I like research because it starts with a question, because it requires we look at the lens through which we see the world. There are as many ways of looking, asking, seeing and reflecting as there are ways of being human. Research delves into these questions and explores how we know what we know.
PubMed, the US National Library of Medicine, has 24,000+ studies about acupuncture, 36,000+ on Chinese herbal medicine, and 39,000+ on Traditional Chinese medicine.
Here are a few of interest.
Summary of Acupuncture Studies related to Reproductive Medicine
A Comprehensive Review of Studies Related to Chinese Herbal Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in Conjunction with Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), IVF, and IUI for Male and Female Infertility
A Randomized, Double-Blind, Controlled Cross-Over Study Evaluating Acupuncture as an Adjunct to In-Vitro Fertilization: Quintero, et.al. Yu W., Horn B, Fertility and Sterility, Vol: 81, Supplement 3, April, 2004
Relationship Between Perceived Stress, Acupuncture and Pregnancy Rates Among In-Vitro Fertilization Patients: A Pilot Study. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. December 2009. Balk J, Catov J, Horn B., Gecsi K, Wakim A.
Placebo studies and ritual theory: a comparative analysis of Navajo, acupuncture and biomedical healing. Kaptchuk TJ. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2011 Jun 27;366(1572):1849-58.
The treatments are so relaxing in a way that I hadn’t expected. Pamela talks you through what each treatment is doing. Even though they were all in the same week, they weren’t all doing the same thing. Some of them were preparing me for the birth, and then some of them were really revving it up to go into labor. And I just felt very relaxed and ready. I left really mentally ready to give birth.