pain when it was used alone or in combination with mifepristone. Further clinical trials are warranted due to methodological quality lacking in some of the trials. Read More

An Easy Aid to Weight Loss?

1383213_10152367113716409_4382557432445633691_nSource; 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 electroacupuncture treatments also improve ovary function in PCOS patients.

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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 TCM understanding that removing the stasis causing the pain, can also be seen as a marker of improved fertility.


See the full SBS news report here 


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

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

8 things you should know about the uterine lining, and 6 things you can do to improve implantation of an embryo.


Embryo Preparing to Implant

Embryo Preparing to Implant

The implantation of an embryo in the uterus is a crucial early step in establishing a successful pregnancy.

Here we are talking about the first few steps of life ………

This is a hatching blastocyst, ready to find its implantation site and begin life in its new home for the next 9 months.

You can see how busy this little embryo has been just getting this far by clicking here!


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