• Kelsey Bru, R.Ac

Foods That Enhance Male Fertility: A Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Perspective



From a Chinese medicine perspective foods and herbs are prescribed based on their ability to enhance specific energy systems in the body. Although your ultimate goal is to enhance sperm production, quality and sexual vitality, making significant changes to your diet will also dramatically improve your overall health creating a natural balance in the body. There are multiple causes for male infertility, most of which respond well to dietary changes and TCM.

One of the main causes of male infertility is Kidney energy deficiency. This does not refer directly to how your kidney organ is functioning but rather to your meridian or energy system. The kidney system is important because it is the foundation of yin and yang for all of your other organs. Kidney yin is the fundamental substance for birth, growth and reproduction and kidney yang is the motive force of all physiological processes. Kidney meridian weakness can be caused by a multitude of activities including, too much sexual activity, over consumption of food and alcohol, drug abuse, overwork, unmanageable levels of stress and lack of nourishing foods. Some common signs of kidney meridian dysfunction are moodiness, rapid body temperature changes, low back and chronic knee pain, ringing in ears, fatigue, premature hair loss, low sex drive and infertility. Because the kidney system is the foundation of energy it is always beneficial to support this meridian. Foods that enhance your kidney energy, therefore enhancing your fertility, include:

  • Anchovy

  • Chicken

  • Eggs

  • Fish

  • Fish oils

  • Ghee

  • Kidneys (Chicken)

  • Liver

  • Mussels

  • Oysters

  • Salmon

  • Sardines

  • Trout

It is important that the foods you consume are free range, wild or organically raised to avoid the hormones, antibiotics and pesticides contained in conventional foods. Also incorporate these plant-based foods to enhance fertility:

  • Avocados

  • Brussels sprouts

  • Carrots

  • Leafy greens

  • Sprouts

  • Barley

  • Black beans

  • Black soybeans

  • Legumes

  • Millet

  • Mung beans

  • Whole grains

  • Almonds

  • Black sesame seeds

  • Chestnuts

  • Coconut

  • Flax seeds

  • Flaxseed oil

  • Pumpkin seeds

  • Walnuts

  • Honey (sparingly)

  • Mulberries

  • Raspberries

  • Barley grass

  • Chlorella

  • Kelp

  • Kombu

  • Micro algae

  • Nettles

  • Unrefined

  • Sea salt

  • Wakame

  • Wheat grass

All food is best consumed fresh and unprocessed, i.e. not out of a can, jar or box. Foods that harm the reproductive system include:

  • Alcohol

  • Cold and raw foods

  • Excess rich foods

  • Foods that you find difficult to digest

  • Juices

  • Peanuts

  • Processed foods

  • Spicy-hot foods

  • Sugar

  • Too much salt

Common daily activities that should be avoided when trying to conceive:

  • Car seat warmers

  • Drugs

  • Hot baths

  • Hot computers on the lap

  • Hot tubs

  • Late night eating

  • Microwave ovens

  • Overeating

  • Saunas

  • Smoking

Remember, it takes three months for your body to produce mature sperm. During this time acupuncture used in tandem with diet and lifestyle can successfully create balance and enhance fertility.

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