With our research background, we aim to keep our practice up to date with clinical research and best evidence, across several fields of medicine. For this reason, in May 2006, Jann Mehmet, the Director and senior practitioner at the Rozelle Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Centre, Sydney, completed a randomised clinical trial on sub fertile men.
While this was only a small, unfunded pilot study based at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), the results were statistically significant, suggesting further clinical research should be continued in this field.
A short summary of the study is below, and for the full paper on the research, you may wish to go to the (UTS) online publication. https://opus.lib.uts.edu.au/handle/10453/64608
The Study Question
Does Traditional Chinese medicine improve semen count, motility and morphology? A pragmatic randomised clinical trial. This is to be tested by a pragmatic randomised, single blind, controlled pilot study.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine treatment were successful in improving sperm normal forms in the treatment group compared to the non-treatment group, providing a p value < 0.038. Therefore, statistical significance was achieved. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine treatment improved semen motility in the treatment group compared to the non-treatment group providing a p value < 0.008. Therefore, statistical significance was achieved. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine was successful in providing a clinically significant increase in sperm count for those participants in the treatment group who received Chinese medicine supplements to improve count. The mean increase was 220 million sperm.