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A prospective randomized placebo-controlled study of the effect of acupuncture in infertile patients with severe oligoasthenozoospermia

  • Stefan Dieterle
    Correspondence
    Reprint requests: Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. Stefan Dieterle, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Witten/Herdecke, Olpe 19, D-44135 Dortmund, Germany (FAX: +49 231 55754598).
    Affiliations
    Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Witten/Herdecke, Dortmund, Germany

    Infertility Center Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany
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  • Chunfang Li
    Affiliations
    Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Witten/Herdecke, Dortmund, Germany

    Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Tongji Medical College, Wuhan, People's Republic of China
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  • Robert Greb
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    Infertility Center Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany
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  • Felix Bartzsch
    Affiliations
    Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Witten/Herdecke, Dortmund, Germany
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  • Wolfgang Hatzmann
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    Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Witten/Herdecke, Dortmund, Germany
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  • Dongmei Huang
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    Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Witten/Herdecke, Dortmund, Germany

    Institute of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine, Tongji Hospital, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, People's Republic of China
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      In this first prospective, randomized, single-blind, placebo-controlled study, 28 infertile patients with severe oligoasthenozoospermia received acupuncture according to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and 29 infertile patients received placebo acupuncture. A significantly higher percentage of motile sperm (World Health Organization categories A–C), but no effect on sperm concentration, was found after acupuncture compared with placebo acupuncture.
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