In terms of treatment of infertility, men are 10 times simpler than women to treat. One out of 25 men have fertility problems, with sperm volume and motility decreasing between the ages of 30 and 50 years old.
The main area of Chinese Medicine that aids male infertility is Kidney function. Kidneys have a different role in regulating fertility according to Traditional Chinese Medicine than thought in western biomedical science. We see the Kidneys as the life force of the body, storing sexual energy and being responsible for the formation of healthy sperm and libido. If there is a deficiency or excess associated with the Kidneys, this can result in impotence, low libido, poor sperm count and motility. In TCM, a libido that is too high can also be associated with a condition of the Kidneys as it is a sign of heat which may be damaging the production of sperm.
Through nourishing the Kidneys, acupuncture has been shown to increase the production of sperm, the function of the sperm and consequently increase fertilisation rates. In some research, there was also evidence suggesting acupuncture could improve the structure of the sperm if there were morphology defects.
Chinese herbs are also a great adjunct to acupuncture, improving the motility of the sperm and warming or cooling the body system to provide an environment that is optimal for the production and storage of sperm.
For more information on how acupuncture can help with male fertility, contact us or call us on (07) 5535 8054
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