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We both value the research of modern science and the many developments that have been discovered.

We also value the depth of wisdom and knowledge of traditional and classical five element acupuncture, which integrates the many aspects of body and mind.

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

(2017) Effect of Acupuncture and Clomiphene in Chinese Women With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. A Randomized Clinical Trial.

Conclusions and Relevance. Among Chinese women with polycystic ovary syndrome, the use of acupuncture with or without clomiphene, compared with control acupuncture and placebo, did not increase live births. This finding does not support acupuncture as an infertility treatment in such women.


This is a well powered large trial of 1000 women however the acupuncture treatment applied is formulaic and not tailored to each individual person. It is much easier to carry out a large trial with using formulaic acupuncture than individualised acupuncture. Would the results have been different if the acupuncture had been tailored to each person via the five element acupuncture approach?


Xiao-Ke Wu, Elisabet Stener-Victorin, Hong-Ying Kuang, et al. (2017) Effect of Acupuncture and Clomiphene in Chinese Women With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2017;317(24):2502-2514. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.7217

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(2017) Acupuncture for polycystic ovarian syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

‘RESULTS: We found a low level of evidence that acupuncture is more likely to improve ovulation rate (MD 0.35, 95% CI: 0.14-0.56) and menstruation rate (MD 0.50, 95% CI: 0.32-0.68) compared with no acupuncture. We found statistically significant pooled benefits of acupuncture treatment as an adjunct to medication in luteinizing hormone (LH), LH/follicular stimulating hormone (FSH) ratio, testosterone, fasting insulin, and pregnancy rates, but the level of evidence was low/very low.

CONCLUSION: There is limited evidence to judge the efficacy and safety of acupuncture on key reproductive outcomes in women with PCOS. Large-scale, long-term RCTs with rigorous methodological input are needed.’

Jo J, Lee YJ, Lee H. (2017) Acupuncture for polycystic ovarian syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Jun;96(23):e7066. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000007066.


(2016) PCOS-Induced Anxiety Disorder Treated Mainly With Acupuncture Therapy: A Randomized Controlled Trial


‘Materials and methods: 90 PCOS patients were allocated into acupuncture combined with Clomiphene Citrate (CC) group (group A), acupuncture group (group B) and CC group (group C) randomly, 30 cases in each group. The acupoints were Ganshu (BL18), Shenshu (BL23), Zhongwan (CV12), Shuifen (CV9), Guanyuan (CV4), Zhongji (CV3). Back-shu points were used alternatively. Fast rotating needling insertion method and mild reinforcing-reducing manipulation were operated. The needle retaining time was 30 minutes. The patients in group A and group B received acupuncture therapy 3 times per week. The CC was taken on the 5th-9th day of menstrual cycle. All the patients were treated for 3 months and followed-up for 1 month. The self-rating anxiety scale (SAS) and ovulation rate of the 3 groups were counted.

Results: 3 cases dropped out in the trail. The SAS scores declined both of group A and B after treatment. The ovulation rates of group A, B and C were as follows: 86.21%, 66.67% and 69.64%. The clinical efficacy of group A was higher than the other groups (P<0.05).

Discussion: Acupuncture therapy can enhance ovulation rate of PCOS patients effectively as well as CC therapy. But it is a better method to improve the anxiety disorder than CC therapy. The combined application of acupuncture therapy and CC therapy has better curative effect, which should be widely spread in clinics.’

Ma Hong, Quan Xiaohong, Wu Cai, Chen Xiuhua. (2016) PCOS-induced Anxiety Disorder Treated Mainly With Acupuncture Therapy: A Randomized Controlled Trial Acta Medica Mediterranea, 2016, 32: 1155


(2016) The effects of acupuncture on polycystic ovary syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis.


Abstract

Introduction: To assess the clinical effectiveness of acupuncture in treating polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

Methods: A systematic review and meta-analysis was conducted of RCTs that compared either acupuncture with no/sham (placebo) acupuncture or a certain therapy with acupuncture added in the treatment of PCOS. Measures of treatment effectiveness were the pooled odds ratios (OR) for women with PCOS having acupuncture compared with women in the control group for the recovery of menstrual cycles, standardized mean difference (SMD) for body mass index (BMI), fasting insulin (FINS), fasting plasma glucose (FPG), luteinizing hormone (LH), follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), and the ratio of LH/FSH.

Results: A total of nine RCTs (531 women) met criteria for inclusion into the systematic review. Using the random effects model, pooling of the effect estimates from all RCTs showed recovery of menstrual cycles (OR = 0.20, 95% CI: 0.09 to 0.41, P < 0.01), BMI

(SMD = −0.63, 95% CI: −1.04 to −0.21, P=0.04), and LH (SMD = −0.39, 95% CI: −0.65to −0.12, P < 0.01) which favored the acupuncture group. No significant differences were observed for FINS, FPG, FSH and the ratio of LH/FSH between acupuncture and control

groups (P > 0.05).

Conclusions: Acupuncture appears to significantly improve the recovery of the menstrual cycles and decrease the levels of BMI and LH in women with PCOS. However, the findings should be interpreted with caution due to the limited methodological quality of included RCTs.

Qu Fan, et al. (2016) .The effects of acupuncture on polycystic ovary syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis.European Journal of Integrative Medicine http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eujim.2016.02.001


(2013) Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Effect and Mechanisms of Acupuncture for Ovulation Induction.

‘Improved menstrual and ovulatory patterns are indeed beneficial, both for women not trying and women who are attempting to conceive. Further studies are needed to investigate whether acupuncture improves pregnancy and live birth rate in women with PCOS.’

Julia Johansson and Elisabet Stener-Victorin (2013) Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Effect and Mechanisms of Acupuncture for Ovulation Induction. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 762615, 16 pages. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/762615