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Sperm and Acupuncture


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









Significant reduction of sperm disomy in six men: effect of traditional Chinese medicine? Tempest HG et al, Asian J Androl. 2005 Vol 7(4):419-25.

Asian Journal of Andrology.


This is a small pilot study carried out in the UK, but one of the few (outside of China)  to look at the effect of Chinese herbs on sperm quality. The incidence of chromosomal abnormality in all the patients who took the herbs was significantly reduced. Further trials are needed to confirm these findings. MORE






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