Teratospermia

Overview

Teratospermia is a condition where large numbers of sperm have an abnormal appearance or malformations. When more than 40% of the sperm have malformations, it can interfere with fertility, and the man may have trouble getting his partner pregnant.

A doctor can diagnose this condition by examining a sample under the microscope. The malformed sperm will be readily visible, and the doctor can determine their concentrations. When only a handful of sperm have an unusual appearance, it may not represent a serious obstacle to fertility. The doctor can also conduct some other tests to assess semen quality, such as evaluating sperm motility to see if the sperm can successfully reach an egg. The patient may have a combination of issues, not just teratospermia, which will make achieving a pregnancy difficult.

When the laboratory checks the semen under the microscope, sperm shape is analyzed to see whether they are  normally-shaped or not – this is called their form or morphology.) Ideally, a good sperm should have a regular oval head, with a connecting mid-piece and a long straight tail. If too many sperms are abnormally shaped (round heads, pin heads, very large heads, double heads, absent tails) this may mean the sperm are abnormal and will not be able to fertilise the egg. Many labs use Kruger “strict ” criteria   (developed in South Africa ) for judging sperm normality. Only sperm which are “perfect” are considered to be normal.

Many infertile men have sperm samples which have low sperm counts, with poor motility and many abnormally shaped sperms. This is called oligoasthenoteratozoopsermia.

Sometimes the cause of teratospermia is an underlying disease like Celiac disease. Metabolic and hormonal imbalances are also common culprits, as they can interfere with the process of sperm maturation, and may create abnormalities like unusually-large or small heads or malformed tails. Your licensed health practitioner may recommend some tests to learn more about the situation, in addition to reviewing the patient’s chart for any signs in his medical history that might provide clues. In other cases, it may be difficult to determine why the sperm are malformed.

Hormonal defects, testicular pathologies like trauma, infections or tumors, Varicocele and raised reactive oxygen species levels are the major factors affecting the sperm morphology. If the cause is known then treating the underlying condition helps.

As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here.

Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:

Health Protocols

Detoxification Therapy:

  • Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
  • Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com/ Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic.  Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water.   It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.

Hydrotherapy:

Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.

There are several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.  For treating rheumatoid arthritis, we recommended constitutional hydrotherapy (apply two to five times weekly) or a heating compress (apply once daily to affected areas). Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.

  • We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body.  Read more about colonics by clicking here.  Find a practitioner here.
  • Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state.  During the program drink alkalized water, which you can buy from Real Water www.drinkrealwater.com.

Avoid fertility-negative foods and maintain a nutrient-dense diet to help in the production of healthy sperm, as well as to improve sperm morphology. Avoid foods which are high in artificial sugars, chemicals and additives and include in your diet plenty of green wholefoods, as well as fruits and quality protein.

Try foods like oysters, oily fish and muscles, which are high in protein, Zinc and fatty acids, which are all beneficial to sperm health in general. Also add greens like spinach, broccoli, asparagus and avocado to your diet.

It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:

  • Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
  • Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
  • Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
  • Avoid all fast food restaurants.
  • Avoid all canned food.
  • Eliminate conventional dairy products.  The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows.  If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.

Supplements:

If you’re suffering from teratospermia, you may find some relief with any of the following supplements:

  • Vitamin C – This is a chain-breaking antioxidant, which protects sperm from free radicals and oxidative stress, as well as helps recycle vitamin E
  • L-Carnitine – Amino Acid – Supports sperm metabolism and provides anti-oxidative activity. It’s also been shown to improve several sperm parameters, including sperm concentration,  motility, and morphology.
  • Vitamin A – A fat-soluble vitamin and antioxidant, vitamin A plays a key role in repairing damage caused by the environment and aging. It also prevents cellular damage due to oxidizing free radicals, and studies indicate it also supports sperm motility
  • Zinc – Also an antioxidant, zinc is known to have a positive effect on sperm morphology, as well as sperm motility and testosterone metabolism.
  • Selenium – Reducing oxidative damage from free radicals, selenium may improve sperm motility and concentration.
  • Grapeseed extract – A plant substance that provides a concentrated source of oligomeric proanthocyanidins, grapeseed extract contains vital antioxidants which protect cells from free radical/oxidative damage.
  • Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
  • Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met.  The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product.  You can find more details herekevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com/
  • Take an Omega 3 supplement:
  • Krill oil
  • Fish oil
  • Cod liver oil
  • Vegetarian

Prescription and non-prescription medication:

What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking?  Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this  illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.

We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually dis-ease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:

  • Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
  • Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
  • Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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  • Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
  • Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage.  Find a practitioner here.
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress.  Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
  • Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind.  Find a practitioner here.

Ayurvedic Medicine

As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

The following ayurvedic remedies are particularly good for improving male fertility:

Mucuna Pruriens (Kawach),  ShilajIt , Ashwagandharishta, Dhatupaustic Churna. Other useful ayurvedic herbs are: Agnitundi Vati, Vishtinduk Vati, Tapyadi Loha, Trayodashang Guggulu, Abhrak Bhasma, Kapikachhu, Bala, Patol, Nimba, Triphala, Draksha, Musta and Kutaja.

Here’s a simple home recipe for kicharee, a great ‘healing food’ you can try:

Add 1/3 cup of organic mung dal 2/3 cup of organic basmati rice (or other grain) simmered in 3-4 cups of water (a ratio of 1:3 or 1:4). Add 1/4 tsp each of organic turmeric, ginger, roasted cumin and coriander. Add seasonal organic vegetables: spinach, peas, asparagus or seaweeds for an all-round healing, healthy and digestive fireenkindling meal. It is best to cook it on a very low heat in a covered saucepan and not to stir it after all the ingredients are added or it goes mushy.

Adjust the flavouring as necessary and add a teaspoon of ghee or hemp seed oil onto your food at the end. While living on this simplified diet it can be useful to sip hot drinks that can help to clean the whole digestive tract; try spicy teas of ginger, cinnamon and cardamom to burn ama and clear toxins.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

Chinese medicine considers stagnation in the lower abdomen to affect the production of sperm. Examination of sperm may show that semen has a yellow colour or high abnormalities in sperm shape. You may suffer from the following symptoms; body heavy, arms and legs feeling heavy, body feels hot, bloating, red face, thirsty, yellow urine, pungent and dark stool, sluggish bowel movement.

Aromatherapy

To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.

Homeopathic Medicine

Male infertility can be effectively addressed by the use of homeopathic medicines when prescribed by a qualified practitioner and according to the homeopathic principles.

Homeopathic medicine corrects Spermatogenesis by making endocrine function normal, medicine have also capacity to eradicate chronic UTI.

Correcting the defective Spermatogenesis, all sperm morphological abnormalities become normal after 4 to 6 month of treatment.

Constitutional Homeopathy medicine keeps sperm morphology normal for years and once it corrected there is no need of further treatment.

Owing to the principles behind homeopathy (link to full description of what it is) it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription.  Find your closest Homeopath here

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

Herbs

The following herbs are recommended:  ginseng, astralagus, damiana , saw palmetto, horny goat weed, maca and tribulus.

Panax Ginseng – Panax ginseng, also known as Asian ginseng, is cultivated in China and in Korea. It has many purported actions, but its most commonly recognized qualities are as an energy supplement, stimulant and male tonic. The effects of Panax are presumed to result from constituents known as ginsenosides. A 1999 BJU International article found that Panax ginseng protected the testes of guinea pigs exposed to a known carcinogen. The article concluded that the Panax could be effective in treating sperm disorders.

Other

Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.

Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.

Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body.  See article section for more information about the art of qigong.

Herbs for Male Infertility – www.livestrong.com/article/145456-herbs-for-male-fertility/#ixzz2Dihq9i2a

Traditional Chinese Medicine  – Ancient Healingwww.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php

The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php

Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters/

Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf

Collodial Silver NC_Newsletter_09-08.pdf

Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf

Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf

Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf

Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf

Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effectivewww.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php

Video

EFT for treating disease http://www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html

Further Information (links and books)

Natural Alternatives to Antibiotics by John McKenna

by Bernie S Siegel

The Healing Power of Nature Foods: 50 Revitalizing Superfoods & Lifestyle Choices To Promote Vibrant Health by Susan Smith Jones

Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch

Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green

Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen

Colloidal Silver: The Natural Antibiotic Alternative by Zane Baranowski

The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal

The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine

1,000 Indian Recipes (1,000 Recipes) by Neelam Batra;

Food–Your Miracle Medicine by Jean Carper

Andrea Butje | Aromahead andrea@aromahead.com – aromatherapy

Carrie Vitt deliciouslyorganic@yahoo.com – organic food recipes.

David Spector-NSR/USA david024@nsrusa.org – meditation, stress

judith hoad judithhoad@gmail.com – herbalist.

Kath May kathrynmay@talktalk.net – reiki, tai chi.

Lillian Bridges lillian@lotusinstitute.com – Chinese medicine, living naturally.

Monika monika@healingmuse.com – aromatherapy.

Rakesh  GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.

Joanne Callaghan – joanne@tftrx.com   www.RogerCallahan.com Thought Field Therapy (TF) releasing unresolved emotions, stress and illness.

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