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Low sperm count or oligospermia is an important cause of subfertility in men. Subfertility is an inability to conceive despite regular unprotected sexual intercourse due to defects in the structure of the sperm or low sperm count (less than 20 million). Unlike infertility, subfertile people can conceive without medical assistance, though the time taken to conceive is much longer when compared to fertile couples. A disorder in the production of hormones, blockage in the passage of sperms, varicocele, reverse flow of ejaculate, inflammation and infection in male genital organs, undescended testis, impotency or erectile dysfunction, genetic factors, cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption and psychological stress are some of the causes of low sperm count.

Homoeopathy is effective in the treatment of low sperm count, especially those which arise due to varicocele, infection, hormonal disorder and erectile dysfunction (from mental stress). However, irreversible surgical causes of low sperm count respond less favourably to homoeopathic medicines. Based on the concept of individualisation, homoeopathic treatment improves the quality and density of sperms in the semen and also enhances the general health of the person. Frequently used homoeopathic medicines in the treatment of low sperm count include lycopodium, pulsatilla, argentum nitricum, calcarea carbonicum, agnus castus and selenium.

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Some of the constitutional homoeopathic medicines frequently used in the treatment of low sperm count are:

  • Pulsatilla Nigricans
    Common Name:
    Windflower
    Symptoms: This remedy is best suited to men who are sensitive and mild in nature, cannot take decisions easily and desire sympathy. Other symptoms that are treated with this remedy include:
    • Low sperm count due to varicocele, hydrocele, abnormality in urethra due to sexually transmitted infection and injury to genital organs
    • Abnormally long duration of erection associated with pain in the genital organs and sexual arousal
    • Frequent night-falls with sexual dreams
    • Excessive desire for sexual intercourse that leads to pain in the back, head and legs
    • Burning sensation due to inflammation in the testis and prostate that is commonly associated with sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhoea
    • Thick yellowish discharge from the penis associated with sexually transmitted infections
    • Pain and heaviness in the testis that is aggravated after standing and better with rest and cold application

A preclinical study showed that the sperm count and sperm motility improved after the treatment of an infertile bull with pulsatilla nigricans.

  • Lycopodium Clavatum
    Common Name:
    Club moss
    Symptoms: This medicine works best in men who are intelligent but physically weak and have poor digestion. They also have a tendency for stomach gas after a light meal. Lycopodium helps in the treatment of the following symptoms:
    • Low sperm count resulting from varicocele, impotence and generalised weakness
    • Complete absence of erection leading to impotence
    • Lack of sexual desire with weakness in genital organs
    • Premature ejaculation 
    • Burning sensation and low sperm count due to inflammation in male genital organs (such as the testis, epididymis and spermatic cord) caused by sexually transmitted diseases
    • Enlarged prostate gland and warts on genital organs
    • The person feels better after eating or drinking anything warm.The condition worsens by the pressure from clothes, indigestion and between 4 pm and 8 pm 
  • Natrum Muriaticum
    Common Name:
    Common salt
    Symptoms: This medicine acts well in men who are constantly tired, suffer from weakness and have a tendency for headaches, especially after exposure to the sun. Such individuals are usually  thin and skinny and crave salt. Most of the complaints arise due to excessive intake of salt. Other symptoms treated with natrum muriaticum include:
    • Low sperm count due to impotence
    • Incomplete erection, premature ejaculation or ejaculation a long time after sexual intercourse due to sexual problems that result in low sperm count
    • Ejaculation at night without erection or sexual intercourse
    • Depression
    • Sadness. The person gets aggravated on  consolation or support
    • Phimosis (inability to retract the foreskin on the penis) which results in infection with pain and swelling of the penis (Read more: Pain in penis causes)
  • Calcarea Carbonicum
    Common Name:
    Carbonate of lime
    Symptoms: The medicine works best in men who are fair in complexion and obese with laxity of muscles. They have a tendency for sour-smelling sweat, excessive physical weakness and cold. The following symptoms respond well to this remedy:
    • Low sperm count due to impotency, blockage in the spermatic cord after infection and phimosis
    • Complete absence of ejaculation during sexual intercourse
    • Ejaculation of semen without gratification
    • Impotence due to frequent sexual intercourse or masturbation
    • Intense sexual desire with absence of erection
    • Severe weakness with anger and dissatisfied feeling after sexual intercourse
    • Weakness, as if there is no strength in the knees
    • Discharge of prostatic fluid while passing urine
    • The condition is aggravated after the slightest cold, exertion (physical or mental), anxiety, during puberty and with every change in weather
    • The person feels better in dry climate
  • Agnus Castus
    Common Name:
    The chaste tree
    Symptoms: This remedy is best suited to young men who grow old prematurely after excessive involvement in sexual acts. They are weak, sad, depressed and lack self-respect. The symptoms that respond well to this remedy include:
    • Low sperm count due to impotence and infection of genital organs
    • Complete lack of interest in sexual intercourse
    • Absence of erection with loose, flabby and cold sexual organs
    • Erections are occasionally present but without thoughts of sensual pleasure
    • Low-density semen ejaculated after the sexual act
    • Infection in the genital tract leading to thick yellow discharge
    • Involuntary discharge of prostatic fluid
  • Thuja Occidentalis
    Common Name:
    Arbor vitae
    Symptoms: This remedy is best suited in men with lax muscles, tendency for warts and disorders of the thyroid gland. Individuals  who benefit from this remedy has some of the following symptoms:
    • Low sperm count resulting from sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhoea
    • Impotency with a painful erection, especially after gonorrhoeal infection
    • Ejaculations at night that result in a sensation of heaviness in the genital region and irritability
    • Painful ulcers and cauliflower-like warts on the penis after gonorrhoeal infection
    • Pain in the spermatic cord as if it is drawn up in the abdomen
    • Sweet-smelling perspiration on the scrotum
    • The condition usually gets aggravated in damp atmosphere and improves in dry climate 
  • Phosphoricum Acidum
    Common Name:
    Phosphoric acid
    Symptoms: Young men who are thin, weak and grow rapidly require this remedy. Intense weakness of the mind and body is a characteristic trait of those requiring phosphoric acid. The symptoms that respond to this remedy include:
    • Lack of strength to perform the sexual act
    • Involuntary discharge of seminal and prostatic fluid while passing stools
    • Genital organs are relaxed with absence of ejaculation during sexual intercourse
    • Eczema on the scrotum
    • Such people usually feel better in warm environment
    • The condition is aggravated by mental or physical exertion, loss of body fluids and excessive involvement in sexual acts 

A pilot study indicated that the constitutional homoeopathic medicines, namely lycopodium, pulsatilla, natrum muriaticum, calcarea carbonicum, phosphorus, thuja occidentalis and silicea, were highly effective in the treatment of low sperm count and poor sperm motility in subfertile men. These homoeopathic medicines improved sperm quality and also improved general health in men.

Another research study indicated that damiana mother tincture when taken in combination with nux vomica and lycopodium significantly improved sperm count, sperm motility and sperm density in semen, thereby improving the overall health.

Some of the other homoeopathic medicines that are helpful in the treatment of low sperm count include graphites, sulphur, phosphoric acid, baryta carb, caladium, berberis vulgaris, selenium metallicum, conium maculatum, nux vomica, picricum acidum, cantharis, argentum nitricum and moschus.

The action and effectivity of homoeopathic medicines is disturbed by certain factors that are associated with our daily activities. It is essential to be aware of these factors to have effective and uninterrupted treatment.

Do’s

  • Maintain peace and composure of mind.
  • Consume a healthy, simple and nutritious diet that is free from artificial agents.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes regular moderate exercise, healthy eating habits and sound sleep. (Read more: Balanced diet chart)

Don’ts

  • Stay away from strong beverages like coffee, highly spiced herbal drinks or soups and strong-smelling, artificially flavoured drinks.
  • Avoid consuming highly spiced food, food items that have medicinal properties and spoilt meat or vegetables.
  • Avoid staying in damp and humid rooms.
  • Do not overeat or consume an excess of sugar and salt.
  • Do not use strong perfumes or sprays.
  • Avoid reading about or watching lewd acts.
  • Avoid excessive involvement in sexual intercourse
  • Avoid occurrences that trigger anger, depression and other emotions that disturb the mind.

Homoeopathic medicine works on the law of similars, which means, a substance that produces a health condition can be effective in the treatment of the same condition when used in smaller doses. A qualified homoeopathic physician prescribes medicines on the basis of the characteristic symptoms of the patient that are similar to those produced by the remedy. This constitutional homoeopathic remedy then helps in improving the low sperm count based on individual traits and miasms (tendency to a disease). A detailed history of the patient helps the doctor obtain information about the reason for low sperm count, any past illnesses, family history and the severity of disease that the patient is likely to suffer or the miasm of the disease. Miasms psora and sycosis usually present with a mild to moderate degree of low sperm count, whereas syphilitic miasm presents with a severe form of disorder due to damage and destruction in tissues. Miasms also help the homoeopathic doctor in analysing and predicting the pattern of progress of the disease.

Scientific studies have proven that homoeopathic medicines selected on the basis of individual characteristic symptoms effectively improve the quality, motility and density or count of sperms in subfertile men.

Low sperm count is a stressful and depressing condition which is treated with a combination of medicines and psychological counselling. A qualified homoeopathic physician is not only efficient in the selection of the right remedy but also proficient in psychological counselling to help the patient combat the distressing situation.

The right remedy in the correct dose prescribed by a qualified homoeopathic doctor does not produce any side effects. However, sometimes the medicine produces unnecessary symptoms that are not related to the disease. These occur when the medicine is taken in a dose that is not suitable to the patient. It is best that you check in with an experienced homoeopathic doctor instead of self-medicating.

Homoeopathy is a system of alternative medicine that is beneficial and effective in the treatment of low sperm count. Homoeopathic medicines improve low sperm count by treating the cause of subfertility in men. Homoeopathic medicines are given in minute, potentised doses that help in stimulating the body’s inherent healing power and strengthening the immune system to restore health. 

Dr. Ashish Nirmal

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