Recent article published in Journal of Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion December 2017 questioned the acupuncture for PCOS research result published in JAMA.
In June 2017, Dr.Wu published In JAMA online titled”Effect of Acupuncture and Clomiphene in Chinese Women With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, A Randomized Clinical Trial”. Dr Wu and colleagues studied 1000 patients with PCOS receiving acupuncture or control acupuncture and found live birth rates of 29.4% in the acupuncture group and 28.0% in the control acupuncture group among women receiving clomiphene, and 13.9% in the acupuncture group and 16.8% in the control acupuncture group among women receiving placebo. Dr. Wu Xiaoke’s team concluded that “there is no support of acupuncture as an infertility treatment of PCOS”.
However, after read the JAMA paper and studied Dr.Wu’s collected data, Dr. Arthur Fan and his team found that the trial design has serious flaws and that the results could not lead to the conclusion. Based on the reanalysis for the study data and those published in other medical journals recently from the team, it was found that the acupuncture plus clomiphene or control acupuncture plus clomiphene has more excellent live birth rate, ovulation rate and cumulative ovulation rate than clomiphone alone with statistical and clinical significance.