For thousands of years, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have been utilised as traditional methods to address infertility. In modern times, it has become increasingly common to incorporate acupuncture as an adjunctive therapy for women undergoing IVF treatment.
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A recent study published in a leading scientific journal (the Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics) has highlighted the positive effects of acupuncture as an adjunctive therapy for women undergoing in vitro fertilisation (IVF). The comprehensive review and meta-analysis, conducted by researchers Menghao Xu, Mengdi Zhu, and Cuihong Zheng, analyzed data from 25 trials involving a total of 4,757 participants.
The primary objective of the study was to evaluate the impact of acupuncture on IVF outcomes. The researchers performed a meticulous search of various digital databases, including Pubmed, Embase, the Cochrane Library, the Web of Science, and ScienceDirect. They also reviewed the reference lists of relevant documents to ensure a comprehensive analysis. Furthermore, the included studies underwent a rigorous assessment for biases based on established guidelines.
The findings of the analysis demonstrated a significant improvement in clinical pregnancy and live birth rates among the acupuncture groups compared to the control groups. The pooled data from all the acupuncture groups showed a higher clinical pregnancy rate (43.6%) compared to the control groups (33.2%, P < 0.00001). Similarly, the pooled live birth rate was also higher in the acupuncture groups (38.0%) compared to the control groups (28.7%, P < 0.00001).
The study also investigated various factors related to acupuncture, such as different acupuncture methods, timing of acupuncture sessions, and the number of acupuncture treatments during the IVF cycle. The results indicated that these factors had a positive influence on IVF outcomes.
These findings highlight the potential of acupuncture as a valuable therapy for women undergoing IVF. The researchers concluded that acupuncture could play a significant role in improving pregnancy outcomes in this population. The identification of placebo acupuncture as a viable control measure further supports the validity of future studies.
This study contributes to the growing body of evidence supporting the integration of acupuncture into IVF treatments. By offering a non-invasive and holistic approach, acupuncture provides an additional option for individuals seeking to enhance their IVF success rates.
The analysis of the included trials revealed significant improvements in clinical pregnancy rate (CPR) and live birth rate (LBR) among the acupuncture groups. The pooled CPR of all the acupuncture groups (43.6%) was significantly higher than that of all the control groups (33.2%, P < 0.00001), while the pooled LBR of all the acupuncture groups (38.0%) was significantly higher than that of all the control groups (28.7%, P < 0.00001). The study also found that different acupuncture methods, timing of acupuncture sessions, and number of acupuncture treatments in the IVF cycle positively influenced IVF outcomes.
“These findings suggest that acupuncture can play a significant role in improving pregnancy outcomes for women undergoing IVF,” explained the researchers. They also noted that placebo acupuncture was identified as a viable control measure, ensuring the validity of future studies.
Almond Wellness Centre Melbourne
In light of these findings, Almond Wellness Centre, the premier acupuncture Chinese medicine clinic in Fertility IVF acupuncture in Melbourne, places a strong emphasis on integrating of acupuncture and Chinese medicine with infertility treatments. With over two decades of experience, the centre offers acupuncture treatment for IVF patients. The clinic director of Almond Wellness Centre Melbourne, Dr. Richard Zeng, expressed pride in their ongoing commitment to integrating acupuncture, electroacupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, which consistently yield positive results in increasing IVF pregnancy rates and live birth rates.
For individuals interested in incorporating acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine to enhance their IVF journey, we invites them to contact our experienced team, or visit our Coburg acupuncture clinic or Ringwood acupuncture clinic. This initial step can help improve IVF outcomes and bring individuals closer to realising their dream of parenthood.
“According to the researchers, these findings suggest that acupuncture can play a significant role in improving pregnancy outcomes for women undergoing IVF. Moreover, placebo acupuncture was identified as a viable control measure.”
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Xu M, Zhu M, Zheng C. Effects of acupuncture on pregnancy outcomes in women undergoing in vitro fertilization: an updated systematic review and meta-analysis. Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2023 Jul 12. doi: 10.1007/s00404-023-07142-1.