Sperm Quality can be Improved!

Dec 21, 2023
Sperm Quality can be Improved!
Posted By Mike Berkley, L.Ac., FABORM

Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, and Low-Level Light Therapy in the Treatment of Sperm Anomalies, Including low sperm count, poor morphology, poor motility, and Sperm DNA Fragmentation


In recent years, there has been growing interest in complementary medicine for the treatment male infertility.

Acupuncture, herbal medicine, and low-level light therapy have gained attention for their benefits in addressing sperm anomalies which may include sperm DNA fragmentation.

Understanding Sperm Anomalies and DNA Fragmentation

Before delving into specific treatment approaches, it is essential to understand what sperm anomalies and DNA fragmentation are. Sperm anomalies refer to irregularities in sperm shape (morphology), the ability of the sperm to swim in a straight line (motility), and sperm count. Any irregularity of morphology, motility, and count can severely impact male fertility. On the other hand, sperm DNA fragmentation refers to damage to the genetic material within the sperm. High levels of DNA fragmentation are associated with reduced fertility potential and increased chance of miscarriage. Addressing these anomalies including sperm DNA fragmentation is crucial for couples struggling with male-factor-infertility.

Acupuncture: Enhancing Fertility

Acupuncture facilitates blood flow to the testes carrying oxygen, nutrients, hormones, and electrolytes to the sperm to create optimal sperm health. Improved blood flow to the testes also carries dead cells out of and away from the testes creating a healthier environment in which sperm can prosper.  Acupuncture treats from the outside in, herbal medicine treats from the inside out; low level light therapy improves the powerhouse of sperm cells known as mitochondria. With very poor or diminished mitochondria, pregnancy is difficult to achieve, and miscarriage is frequent.

Herbal Medicine: Nurturing Reproductive Health

In the treatment of sperm anomalies, specific herbs are often used to support reproductive health and enhance fertility.  Many herbal formulas have anti-inflammatory actions; this is essential for sperm health. Inflammation is one of the main issues that contribute to poor sperm quality. While acupuncture is provided to all patients two times per week, herbal medicine is consumed twice daily, every day. Low level light therapy is also provided several times per week for optimal results.

Low-Level Light Therapy: Stimulating Cellular Function

Low-level light therapy utilizes specific wavelengths of light to stimulate mitochondrial function. LLLT (low level light therapy), has shown promising results in the field of fertility. When applied to the testicular area, low-level light therapy may help improve sperm quality, increase sperm count, and reduce DNA fragmentation. The light energy stimulates the mitochondria within the cells, enhancing their energy production and promoting optimal sperm health and function.

Combining Therapies: A Comprehensive Approach

While acupuncture, herbal medicine, and low-level light therapy can be beneficial on their own, combining these therapies may yield greater and more impressive results.

Approaches to care that incorporate multiple modalities can address sperm anomalies from different angles, enhancing the overall effectiveness of the treatment. By tailoring the treatment plan to the individual's specific needs, we can optimize the chances of success and improve overall reproductive health.


In conclusion, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and low-level light therapy provide benefits to sperm and help to significantly reduce sperm anomalies, including sperm DNA fragmentation. These therapies provide a very effective and proven approach to addressing male infertility.

In addition to the above modalities of care, we also prescribe appropriate vitamins and nutritional support that have been found to positively impact sperm.

We take a comprehensive approach to care, frequently ending up with either ‘normal’ sperm, or greatly improved sperm. Our patients frequently end up with a cute and adorable and beautiful baby.

Please consider giving us a chance so we may give you one!