ACUPUNCTURE, HERBS AND ENDOMETRIOSIS: Controlling the Recurrence of Pelvic Endometriosis after A Conservative Operation: Comparison between Chinese Herbal Medicine and Western Medicine

Zhao RH et al, Chin J Integr Med 2013 Nov;19(11):820-825

Chinese Journal of Integrated Medicine

A randomised and controlled trial (involving 200 women) studied the prevention of recurrence of endometriosis after surgery and showed that Chinese medicine was as effective a therapy as western pharmaceuticals in preventing recurrence but had significantly fewer side effects. Chinese medicine achieved a higher conception rate in women who had previously been infertile.


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Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Endometriosis: A Review of Utilization and Mechanism

Kong S et al, Volume (2014), Article ID 146383, 16 pages Evidence-Based Comp and Altern Med Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
This very thorough review compares results of treatment of endometriosis with acupuncture or herbal therapies and pharmaceutical or surgical approaches. A number of therapies, including using Chinese herbs per rectum, obtained great relief for patients, but without the side effects caused by drugs or surgery.  


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Acupuncture Combined with Herbal Medicine Effects on Outcomes of Patients with Endometriosis Who Accepted IVF-ET

Yu Xiao-Li et al, Liaoning Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine 2010 Vol 4 Liaoning Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine

This clinical trial carried out in north east China, recruited 180 women diagnosed with endometriosis who were doing a long down regulated IVF protocol. The women who were given acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine achieved significantly higher pregnancy rates than those in the other groups who did not have acupuncture.

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Clinical Observation of Chinese Medicine Treatment on Secondary Dysmenorrhoea Associated with Endometriosis

Lim CED et al, Aust J Acupunct Chin Med 2009;4(2):12-17. Australian Journal Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine 

    Those of us who have experience in treating endometriosis with Chinese medicine are familiar with the benefits it brings patients in terms of reduced pain and possibly increased rates of conception. This pilot study, a collaboration between Guangzhou Medical University in China and RMIT university in Melbourne, is particularly interesting to us since it measured objective parameters such as immune factors (antigens and antibodies) shown to be abnormally raised in patients with endometriosis. A course of treatment with Chinese herbs not only improved pain but significantly reduced the levels of these immune factors. This is one way that Chinese medicine may improve fertility in endometriosis.

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Effect of Quyu Jiedu Granule (祛瘀解毒颗粒) on Micro environment of Ova in Patients with Endometriosis

Lian Fang et al, Zhong Xi Yi He Xue Bao 2009 Feb;15(1):42-46 Chinese Journal of Integrated Medicine
A chinese herb formula for endometriosis was given to women with  long term infertility and endometriosis before and during an IVF cycle and various ovarian parameters were compared with a group of women with endometriosis who embarked on IVF directly without taking the herbs. The group who took the herbs produced more eggs and had a higher fertilisation rate (although a difference in pregnancy rate was not reported). Additionally the follicles of the women who took the herbs showed a reduced level of inflammatory cytokines compared to the women in the control group.



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Controlled study on Shu-Mu point combination for treatment of endometriosis

Sun YZ, Chen HL Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2006 Dec;26(12):863-5 Zhongguo Zhen Jiu
Acupuncture was used on back and front points in this trial which compared different sorts of point prescriptions with treatment of endometriosis with Danazol. Acupuncture was superior in relieving pain and in reducing blood markers of the disease.



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Clinical Observations on the Treatment of Endometriosis by Combined Acupuncture and Herbs

Fu Yu and Xia Tian, Shanghai Jnl Acup Moxa, 2005, Vol 3 Shanghai Journal of Acupuncture and Moxibustion

This is just one trial of many carried out in China which looks at the clinical effectiveness of treatment of endometriosis with acupuncture and Chinese herbs. The investigators report that symptoms  and signs of the disease are treated effectively without side effects.  

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