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Posted by: Scott Stewart, MSAc., Dipl.Ac., LAc.
In a pragmatic randomized controlled trial, Australian researchers recruited women between the ages of 18-44 who had been unsuccessful in their attempts to conceive over the previous 12 months.
56 sub-fertile women were randomly placed into two groups: acupuncture and lifestyle modification and a lifestyle modification only control group.
The first group received acupuncture and additional modalities such as, Teding Diancibo Pu (TDP) infra-red lamp and smokeless moxibustion over a 3 month period.
Results were compiled using questionnaires, and self-reported data collected from the study participants. The final outcome showed that the average time to conception for the women receiving acupuncture was 5.5 weeks compared to 10.67 weeks in the lifestyle only group. The women in the acupuncture group also had an increase in fertility awareness and wellbeing compared to the control group.
Suzanne Cochrane, Caroline A. Smith, Alphia Possamai-Inesedy, and Alan Bensoussan. Prior to Conception: The Role of an Acupuncture Protocol in Improving Women’s Reproductive Functioning Assessed by a Pilot Pragmatic Randomised Controlled Trial. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 3587569, 11 pages.
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