ACUPUNCTURE AND SPERM; The effectiveness and safety of acupuncture for poor semen quality in infertile males: a systematic review and meta-analysis

  Ui Min Jerng et al, Asian J Androl. 2014 Nov-Dec; 16(6): 884–891

Asian Journal of Andrology

This review looks at a selected number of RCTs that examined the effect of acupuncture on sperm motility and count, but not morphology. From the 4 trials they examined, they report that motility and sperm concentration were significantly increased in the acupuncture groups (The authors felt the different trial designs were heterogeneous, and the number of trials analysed too small to draw firm conclusions at this stage).

 

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Randomised clinical trial of comparing effects of acupuncture and varicocelectomy on sperm parameters in infertile varicocele patients.

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Kucuk EV et al, Andrologia. 2016 Jan 21. doi: 10.1111/and.12541. [Epub ahead of print]

Andrologia

A study comparing surgical versus acupuncture treatment of men who were infertile due to varicocles in the testes, found both methods were successful in improving sperm parameters although acupuncture was superior to surgery. The acupuncture was performed twice a week for 2 months.

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Effect of acupuncture-moxibustion therapy on sperm quality in infertility patients with sperm abnormality

Acupuncture-Pregnancy-358Chen A et al, Jnl Acup Tuina Sci 2011 Vol 9, Number 4, 219-222

Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science

 

This study in China sought to elucidate the mechanism whereby acupuncture improves sperm quality. The team found that levels of an important enzyme in the semen increased, as did the sperm motility after acupuncture.

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Success of acupuncture treatment in patients with initially low sperm output is associated with a decrease in scrotal skin temperature.

 

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A prospective randomized placebo-controlled study of the effect of acupuncture in infertile patients with severe oligoasthenozoospermia

 

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


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Point-and frequency-specific response of the testicular artery to abdominal electroacupuncture in humans

     

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Clinical study on the treatment of male immune infertility by Huzhangdanshenyin

 

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Significant reduction of sperm disomy in six men: effect of traditional Chinese medicine?

 

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Quantitative evaluation of spermatozoa ultrastructure after acupuncture treatment for idiopathic male infertility.

     

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Effects of acupuncture and moxa treatment in patients with semen abnormalities.

 

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Influence of acupuncture on idiopathic male infertility in assisted reproductive technology.