Acupuncture can reduce anxiety symptoms in women undergoing IVF, according to a team of Brazilian researchers.  Forty-three women undergoing IVF were randomly allocated to two groups: a test group who received verum acupuncture (at Shenmen HE-7, Neiguan P-6, Shanzhong REN-17, Baihui DU-20 and Yintang M-HN-3), and a control group who had needles inserted in areas near, but not corresponding to, acupuncture points. Treatment consisted of four weekly sessions. The mean anxiety score after the four-week experimental period was significantly lower in the test group compared with the control group (19.4 vs 24.4). (Effect of acupuncture on symptoms of anxiety in women undergoing in vitro fertilisation: a prospective randomised controlled study. Acupunct Med. 2012 Apr 12. [Epub ahead of print]).

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