ACUPUNCTURE AND BLOOD FLOW: Effects of Acupuncture on the Endometrium in Anovulatory Cases Treated by Clomiphene: A Clinical Observation

There is some research evidence that Chinese medicine treatment may assist in supporting specific fertility treatments, such as IVF, and there is also broad agreement by Chinese medicine practitioners and other health practitioners about acupuncture as an adjunct treatment for IVF.

The findings in this study:

Researchers in Taishan medical university discovered that when they gave women using Clomid in an IVF treatment, together with acupuncture and moxibustion treatment, they had better outcomes than those who had just Clomid, or Clomid plus estrogen.

The blood flow to the uterus and endometrium increased and the pregnancy rate was improved in the acupuncture plus clomid group.

The conclusion:
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can be either applied alone or combined with Western medicine to increase pregnancy rates. With the help of TCM, treatment may be more effective with less unfavourable effects.

However, since this is an observational study it is not yet possible to draw firm conclusions. Further well-designed randomised controlled trials are needed.

Journal of Taishan Medical College HU Wenxiao, J Taishan Med College. 2016, (9):1029-1031

Methods:
43 patients randomly distributed into three groups.

Group 1 received only clomiphene.
Group 2 received clomiphene plus estradiol cypionate and dydrogesterone.
Group 3 received clomiphene plus acupuncture and moxibustion.

The number of patients in each group was 15, 14, and 14 respectively. Patients ranged from ages 21–39. The preexisting duration of an ovulation issues ranged from 1–8 years.

 

 

 

The acupuncture protocol was:
CV4 (Guanyuan)
CV3 (Zhongji)
Zigong
ST29 (Guilai)
SP6 (Sanyinjiao)
ST36 (Zusanli) plus
BL18 (Ganshu) for Liver Qi stagnation
ST40 (Fenglong) for Damp
SP10 (Xuehai) for Blood stasis with
LV2 (Xingjian)

Moxibustion was applied once a day to the following points from 10 days after ovulation:
Zigong
CV3 (Zhongji)
CV4 (Guanyuan)
ST29 (Guilai)