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Acupuncture for IVF and assisted reproduction. An integrated approach to treatment and management
  1. David Frederick Mayor
  1. Correspondence to David Frederick Mayor, 86 Handside Lane, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL8 6SJ, UK; davidmayor{at}

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Irina Szmelskyj and Lianne Aquilina. Published by Churchill Livingstone (Elsevier), Edinburgh, 2015. 429+xviii pp. £44.99 (hardback). ISBN: 9780702050107.

Embedded ImageThis is an immensely ambitious and impressive book, packed with essential information for all those who see patients with subfertility issues. Assisted reproductive technology (ART)—and in vitro fertilisation (IVF) in particular—are rapidly developing fields, and acupuncture has gained a deserved reputation of being a useful adjunctive therapy for those using these methods. Indeed, many acupuncturists now specialise in this area, both outside and within the NHS. This book will provide a resource both for them and for other professionals who want to find out what acupuncturists do and how they do it.

Other books on the topic, directed more specifically at those who use a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) approach (including herbs) in their practice are Lifang Liang's Acupuncture and IVF (Blue Poppy Press, 2003) and another Elsevier blockbuster, Jane Lyttleton's Treatment of Infertility with Chinese …

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