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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

Authors can submit their manuscripts via the Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/ecam/acupg/.

Manuscript DueFriday, 20 March 2015
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 12 June 2015
Publication DateFriday, 7 August 2015

Lead Guest Editor

  • Xiaoke Wu, Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine, Harbin, China

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