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Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine help to enhance male fertility.
Research shows a “statistically significant increase after acupuncture in the percentage and number of sperm without ultastructural defects in the total ejaculates” in men with idiopathic oligospermia, asthenospermia or teratozoospermia. (Fertility and Sterility; July 2005; 84(1): 141-7)
Ideally the minimum course of treatment for men is three months. But improvements in sperm quality and quantity can occur rapidly making acupuncture a complement to increasing successful intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures. Acupuncture can be started any time during an assisted reproductive technology (ART) cycle. A study of men with idiopathic infertility who had failed intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) were treated with acupuncture twice weekly for eight weeks followed by ICSI treatment again concluded that acupuncture can improve sperm quality and fertilization rates in ART.
Chinese medicine treats the whole person. By moving the whole body toward better health the sperm is also in better health. During a course of acupuncture treatments you can expect to feel better overall including increased energy, better quality sleep and less stress. Healthier bodies make healthier sperm. Even when IVF and ICSI are required to conceive, sperm can become healthier and ART procedures can be more effective with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.