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Male Fertility Acupuncture

Infertility can be traced to either the man or woman, or a combination of both:

  • 3 times out of 10, the cause is in men.
  • 4 times out of 10, the cause is in women.
  • 2 times out of 10, the cause is a mix of factors from both male and female.
  • 1 time out of 10, at first, no specific cause can be found.

Causes of infertility in men may include:

  • poor sperm quality (their rate of movement and shape)
  • low sperm count, or lack of sperm
  • a history of sexually transmitted infection (STI), like Chlamydia
  • hormonal imbalances
  • testicular surgery
  • testicular cancer history

Other causes of infertility in both men and women may include:

  • past treatments for cancer (like chemotherapy, radiation, and/or surgery)
  • some chronic illnesses (like diabetes), as well as their treatments
  • tobacco and alcohol use
  • being under weight or over weight

[Source: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/fertility/fertility.html]

​​TCM differentiations for male infertility:

Kidney Yang deficiency
Low libido and or impotence, slow motility of sperm, weak ejaculation, seminal emission, low sperm count,
Yang deficiency symptoms (feeling cold, fatigue, pale bright face, clear and excessive urination)

Kidney Yin deficiency
Seminal emission, low sperm count, thick sticky semen from Heat and or lack of fluids, 
Kidney Yin deficiency symptoms (nights sweats, anxiety, irritable, fidgety)

Liver Qi stagnation
As Liver meridian wraps around the genitals, a blockage in the local area (genital) makes it difficult to ejaculate, related with impotence and low libido, stress, easily angered, irritability

Damp/Heat in lower Jiao
Certain food, alcohol and spicy hot diets leads to this condition, generally overweight, sperm count is low, may be sperm deformities, Damp/Heat symptoms (scanty urine, abdominal fullness, loose stools, smelly defecation, feeling overheated) 

Qi and Blood deficiency
Worrying, thinking too much, over-thinking, stress, chronic illness, low libido, performance anxiety, low sperm count, short sperm life, slow mobility, anxiety, palpitations

How do acupuncture and TCM work for male fertility?

​For male fertility treatments, usually acupuncture is done to activate the DU channel which is one of the main Yang activiating channels of the body, in addition needles are inserted on Kidney, Spleen, Liver, Heart, Ren, and other necessary meridians based on the TCM differentiation.

Some points are selected on specific meridians on the lower abdomen, as in TCM the lower abdomen or Dan Tian is called the room of Esscence.

Treatment plan

Normally a minimum of once a week treatments are recommended for male individuals with fertility challenges. Chinese herbal medicine can also be administered for people who have a lower sperm count and motility to complement the effect of acupuncture. The treatments should be continued untill the pregnancy occurs with the female partner, then we recommend that the female individuals continue the treatments throughout the pregnancy.

Your initial visit is usually about 1.5 hrs and includes an evaluation based on TCM and an acupuncture treatment for fertility. Follow up visits are only one hour long.

A customized herbal medicine treatment plan, can start from your second visit. Herbs are administered as raw herbs that you take home and cook them once a week, and keep the decoction in a glass jar in the fridge and normally drink it 2-3 times a day. You also follow a reasonable diet as well as proper exercises.​

Acupuncture, Herbs, Reiki