Altern Med Rev. 2000 Feb;5(1):28-38.
Male infertility: nutritional and environmental considerations.
Green Valley Health, Hagerstown, MD 21742, USA.
Studies confirm that male sperm counts are declining, and environmental factors, such as pesticides, exogenous estrogens, and heavy metals may negatively impact spermatogenesis. A number of nutritional therapies have been shown to improve sperm counts and sperm motility, including carnitine, arginine, zinc, selenium, and vitamin B-12. Numerous antioxidants have also proven beneficial in treating male infertility, such as vitamin C, vitamin E, glutathione, and coenzyme Q10. Acupuncture, as well as specific botanical medicines, have been documented in several studies as having a positive effect on sperm parameters. A multi-faceted therapeutic approach to improving male fertility involves identifying harmful environmental and occupational risk factors, while correcting underlying nutritional imbalances to encourage optimal sperm production and function.
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PMID: 10696117 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
J Tradit Chin Med. 1997 Sep;17(3):190-3.
Analysis on the therapeutic effect of combined use of acupuncture and mediation in 297 cases of male sterility.
Department of Acu-moxibustion, Guangdong Provincial TCM Hospital, Guangzhou.
Of the 279 cases of male sterility treated by the combination of acupuncture, pilose antler essence injection to acupoints and oral administration of Chinese materia medica, 142 cases (47.8%) were cured, 81 cases (27.3%) markedly effective, 53 cases (17.8%) effective and 21 cases (7.1%) ineffective. The therapeutic effect of the combination of these three treatments was satisfactory.
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