Many clinical trials in several countries have demonstrated a possible benefit of acupuncture treatment to some sperm parameters (references). A meta analysis of some of these trials indicated that motility and count may be improved by acupuncture but it has been suggested that larger trials be done before definitive conclusions can be reached.
In these trials mild electro-acupuncture is applied to the abdomen and the lower legs. This has been shown to increase blood flow through the small blood vessels of the testes, potentially improving delivery of nutrients to developing sperm and promoting optimal sperm vitality. Thus acupuncture can be considered as part of a pre-conception programme even where there is a normal semen analysis.
Schedule: Acupuncture 1 – 2 times per week for 5 – 10 weeks (10 – 15 treatments in total).