Acupuncture may help male infertility through improving sperm quality, research found

Influence of acupuncture on idiopathic male infertility in assisted reproductive technology

The clinical effects of acupuncture on idiopathic male infertility in sperm parameter and on therapeutic results in assisted reproductive technology were investigated.

22 patients failed in intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) with idiopathic male infertility. Those patientswere treated with acupuncture. The treatment is twice per week for 8 weeks, followed by ICSI treatment again.

The researchers observed sperm concentration, motility, morphology, fertilisation rates and embryo quality.

The research showed that:

The researchers concluded that acupuncture can improve sperm quality and fertilisation rates in assisted reproductive technology.


Zhang M1, Huang G, Lu F, Paulus WE, Sterzik K. J Huazhong Univ Sci Technolog Med Sci. 2002;22(3):228-30.

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