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Acupuncture and herbal medicine in IVF: a review of the evidence for clinical practice

Acupuncture and herbal medicine in IVF: a review of the evidence for clinical practice
Acupuncture and herbal medicine in IVF: a review of the evidence for clinical practice
The objectives of this systematic review were to determine the effectiveness of (a) acupuncture and (b) Chinese herbal medicine on the treatment of male and female subfertility by assisted reproductive technologies (ART). All reports from RCTs of acupuncture and/or Chinese herbal medicine in ART were obtained via searches through The Cochrane Menstrual Disorders and Sub-fertility Group's Specialised Register of controlled trials, and other major databases. The outcome measures were determined prior to starting the search, and comprised: live birth rate, ongoing pregnancy rate, clinical pregnancy rate, the incidence of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome and multiple pregnancy, miscarriage rate and adverse effects arising from treatment. Overall, 14 trials (a total of 2670 subjects) were included in the meta-analysis. The results provided no evidence of benefit in the use of acupuncture during assisted conception. Further studies should attempt to explore the potential placebo, as well as treatment, effects of this complimentary therapy. Essential elements for a quality RCT will be the size of the trial, the use of a standardised acupuncture method and of placebo needles.
1464-7273
3-12
Cheong, Ying
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Nardo, Luciano G.
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Rutherford, Tony
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Ledger, William
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Cheong, Ying
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Nardo, Luciano G.
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Rutherford, Tony
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Ledger, William
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Cheong, Ying, Nardo, Luciano G., Rutherford, Tony and Ledger, William (2010) Acupuncture and herbal medicine in IVF: a review of the evidence for clinical practice. Human Fertility, 13 (1), 3-12. (doi:10.3109/14647270903438830).

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Abstract

The objectives of this systematic review were to determine the effectiveness of (a) acupuncture and (b) Chinese herbal medicine on the treatment of male and female subfertility by assisted reproductive technologies (ART). All reports from RCTs of acupuncture and/or Chinese herbal medicine in ART were obtained via searches through The Cochrane Menstrual Disorders and Sub-fertility Group's Specialised Register of controlled trials, and other major databases. The outcome measures were determined prior to starting the search, and comprised: live birth rate, ongoing pregnancy rate, clinical pregnancy rate, the incidence of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome and multiple pregnancy, miscarriage rate and adverse effects arising from treatment. Overall, 14 trials (a total of 2670 subjects) were included in the meta-analysis. The results provided no evidence of benefit in the use of acupuncture during assisted conception. Further studies should attempt to explore the potential placebo, as well as treatment, effects of this complimentary therapy. Essential elements for a quality RCT will be the size of the trial, the use of a standardised acupuncture method and of placebo needles.

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Published date: March 2010

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Local EPrints ID: 151175
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/151175
ISSN: 1464-7273
PURE UUID: 91555bd0-f152-499a-8262-3c7db8098da0
ORCID for Ying Cheong: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-7687-4597

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Date deposited: 14 May 2010 11:26
Last modified: 20 Jul 2019 00:51

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