A prospective randomized placebo-controlled study of the effect of acupuncture on infertile patients with severe oligoasthenozoospermia
This recent small clinical trial randomised 57 patients who had extremely low sperm counts to acupuncture and placebo acupuncture groups. After receiving acupuncture twice weekly for 6 weeks, motility of sperm (but not overall count) was found to increase significantly. The authors conclude that the results of the present study support the significance of acupuncture in male patients with severe oligoasthenozoospermia. More evidence with larger trials needs to be accumulated before the efficacy and effectiveness of acupuncture in male infertility can be evaluated.
In this ﬁrst prospective, randomized, single-blind, placebo-controlled study, 28 infertile patients with severe oligoasthenozoospermia received acupuncture according to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and 29 infertile patients received placebo acupuncture. A signiﬁcantly higher percentage of motile sperm (World Health Organization categories A–C) but no effect on sperm concentration was found after acupuncture compared with placebo acupuncture.