A Chinese study reports that electro-acupuncture (EA) can regulate hormone levels and induce menstruation in women with amenorrhoea, sex steroid deficiency, and elevated gonadotrophin levels.
There are women under 40 years of age who suffer from a syndrome known as primary ovarian insufficiency (POI) that is characterised by amenorrhoea, sex steroid deficiency, and elevated gonadotrophin levels. A total of 11 Chinese women with POI were studied for 12 weeks, then followed-up with for 12 weeks after treatment ceased. For the first four weeks, the women were treated with EA once a day, five times a week. For the next eight weeks, the women were treated with EA once every other day, three times a week. Compared with baseline figures, following EA treatments 90% of the women resumed menstruation. Also, the women's prostaglandin E2 increased, follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) decreased, and luteinising hormone (LH) decreased, and these effects persisted during the 12 week follow-up period.
(Electroacupuncture modulates reproductive hormone levels in patients with primary ovarian insufficiency: results from a prospective observational study. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013;2013:657234).