Over the last 15 years I have worked with many couples to help improve their fertility whether in preparation for IUI/IVF/ICIS or if they have been struggling to get pregnant naturally.  I like to take an integrated approach and usually offer life style advice as well using acupuncture, moxabustion, electro-acupuncture, far infra red heat lamps.

My approach is to focus on the blood supply, I encourage flooding the blood with nutrition needed for optimum fertility and hormonal balance through detoxing and supplements and the best foods to eat dependant on TCM theory.

Acupuncture may help in the treatment of male infertility (Stener-Victorin 2010), by:

  • lowering scrotal temperature (Siterman 2009)
  • enhancing local microcirculation, by increasing the diameter and blood flow velocity of peripheral arterioles (Komori 2009);
  • reducing inflammation, by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors  (Zijlstra 2003)
  • by improving sperm maturation in the epididymis, increasing testosterone levels, and reducing liquid peroxidation of sperm  (Crimmel 2001)

Take Action Today:

  • See your GP to check if you have reproductive tract anomalies or obstruction varicocele
  • Consider having your homocysteine blood levels and Vitamin D blood levels checked to ensure you and your partner have optimal levels
  • Daily self massage to your stomach and abdomen to improve circulation to your reproductive organs
  • Keep your testicles cool  – no hot tubs, steam rooms or cycling
  • Give yourself at least a month off from trying and ejaculate daily during this time to completely clear out your tubes of any dead and malformed sperm
  • Reduce stress and start to relax

  • If suffering from general coldness keep your tummy and lower back warm wearing a Haramaki

  • Avoiding cigarettes and illicit drugs, especially anabolic steroids
  • Avoiding exposure to toxins such as pesticides and heavy metals
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Detox your Liver – the blood cleansing organ 

  • Drink a glass of fresh (not pre-packaged) Pomegranate juice daily – new shows a daily glass for 7 wks increased sperm concentration and motility
  • Fill up on fertility enhancing nutrition for at least 3 mths (approx time it takes to produce sperm)

 By Amanda Farrar, Abintra Healing From Within – Harrogate Acupuncture Clinic