Oligospermiaaccording to TCM

Symptom family: Sexual Health Disorders

Root Causes of Oligospermia in TCM

Explore below more details about what might cause Oligospermia according to TCM.

  • By Syndrome
  • By Organ
  • Yang Deficiency
  • Yin Deficiency
  • Kidney
  • Spleen
Detailed description of the cause

Yang Deficiency

Yang deficiency in TCM refers to a state where the body's Yang energy, which is responsible for warmth, activity, and function, is weakened or diminished. This pattern of disharmony often arises from chronic illness, aging, or inherent constitutional weakness. Symptoms of Yang deficiency are typically associated with cold and sluggishness, such as a feeling of coldness, cold extremities, pale complexion, low energy or fatigue, and a desire for warmth. Digestive issues like poor appetite, loose stools, and water retention can also be indicative of Yang deficiency.... see more

Yang Deficiency Patterns That Can Lead to Oligospermia

Common Symptoms: Lower Back Pain Weak And Cold Knees Chills Weak Legs Bright Pale Face Erectile Dysfunction Premature Ejaculation Low Sex Drive

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Kidney and Spleen Yang Deficiency Low sperm count, Lower back pain, Weak and cold knees, Back cold sensation, Chills, Weak legs, Bright pale face, Erectile dysfunction, Premature ejaculation, Oligospermia, Watery ejaculate, Low sex drive, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Clear urination, Nocturia, Apathy, Leg edema, Female infertility, Diarrhea, Depression, Lack of appetite, Slight abdominal distention, Desire to lie down... see more Li Zhong Wan
Kidney Yang Deficiency Low sperm count, Lower back pain, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Weak and cold knees, Lower back coldness, Chills, Weak legs, Bright pale face, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Leg edema, Female infertility, Diarrhea, Depression, Erectile dysfunction, Premature ejaculation, Oligospermia, Low sex drive, Pale and abudant urination... see more Ba Wei Di Huang Wan | You Gui Wan | Er Xian Tang | Shen Qi Wan | Wu Zi Yan Zong Wan | Tu Si Zi Wan
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Yin Deficiency

Yin deficiency in TCM is a pattern of disharmony characterized by a depletion of the body's Yin energy, which represents the cooling, moistening, and nurturing aspects of our physiology. This condition often arises from factors like chronic stress, overwork, insufficient rest, or prolonged illness. Symptoms of Yin deficiency can include a sensation of heat, especially in the afternoon or evening, night sweats, insomnia, a dry mouth or throat, and a red tongue with little coating. There might also be a general feeling of restlessness or irritability. Since Yin is essential for balancing the body's active and warm Yang energy, its deficiency leads to a relative excess of Yang, manifesting as heat or dryness symptoms.... see more

Yin Deficiency Patterns That Can Lead to Oligospermia

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Kidney Yin Deficiency Little sperm, Perspiration, Back pain, Hearing loss, Dry mouth and throat at night, Lower back pain, Constipation, Scanty and dark urine, Infertility, Premature ejaculation, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Depression, Anxiety, Heat sensation in palms, Evening heat sensation, Flushed cheekbones, Menopausal hot flashes, Preference for sipping, Evening anxiety... see more Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | Zuo Gui Wan | Zhi Bo Di Huang Wan | Bai Zi Yang Xin Tang 2 | Qi Bao Mei Ran Dan
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Kidney

In TCM the Kidneys are regarded as the body's most fundamental reservoir of Essence, known as Jing, which influences growth, reproduction, and aging. They are not just organs for filtering blood, but a holistic system governing vital life forces. When the Kidneys malfunction in TCM, it can manifest as a variety of health issues, such as chronic fatigue, reproductive problems, imbalances in fluid metabolism leading to edema or dryness, lower back pain, and a sense of fear or insecurity.... see more

Kidney Patterns That Can Lead to Oligospermia

Common Symptoms: Lower Back Pain Premature Ejaculation Generalized Fatigue General Weakness Depression Back Pain Infertility Menopausal Hot Flashes

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Kidney Yin Deficiency Little sperm, Perspiration, Back pain, Hearing loss, Dry mouth and throat at night, Lower back pain, Constipation, Scanty and dark urine, Infertility, Premature ejaculation, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Depression, Anxiety, Heat sensation in palms, Evening heat sensation, Flushed cheekbones, Menopausal hot flashes, Preference for sipping, Evening anxiety... see more Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | Zuo Gui Wan | Zhi Bo Di Huang Wan | Bai Zi Yang Xin Tang 2 | Qi Bao Mei Ran Dan
Kidney and Spleen Yang Deficiency Low sperm count, Lower back pain, Weak and cold knees, Back cold sensation, Chills, Weak legs, Bright pale face, Erectile dysfunction, Premature ejaculation, Oligospermia, Watery ejaculate, Low sex drive, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Clear urination, Nocturia, Apathy, Leg edema, Female infertility, Diarrhea, Depression, Lack of appetite, Slight abdominal distention, Desire to lie down... see more Li Zhong Wan
Kidney Yang Deficiency Low sperm count, Lower back pain, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Weak and cold knees, Lower back coldness, Chills, Weak legs, Bright pale face, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Leg edema, Female infertility, Diarrhea, Depression, Erectile dysfunction, Premature ejaculation, Oligospermia, Low sex drive, Pale and abudant urination... see more Ba Wei Di Huang Wan | You Gui Wan | Er Xian Tang | Shen Qi Wan | Wu Zi Yan Zong Wan | Tu Si Zi Wan
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Spleen

In TCM the Spleen plays a vital role in digestion and transformation, converting food into energy and nutrients, and overseeing the distribution of Qi and Blood. It's also crucial in maintaining the health of muscles and limbs and ensuring the blood remains within the vessels. When the Spleen malfunctions in TCM, it can lead to a variety of issues such as digestive disorders, fatigue, weak muscles, bloating, and a feeling of heaviness. It can also cause a pale complexion, poor appetite, and a tendency to bruise easily. Emotionally, a Spleen imbalance is often associated with excessive worry or overthinking, reflecting its role in the interplay between physical and mental health.... see more

Spleen Patterns That Can Lead to Oligospermia

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Kidney and Spleen Yang Deficiency Low sperm count, Lower back pain, Weak and cold knees, Back cold sensation, Chills, Weak legs, Bright pale face, Erectile dysfunction, Premature ejaculation, Oligospermia, Watery ejaculate, Low sex drive, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Clear urination, Nocturia, Apathy, Leg edema, Female infertility, Diarrhea, Depression, Lack of appetite, Slight abdominal distention, Desire to lie down... see more Li Zhong Wan

TCM Herbal Formulas for Oligospermia

Explore below some TCM herbal formulas used to address oligospermia, organized by cause and by formula type.

  • By Cause
  • By Formula Type
  • Yang Deficiency
  • Yin Deficiency
  • Formulas that nourish yin and tonify
  • Formulas that warm yang and tonify
  • Formulas that tonify yin and yang
  • Formulas that nourish the heart and calm the mind
  • Formulas that warm the middle and dispel cold
  • Formulas that invigorate blood and dispel blood stagnation

All Formulas Recommended for Oligospermia Caused by Yang Deficiency

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Li Zhong Wan Kidney and Spleen Yang Deficiency
Ba Wei Di Huang Wan Kidney Yang Deficiency
You Gui Wan Kidney Yang Deficiency
Er Xian Tang Kidney Yang Deficiency
Shen Qi Wan Kidney Yang Deficiency
Wu Zi Yan Zong Wan Kidney Yang Deficiency
Tu Si Zi Wan Kidney Yang Deficiency

All Formulas Recommended for Oligospermia Caused by Yin Deficiency

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Liu Wei Di Huang Wan Kidney Yin Deficiency
Zuo Gui Wan Kidney Yin Deficiency
Zhi Bo Di Huang Wan Kidney Yin Deficiency
Bai Zi Yang Xin Tang 2 Kidney Yin Deficiency
Qi Bao Mei Ran Dan Kidney Yin Deficiency

All "formulas that nourish yin and tonify" recommended for oligospermia

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Liu Wei Di Huang Wan Kidney Yin Deficiency
Zuo Gui Wan Kidney Yin Deficiency
Zhi Bo Di Huang Wan Kidney Yin Deficiency
Ba Wei Di Huang Wan Kidney Yang Deficiency

All "formulas that tonify yin and yang" recommended for oligospermia

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Qi Bao Mei Ran Dan Kidney Yin Deficiency
Er Xian Tang Kidney Yang Deficiency

All "formulas that warm yang and tonify" recommended for oligospermia

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
You Gui Wan Kidney Yang Deficiency
Shen Qi Wan Kidney Yang Deficiency
Wu Zi Yan Zong Wan Kidney Yang Deficiency
Tu Si Zi Wan Kidney Yang Deficiency

TCM Herbs for Oligospermia

Explore below some TCM herbs used to address oligospermia, organized by herb category.

  • By Herb Category
  • Tonic herbs for yang deficiency
  • Herbs that warm the interior and/or expel cold
  • Tonic herbs for blood deficiency
  • Herbs that clear heat and purge fire and/or clear summer heat
  • Herbs that clear heat and dry dampness
  • Herbs that nourish the heart and calm the spirit
  • Warm/Acrid herbs that release the exterior
  • Tonic herbs for qi deficiency

"Herbs that warm the Interior and/or expel Cold" recommended for oligospermia

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Prepared Aconite (Zhi Fu Zi) You Gui Wan | Shen Qi Wan
Dried Ginger (Gan Jiang) Li Zhong Wan
Cinnamon Bark (Rou Gui) You Gui Wan
Evodia Fruits (Wu Zhu Yu) Wen Jing Tang

"Tonic herbs for Blood Deficiency" recommended for oligospermia

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Prepared Rehmannia (Shu Di huang) Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | Zuo Gui Wan | Zhi Bo Di Huang Wan | Ba Wei Di Huang Wan
Fleeceflower Roots (He Shou Wu) Qi Bao Mei Ran Dan