In men, infertility is defined as the inability to fertilize the ovum, whereas sterility is defined as the lack of sperm production. Male fertility depends upon three things:
1. adequate production of spermatozoa by the testes,
2.unobstructed transit of sperm through the seminal tract, and
3.satisfactory delivery to the ovum.
The laboratory analysis of sperm count, motility and morphology are the main parameters which gauge a man’s ability to father a child. However, the quality of the seminal fluid, liquefaction, and the ability for the sperm to be inserted into the vagina are important parameters if a couple is trying to achieve a pregnancy naturally.
Male infertility factors are easier to diagnose with Western methods than female infertility, but harder to treat.
Chinese Medicine for Male Infertility:
From a Chinese perspective, the main causes of male infertility fall under two broad categories: vacuities: of the Kidney energies, qi or blood, or excess conditions such as liver qi stagnation, blood stasis, or damp heat in the pelvic organs.
the main causes of sperm abnormality are deficiency of Kidney Yang or Kidney Yin, or deficiency of the Kidneys that affects the Liver and Spleen and leads to stasis of Qi and Blood or downward flow of damp heat.
Acupuncture and Acupressure Treatments
Western medicine provides little in the way of assistance for male fertility problems caused by hormonal factors. However, acupuncture has been shown to help balance the hormonal system and restore higher levels of virility in men.
Treatment with Chinese Herbs
As stated earlier, most cases of male infertility involve some element of Kidney vacuity, which can be treated effectively with Kidney tonifying herbs.
Other energetic patterns and conditions that improve with TCM herbal treatment include:
Source Qi—an important component in a man’s reproductive health, as the source Qi is considered the basis of all life and cellular function.
Sperm antibodies—these are addressed according to pattern discrimination for both men and women, and treated accordingly.