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 told Pamela that I had seen a couple of acupuncturists in my life and I wasn’t too fond of the needles; they would make me anxious. Pamela took that to heart and really approached me with such delicateness, and sensitivity, and she handles the needles with such care and a soft touch, so I can use this modality. The needles don’t hurt and they create a wonderful feeling of extra relaxation or some little bliss of 20 minutes where I can float away. So I have come to appreciate the sensation that needles actually provide in the moment.