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Table 1 Personalized acupuncture protocol

From: A multicenter randomized trial of personalized acupuncture, fixed acupuncture, letrozole, and placebo letrozole on live birth in infertile women with polycystic ovary syndrome

PointStimulationLocationAnatomyMuscle innervationMethod
Spleen-yang and kidney-yang deficiency
 Sanyinjiao (bilateral) (SP6)EA, (+)3 cun proximal to the medial malleolusM. flexor digitorum longus, tibialis posteriorL4–5, S1Puncture perpendicularly 0.5–1.0 cun
 Tianshu (bilateral) (ST25)A2 cun lateral to the midline at the level of the umbilicusMuscle rectus abdominisTh6–12Puncture perpendicularly 0.7–1.2 cun
 Zigong (bilateral) (EX-CA1)A1 cun cranial to the pubic bone and 3 cun lateral to the midlineM. obliquus externus abdominis, obliquus internus abdominisTh12, L1Puncture perpendicularly 0.8–1.2 cun
 Guanyuan (CV4)A3 cun caudal to the umbilicusFibrous tissue, linea albaTh12Puncture perpendicularly 0.8–1.2 cun
 Zhongwan (CV12)A4 cun superior to the umbilicusFibrous tissue, linea albaTh8Puncture perpendicularly 0.8–1.2 cun
 Qihai (CV6)A1.5 cun caudal to the umbilicusFibrous tissue, linea albaTh11Puncture perpendicularly 0.8–1.2 cun
 Fenglong (bilateral) (ST40)De-qi 4 times, (−)8 cun superior to lateral malleolusM. extensor digitorum longus, peroneus M., M. gastrocnemiusL4–5, S1–2Puncture perpendicularly 0.5–1.0 cun
 Yinlingquan (bilateral) (SP9)EA, (−)Below the medial tibia chondyleM. gastrocnemiusS1–2Puncture perpendicularly 0.5–1.0 cun
 Zusanli (bilateral)(ST36)De-qi 4 times, (+)On the anterior lateral side of the leg, 3 cun below Dubi (ST35), one finger width (middle finger) from the anterior crest of the tibiaM. tibialis anterior, extensor digitorum longus, M. tibialis posteriorL2–4Puncture perpendicularly 0.5–1.0 cun
Liver-yin and kidney-yin deficiency
 Sanyinjiao (bilateral) (SP6)EA, (+)3 cun proximal to the medial malleolusM. flexor digitorum longus, tibialis posteriorL4–5, S1Puncture perpendicularly 0.5–1.0 cun
 Tianshu (bilateral) (ST25)A3 cun caudal to the umbilicusFibrous tissue, linea albaTh12Puncture perpendicularly 0.7–1.2 cun
 Zigong (bilateral) (EX-CA1)A1 cun cranial to the pubic bone and 3 cun lateral to the midlineM. obliquus externus abdominis, obliquus internus abdominisTh12, L1Puncture perpendicularly 0.8–1.2 cun
 Guanyuan (CV4)A3 cun caudal to the umbilicusFibrous tissue, linea albaTh12Puncture perpendicularly 0.8–1.2 cun
 Zhongwan (CV12)A4 cun superior to the umbilicusFibrous tissue, linea albaTh8Puncture perpendicularly 0.5–1.2 cun
 Qihai (CV6)A1.5 cun caudal to the umbilicusFibrous tissue, linea albaTh11Puncture perpendicularly 0.8–1.2 cun
 Fenglong (bilateral) (ST40)Deqi 4 times, (−)8 cun superior to the lateral malleolusMm. extensor digitorum longus, peroneus M., M. gastrocnemiusL4–5, S1–2Puncture perpendicularly 0.5–1.0 cun
 Yinlingquan (bilateral) (SP9)EA, (−)Below the medial tibia chondyleM. gastrocnemiusS1–2Puncture perpendicularly 0.5–1.0 cun
 Taixi (bilateral) (K13)Deqi 4 times, (+)Behind the medial malleolusFibrous tissueL3–4Puncture perpendicularly 0.5–1.0 cun
 Taichong (bilateral) (LR3)Deqi 4 times, (−)Between metatarsals I and II, just distal to the caputM. interosseous dorsalis IS2–3Puncture perpendicularly 0.5–1.0 cun
  1. Abbreviations: A acupuncture, CV conception vessel, EA electroacupuncture, EX-CA extra point of chest and abdomen, GV governor vessel, K kidney, L lumbar vertebra, LI large intestine, LR liver, S sacral vertebra, ST stomach, SP spleen, Th thoracic vertebra
  2. +/− signifies that these points have been rotated bidirectionally for tonifying (+) or sedating (−)