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    Can fertility of bulls be modified by acupuncture? (2006)

    Art
    Zeitschriftenartikel / wissenschaftlicher Beitrag
    Autoren
    Arlt, S.
    Drillich, M.
    Heuwieser, W.
    Quelle
    Reproduction in domestic animals = Zuchthygiene; 41(Suppl. 1) — S. 2
    ISSN: 0936-6768
    Sprache
    Englisch
    Verweise
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0531.2006.00663.x
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    Abstract / Zusammenfassung

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of acupuncture
    and moxa treatment on fertility of bulls. In a pilot study six bulls
    with semen abnormalities in volume (<3 ml) and density (<1 bn/
    ml) were submitted to acupuncture treatment. Although Traditional
    Chinese Medicine (TCM) requires individualised treatments, the
    animals were treated with a fixed acupuncture protocol. This was
    necessary because the individualised diagnostic by so called Shupoints
    in cattle is difficult. Also a standard treatment ensured a
    comparable analysis of treatment results. Furthermore, especially in
    the treatment of bulls it is important to use acupuncture points that
    can be reached and stimulated innocuously. Following acupuncture
    points were used: Bladder 23, Bladder 31, Kidney 3, Governing
    Vessel 3 and Governing Vessel 4. The treatment course consisted of
    three treatments for a period of three weeks. Stainless steel
    disposable needles (0.5 mm x 0.7 mm) were inserted 2–4 cm deep
    for 20 min. Moxa was applied once at the acupuncture points
    Governing Vessel 3 and Governing Vessel 4 by artemisia wool and
    miso paste. Analysis of the semen was performed twice a week
    28 days before, during and 22 days after the treatment course.
    Statistical analysis showed no significant changes in volume, density
    and motility of semen. Hence the introduced programme was not
    able to increase the semen quality in the six bulls. Further studies
    are necessary to determine whether a longer treatment course or
    using promising acupuncture points at the linea alba are more
    effective.