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Acupuncture and sperm

Effect of acupuncture-moxibustion therapy on sperm quality in infertility patients with sperm abnormality

Chen A et al, Jnl Acup Tuina Sci 2011 Vol 9, Number 4, 219-222,
Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science

A recent study in China sought to elucidate the mechanism whereby acupuncture improves sperm quality. The team found that levels of an important enzyme in the semen increased, as did the sperm motility after acupuncture. 

 

Abstract

Objective  

Working on seminal plasma acid phosphatase, to explore the mechanism by which acupuncture improves sperm quality (concentration, viability and motility) in infertility patients.

Methods  

A total of 118 patients received acupuncture-moxibustion treatment. Before and 3, and 6 months after the treatment were detected their seminal plasma acid phosphatase, sperm concentration, sperm viability and sperm motility were measured.

Results  

The differences between before and after treatments in sperm motility and seminal plasma acid phosphatase levels were statistically significant (P<0.01).

Conclusion  

Acupuncture-moxibustion can improve seminal plasma acid phosphatase levels in infertility patients.