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.
I tore my right knee up years ago and went through 2 months of rehab. When that didn’t work they operated and followed it with another 6 months of rehab. So when I twisted my left knee a few years back, I was pretty sure I was in for a similar ride. Dr. Gregg said, “Let’s try some acupuncture.” I’m a bit of a wuss around needles but Dr. Gregg is so good with them that they really didn’t hurt. After a dozen sessions or so, over a 30-day period, my knee was back to normal. Surgery and eight months of constant pain versus a month of tiny needles? I’ll take the needles.