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Acupuncture Reduces Side Effects Of Breast Cancer Treatment

ScienceDaily — Sep

Acupuncture is as effective and longer-lasting in managing the common debilitating side effects of hot flashes, night sweats, and excessive sweating (vasomotor symptoms) associated with breast cancer treatment and has no treatment side effects compared to conventional drug therapy, according to a first-of-its-kind study presented September 24, 2008, at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology’s 50th Annual Meeting in Boston.

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Acupuncture might help with fertility

Chicago Tribune — Feb. 8, 2008

By Judith Graham | TRIBUNE REPORTER

Acupuncture appears to be a useful fertility aid, according to a new report in the British Medical Journal that found pairing acupuncture with in-vitro fertilization can raise a couple’s odds of getting pregnant by 65 percent.

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Acupuncture may increase chance of IVF success

CBS News: The Associated Press — February 8, 2008

It sounds far-fetched — sticking needles in women to help them become pregnant — but a scientific review suggests acupuncture might improve the odds of conceiving by in-vitro fertilization if done right before or after embryos are placed in the womb.

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Acupuncture for In Vitro Fertilization?

WebMD Medical News — Feb. 7, 2008

Getting Acupuncture May Improve the Odds of IVF Success
By Miranda Hitti
WebMD Medical News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

The odds of getting pregnant and having a baby through in vitro fertilization (IVF) may be higher if women get acupuncture right before or after IVF.

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Chinese Herbal Medicine May Help Relieve Painful Menstrual Cramps

ScienceDaily — Oct. 17, 2007

Women with menstrual cramps are often offered either non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or oral contraceptives. Many women, however, find that this treatment does not work or they can not take the drugs, and more women would prefer a non-drug alternative.

Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) has been used for centuries in China, being used in public hospitals to treat unexplained cramps that occur during menstruation (primary dysmenorhea). A team of Cochrane Researchers has found evidence that CHM may provide one possible form of treatment.

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