24. September 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: IVF

Individualised treatment with ‘whole-systems traditional Chinese medicine’ (WS-TCM, that includes a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and dietary and lifestyle recommendations) may be of benefit when added to IVF treatment, according to an American research team. In a retrospective cohort study, 1231 IVF patient records were reviewed to assess the effect of adjuvant WS-TCM on IVF outcomes. Three groups of patients were compared: IVF with no additional treatment; IVF plus acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer; and IVF plus WS-TCM. Of 1069 non-donor and 162 donor IVF cycles WS¬TCM was associated with greater odds of live birth compared with all other groups. (Impact of whole systems traditional Chinese medicine on in vitro fertilization outcomes. Reprod Biomed Online. 2015 Feb 24. pii: S1472-6483(15)00092-9. [Epub ahead of print]).

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