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Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2014;2014:718675. doi: 10.1155/2014/718675. Epub 2014 Mar 10.

Effect of acupuncture on premature ovarian failure: a pilot study.

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Institute of Acupuncture and Moxibustion of China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, No. 16 Dong Zhi Men Nei Nan Xiao Jie, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100700, China.
Institute of Acupuncture and Moxibustion of the Hospital Affiliated to Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, No. 314 An Shan Xi Dao, Nankai District, Tianjin, 300193, China.


To investigate the effect of acupuncture on women with premature ovarian failure (POF), prospective consecutive case series study was applied. 31 women with POF were included; all patients were treated with acupuncture once every other day, three times a week for three months. Acupoints, GV 20, GV 24, GB 13, CV 3, CV 4, BL 23, BL 32, ST 25, ST 28, ST 29, ST 36, SP 6, KI 3, and LR 3, were selected. Serums FSH, E2, and LH level, Self-Rating Anxiety Scale (SAS), and Kupperman score were measured at baseline and at the end of treatment; the menstrual cycle was recorded during one-month follow-up. Compared with baseline, patients' serums FSH and LH were decreased, E2 was increased, and SAS score and Kupperman score were decreased. Four patients resumed menstrual cycle after treatment and two resumed during follow-up. No serious adverse events were found in all patients. The results indicate that acupuncture may decrease serums FSH and LH level, raise serum E2 level, relieve anxiety, reduce mental stress, and improve the menopausal symptoms.

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