Sperm and Acupuncture
Updated: Jun 30, 2020
There have been a number of pilot studies and randomised controlled trials exploring the effect of acupuncture or electro stimulation of acupuncture points, on sperm quality in men, most with favourable results.
Effects and mechanism of action of transcutaneous electrical acupuncture point stimulation in patients with abnormal semen parameters. Yan Yu et al, Acup Med BMJ 2019
Results: The changes in total sperm count and motility in the 2 Hz TEAS group were significantly greater than those in the mock group and the control group. MORE
Effects of work and life stress on semen quality. Janevic T et al, Fert Stert 2014, vol 102, p 530-538
When nearly 200 men were assessed for stress and semen quality, a clear association was apparent between stressful life events and perceived stress and lower sperm count. However work related stress did not have an impact.
This study is included here, since acupuncture is well known for its beneficial impact on perceived stress. MORE