Chinese Herbal Medicine Case Study

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Abstract: Traditional Chinese medicine for male infertility was first recorded as a treatment in 610CE in the Chao Yuan-fang's Zhu Bing Yuan Hou Lun. Despite the long history of empirical knowledge, male fertility treatments with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have been poorly researched. Western medicine has little to offer men in the treatment of most male fertility disorders, particularly where substandard sperm is the issue. This case study demonstrates a male who presented with a semen analysis in the low-normal range and improved his sperm parameters by between 34% and 50% following three months of weekly acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. The patient and his wife reported their first pregnancy three months after the treatment period.

To cite this article: MacDonald, Nicola. Case study: Improving sperm parameters with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine [online]. Australian Journal of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, Vol. 10, No. 2, 2016: 32-37. Availability: <;dn=481567586393776;res=IELHEA> ISSN: 1833-9735. [cited 11 Mar 18].

This project funded by the European commission has resulted in the development of a European-Chinese network collaborating on TCM research, with an emphasis on the application of omics technologies. In addition, it has explored current practice of TCM research, identifying problems and proposing solutions, proposed standard protocols on methodology and priority areas for future research. It consists of ten work integrated packages and Prof. Robinson has been responsible for the outputs of two work packages, Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine

A major output across all 10 work packages has been an Open access Special Issue of the Journal of Ethnopharmacology.

The TCM research team

This project commenced in 2009 and was completed in 2012. It was carried out by academics from our School of Health and Social Care under the theme of Health and Social Care Delivery.

The funding body for this project is through the EU FP-7 programme; a Co-ordination Action funded by the European Union's 7th Framework Programme (from 2009 to 2012).

Members of the project team from LSBU include Prof. Nicola Robinson and Prof. Ava Lorenc. To find out more about our academics search our People Finder.

Kings College, London and members of the GPTCM consortium in Europe and China collaborated on this project.


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