One of the main focuses of our clinic is treating male fertility and general men’s health issues. Find out how we use Chinese medicine to uniquely and individually diagnose and treat male infertility.
Contributing Factors to Male Infertility:
- Stress : Stress lowers adrenal levels and natural corticosteroids (CS). This sets off a chain of events decreasing Vitamin B5 and 6, Vitamin c, Magnesium and Zinc. This Decrease in natural CS leads to an increase of histamine thus a greater incidence of inflammation and heat in the testes.
- Over heating of the testes (work exposure, hot baths/saunas, tight underwear, hot body constitution, varicocele) effects sperm quality.
- Genetic factors such as cystic fibrosis and Klinefelters.
- Nutritional deficiencies and poor diet.
- Environmental toxins: phthalates, hydrocarbons, pesticides.
- Heavy Metal Toxicity: Lead, cadmium, arsenic, etc.
- Substance Abuse: Cocaine, Marijuana, etc.
- Radiation exposure.
- Varicocele: A varicose vein in the scrotum. It is a fairly common problem in infertile males and is definitely worth getting checked out by your GP, IVF Specialist or Urologist.
- Estrogen analogues: This means things in a mans diet that are chemically very close in structure to estrogens (female hormones). BPA plastics is one and possibly too much soy in the diet. This includes soy protein fillers in some foods as well as soy milk/powder/tofu etc.
Ways To Improve My Health:
- Stress less: Take time out to relax and meditate or walk in the park with fresh air.
- Eat more healthy and fresh food on a regular basis, especially leafy greens.
- Reduce or stop smoking.
- Stop recreational drug use.
- Reduce alcohol intake, especially around days trying to conceive.
- Wear loose fitting boxer shorts.
- Avoid or reduce chemical exposure in the workplace.
- Exercise regularly.
- Get a good night’s sleep.
- Drink more water, purified is probably best, and cut down on the coffee (coffee does not hydrate, it dehydrates as it is a diuretic).
- Increase your essential fatty acids (EFA’s): flax oil, fish
- Munch on pumpkin seeds: good source of zinc and EFA
- Don’t eat crap! Poor diet is strongly linked to infertility; it may even be your sole problem. So cut down on pastries, refined foods, high sugar foods and take-away junk food. You’ll feel better, have more energy, loose weight and increase your chances of having a baby.
What can Traditional Chinese Medicine offer me?
- Increase in volume, quality, motility or morphology of sperm
• Increase in general health & wellbeing
• Non invasive diagnosis
• All natural herbal medicine (drug & side effect free)
• Painless acupuncture (Japanese Style)
What happens in a treatment?
Your first consultation lasts approximately 1 hour. Your current and previous medical history will be taken and a treatment plan devised to suit you and your lifestyle. Your Chinese doctor will provide you with acupuncture, herbal medicine, life style and diet advice to restore balance to your body. This treatment will be directed primarily at increasing sperm count, motility and morphology, and secondary factors such as stress, sleep and digestion to give you the best chance of conceiving a baby.
Do I need to prepare anything first?
It is important that you and your partner be checked out by your GP, fertility clinic or hospital before an initial consultation from your Chinese medicine practitioner. They can provide you with physical assessments and it helps to get at least 2 sperm tests six weeks apart. Any further questions or queries, please feel free to contact us at Melbourne Acupuncture Clinic.
DON’T LIKE NEEDLES?
Don’t Sweat: We like to work with you, not against you! If you don’t like needles, we offer laser acupuncture. You don’t like
boiling herbs, we offer powders, tinctures, pills etc. There’s always and option, you only have to ask. The important thing is to get started and stay on track.
I hope you have enjoyed the article and gained a lot from it. Please email or call me if you would like to discuss this condition further.
Chinese medicine, massage and acupuncture combined with lifestyle and diet changes can offer treatment for various conditions including weight loss, pelvic pain, rectal pain, infertility, morning sickness, period pain, general pain and many more.
Chris Eddy is a registered doctor of Chinese medicine and university lecturer. He has been treating for the last 12 years in his city practice in Melbourne Australia.
Melbourne Acupuncture Clinic- Chris Eddy- Dr Chinese Medicine Melbourne CBD- 712/365 Little Collins St Melbourne 3000 ph 03 8676 0599