30 June 2017

A randomized clinical trial published in the recent issue of JAMA demonstrated among women with stress urinary incontinence, treatment with acupuncture for 6 weeks resulted in significantly less urine leakage comparing with sham acupuncture.

14 December 2016

Great News! Results of a Survey sent to 89,000 Acupuncture Patients

3 October 2016

Acupuncture can reduce hot flushes in menopausal women by half, researchers find

Now new research suggests acupuncture could cut the number of hot flushes women experience by half. In a study published in the journal Menopause, more than 200 women who had on average at least four hot flashes or night sweats a day were divided into two groups.

29 September 2016

Common painkillers ‘increase heart failure risk’

Taking a common kind of painkiller is linked to an increased risk of heart failure, a study suggests.Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and naproxen and diclofenac, are commonly used to treat pain and inflammation.The British Medical Journal study looked at 10 million people, aged 77 on average, who took the drugs.

3 July – 6 July 2016

Acupuncture doubles chance of having a baby with IVF, study suggests

Abstracts of the 32nd Annual Meeting of ESHRE, Helsinki, Finland, 3 July – 6 July, 2016

The impact of acupuncture on IVF success rates: a randomized controlled trial K. Gillerman1 , N. Rehman1 , M. Dilgil1 , R. Homburg1 1 Homerton University Hospital, Homerton Fertility Centre, London, UK Study question: To examine in a sufficiently powered prospective randomized controlled trial, whether acupuncture during IVF treatment can improve IVF success rates. Summary answer: Acupuncture during IVF treatment significantly improves IVF success rates compared with a basically similar control group having no acupuncture. What is known already: Clinical trials to assess the benefits of acupuncture on IVF treatment results have differed in study design, protocol, outcome measures and commercial bias. This heterogeneity has precluded any firm conclusion regarding the efficacy or otherwise of acupuncture in this field. To address this heterogeneity, 15 international acupuncturists participated in Delphi questionnaires and reached a consensus protocol to be used in future research which, so far, has not been implemented. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to use this newly agreed standard protocol. Study design, size, duration: In this single-centre RCT, conducted over 1 year, according to the power calculation 160 couples were randomized into two groups using computer generated randomization numbers distributed consecutively by central telephone. One group received acupuncture treatment 4 times spread throughout the treatment cycle in addition to our standard IVF protocol. The other group went through the identical standard protocol but with no acupuncture. Participants/materials, setting, methods: All couples in the study were undergoing their 1st or 2nd IVF cycle, age 23–43, BMI < 30 and consented to randomization before their treatment cycle. Those randomised to the study group (n = 80) received acupuncture based on the Delphi consensus protocol, between days 6 and 8 of ovarian stimulation, before egg retrieval and twice, before and after, embryo transfer. For both groups the IVF protocol was decided by the clinician, blinded to randomization. Primary end point was live birth. Main results and the role of chance: To date, a total of 127 results are available and have been analysed, 67 in the acupuncture (study) group and 60 controls. So far, the total ongoing pregnancy rate in the two groups is 34.6%. This comprises an ongoing pregnancy rate of 31/67 (46.2%) in the acupuncture group and 13/60 (21.7%) in the controls (P = 0.004). Two couples withdrew from the control group. Live birth rates are being closely followed up and will be reported. Limitations, reasons for caution: The additional attention paid to the acupuncture group as opposed to controls may have had a positive psychological influence. Wider implications of the findings: The results of this study imply that acupuncture may be offered as a possible method of improving IVF outcome. This study is the first to follow a widely approved consensus protocol and therefore has settled disagreement in the literature and resolved previous disparity.

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