When you consider that acupuncture is part of a medical system that has been around for over 2500 years, you have to understand that this medicine has a vast track record for treating a plethora of conditions, including those related to male the reproductive system.
Infertility has become more prevalent in our society over the last few decades. This comes to no surprise, when you consider all the challenges in our agricultural, environmental, social, ecological, economic and therefore overall well-being. Current statistics show that 1 in 6 couples trying to conceive are actually facing fertility issues. And while most people consider infertility to be a female issue, nearly half of all fertility issues are contributed to the male. Nearly 10 percent of all men in the United States trying to conceive are actually suffering from infertility.
Male infertility can be caused by a man’s inability to produce sperm, a medical term known as Azoospermia, or simply decreased number of living sperm Oligozoospermia. Male infertility can also be due to the production of poor quality sperm, Asthenozoospermia, that may be malformed or do not live long enough to make it to the egg for fertilization. We must also take into account genetic factors that can contribute to male infertility.
That’s a lot right? Well, good news! Most cases of male infertility can be treated.
Conventional medicine has come a long way in treating these issues, but the downside can be the costly treatments that often render unsuccessful. This is where Traditional Chinese Medicine, and specifically acupuncture, can be very beneficial and may help without adverse side effects. One study from the Department of Clinical Korean Medicine, Kyung Hee University Graduate School, set out to evaluate the efficacy of acupuncture as a treatment for male infertility. This study was able to conclude that YES regular acupuncture treatments can “significantly improve sperm motility and sperm concentration”.