• Acupuncture for PCOS – Research by Dr Elisabet Stener-Victorin

    Acupuncture for PCOS – Research by Dr Elisabet Stener-Victorin

    Dr Elisabet Stener-Victorin, Senior Lecturer, Researcher

    Dr. Stener-Victorin is a researcher at the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Physiology at Sahlgrenska Academy, Göteborg University in Sweden. She received the three year Longjiang Scholar, Chair Professorship at Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine, China.

    She has worked clinically with Western acupuncture since 1987 and has done acupuncture research since 1991. Her main focus has been to investigate the effect of electro-acupuncture (EA) in reproductive medicine, both in clinical and experimental studies, which ended up in a Ph.D. at the department of obstetrics and gynaecology in 2000. She has continued as a researcher, investigating the pain-relieving effect of EA, as well as the effect of EA and physical exercise on the endocrine system, sympathetic nervous system, and immune functions. She has been in Japan for postdoctoral research in collaboration with professor Mieko Kurosawa.

    Since 2005, she has worked full time as a researcher with grants from the Swedish Research Council at the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology at Sahlgrenska Academy, Göteborg University. She is a well known lecturer at international conferences and acupuncture courses in Sweden, Norway, Spain, Portugal, UK and Australia. She has published more than 80 peer-reviewed articles and is in the Editorial Board of Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies (FACT), Acupuncture in Medicine and in Journal of Physiology.

    Professor Elisabet Stener-Victorin discusses potential benefits of acupuncture in IVF and infertility.

    Research description

    Elisabet Stener-Victorin established her research group Reproductive Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology in January 2015. She was previously with the Department of Physiology at University of Gothenburg where she held a VR granted Junior Research position, and since 2009 a Senior Research position.

    Dr Stener-Victorin’s research activities aim to yield new key information on the pathophysiology of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the most common female endocrine and metabolic disorder. Its etiology is not well understood, but genetic, epigenetic, and environmental factors have been implicated in its development. They also investigate the effect of acupuncture and/or exercise on reproductive function, hyperandrogenemia and insulin resistance as well as on key molecular pathways and epigenetic modifications in adipose and skeletal muscle tissues.

    Read more about the research or check Dr Stener-Victorin’s publications.

    On a personal note, I spent a lot of time reading about Dr Stener-Victorin’s work for my Scoping Review as part of my MSc studies recently. I would highly recommend that colleagues and prospective patients alike check more about her work – PCOS is a very common disease in Ireland and we see it a lot in our clinics. As practitioners, the more information we have under our belts regarding the latest findings in acupuncture research for the treatment of PCOS, the more therapeutic benefit we can provide for our patients.

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