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Acupuncture in Gynecologic Disorders: Past and Future

Call for Papers

In 2007, National Health Interview Survey included the questions on Complement and Alternative Medicine (CAM) use. Acupuncture is a well-established method within CAM generally and Asian healing methods specifically. Interestingly, women are more frequent users of acupuncture than men, either alone or as an adjuvant treatment in conjunction with western medicine. Some early and underpowered studies show that acupuncture can improve pregnancy rates during IVF; other studies demonstrate that acupuncture relieves pain among women with primary dysmenorrhea and relieves the vasomotor symptoms of menopause. Although acupuncture is widely applied in gynecology, evidence of its effectiveness and physiological processes is still equivocal in some areas. And they are limited on the low quality, poor design, and/or small sample size of the included studies. Also, more studies demonstrating efficacy are needed before acupuncture is widely accepted as part of generally accepted treatment protocols. Therefore, to evaluate the potential impact and efficacy of acupuncture on gynecologic disorders such as poor ovarian reserve/ primary ovarian insufficiency, endometriosis pain, and climacteric symptoms, additional studies are necessary.

We invite investigators to contribute original articles and reviews, as well as high quality clinical trials of acupuncture in different gynecological disorders. It is of course of great interest and importance to elucidate potential mechanism of action of acupuncture in those conditions. The latest innovative aspects that underline further enhancement of acupuncture are especially welcome. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Poor ovarian reserve and primary ovarian insufficiency
  • Dysmenorrhea, endometriosis pain, and chronic pelvic pain
  • The effects of acupuncture for functional hyperprolactinemia
  • Acupuncture as a complementary option for premenstrual syndrome
  • Effects of acupuncture on the quality of life and biochemical parameters in women with menopausal syndrome
  • Acupuncture improves insulin sensitivity in women with polycystic ovary syndrome
  • The current use of acupuncture in other gynecologic conditions: efficacy and risk

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/ecam/acupg/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 12 September 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 5 December 2014
Publication DateFriday, 30 January 2015

Lead Guest Editor

  • Xiaoke Wu, First Affiliated Hospital/Clinical School, Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine, Harbin 150040, China

Guest Editors

  • Elisabet Stener-Victorin, Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Physiology / Endocrinology, Göteborg, Sweden
  • Ernest H.-Y. Ng, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Queen Mary Hospital, University of Hong Kong, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
  • Robert M. Silver, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
  • Siladitya Bhattacharya, Division of Applied Health Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK