Acupuncture Benefits to Enhance Male Fertility

If the idea of acupuncture for male fertility is making you nervous, let's clear one thing up right away... No, the acupuncturist is NOT going to put a needle there.

Stress can alter sperm counts, motility, and cause impotence in men. Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.

Acupuncture and herbs can be the perfect complement for treating impotence and countering the effects of stress and cortisol by releasing endorphins in the brain. Treatments are often very relaxing and peaceful, and we can all certainly use some of that!

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Life is from the inside out. When you shift on the inside, life shifts on the outside.

For men, acupuncture can help improve:

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  • Sperm count and concentration: The number.

 

  • Sperm motility: How they move.

  • Mood: Stress and Anxiety

  • Sperm morphology: their shape. Abnormally shaped sperm can not swim or penetrate the egg properly or may carry the wrong genetic material, containing more than one set of DNA, for example.

  • Seminal fluid: liquefaction time and viscosity, the thickness of the ejaculate in which they swim.

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Let us Improve and Supercharge your efforts toward helping you create better quantity and quality sperm.

We highly recommend that men start their acupuncture treatments at least two weeks before egg retrieval to maximize your efforts for conception.

Your acupuncturist, Kimbrell, will primarily use points on your lower arms, lower legs, back, and abdomen. Our focus is resolving symptoms (e.g., poor sperm count, erectile dysfunction, etc.) by correcting more significant imbalances in the body ecosystem as a whole.

How can acupuncture help?! Regular treatments lead to:

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  • Lowered stress hormones: Stress hormones can harm sperm production. A rise in prolactin, for example, results in lower testosterone, reduced sperm concentration, and an increase in abnormal forms.

 

  • Strengthened liver function: Acupuncture can help your body detox and reduce the effects of exposure to environmental toxins. These days, we are commonly exposed to fertility-harming chemicals, such as heavy metals, pesticides, phthalates, and parabens. These toxins can disrupt the normal male hormonal balance by mimicking estrogen, leading to decreased fertility.

 

  • Reduced stress: Acupuncture can help you better handle the challenges of fertility treatment. So you can be there for your partner as you both go through this together.

  • Decreased inflammation: Inflammation can interfere with sperm production. Bowel diseases, prostatitis and other conditions can cause inflammation in the lower abdomen and can be disruptive to sperm health.

  • Improved metabolism and decreased stored body fat: Stored fat makes estrogen, throwing off a man's testosterone level. A large body mass can also generate too much heat around the testicles, which is bad for sperm. The National Institute of Health reports a 10% increase in male infertility for every 20 lbs. of being overweight.

  • Blood flow to the testicles. Bringing more nutrients and carrying away by-products.

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Acupuncture for Men's Health
Men and Women experience many of the same stressors in life, but they tend to handle them differently. Men are more likely to deal with being uncomfortable, push through their day, and not make too much of it. This will neglect will only increase problems over time.
Acupuncture can be particularly beneficial for men facing issues related to stress, cardiovascular health, and reproductive health, such as:

• Sleep quality 
• Chronic pain
• Hypertension
• Heart health
• Libido
• Fertility
• Erectile disfunction
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Acupuncture allows you to be still for at least 30 minutes. Giving you time to focus on your breathing, relaxing you naturally; an opportunity to cultivate mindfulness and train yourself to be more in the moment. By being more aware at any given moment, it becomes easier to address potential health problems, whether they are physical or emotional.
Acupuncture Can Help Improve:
Athletic Performance and Injury Recovery
You don't have to be a professional sports player to use acupuncture to treat injuries, relieve tightness and pain, or cure musculoskeletal imbalances.
Works by:
• Improving range of motion
• Relaxing sore or tight muscles
Increase Flexibility
• Reducing inflammation
strengthening weak or loose muscles
• Increasing maximal oxygen uptake
• Stimulating tissue repair
• Accelerates post-exercise recovery after intense exertion- less sore muscle soreness and reduced heart rate, oxygen consumption, and blood lactate.
Sexual Vitality and Performance
Issues with Sexual Vitality and Performance, a subject no man is fond of, is natural. An imbalance can deplete:

• Energy
• Reduce stamina
• Lower libidinal motivation 
Acupuncture looks at a collection of symptoms to identify a pattern of disharmony rather than trying to induce a temporary anatomical response. It can alter the underlying pattern of disharmony, allowing men to engage in sexual activity dictated by instinct rather than medication.
One condition seen often is erectile dysfunction or impotence. This can be caused by conditions like:
• Cardiovascular disease
• Diabetes
• Medications
• Stress
• Emotional issues
Urinary Issues
(Prostatitis, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH))
Prostatitis is most commonly defined as swelling and inflammation of the prostate gland can often cause painful or difficult urination. BPH, the most common prostate issue (prostate gland enlargement).
The amplification of this BPH gland can cause uncomfortable urinary symptoms such as:
• Blocking the urine
• Slowness
• Dribbling
• Difficulty starting your flow
• Frequent urination
• Night time urination
Seasonal Allergies
Wouldn't it be nice to keep your seasonal allergies under control? Regular, consistent acupuncture treatments can help you with irritating stuffy noses and frequent headaches.
Lowering Blood Pressure
Acupuncture has been very beneficial in lowering blood pressure, which helps prevent heart conditions.
Men will often get Acupuncture to avoid taking blood pressure medications and evade erectile dysfunction, a common side effect of blood pressure medication.

Common andropause symptoms include:

  • Hot flashes

  • Night sweats

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle and joint aches

Men also suffer from emotional symptoms like:

  • Mood swings

  • Irritability

  • Depression 

  • Listlessness

  • Low testosterone- The most common symptom experienced by men is a diminished sex drive. 

Andropause
( Male Menopause )

Male menopause, also called Andropause, refers to a gradual decline in a man's testosterone levels. Symptoms are very similar to those experienced by women during menopause, only much less intense.​

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Testosterone is the male sex hormone (androgens) responsible for creating and releasing sperm, initiating sex drive, and providing muscular strength. It dramatically affects a man's body and mind, playing a vital role in male development. 

Some men will see their testosterone levels drop significantly by the time they are 40. By age 50, half of all men will experience a significant reduction in testosterone levels, causing various uncomfortable symptoms. When the body produces fewer androgens, you may see heart, prostate, muscles, mental cognition, sudden mood changes, depression, or anger problems. 

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We get to the root of the problem without the scary side effects. Men are often surprised by the stress-lowering impact of acupuncture and massage. Noticing they usually sleep better, have more energy, and fewer digestive issues.