Zhen Ci Yan Jiu 2021 Apr;46(4):342-7
Institute of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430030, China.
Acupuncture has a long history of application in the field of reproduction, and in the past 20 years, numerous clinical studies have been conducted to explore the value of acupuncture in assisted reproductive technology. However, due to inconsistent research findings, there are still controversies over the clinical safety and efficacy of acupuncture in assisting fertilization-embryo transfer (IVF-ET), which may be closely associated with lacking of standardized treatment regimen in clinical trials of acupuncture. For that reason, this article reviews 16 representative clinical trials of acupuncture assisting IVF-ET published worldwide in 1999-2020, summarizes the grouping design, acupuncture method (acupuncture timing, acupuncture frequency, acupoints, and acupuncture types), and pregnancy outcome (pregnancy rate, clinical pregnancy rate, ongoing pregnancy rate, and live birth rate), and discusses several key links in clinical protocol design, so as to provide references for future clinical research. Read More