Acupuncture for Women’s Health at Seattle Acupuncture Center
Results of this study suggest that treatment with acupuncture may be effective for reducing infertility-related stress. In this study from Australia, researchers randomly divided infertile women into 2 groups: an acupuncture treatment group and a ‘wait list’ (control) group. Subjects (n=32) were women aged 20-45 years, with a diagnosis of infertility, or a history of unsuccessfully trying to conceive for 12 months or more. Subjects in the acupuncture group received six sessions over 8 weeks. Significant changes on two domains on the Fertility Problem Inventory with less social concern (mean difference [MD] -3.75, 95% confidence interval [CI] -7.58 to 0.84), and less relationship concern (MD -3.66) were found. There were also trends towards a reduction of infertility stress on other domains, and a trend towards improved self-efficacy (MD 11.9) and less anxiety (MD -2.54) in the acupuncture group compared with the wait-list control group. Women described the experience and impact of acupuncture as positive relating to a sense of relaxation and a changed perspective in relation to coping. Researchers conclude that acupuncture may be a useful intervention for women experiencing infertility-related stress.
“The Effect of Acupuncture on Psychosocial Outcomes for Women Experiencing Infertility: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial,” Smith CA, Ussher JM, et al, J Altern Complement Med, 2011 Oct 6
In a randomized study involving 80 patients with primary dysmenorrhea who were followed over the course of 3 menstrual cycles, treatment with acupuncture prior to the menstrual period (“preconditioning acupuncture”) was found to significantly reduce symptoms and the duration of symptoms more effectively than “immediate acupuncture” or no acupuncture. These results suggest that acupuncture may be an effective modality for treating dysmenorrhea, and treating before the menstrual period is more effective than only treating while the symptoms are presenting.
“Clinical study on the treatment of primary dysmenorrhea with preconditioning acupuncture,” Bu YQ, Du GZ, et al, Chin J Integr Med, 2011 March; 17(3): 224-7