CAM Research

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herpes simplex virus is frequently encountered in idiopathic infertility and correlates with the reduction in sperm parameters  The findings lead to the conclusion that HSV is one of the factors for male infertility and can negatively affect the results of assisted reproductive technologies.   The present investigation was undertaken to study the detection rate of herpes simplex virus (HSV) and cytomegalovirus (CMV) in the...
Acupuncture Point and frequency-specific response of the testicular artery to abdominal electroacupuncture in humans CONCLUSION: Acupuncture point and frequency-specific effects of abdominal EA on Testicular Blood Flow are shown in humans. This shows a trend toward acupuncture being effective in the clinical treatment of infertile men.   OBJECTIVE: To clarify the role of the abdominal acupuncture points and the...
IVF babies are 54% more likely to be born with defects The American Society for Reproductive Medicine recently published another study that points toward the risks of IVF.  The November issue of Fertility and Sterility printed a study of information collected by the perinatal database for the province on Ontario.  The information was collected at 82...
LASER ACUPUNCTURE BEFORE AND AFTER EMBRYO TRANSFER IMPROVES ART DELIVERY RATES study Laser Acupuncture Before and After Embryo Transfer Improves ART Delivery Rates: Results of a Prospective Randomized Double-Blinded Placebo Controlled Five-armed Trial involving 1000 Patients. J.L. Fratterelli, M.R. Leondires, K.Fong, A Theall, S. Locatelli, R.T. Scott, Reproductive Medicine...
study of the effect of acupuncture in infertile patients with severe oligoasthenozoospermia  In this first prospective, randomized, single-blind, placebo-controlled study, 28 infertile patients with severe oligoasthenozoospermia received acupuncture according to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and 29 infertile patients received placebo acupuncture. A significantly...
A substance isolated from Cornus officinalis enhances the motility of human sperm  The effects of a Chinese herb, Cornus officinalis (shan zhu yu), on the motility of human sperm was studied. An aqueous extract was prepared from the dried fruits of the herb and used in this study. The crude extract at a final concentration of 0.5 microgram/microliter in phosphate buffered saline...
Acupuncture for cervical ripening Commentary by Debra Betts Conclusion Acupuncture at the points Hegu LI-4 and Sanyinjiao SP-6 supports cervical ripening and can shorten the time interval between the woman’s expected date of delivery and the actual time of delivery. Acupuncture comments A randomised controlled trial into the...
Prebirth acupuncture Commentary by Debra Betts Conclusion Although the research by Lyrendas et all appears to contradict the findings of both Kubista and Kucera and Tempfer the full paper by Lyrendas et all contains interesting details. A control group with twice the number of women in it from the acupuncture group...
Moxibustion use for Breech Presentation Commentary by Debra Betts Conclusion That in prigravidas at 33 weeks gestation with breech presentation moxibustion treatment for 1 to 2 weeks at Zhiyin BL-67 increased fetal activity during the treatment period and cephalic presentation at 35 weeks and at delivery. Cardini et al in 1998[7...
Acupuncture and morning sickness Commentary by Debra Betts Conclusion Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for women who experience nausea and dry retching in early pregnancy.   Smith et al in 2002 published two articles from their research on nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. The first looked at the effectiveness...