A prospective randomized placebo-controlled study of the effect of acupuncture in infertile patients with severe oligoasthenozoospermia

Fertil Steril. 2009 Oct;92(4):1340-1343. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2009.02.041. Epub 2009 Apr 25.


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.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Therapy* / methods
  • Asthenozoospermia / therapy*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Infertility / therapy
  • Male
  • Medicine, Chinese Traditional / methods
  • Placebos
  • Pregnancy
  • Single-Blind Method
  • Sperm Count
  • Sperm Motility / physiology
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Placebos