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Summary of Acupuncture Studies related to Reproductive Medicine

Summary of Acupuncture Studies related to Reproductive Medicine– Download as PDF Compiled from Journals, Internet, and Website resources as a tool to aid ABORM members understand the depth and breadth of Western Style research related to our fields. Worked completed by: Diane K. Cridennda, L.Ac., FABORM, Member Board of Directors Founder/Owner: East Winds Acupuncture, web: www.EastWindsAcupuncture.com Also Phone: 719-520-5056 FOR SUGGESTIONS AND FURTHER ADDITIONS… EMAIL ME AT...

Acupuncture treatment of male infertility: a systematic review

Zhonghua Nan Ke Xue. 2015 Jul;21(7):637-45. Acupuncture treatment of male infertility: a systematic review [Article in Chinese] He Y, Chen CT, Qian LH, Xia CL, Li J, Li SQ, Liu BP. Abstract OBJECTIVE: To systematically evaluate acupuncture as a treatment for male infertility. METHODS: We searched Chi na Biology Medical Database (CBM), Wan Fang Medical Information System, China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), VIP Information Resource System (VIP), and PubMed for published literature on acupuncture as a treatment for male infertility on May 1 2014. Based on the Standards for Reporting Interventions in Clinical Trials of Acupuncture (STRICTA), we evaluated the quality of the reports, conducted meta-analysis on the identified studies via RevMan5.2, and assessed the quality of the evidence in the literature by Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE). RESULTS: A total of 12 studies involving 2,177 patients were included, the quality of which was evaluated as mediocre. With regard to the cure rate, acupuncture was comparable to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) (P > 0.05) but better than Western medicine (RR = 4.00, 95% CI 1.63 to 9.82, P < 0.01) while acupuncture + TCM was better than either TCM (RR = 1.77, 95% CI 1.20 to 2.60, P < 0.01) or Western medicine used alone (RR = 2.73, 95% CI 1.51 to 4.93, P < 0.01), and acupuncture + Western medicine was better than Western medicine alone (RR = 1.88, 95% CI 1.17 to 3.02, P = 0.01). The combined use of acupuncture, ear pressure, TCM, and Western medicine showed a higher cure rate than the combination of TCM and Western medicine (RR = 3.45, 95% CI 2.90 to 4.11, P < 0.01)....

Acupuncture male infertility research

Influence of acupuncture on idiopathic male infertility in assisted reproductive technology J Huazhong Univ Sci Technolog Med Sci. 2002;22(3):228 Zhang M, Huang G, Lu F, Paulus WE, Sterzik K. Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430030. The clinical effects of acupuncture on idiopathic male infertility in sperm parameter and on therapeutic results in assisted reproductive technology were investigated. 22 patients failed in intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) with idiopathic male infertility were treated with acupuncture twice weekly for 8 weeks, followed by ICSI treatment again. The sperm concentration, motility, morphology, fertilization rates and embryo quality were observed. Quick sperm motility after acupuncture (18.3% +/- 9.6%) was significantly improved as compared with that before treatment (11.0% +/- 7.5%, P < 0.01). The normal sperm ratio was increased after acupuncture (21.1% +/- 10.4% vs 16.2% +/- 8.2%,P < 0.05). The fertilization rates after acupuncture (66.2%) were obviously higher than that before treatment (40.2%, P < 0.01). There was no significant difference in sperm concentration and general sperm motility between before and after acupuncture. The embryo quality after acupuncture was improved, but the difference between them was not significant (P > 0.05). Acupuncture can improve sperm quality and fertilization rates in assisted reproductive technology. PMID: 12658811 [PubMed-indexed for MEDLINE] Does acupuncture treatment affect sperm density in males with very low sperm count? A pilot study Andrologia Volume 32 Issue 1 Page 31 January 2000 S. Siterman, F. Eltes, V. Wolfson, H. Lederman & B. Bartoov Classic therapies are usually ineffective in the treatment of patients with very poor sperm density. The aim of this study was to determine the...

Male fertility Chinese medicine acupuncture research

The Therapeutic Effects of a Traditional Chinese Medicine Formula Wuzi Yanzong Pill for the Treatment of Oligoasthenozoospermia: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials In this 2018 study of a traditional Chinese herbal formula and its effects for men with low sperm count and sperm with poor motility “…the WZYZ pill improved sperm quality by improving several semen parameters and decreasing DNA damage in oligoasthenozoospermia patients.” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Volume 2018 (2018), Article ID 2968025, 10 pages https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/2968025 Ming Peng Zhao, Xiao Shi, Grace Wing Shan Kong, Chi Chiu Wang, Justin Che Yuen Wu, Zhi Xiu Lin, Tin Chiu Li, and David Yiu Leung Chan Published 17 January 2018 Oligoasthenozoospermia is a crucial factor in male infertility. Wuzi Yanzong (WZYZ) pill is a popular traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) formula which has been used for male infertility treatment for years. However, its effects on semen quality remain controversial. We conducted a preregistered meta-analysis to assess the effect of WZYZ pill for the therapeutic effects on oligoasthenozoospermia. Five randomized controlled trials including 960 participants were selected from databases of domains in North-East Asian regions, PubMed, Embase, and Cochrane Library. WZYZ pill group yielded a greater mean increment on sperm concentration (5 trials: MD 5.99, 95% CI 2.12–9.85, ), sperm motility (5 trials: MD 4.57, 95% CI 0.47–8.68, ), sperm morphology (2 trials: MD −1.93, 95% CI −4.87–1.01, ), activity of acrosomal enzyme (2 trials: MD 28.27, 95% CI 12.41–44.14, ), volume of semen (2 trials: MD 0.56, 95% CI 0.21–0.91, ), and a decrement of sperm DNA fragmentation index (2 trials: MD −3.82, 95% CI −6.45–−1.19, ). However, qualities of selected studies...

Nutrients For the Prospective Father

Nutrients For the Prospective Father     Zinc Zinc is one of the most commonly seen deficiencies in males of reproductive age. It is an essential mineral because it is needed for testosterone production. It is at the upmost importance that Zinc is supplemented for males with any fertility issues. Zinc also needs to be taken for as long as possible. Zinc is vital for viable sperm count, motility, quality and quantity. Recommended daily dose is 50 mg. Potassium Deficiency can reduce sperm motility. Avoid salt to keep potassium levels up. Sources include fresh fruit and vegetables. Magnesium Important for healthy sperm and nervous system. Sources include dark green leafy vegetables, seeds, legumes, tofu, almonds, pecans, Brazil nuts, brown rice, avocado, dried apricots. Manganese Severe deficiency can lead to a total lack of sperm. Sources include nuts and whole grains, seeds, legumes, leafy green vegetables. Beta Carotene: Important for sperm production, health of the testes, and conversion of cholesterol to testosterone. Vitamin C Vitamin C is necessary to prevent sperm clumping together, which inhibits the sperm motility. Vitamin C can be also particularly helpful for smokers fertility. Vitamin E Vitamin E protects the body against free radical damage. Deficiencies may compromise the formation of new sperm. It is also important for sperm count and especially if sperm stick together. The recommended daily dose is 400-800 IU. Selenium Selenium is needed for the production of testosterone. Again prevents free radical damage. Aids the sperm to attach to the ovum in IVF. Recommended daily dose is 200 mg daily, do not exceed daily dose. Coenzyme Q10 Coenzyme Q10 is an excellent...

Men’s health

How Acupuncture and TCM help men’s health   ” A man too busy to take care of his health, is like a mechanic too busy to care of his tools” ~ Spanish proverb   Part of being a man is caring for your health and well-being through all the stages of your life. While it can sometimes be difficult to talk with your doctor or practitioner about issues such as prostate conditions, erectile dysfunction, or infertility, it’s important to be open and honest. After all, these concerns can have a major impact on your overall health as well as your sex life, your relationship, and your emotional health.   Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offer powerful tools to help you feel your best. They’ve been used for thousands of years to treat men’s health concerns and they can be safely used along with Western therapies.   How can Acupuncture and TCM help Men’s health?   Acupuncture is a complex system of care used to maintain health, relieve symptoms, and improve well-being. At the core of this ancient medicine is the concept of Qi (pronounced “chee”), or vital energy, which protects the body from illness, pain and disease. This energy flows through the body in pathways called Maridians that are connected to specific organs and glands. A person’s health is influenced by the quality, quantity and balance of Qi. If it is out of balance or restricted, illness and symptoms – prostate problems or infertility, for example – can result.   Prostatitis   The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that sits beneath the bladder and surrounds the urethra (the...