What Causes Male Infertility? Can TCM Alleviate Them?
14 Dec 2015
Nowadays, about 50 percent of males are infertile. Generally, there are no obvious signs or symptoms of male infertility, and sexual activities progress normally. However, the factors which are responsible for triggering the problem may exist either individually or in combination with others in the body. Some of those factors are as follows:
Reduced sperm count, poor motility and irregular shape of the sperm cells
Impedances within the ducts leading out from the testes, resulting from inborn disorders, correctional surgeries and infections
Genetic and hormonal problems
Functional issues such as premature ejaculation, impotence and side effects caused due to prostate surgery
In addition to these, various lifestyle factors may also have adverse effect on male fertility:
Alcohol Consumption - Excessive consumption of alcohol can drastically change male hormones, and cause impotence or increase the number of abnormal sperm cells.
Smoking - Those who smoke even 3 to 4 times everyday can run the risk of having such problems as reduced semen volume, and low sperm count and quality.
Caffeine - Men who drink too much coffee can also suffer from decreased fertility due to low sperm count
Drug Abuse - Illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin and marijuana can negatively affect the production of sperm
Electromagnetic Radiation - Electronic devices such as mobile phones and laptops emit electromagnetic radiation, which may cause hormonal changes and decrease fertility rate.
There are, however, a number of natural interventions which can be used for male fertility treatment. One such group of intervention is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The various modalities of oriental medicine, particularly acupuncture and herbal remedies, can be employed for treating infertility among men without any side effects. According to studies and extensive research, acupuncture can aid in addressing a plethora of issues such as low sperm count, poor motility and reduced quality of the sperm cells. Electroacupuncture may be used as well to increase circulation of blood in testes for improving nutrition of the sperm and enhancing its development.
The greatest advantage of using acupuncture and Chinese medicine for treating male fertility is that the treatment can be customised as per the problems of the patient. In general, an infertile male may need to get acupuncture treatment for 10-15 weeks. Every session would make him feel more and more comfortable and relaxed. By the end of the 1st or 2nd week, his body will even begin to respond to the therapies and herbal treatments.
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