Acupuncture for infertility (Its research only,not about Zak clinic)

 

Tor Vergata University has done a new review about acupuncture infertility treatment.

To review studies on acupuncture in reproductive medicine, in experimental and clinical settings. Methods: Papers were retrieved on PubMed and Google Scholar and were included in the review if at least the abstract was in English.


They found:


There is evidence of benefit mainly when acupuncture is performed on the day of embryo transfer (ET) in the live birth rate.
Benefit is also evident when acupuncture is performed for female infertility due to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
There is some evidence of sperm quality improvement when acupuncture is performed on males affected by idiopathic infertility.
Experimental studies suggest that acupuncture effects are mediated by changes in activity of the autonomic nervous system and stimulation of neuropeptides/neurotransmitters which may be involved in the pathogenesis of infertility.


Their conclusion: Acupuncture seems to have beneficial effects on live birth rate when performed on the day of ET, and to be useful also in PCOS as well as in male idiopathic infertility, with very low incidence of side effects. However, further studies are necessary to confirm the clinical results and to expand our knowledge of the mechanisms involved.

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Reference:Franconi G, Manni L, Aloe L, Mazzilli F, Giambalvo Dal Ben G, Lenzi A, Fabbri A.J Endocrinol Invest. 2011 Feb 4


Researchers at the Center for Integrative Medicine, at the University of Maryland's School of Medicine, conducted a meta-analysis of several research studies on the effects of acupuncture on IVF outcomes. (A meta-analysis is a research study that gathers information from several studies and evaluates them together.) The meta-analysis considered seven trials, which all together included 1,366 women.


The researchers found that when acupuncture took place on the day of embryo transfer, statistically significant improvements were found in the rates of clinical pregnancies, ongoing pregnancy, and live births. They also found that 10 woman would need to be treated with IVF and acupuncture to see one additional pregnancy.


In another study, often referred to as the "German study," a German fertility clinic offered 160 IVF patients who had good-quality embryos an opportunity to participate in a study on acupuncture and IVF outcomes. Half of the patients received acupuncture treatment, 25 minutes before and after embryo transfer. The control group did not receive any supportive therapy.
In the acupuncture group, 34 of the 80 patients got pregnant. In the control group, 21 out of 80 got pregnant.


There have been a number of other, smaller sized research studies on acupuncture and fertility. Because of their small size, the results of these studies are controversial. Just a few of the possible connections between acupuncture and fertility found in the smaller studies:
Acupuncture may improve sperm quality and counts in infertile men.Acupuncture may improve the lining of the endometrium, including increased the blood flow to the uterus.Acupuncture may help regulate hormone levels, specifically gonadotropin-releasing hormone, which in turn may improve ovulation rates.Acupuncture may help women with PCOS and anovulatory cycles.Acupuncture may help those with thyroid problems. (And problems with the thyroid can lead to problems with fertility.)Acupuncture may increase the number of follicles produced during an IVF treatment.