Infertility in Men

How do acupuncture and herbs help fertility?

Often when trying to conceive, couples can also be dealing with a variety of medical issues that affect conception. Acupuncture treatments for both parents, whether to complement other fertility treatments or by itself, can increase the chances of getting pregnant.

Healthy parents mean a chance for healthier sperm, healthier eggs, a a stonger uterus, not to mention get more energy, have less anxiety and a greater sense of well-being. It has been shown that acupuncture and herbs positively affects the body’s ability to provide the most natural and effective pathway for conception.

Fertility conditions in men

When treating male infertility, it is important to know that the patient will receive the most benefit from acupuncture and herbs over a period of about three months. This is because sperm is generated in the body about three months before it becomes part of a man’s ejaculate.

Varicocele
Low sperm count
Low sperm motility
Poor sperm morphology

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Varicocele means there is a varicose vein in the scrotum. Since the scrotum helps keep the testes cool for sperm, a varicocele can raise the temperature of the scrotum and therefore harm sperm. Varicoceles can both reduce sperm count, and can negatively affect the quality of sperm. If a varicocele is severe, the patient may need surgery. Acupuncture and herbal treatment after such a surgery will help speed the healing process and ensure a quicker return to healthy sperm production. TCM can treat the root issue of a blood stagnation that leads to a mild varicocele.

Low Sperm Count — Low count is mostly-likely due to insufficient sperm production. Low count can be the result of chronic fever, emotional stress (which affects GnRH levels), smoking, immune dysfunction, poor nutrition, environmental toxins and other factors. Acupuncture and herbs can help stimulate blood and nutrient flow to male reproductive organs, thereby creating a more-healthy environment for sperm production.

Poor Morphology — Poor morphology means that when semen is examined, a high number of sperm are not normal or healthy. Poor morphology can be due to congenital testicular abnormalities, varicocele (enlarged veins in the scrotum), fever, infections, drugs, and exposure to environmental pollutants. Acupuncture and herbal treatments will help men produce healthier sperm, which can successfully inseminate the female egg.

Poor Motility — Poor motility means that sperm doesn’t have a strong ability to move forward in a way that allows the sperm to swim to the egg. Chinese practitioners understand poor motility as a symptom of a deficiency in the warming and invigorating energy of the body. Acupuncture and herbs can increase blood flow to genital organs, and encourage relaxation to support improved motility. TCM treatment has proven to be very successful in treating this condition.