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The Therapeutic Effects of Traditional Chinese Medicine for Poor Semen Quality in Infertile Males

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Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tainan Municipal Hospital (Managed By Show Chwan Medical Care Corporation), Tainan 701, Taiwan
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Department of General Laboratory, Tainan Municipal Hospital (Managed By Show Chwan Medical Care Corporation), Tainan 701, Taiwan
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Research Assistant Center, Show Chwan Health Memorial Hospital, Changhua 500, Taiwan
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Department of Medical Research, Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Taichung 407, Taiwan
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Department of Public Health, College of Medicine, Fu Jen Catholic University, New Taipei City 242, Taiwan
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Department of Health Care Management, National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences, Taipei 112, Taiwan
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Institute of Industrial Safety and Disaster Prevention, Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science, Tainan 717, Taiwan
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Department of Internal Medicine, National Cheng Kung University Hospital, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 704, Taiwan
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Department of Internal Medicine, Tainan Municipal Hospital (Managed By Show Chwan Medical Care Corporation), Tainan 701, Taiwan
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Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Taichung 407, Taiwan
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J. Clin. Med. 2018, 7(9), 239; https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm7090239
Received: 24 July 2018 / Revised: 15 August 2018 / Accepted: 21 August 2018 / Published: 24 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Pharmacology)
Poor sperm quality is one of the main factors of male infertility. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been used frequently in clinical practice in many countries to treat a wide array of infertile problems. To further understand the effects of TCM on semen quality, we retrospectively enrolled patients with male infertility and poor semen quality at the Tainan Municipal Hospital in Taiwan between 2013 and 2016. Semen quality analysis in accordance with the WHO criteria is an essential step in the evaluation of male fertility status. Associations between the semen parameters and body mass index, smoking status, alcohol use, duration of infertility, and age were also analyzed. A total of 126 male infertility patients with abnormal semen analysis were included in this study: 50 TCM users and 13 TCM non-users. The basic characteristics of the two groups were not significantly different. TCM users account for 92.5% of the total semen improvement subjects. In conclusion, TCM supplementation may have a beneficial role as improving sperm quality for infertility patients. View Full-Text
Keywords: male infertility; semen parameters; traditional Chinese medicine male infertility; semen parameters; traditional Chinese medicine
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Wang, S.-C.; Wang, S.-C.; Li, C.-J.; Lin, C.-H.; Huang, H.-L.; Tsai, L.-M.; Chang, C.-H. The Therapeutic Effects of Traditional Chinese Medicine for Poor Semen Quality in Infertile Males. J. Clin. Med. 2018, 7, 239.

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