Female infertility

Conclusions: In this study, the PI of the uterine arteries was signifieantly decreased soon after the eighth EA treatment and remained significantly decreased 10-14 days after the EA period. These findings suggest that a series of EA treatments increases the uterine artery blood flow.

Elisabet Stener-Victorin[1.4], Urban Waldenström[2], Sven A. Andersson[3] and Matts Wikland[2]


Conclusions: Study shows a significantly lower amount of gonadotropins used when IVF is combined with standard acupuncture. A 70% pregnancy rate was also achieved with standard acupuncture and IVF, compared to 25%.


Rodolfo Quintero, M.D., Wendy Yu, L.Ac., Brandon Horn, L.Ac., J.D., Daoshing Ni, D.O.M., Barry Schifrin, MD., Brian Acacio, M.D. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC) and the Eastern Center for Complementary Medicine, Glendale, CA


Conclusions: This pilot study is consistent with previous reports that acupuncture improves uterine lining measurements over previous cycles.

Wendy Yu, L.Ac., Brandon Horn, J.D., L.Ac., Brian Acacio, M.D., Daoshing Ni, D.O.M, L.Ac., Ph.D., Rudy Quintero, M.D., Mory Nouriani, M.D.

Conclusions: Luteal-phase acupuncture has a positive effect on the outcome of IVF/ICSI.

Dieterle S, Ying G, Hatzmann W, Neuer A. Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Witten/Herdecke, Dortmund, Germany.

Conclusions: For the first time we demonstrate that low-frequency EA and physical exercise lowers high sympathetic nerve activity in women with PCOS.

Elisabet Stener-Victorin1*, Elizabeth Jedel2, Per Olof Janson, and Yrsa Bergmann Sverrisdottir3

Male infertility

Conclusions: The Chinese Traditional Medicine acupuncture and moxa techniques significantly increase the percentage of normal-form sperm in infertile patients with oligoastenoteratozoospermia without apparent cause.

Asian Journal of Andrology - 01-DEC-2003; 5(4): 345-8 Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial Authors: Gurfinkel E; Cedenho AP; Yamamura Y; Srougi M

Conclusions: patients exhibiting a low fertility potential due to reduced sperm activity may benefit from acupuncture treatment.

Siterman S; Eltes F; Wolfson V; Zabludovsky N; Bartoov B Institute of Chinese Medicine, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Conclusions: long-term carnitine therapy is effective in improving sperm function and fertilization capacity and merits further investigation.


Fertility and Sterility 2005; 84: 662-71


The purpose of this study was to analyze the relationship of male age and DNA integrity in men presenting for investigation of infertility. We found that men 45 years and older had significantly greater DNA fragmentation than younger men.

Fertil Steril. 2006 Feb;85(2):496-9. Moskovtsev SI, Willis J, Mullen JB.

Conclusions: In conjunction with ART or even for reaching natural fertility potential, acupuncture treatment is a simple, noninvasive method that can improve sperm quality.

Fertility and Sterility 2005; 84: 141-7


Conclusions: This study suggests that [Therapeutic Touch] may promote lower levels of anxiety in pregnant inpatients with a chemical dependency compared to nursing presence alone or standard care," state the study's authors. "These results are meaningful in recognition of the high incidence of anxiety found in women with a chemical dependency."

Source: British Columbia Women's Hospital, in Vancouver. Authors: Cheryl N. Larden, R.N.; M. Lynne Palmer, R.N.; and Patricia Janssen, R.N., Ph.D. Originally published in Journal of Holistic Nursing, December 2004, Vol. 22, No. 4, pp. 320-332

Conclusions: Acupuncture (p < 0.0001) and acupressure (p < 0.1) are effective, nonpharmacologic methods for the treatment of HG.

D. Habek et al, Research in Complementary and Classical Natural Medicine 2004;11:20-23

Conclusions: Elecoroacupuncture at Hego (LI 4) can be adopted for treatment of dystocia due to abnormality of force of labor.

Wang et al, Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2006 Dec;26(12):843-6.

Conclusions: Acupuncture is well tolerated among term nulliparous women and holds promise in reducing interventions that occur in post-term pregnancies.

Harper et al, J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2006 Aug;19(8):465-70.

Conclusions: Women reported reduced anxiety, improved mood, better sleep and less back pain by the last day of the study

Field, T., Hernandez-Reif, M., Hart, S., Theakston, H., Schanberg, S., Kuhn, C. & Burman, I. (1999). Pregnant women benefit from massage therapy. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology, 20, 31-38.  

Injuries and pain

Conclusions: Acupuncture can lead to persisting, clinically relevant benefits for primary care patients with chronic headache, particularly migraine.


Vickers AJ, et al. BMJ Epub 2004 Mar 15.



Conclusions: In the treatment of chronic epicondylopathia lateralis humeri, acupuncture in which real acupuncture points were selected and stimulated was superior to non-specific acupuncture with respect to reduction in pain and improvement in the functioning of the arm. These changes are particulary marked at early follow-up.

M. Fink, E. Wolkenstein1, M. Karst2 and A. Gehrke

Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany, 1Ludwig Botlzmann Institute for Acupuncture, Vienna, Austria and 2Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany

Conclusions: Athletes in the study group receiving only acupuncture and athletes in the study group receiving acupuncture and sports medicine received the most pain relief, were least hindered by pain during sporting and non-sporting activities, and felt overall that the treatments were more effective than those reporting in the group receiving Sports medicine only.

Matt Callison, M.S., L.Ac. works at the University of California, San Diego RIMAC Athletic Training Center.

General Health

It is interesting to note that in an experimental study on healthy volunteers, acupuncture diminished clinical alcohol intoxication by increasing the alcohol level in expired air and decreasing blood alcohol levels...

WHO - World Health Organization

Conclusions. Effect sizes and qualitative analyses of practitioner-initiated interviews showed overall positive effects of acupuncture, but there were statistically significant improvements only in pain with manual genital stimulation and helplessness. These findings require replication in a larger, controlled trial before any definitive conclusions on the efficacy of acupuncture for PVD can be made. Curran S, Brotto LA, Fisher H, Knudson G, and Cohen T.

Stephanie Curran, R TCM P,* Lori A. Brotto, PhD,† Harris Fisher, R TCM P,* Gail Knudson, MD,‡ and Trevor Cohen, MD§

November 2009 Journal of Sexual Medicine

Conclusions: Acupuncture significantly reduced the severity of nocturnal hot flashes compared with placebo. Given the strength of correlations between improvements in sleep and reductions in nocturnal hot flashes, further exploration is merited.

Fertility and Sterility: September 2006, Volume 86, Issue 3, p700-710

Breast Cancer


The use of triptorelin-induced temporary ovarian suppression during chemotherapy in premenopausal patients with early-stage breast cancer reduced the occurrence of chemotherapy-induced early menopause.

Traditional CHM does not reduce the hematologic toxicity associated with chemotherapy. CHM, however, does have a significant impact on control of nausea.

Source: Department of Clinical Oncology, Prince of Wales Hospital, Institute of Chinese Medicine, Hong Kong Cancer Institute, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), China.

Ear acupuncture for hot flushes--the perceptions of women with breast cancer.
Walker G, de Valois B, Davies R, Young T, Maher J.

The combination of Huang Qi (Astragali Radix)-based Chinese herbal medicine and platinum-based chemotherapy is more effective in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer than the chemotherapy alone. An analysis of data from 34 published clinical trials suggests that at 12 months the mortality rate was reduced by 33% among those treated with the dual therapy. The Astragalus may work by stimulating macrophage and natural killer cell activity.

(McCulloch M et al. Astragalus-Based Chinese Herbs and Platinum-Based Chemotherapy for Advanced Non–Small-Cell Lung Cancer: Meta-Analysis of Randomized Trials. J Clin Oncol. Jan 20 2006: 419-430)

Source Department of Medicine, Center for Health Services Research, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37232-8300, USA.



Women diagnosed with breast cancer received massage therapy or practiced progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) for 30-minute sessions three times a week for 5-weeks or received standard treatment. The massage therapy and relaxation groups reported less depressed mood, anxiety and pain immediately after their first and last sessions. By the end of the study, however, only the massage therapy group reported being less depressed and less angry and having more vigor. Dopamine levels, Natural Killer cells and lymphocytes also increased from the first to the last day of the study for the massage therapy group. 

 Hernandez-Reif, M., Field, T., Ironson, G., Beutler, J., Vera, Y., Hurley, J., Fletcher, M., Schanberg, S., Kuhn, C., & Fraser, M. (2005). Natural killer cells and lymphocytes increase in women with breast cancer following massage therapy. International Journal of Neuroscience, 115, 495-510

The massage group had lower anxiety and less depressed mood immediately following the massage sessions and, by the end of the study, they had improved self-esteem, better body image and image of disease progression and enhanced social functional status.

Hernandez-Reif, M., Field, T., Field, T., & Theakston, H. (1998). Multiple sclerosis patients benefit from massage therapy. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 2, 168-174.

The massage group had lower anxiety and less depressed mood immediately following the massage sessions and, by the end of the study, they had improved self-esteem, better body image and image of disease progression and enhanced social functional status.

Hernandez-Reif, M., Field, T., Field, T., & Theakston, H. (1998). Multiple sclerosis patients benefit from massage therapy. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 2, 168-174.

The moderate pressure massage therapy group appeared to be more relaxed and less aroused than the light pressure massage group which may have contributed to the greater weight gain of the moderate pressure massage therapy group.

Field, T., Diego, M., Hernandez-Reif, M., Deeds, O., Figueiredo, B. & Ascencio, A. (2006). Moderate Versus Light Pressure Massage Therapy Leads to Greater Weight Gain in Preterm Infants. Infant Behavior and Development, 29, 574-578.

The massage therapy subjects reported fewer distress symptoms, less pain, more headache free days, fewer sleep disturbances, and they showed an increase in serotonin levels.

 Hernandez-Reif, M., Dieter J., Field, T., Swerdlow, B., & Diego, M. (1998). Migraine headaches are reduced by massage therapy. International Journal of Neuroscience, 96, 1-11.

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