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Several factors may be responsible for male infertility, including low sperm count, abnormal sperm shape and size, and reduced motility. Lifestyle, genetics, and physiological changes can also raise or lower male fertility levels, and can significantly affect a man's ability to produce offspring.
Can acupuncture improve sperm count and sperm quality?
Acupuncture may help in the treatment of male infertility (Stener-Victorin 2010), by: • lowering scrotal temperature (Siterman 2009); • enhancing local microcirculation, by increasing the diameter and blood flow velocity of peripheral arterioles (Komori 2009); • reducing inflammation, by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors (Zijlstra 2003) • by improving sperm maturation in the epididymis, increasing testosterone levels, and reducing liquid peroxidation of sperm (Crimmel 2001)
A recent trial published in Fertility and Sterility has shown just how effective acupuncture can be in the treatment of this condition, leading to significant increases in the number of normal sperm and equally significant reductions in structural defects.
In the study, 28 men who were diagnosed with idiopathic infertility received acupuncture twice a week over a period of 5 weeks.
The following acupuncture points were used as main points: Guan yuan (Ren 4), shen shu (UB 23, bilateral), ci liao (UB 32, bilateral), tai cong (Liv 3, bilateral), and tai xi (KI 3, bilateral). Secondary points included zhu san li (ST 36, bilateral), xue hai (SP 10, bilateral), san yin jiao (SP 6, bilateral), gui lai (ST 29, bilateral), and bai hui (Du 20). Needles were inserted to a depth of between 15 and 25 millimeters, depending on the region of the body being treated.
Needles were manipulated for 10 minutes to achieve de qi, then left in place for another 25 minutes before being removed.
Semen samples were collected from each of the men after a 3-day period of sexual abstinence.
Two samples were collected from each patient: one obtained the day before treatment began, the other after the last acupuncture treatment.
Samples from the treatment group were then randomized with semen samples from 12 untreated control patients and analyzed.
Compared to the control group, motility levels increased significantly in semen samples in the men receiving acupuncture.
While median motility levels increased from 32% to 37% in the control group, they increased from 44.5% to 50% in the acupuncture group.
There are similar studies demonstrating the benefits of Chinese Herbal Medicine
The number and percentage of healthy sperm also increased dramatically in the acupuncture patients. At baseline, only 0.06% the sperm among men in the acupuncture group was considered "healthy," while the median number of healthy sperm calculated in ejaculate was 0.04 x 10 6 (40,000). After 10 sessions of treatments, the median percentage of healthy sperm had increased more than four-fold, to 0.26%, while the median number of healthy sperm per sample had reached 0.2 x 10 6 (200,000).
In addition, significant changes in sperm structure and quality were seen in the samples from the acupuncture group. Before treatment, only 22.5% of the sperm samples in the acupuncture patients contained normal-shaped acrosomes, a cap-like structure that develops over the anterior portion of a sperm cell's nucleus. After treatment, the median percentage of normal acrosome shapes showed a "statistically significant improvement" to 38.5%.
Similarly, the percentage of sperm with a normal axoneme pattern increased significantly among men receiving acupuncture. (The axoneme is a microscopic structure that contains a series of tubules arranged in a distinct pattern, and is believed to aid in sperm motility.) Prior to the start of the study, the correct axoneme pattern was present in 52% of sperm in the control group, but only 46.1% in the acupuncture group. After 5 weeks of therapy, the median percentage increased to 52.2% in acupuncture patients, but actually decreased to 38.2% in the control group.
A well balanced diet is essential for high quality sperm. Eating foods that are rich in fibre, low in fats and sugars, fruit and vegetables is essential to male fertility.
The following minerals and vitamins are very important:
Selenium and zinc:
Necessary for testosterone production. They can be found in celery, eggplants, oysters, and chocolate.
With it's high antioxidant ability, vitamin A protects the whole reproductive system; also needed for the production of progesterone. It can be found in eggs, milk, carrots, and melon.
Important contributor to the improvement of sperm motility. It can be found in oranges, peppers, garlic, and almonds.
Essential for it's great antioxidant capacity. Vitamin E boosts sperm quality and can be found in sunflower seeds, peanuts, walnuts, asparagus, and boiled spinach.
I treat eczema and other skin problems in adults and children using Chinese herbs, acupuncture and Homeopathy, often in combination; this allow me to get good results with mild treatment.
I prefer to use homeopathy for babies and young children, and often combine Chinese herbs and acupuncture for adults.
Not all skin conditions can be cured, but it is often possible to minimise the condition or force it into remission; many types of eczema, skin rashes and inflammations respond quickly to treatment.
Pj Cousin is a full member of the British Acupuncture Council and of the Unified Register of herbal Practitioners
is one of the oldest and most mysterious form of health care, the first book on this subject is about 2500 years old, and there are indications that the Chinese were already using a crude form of TCM 4000 years ago.
Today, this medical system is widely used in China, Japan, Vietnam, Korea and all around Asia; in China alone there are 2500 hospitals specialising in TCM. This complex medical system is taught in 30 Chinese universities, to thousands of students from 120 different countries.
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