Clinical observation on electroacupuncture and Chinese drug for treatment of oligospermia and asthenospermia of the male infertility patient

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Wang Z et al, Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2008 Nov;28(11):805-7. Zhongguo Zhen Jiu
This interesting study examined the effect of electro-acupuncture, chinese herbs or a combination of both on the sperm quality of infertile men. While sperm count and vitality improved in all groups, the effect was significantly better in the group who had acupuncture and took Chinese herbs. 


Abstract

Objective: To compare therapeutic effects of acupuncture and Chinese drug on oligospermia and asthenospermia in the male infertility.

Methods: Two hundred and thirty-one cases were divided into 3 groups. The electroacupuncture group (n = 71) were treated with acupuncture at Qihai (CV 6), Guanyuan (CV 4), Zhongji (CV 3), etc., the Chinese drug group (n = 82) with oral administration of Chinese drug Wuzi Yanzong Pill and the acupuncture plus medication group (n = 78) with both electroacupuncture and oral administration of the Chinese drug. Changes of semen routine examination and the acrosome enzyme activity were observed before and after treatment in the 3 groups.

Results: The effective rate was 67.6% in the electroacupuncture group, 68.3% in the Chinese drug group and 84.6% in the acupuncture plus medication group, the acupuncture plus medication group being significantly better than both the electroacupuncture and the Chinese drug group (P < 0.05); after treatment, the semen density, vitality and the acrosome enzyme activity were increased in the 3 groups, with more obvious increase in the acupuncture plus medication group.

Conclusion: Both electroacupuncture and Chinese drug Wuzi Yanzong Pill can improve the semen quality, increase the pregnancy rate in the patient of male interfile with oligospermia and asthenospermia, and the effect of the combined treatment of acupuncture and Chinese drug is the best.