Acupuncture is often recommended for obstetrical and gynecological (Ob/Gyn) conditions.

Prof. Ernst has reviewed the evidence.

First, the details.

  • 24 systematic reviews of any type of acupuncture for any type of gynecological conditions were included.
  • Gynecological conditions included hot flashes, conception, dysmenorrhea, premenstrual syndrome, nausea/vomiting, breech presentation, back pain during pregnancy, and procedural pain.

And, the results.

  • 9 systematic reviews came to clearly positive conclusions; however, there were many contradictions and caveats.

The bottom line?

The author concluded, “The evidence for acupuncture as a treatment of obstetrical and gynecological conditions remains limited.”

6/2/11 20:39 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.