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Article: Eastern medicine approaches to male infertility.

TitleEastern medicine approaches to male infertility.
Authors
Issue Date2013
PublisherThieme Medical Publishers. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.thieme.de/srm/index.html
Citation
Seminars in Reproductive Medicine, 2013, v. 31 n. 4, p. 301-310 How to Cite?
AbstractMale factor is a common cause of infertility and the male partner must be systematically evaluated in the workup of every infertile couple. Various Eastern medical strategies have been tried with variable success. This article describes the clinical effects of Eastern medicine approaches including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, massage, yoga, tai chi, and qi gong, which could improve the sperm parameters and motility, genital inflammatory conditions, as well as immune system disorders, sexual dysfunction, and varicocele. Acupuncture reduces inflammation, increases sperm motility, improves semen parameters, modulates the immune system, and improves sexual and ejaculatory dysfunction in male infertility. The clinical effects may be mediated via activation of somatic afferent nerves innervating the skin and muscle. Chinese herbal medicines may also exert helpful effects in male infertility, and it is worth noting that some herbal drugs may result in male infertility. Massage also exerts positive effects in male infertility. Nevertheless, the mechanisms of clinical effects are unclear. Tai chi, qi gong, and yoga have not been investigated in male infertility, but it has been reported to regulate endocrine and central or autonomic nervous systems. In conclusion, Eastern medical approaches have beneficial on reproductive effects in male infertility. However, future well-designed, randomized, clinical control trials are needed to evaluate the safety, efficacy, and mechanisms of Eastern medical approaches for male infertility.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/203600
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.113
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.028
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dc.contributor.authorHu, Men_US
dc.contributor.authorZhang, Yen_US
dc.contributor.authorMa, Hen_US
dc.contributor.authorNg, EHYen_US
dc.contributor.authorWu, Xen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-09-19T15:31:30Z-
dc.date.available2014-09-19T15:31:30Z-
dc.date.issued2013en_US
dc.identifier.citationSeminars in Reproductive Medicine, 2013, v. 31 n. 4, p. 301-310en_US
dc.identifier.issn1526-8004-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/203600-
dc.description.abstractMale factor is a common cause of infertility and the male partner must be systematically evaluated in the workup of every infertile couple. Various Eastern medical strategies have been tried with variable success. This article describes the clinical effects of Eastern medicine approaches including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, massage, yoga, tai chi, and qi gong, which could improve the sperm parameters and motility, genital inflammatory conditions, as well as immune system disorders, sexual dysfunction, and varicocele. Acupuncture reduces inflammation, increases sperm motility, improves semen parameters, modulates the immune system, and improves sexual and ejaculatory dysfunction in male infertility. The clinical effects may be mediated via activation of somatic afferent nerves innervating the skin and muscle. Chinese herbal medicines may also exert helpful effects in male infertility, and it is worth noting that some herbal drugs may result in male infertility. Massage also exerts positive effects in male infertility. Nevertheless, the mechanisms of clinical effects are unclear. Tai chi, qi gong, and yoga have not been investigated in male infertility, but it has been reported to regulate endocrine and central or autonomic nervous systems. In conclusion, Eastern medical approaches have beneficial on reproductive effects in male infertility. However, future well-designed, randomized, clinical control trials are needed to evaluate the safety, efficacy, and mechanisms of Eastern medical approaches for male infertility.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherThieme Medical Publishers. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.thieme.de/srm/index.html-
dc.relation.ispartofSeminars in Reproductive Medicineen_US
dc.rightsSeminars in Reproductive Medicine. Copyright © Thieme Medical Publishers.-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subject.meshAcupuncture Therapy - adverse effects-
dc.subject.meshDrugs, Chinese Herbal - adverse effects - therapeutic use-
dc.subject.meshEvidence-Based Medicine-
dc.subject.meshInfertility, Male - drug therapy - etiology - prevention and control - therapy-
dc.subject.meshMedicine, East Asian Traditional - adverse effects-
dc.titleEastern medicine approaches to male infertility.en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailNg, EHY: nghye@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityNg, EHY=rp00426en_US
dc.description.naturepostprint-
dc.identifier.doi10.1055/s-0033-1345589-
dc.identifier.pmid23775386-
dc.identifier.hkuros238643en_US
dc.identifier.volume31en_US
dc.identifier.issue4-
dc.identifier.spage301en_US
dc.identifier.epage310en_US
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000320446200012-
dc.publisher.placeUnited States-

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