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Author (up) White, A. R.
Title A review of controlled trials of acupuncture for women's reproductive health care Type of Study Systematic Review
Year 2003 Publication Abbreviated Journal J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care
Volume 29 Issue 4 Pages 233-236
Keywords Acupressure; Acupuncture; AcuTrials; Infertility, Female; Pain; Pelvic Pain; Premenstrual Syndrome; Systematic Review; Women's Health; Genital Diseases, Female
Abstract BACKGROUND: Acupuncture as a therapy, and acupressure as self-treatment, are increasingly widely used for gynaecological conditions, and this study aims to review the scientific literature on their effectiveness. METHOD: A systematic review of controlled trials of acupuncture or acupressure for gynaecological conditions, published in a European language. Synthesis: No studies in mastalgia, menorrhagia, pelvic pain, premenstrual syndrome or vulvodynia met the inclusion criteria. Four studies, two of which were patient-blinded, of acupuncture or acupressure for dysmenorrhoea suggest that it may have an effect. Three studies of acupuncture given at various stages of infertility treatment are promising, but none was patient-blind. Two studies of acupuncture for menopausal symptoms showed no effect during the treatment period when compared with sham acupuncture, and a third study showed no effect on hypertension in postmenopausal women, though some improvement in symptoms was noted. CONCLUSION: In view of the small number of studies and their variable quality, doubt remains about the effectiveness of acupuncture for gynaecological conditions. Acupuncture and acupressure appear promising for dysmenorrhoea, and acupuncture for infertility, and further studies are justified
Address Institute of Health and Social Care Research, Peninsula Medical School, 25 Victoria Park Road, Exeter EX2 4NT, UK. Adrian.White@pms.ac.uk
Language Number of Treatments
Treatment Follow-up Frequency Number of Participants
Time in Treatment Condition Genital Diseases, Female
Disease Category Genital Diseases, Female OCSI Score
Notes Approved no
Call Number Serial 1290
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