Acupuncture and electro-acupuncture increases the success rates of IVF cycles
There is a growing body of research that supports the use of acupuncture during in vitro fertilization (IVF). Because of this large volume of research, more and more IVF clinics support the use of acupuncture during their procedures.
A randomised controlled trial that compared three acupuncture methods to evaluate which method is most effective for IVF. A total of 52 IVF patients were randomly assigned to receive traditional Chinese acupuncture plus electroacupuncture, acupuncture alone (control), or electroacupuncture alone (second control).
Comparisons of IVF effectiveness rates were made for each method. All three acupuncture methods increased the success rate for IVF, and there was a marked increase with the combination treatment (81.8% success, which is twice the US average for IVF alone; p0.05).
The researchers concluded that their results suggest the combination of acupuncture and electroacupuncture is a promising new technique for the treatment of infertility with a higher IVF success rate than that of either treatment alone.
Kong et al. (2009) Acupuncture as an adjunct to in vitro fertilization: A randomized trial. Medical Acupuncture; 21: 179-82.