• This study aimed to compare the therapeutic effects of acupuncture and Western medicine for promoting ovulation on endocrine dysfunctional infertility. Two hundred and forty cases of infertility were randomly divided into an acupuncture group (n = 160) and a Western medicine group (n = 80). They were treated with acupuncture and clomiphene respectively and their therapeutic effects were compared. The pregnancy rate was 65.0% in the acupuncture group and 45.0% in the Western medicine group with a significant difference between the two groups (P < 0.05).15
• This study was designed to evaluate if electro-acupuncture (EA) could affect oligo-/anovulation and related endocrine and neuroendocrine parameters in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Repeated EA treatments induced regular ovulations in more than one third of the women with PCOS. Electro-acupuncture offers an alternative to pharmacological ovulation induction.