A review article by Australian authors has summarised the research evidence relating to the use of acupuncture for treating women’s reproductive disorders. The narrative literature covers both clinical research (assessing 204 documents) and experimental research (114 documents) on acupuncture’s mechanisms of action in relation to women’s health. The authors conclude that there is preliminary data indicating acupuncture may improve women’s menstrual health, as well as their ability to cope with delays in falling pregnant. They report that experimental data also indicate that acupuncture can influence female reproductive functioning, although the actual mechanisms involved have not yet been clarified. (Acupuncture and women’s health: an overview of the role of acupuncture and its clinical management in women’s reproductive health. Int J Womens Health. 2014 Mar 17;6:313-325). http: / / www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov / pubmed /24669195

 

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