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Male Infertility

Treatment with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine


Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can offer significant improvement in sperm volume, count, motility, morphology and liquefaction, and they can also successfully treat varicoceles, retrograde ejaculation, DNA sperm fragmentation and anti-sperm antibodies.

DNA damage can also cause miscarriage, so acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help prevent miscarriage.

Research studies show that both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine effect hormone levels and testicular blood flow, and increase the excretion of dead cellular debris from the testes.  Blood carries nutrients, hormones, oxygen and electrolytes to the testes, thus promoting the production of healthy sperm. Certain herbs improve liquefaction time by stimulating the secretion of important enzymes into the prostatic fluid.

Sperm can take 3 months to form, so treatment should be continued for several months. As in the case of female infertility, the practitioner will devise a natural healthcare programme of acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutrition, in order to improve the patient’s overall health, and the quality of the sperm.


It is also beneficial to give the patient an acupuncture treatment just before their partner is due to ovulate, as there has been a study that suggests that acupuncture treatment at this time greatly enhances the sperm’s activity.

See research into the treatment of sperm abnormalities using acupuncture.


"Acupuncture significantly improves overall sperm quality and may increase the chances of pregnancy"

(Modification of semen quality by acupuncture in subfertile males) Geburtshilfe Frauenheilkd. 1984 Aug; 44 (8): 510-2

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