Starting to notice that the fertility firms would rather admit to hypothetical
medical errors than acknowledge that acupuncture and Chinese herbs are helpful for sperm count, motility and morphology.
I had yet ANOTHER client (three this year so far) call and say that the doctor said the huge difference in his sperm sample was probably due to them leaving the first sperm sample out too long before measuring it. So after the first sample, they say he has a problem. He comes here, gets acupuncture, takes herbs and retests. The results are stellar. The only viable explanation the doctor has is that the first one must have been wrong. Again, the doctor says food and lifestyle habits have no bearing on sperm health. So apparently what you eat has no bearing on your health. If nutrition had no bearing on fruit and seed production, why is there such a product as Miracle Gro? I thought the whole western medical deal was to honor reason and truth.
What I find more disturbing than the doctors' lack of common sense, is the creation of doubt within the patient. Moreover, patients really don't like thinking they are smarter than their doctors. It creates insecurity and doubt. Neither of which is required or helpful in achieving pregnancy.
This research report has been laying around in your doctors office for SIX years.
Fertil Steril. 2005 Jul;84(1):141-7.Quantitative evaluation of spermatozoa ultrastructure after acupuncture treatment for idiopathic male infertility.
SourceLonghua Hospital, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai, People's Republic of China. firstname.lastname@example.org
OBJECTIVE:To evaluate the ultramorphologic sperm features of idiopathic infertile men after acupuncture therapy.DESIGN:Prospective controlled study.
SETTING:Christian-Lauritzen-Institut, Ulm, IVF center Munich, Germany, and Department of General Biology, University of Siena, Siena, Italy.
PATIENT(S):Forty men with idiopathic oligospermia, asthenospermia, or teratozoospermia.
INTERVENTION(S):Twenty eight of the patients received acupuncture twice a week over a period of 5 weeks. The samples from the treatment group were randomized with semen samples from the 12 men in the untreated control group.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S):Quantitative analysis by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was used to evaluate the samples, using the mathematical formula based on submicroscopic characteristics.
RESULT(S):Statistical evaluation of the TEM data showed a statistically significant increase after acupuncture in the percentage and number of sperm without ultrastructural defects in the total ejaculates. A statistically significant improvement was detected in acrosome position and shape, nuclear shape, axonemal pattern and shape, and accessory fibers of sperm organelles. However, specific sperm pathologies in the form of apoptosis, immaturity, and necrosis showed no statistically significant changes between the control and treatment groups before and after treatment.
CONCLUSION(S):The treatment of idiopathic male infertility could benefit from employing acupuncture. A general improvement of sperm quality, specifically in the ultrastructural integrity of spermatozoa, was seen after acupuncture, although we did not identify specific sperm pathologies that could be particularly sensitive to this therapy.