The EclecticPhysician

The Eclectic Physician
Natural Health Care
by Beth Burch N.D.


Male fertility depends on adequate sperm production, unobstructed genital tract for sperm passage and satisfactory deposition of semen in the vagina. Sperm production can be impaired by environmental toxins, undescended testicles, varicocele of the testicle, testicular atrophy, prolonged fever, endocrine disorders, marijuana use, and medications such as testosterone and cortisone.

Obstruction can result from congenital abnormalities, infection and surgery. Inadequate deposition of semen occurs with surgery, premature ejaculation, impotence and female genital tract abnormalities.
Low thyroid and/or low pituitary function must be treated. Surgery may be necessary to correct abnormalities. With low sperm counts, semen can be collected and used to inseminate the woman.
Eliminating toxins and medications that may impair sperm production, keeping the testicles cool by avoiding hot baths, tight clothing and overly warm environments, and eating a well balanced diet can help. Vitamin C and zinc can help increase the numbers of sperm.

Chinese Ginseng- animal research has shown increase sperm counts with ginseng administration.
Liquid extract- 1/2 teaspoon one-three times a day
Dry herb in capsules- 500 mg one-three times a day
Standardized extract (18% ginsenoside content)- 150 mg one-three times a day
Caution: If you have heart disease or hypertension, consult with your health care provider before using any ginseng.

* The information presented in this web site is intended to inform and educate. It is not intended replace a qualified medical practitioner to diagnose or treat medical conditions.

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