Updated: Aug 6, 2022
Male fertility is just as important as female. The issue of infertility in couples can be greatly helped with Traditional Chinese Medicine. Unfortunately, Chinese medicine is often overlooked in Western society, and in the word of fertility, it is sadly no different.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has been used to successfully aid in men’s health problems for thousands of years. There are texts dating as far back as 200 BC describing acupuncture techniques and medicinal plants to assist with men’s fertility. A second, third, and fourth look into Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques are certainly worth it.
Just How Common Is Male Infertility?
As many as 10% to 15% of couples who are trying for a baby will fail to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse. Of these:
30% to 40% will be due to fertility issues in the female partner.
Approximately 20% will be due to fertility issues in only the man.
30% to 40% will discover fertility problems in both partners.
About 10% will have unexplained infertility, where a cause cannot be found in either partner.
Sadly, western medicine offers little hope when dealing with male infertility. Little can be done to improve sperm quality and quantity, and treatments are often unsuccessful.
In contrast, Chinese herbal medicine can offer a high percentage of men significant improvement in their sperm count, morphology, motility and liquefaction. Research shows that both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine affects hormone levels and testicular blood flow, which aids in producing healthy sperm. Chinese medicine also increases the survival rate of sperm. This happens by improving the physiological integrity of sperm membranes.
The goal of fertility enhancement is to promote optimal male reproductive health. It takes about 116 days for a man to produce new sperm to maturity. This means that the best results will be achieved if Chinese Medicine fertility enhancement treatments begin at least 3 months prior to attempting to conceive.
Chinese medicine takes a holistic approach to overall health, which can offer an obvious improvement in sperm quantity and quality. In Chinese medicine, fertility for both males and females depends on strong kidney/adrenal function, with the majority of infertility cases diagnosed as Kidney Yin or Yang Deficiency. A Kidney deficiency can be seen in such cases as low testosterone levels, impotence or the ability to sustain an erection, or a very low sperm count. Exhaustion, low libido and a weak lower back may also be caused by kidney deficiency. Herbal remedies can aid in the treatment, as they are effective in strengthening the kidneys/adrenals.
In addition to herbal treatments, combining acupuncture creates an atmosphere of greater success. Acupuncture has been shown to improve both sperm quality and quantity when carried out regularly over several weeks. One study suggested that acupuncture carried out at the time of their partner's ovulation greatly enhances sperm activity.
While Chinese medicine offers much hope to male infertility, it is also important to live a healthy lifestyle. This includes avoiding certain things that will decrease your chances of success.
Things to Avoid:
Cold and raw foods
Excess rich foods
Foods that you find difficult to digest
Too much salt
Common daily activities that should be avoided when trying to conceive:
Car seat warmers
Hot computers on the lap
Late night eating
Remember, it takes about 116 days for the male to produce mature sperm. During this time acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine used in tandem with a healthy diet and lifestyle can successfully create balance and enhance fertility.
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