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Best Acupuncture Protocols for Infertility IVF and IUI

  From http://www.healthcmi.com   New research demonstrates a consensus amongst acupuncture experts on best practice treatment protocols for acupuncture enhancement of assisted reproductive technology (ART) fertility treatments. ART includes all fertility treatments in which both the eggs and sperm are handled. ART includes in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intrauterine insemination (IUI).     In this study, researchers set out to determine if a consensus exists on high priority acupuncture points for the enhancement of ART. Acupuncture IVF and IUI ART has been used in the USA since 1981 to help women become pregnant. Although acupuncture and Chinese medicine for the treatment of infertility is a time honored practice, the combination of acupuncture with ART has emerged in recent years as an effective approach for improving pregnancy and live birth rates.   In this study, researchers administered three rounds of questionnaires to fifteen international acupuncture fertility experts to determine if a consensus exists on best practice protocols. The investigation revealed that several key components are central to acupuncture in combination with ART.   The timing of an acupuncture treatment in relation to the menstrual cycle is of great importance. An acupuncture treatment administered between day 6 and 8 of the “stimulated ART cycle” is optimal. In addition, it is ideal to have two acupuncture treatments “on the day of embryo transfer.”   Pre-transfer acupuncture points of high priority are SP8, SP10, Liv3, ST29 and CV4.   Post-transfer points include GV20, K3, SP6, P6 and K3. Auricular acupuncture points Shenmen and Zigong were also determined to be of high priority.   About the Healthcare Medicine Institute: HealthCMi provides online acupuncture CEU...

Period Problems

At the age of 13 w women begins her monthly menstrual cycle, which continues throughout her fertile life. A period that is regular, not painful, approximately 5 days duration is a sign of good health. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can treat the following diseases/symptoms: PMS Painful periods irregular periods Absent periods Heavy/Scanty periods Abnormal bleeding outside a period Fibroids Ovarian Cysts Endometriosis...

Back Pain FAQ

  Back Pain FAQ   Q: I hurt my back just today or yesterday, can I have acupuncture or not? A: Yes, acupuncture is very good for acute back pain even during the very first stage.   Q: Part from acupuncture treatment, what should I do if I have acute back pain? should I use heat pack or ice? A: You should have full rest (lie in bed) and apply ice on the sore spot for 20 minutes every 2 hours in the first 24 hours after injury; Then you may use heat.   Q: Should I have massage at the early stage? A: Generally not. Although massage may help ease off the spasm a little bit, do it in the first 24 or 48 hours may aggravate the pain.   Q: I have bulging/ruptured disc, can you help me? A: Yes. No matter the back pain is caused by bulging disc/ruptured disc/herniated disc, muscle sprain or over-strain, we can help ease off the pain and help prevent the pain come back. In our long time clinic practice, we experience as high as 90% improvement for back pain.   Q: I have chronic back pain and have seen my doctors, physiotherapists, chiropractors, and other acupuncturists without much improvement, what’s the difference of your treatment to others? A: Firstly, we use a combination diagnosis technique both in Western and Chinese Medicine, such as SLR (Straight Leg Raising Testing), Braggers testing, Local palpation, unique Chinese medicine tongue and pulse diagnosis, to understand your back problem and we are able to know the right treatment for your back pain and how is...

Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproduction therapy

One research showed acupuncture can improve pregancy rate after ART. The research is to evaluate the effect of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in assisted reproduction therapy (ART) by comparing a group of patients receiving acupuncture treatment shortly before and after embryo transfer with a control group receiving no acupuncture. After giving informed consent, 160 patients who were undergoing ART and who had good quality embryos were divided into the following two groups through random selection: embryo transfer with acupuncture (n = 80) and embryo transfer without acupuncture (n = 80). Acupuncture was performed in 80 patients 25 minutes before and after embryo transfer. In the control group, embryos were transferred without any supportive therapy. The result showed that, the clinical pregnancies rate of each group are: in the acupuncture group: 42.5% In the control group:  26.3% The research showed that acupuncture is a useful tool for improving pregnancy rate after ART. References Paulus WE, Zhang M, Strehler E, El-Danasouri I, Sterzik K. Fertil Steril. 2002 Apr;77(4):721-4...

Acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer significantly improves the reproductive outcome in infertile women: a prospective, randomized trial

To evaluate the effect of acupuncture on reproductive outcome in patients treated with IVF/intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). One group of patients received acupuncture on the day of ET, another group on ET day and again 2 days later (i.e., closer to implantation day), and both groups were compared with a control group that did not receive acupuncture. DESIGN: Prospective, randomized trial. SETTING: Private fertility center. PATIENT(S): During the study period all patients receiving IVF or ICSI treatment were offered participation in the study. On the day of oocyte retrieval, patients were randomly allocated (with sealed envelopes) to receive acupuncture on the day of ET (ACU 1 group, n = 95), on that day and again 2 days later (ACU 2 group, n = 91), or no acupuncture (control group, n = 87). INTERVENTION(S): Acupuncture was performed immediately before and after ET (ACU 1 and 2 groups), with each session lasting 25 minutes; and one 25-minute session was performed 2 days later in the ACU 2 group. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Clinical pregnancy and ongoing pregnancy rates in the three groups. RESULT(S): Clinical and ongoing pregnancy rates were significantly higher in the ACU 1 group as compared with controls (37 of 95 [39%] vs. 21 of 87 [26%] and 34 of 95 [36%] vs. 19 of 87 [22%]). The clinical and ongoing pregnancy rates in the ACU 2 group (36% and 26%) were higher than in controls, but the difference did not reach statistical difference. CONCLUSION(S): Acupuncture on the day of ET significantly improves the reproductive outcome of IVF/ICSI, compared with no acupuncture. Repeating acupuncture on ET day +2 provided no...

Research found acupuncture more effective for lower back pain

A German research found that acupuncture treatment for lower back pain is more effective. German doctors found that acupuncture treatment for lower back pain is more effective (almost twice) than the conventional therapy, a combination of drugs, physiotherapy and exercises. Dr. Michael Haake from the University of Regensburg, who presided over the clinic trial, said: “Acupuncture provide a effective way to treat lower back pain, and has less effects.” Acupuncture is more effective than Physical therapy In the clinical trials, Dr. Haake and his colleagues recruited 1162 patients with chronic low back pain. These patient in average have 8 years of lower back pain. These 1162 patients were divided into three groups and received 30 minutes treatment twice per week for a total five weeks. One group received acupuncture treatment; the second group received “Sham acupuncture” treatment; The last group received conventional routine treatment, a combination of drugs, physiotherapy and exercises. 6 months after treatment, a questionnaire has sent to patient who received the treatment. Of which nearly half of the patient who received acupuncture treatment (47.6%) claimed the treatment is effective, compare to the conventional therapy group, only 27.4% found the treatment helpful. The result showed that lower back pain improved after acupuncture treatment for at least 6 months. effectiveness of acupuncture was almost twice that of conventional therapy. Researchers believe acupuncture may change the mechanism of brain receiving pain signals, or acupuncture may stimulate brain to release a natural analgesic substances leading to pain relief. References: Arch Intern Med. 2007; Vol. 167 Issue 17 pp: 1892 -1898...