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Acupuncture use in IVF,1-5
Acupuncture safety, 6-9
Mechanisms10
Acupuncture at ET RCTs,11-27
Acupuncture at TUGOR RCTs.28-32
Clinical and/or Cohort studies,33-46
What is the right dose of acupuncture?34,42,44,47-49
Systematic reviews.50-58
Limitations in acupuncture research59,60

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