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Traditional Chinese Medicine View of Male Infertility

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, March 23, 2018 | 0 comments

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From a Chinese perspective, the main causes of male infertility fall under two broad categories:

1. deficiency of the Kidneys (KiYi- or Ki Yan-) or the Spleen (Sp QI-) or
2. excess of stasis, stagnation or damp heat (DH) in the pelvic organs.
Even when symptoms indicate patterns of damp heat, Qi stagnation and Blood stasis, they are usually superimposed upon or even caused by Kidney deficiency.

To improve poor morphology and decrease high levels of oxidants in the seminal fluid:

• Take antioxidants and superantioxidants like Pycnogenol - 125 milligrams per day from various sources.
• Invigorate the Blood with Blood movers.

The plasma membrane of human sperm contains high levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids, making it extremely susceptible to damage by free radicals, which can lead to lower motility and poor morphology. Adding unsaturated fatty acids like those found in sesame, almonds, flaxseed, hazelnuts, pecans, pumpkins seeds, sunflower seeds, pine nuts, walnuts, olives, avocados, soybeans, and quinoa as well as Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil to the diet can improve sperm integrity. prevent further free-radical damage to developing sperm, the following nutritional supplementation should be used by most, if not all, men.

• Vitamin C: 2,000 milligrams per day, in divided doses

• Vitamin E: 800 international units per day

Beta-carotene: 100,000 international units per day

• Selenium: 200 micrograms per day

Other important nutritional supplements include:

• Zinc: 60 milligrams per day (sperm production and testosterone metabolism)
• Vitamin B12: 1,000 milligrams per day (replication of cells)
• L-arginine: 2 to 4 grams per day (promotes cell replication)
• L-carnitine: 1,000 to 1,200 milligrams per day (assists motility)

One of the most potent bio-active antioxidant sources pycnogenol, is made from pine bark extract, red wine extract, grape seed extract and bilberry extract. Pycnogenol also enhances the effects of other antioxidants.

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Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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