Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine

Dec 21, 2023
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine: A Natural Solution for Male Factor Infertility and Sperm DNA Fragmentation.
Posted By Mike Berkley, L.Ac., FABORM

Male factor infertility is a complex issue affecting many couples trying to conceive. One of the leading factors contributing to male infertility is sperm DNA fragmentation, which occurs when the DNA in the sperm is damaged.

This can make it more difficult to achieve pregnancy and can be a source of frustration and emotional strain for many couples.

While few medical interventions are available to address this issue, acupuncture, and Chinese herbal medicine have shown great success in reducing sperm DNA fragmentation and improving male fertility.

Understanding Sperm DNA Fragmentation.

Sperm DNA fragmentation occurs when there is damage to the genetic material within the sperm. This can be caused by various factors, including oxidative stress, exposure to toxins, and infections. It is estimated that up to 30% of infertile men have high levels of sperm DNA fragmentation. Damaged DNA can lead to poor sperm motility, lower sperm count, and abnormal sperm morphology. It can also increase the risk of miscarriage and birth defects in offspring. Fragmented sperm may not be able to fertilize an egg.

Acupuncture: A Natural Solution

Studies have shown that acupuncture can help improve sperm quality in men. Acupuncture can increase sperm count, improve motility, and reduce sperm DNA fragmentation. Acupuncture is often combined with other treatments, such as herbal medicine and lifestyle changes, to enhance male fertility.

Chinese Herbal Medicine: A Traditional Form of Treatment.

Studies have shown that Chinese herbal medicine can help improve male fertility by increasing sperm count, improving sperm motility, and reducing levels of sperm DNA fragmentation.

Chinese herbal medicine is often used with acupuncture and lifestyle changes to improve male fertility.

Unlike Western medicine, which often treats symptoms, Chinese herbal medicine treats the whole person and aims to address the underlying cause of health issues.

Lifestyle Changes for Male Fertility.

In addition to acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, several lifestyle changes can help improve male fertility. Quitting smoking has been linked to lower sperm count and increased DNA fragmentation. Reducing alcohol consumption can have a positive impact on sperm quality.

Regular exercise can help improve overall health and fertility while eating a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can help improve sperm quality.


Male infertility can be a challenging issue to address, but a variety of natural therapies can help improve sperm quality and increase the chances of conception.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are two therapies that have shown promise in improving male fertility and reducing sperm DNA fragmentation. These natural solutions can be used with lifestyle changes for a comprehensive treatment plan addressing the underlying cause of male infertility.