Acupuncture for Male Infertility
When a couple has been diagnosed with male factor infertility, they are usually quickly referred for ICSI procedure when in fact male infertility responds really well to acupuncture treatment and lifestyle changes.
At New Leaf Acupuncture, Dublin, we work to significantly increase sperm count and improve sperm motility/morphology bringing them within the normal range.
In addition, men can make positive lifestyle changes:
- Exercise – Regular and moderate exercise helps maintain a sensible weight and reduce stress. Obesity and/or stress can undermine all healthy bodily functions.
- Body temperature – Avoid vigorous exercise, hot tubs, tight underwear and saunas since they raise the body temperature and may cause reduced sperm count.
- Nutrition – Poor diet, excessive alcohol consumption and nutritional deficiencies negatively influence sperm motility.
- Smoking – This habit adversely impacts upon sperm count and sperm motility.
- Electronics – Keep mobile phones away from the testicles, i.e. do not carry your phone in your trouser pocket. Keep laptops directly off your lap.
How Acupuncture can help Male Infertility
It is well documented that acupuncture is one of the safest and most effective ways of improving the overall sperm parameters, together with the implementation of a good nutritional programme and healthy diet.
Acupuncture may help in the treatment of male infertility (Stener-Victorin 2010), by:
- lowering scrotal temperature (Siterman 2009);
- enhancing local microcirculation, by increasing the 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)
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