Acupuncturists on notice after mythbusting fertility trial

An Australian study has burst the bubble

Acupuncturists are facing calls to stop marketing themselves as 'fertility specialists', after a large Australian trial showed the therapy doesn’t improve the chance of having a baby.


A four-year randomised trial of 848 women attending 16 IVF centres in Australia and New Zealand found no difference in birth rates between women who receiving acupuncture and those given sham treatment.

In the single-blind trial, published in JAMA on Wednesday, the active treatment group were given an acupuncture session within a week of follicle stimulation and two sessions before and after