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Pamela Miller, L.Ac.

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Acupuncture research described by Pamela Miller, L.Ac.Acupuncture Research

This is a small sample of some of the research done on acupuncture

Possibilities of Therapy by Ear Acupuncture in Female Sterility

Gerhard, et al. Geburtshilfe Frauenheilkd. 1988 Mar;48(3):165-71.

A simple application of ear acupuncture was shown to be as effective as drug therapy in improving fertility.

Reduction of Blood Flow Impedance in the Uterine Arteries of Infertile Women with Electro-acupuncture

Stener-Victorin et.al. Hum Reprod. 1996 Jun;11(6):1314-7

Successful in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and embryo transfer require optimal endometrial receptivity at the time of implantation. The amount of blood flow to the uterus is considered valuable in assessing endometrial receptivity. This study showed that acupuncture treatments performed twice per week for four weeks significantly increase blood flow to the uterus and may explain one mechanism for the substantial increases in pregnancies when acupuncture is incorporated.

Acupuncture for Reproductive Disorders

Lin J. et al. Probl Vet Med. 1992 Mar;4(1):155-61.

This article notes the excellent results achieved in improving reproductive outcomes with mammals and proposes that acupuncture influences the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis as well as steroidogenesis.

Controlled Study on Acupuncture for Treatment of Endocrine Dysfunctional Infertility

Yang JR, et. al. Zhongguo Zhen Jiu 2005 May;25(5):299-300

In this study, acupuncture was compared to Clomid administration in the treatment of endocrine dysfunction infertility. The study found acupuncture to have significantly higher pregnancy rates than Clomid administration (65% versus 45%). The study concluded that acupuncture is an effective treatment for infertility secondary to endocrine dysfunction.

Clinical Studies on the Mechanism for Acupuncture Stimulation of Ovulation

Mo et.al. J Tradit Chin Med 1993 Jun;13(2):115-9

This study examined the effects of acupuncture on stimulating ovulation and regulating ovulatory problems. The researchers concluded that acupuncture seems to increase progesterone levels and regulate FSH, LH and E2 levels. This study involved 30 acupuncture treatments and had an 82.35% effective rate.

Acupuncture on the Day of Embryo Transfer Significantly Improves the Reproductive Outcome in Infertile Women: a Prospective, Randomized Trial

Westergaard LG, et.al. Fertility and Sterility 2006 Apr 4; [Epub ahead of print]

This study demonstrates that properly applied acupuncture results in IVF ongoing pregnancy increases of over 60%.

Changes in Serum Cortisol and Prolactin Associated with Acupuncture during Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation in Women undergoing InVitro Fertilization–Embryo Transfer Treatment.

Magarelli, et al. Fertility and Sterility, 2009 [epub ahead of print].

This study examined the question of whether acupuncture improves pregnancy rates through stress reduction. The answer was that acupuncture significantly improves pregnancy rates, but not by reducing stress levels (as measured by cortisol and prolactin). Of particular interest in this study, however, was the fact that this particular acupuncture protocol doubled a woman's chances of maintaining her pregnancy (p<.05). In this protocol they combined a modified version of the Paulus protocol with the Stener-Victorin protocol for a total of 11 acupuncture treatments during an IVF cycle. This study suggests that the addition of the Stenner-Victorin protocol may be useful to reduce the chances of miscarriage.

Acupuncture for Malignant Pain ProblemsJ. Filshie, D. Redman

(Dept. of Anesthetics, Royal Marsden Hospital, London, England). International Medical Acupuncture Conference, London, England, May 4-8, 1986.

The effect of acupuncture was assessed in 183 patients attending the Pain Clinic in a cancer hospital. Early results were promising with 82% of patients obtaining benefit for hours or days. However, only 52% of patients obtained significant help and multiple treatments were often necessary. Acupuncture was most helpful for vascular problems, muscle spasm and dyaesthetic problems. Acupuncture was significantly helpful for a number of patients with malignant pain problems.

Electroacupuncture Treatment Method for Arm Oedema, Following Surgery for Breast Cancer

C. Moldovan, et al. (Institute of Oncology, Bucharest, Romania). International Medical Acupuncture Conference, London, England, May 4-8, 1986

Upper limb oedema (bloating from retention of water) occurs following surgery for breast cancer in approximately 8-30% of the cases. Existing means have relatively limited efficiency. This study presents a treatment method with electroacupuncture (acupuncture in which weak electrical currents are sent through the needles) on a group of 21 patients with upper limb oedema. Treatment response was based on objective criteria including clinical and thermoelectric measurements. Complete recovery from oedemas was obtained in 33% of the cases, while partial recovery was seen in 43% of the cases. No response was seen in 24%.

Immunity Reflex State in Cancer patients Treated by Acupuncture

Xia Yuqin, et al. Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion, Vol. 6, No. 2, April 1986, pp. 17-19. (In Chinese)

Fifty-nine cases with cancer (diagnosed through tissue biopsy) were observed in this group. It was found that the potentiality of cell immunity was lower than in normal persons. Radiation treatment had certain inhibitory functions on body immunity. It was seen at the same time that acupuncture not only raised body immunity and regulated ERFC close to the normal level, but it could also control the falling of body immunity caused by radiation treatments.

Curative Effects Seen in 44 Cases of Radioactive Rectitis After Treating Cervical Cancer

Zhang Zhaohua. Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion, Vol. 6, No. 3, June 1986, pp. 18-19. (In Chinese)

Forty-four cases of rectitis (inflammation, pain and bleeding of the rectum) caused by radiation therapy for cancer were treated by acupuncture. Results: 72.3% cases were cured, 9% cases were markedly effective, and 18% cases were improved. Through this patient group it was also observed that acupuncture produces the effects of analgesia and antipyresis, and the reduction of inflammation.

Cancer Chemotherapy with Oriental Medicine (II) Clinical Experiments of Oriental Medicine with Anti-tumor Crude Drugs

A. Sato International Journal of Oriental Medicine 1991;1:34-43

Chinese herbs served to improve symptoms of chemotherapy and prolong life. Characteristics include reduction of side effects caused by chemotherapeutic drugs and radiation therapy (i.e., increases in leukocytes, erythrocytes and thrombocytes), improvement of digestive functions (i.e. improvement of hepatic function) improvement of renal function, reduction of pain, enhancement of immunofunctions, and especially, decreased pain in the terminal stage.

Treatment of Postoperative Advanced Gastric Cancer With Chemotherapy and Anti-Cancer Herbs

Guan-ting Wang, Jia-yu Xu, Ai-mei Zhang, and Xian-yi Wu. International Journal of Oriental Medicine. 1992;4:202-205

Treatment of advanced gastric cancer with combined chemotherapy and anticancer herbs that "support the righteous Qi" (righteous Qi is often translated to Immune System in Western medicine) resulted in a 41.2% survival rate at 3 years and 30.4% at 5 years. The curative effect was significantly higher than for those patients receiving only chemotherapy (26.1% and 15.0%, respectively).

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