Cold and thin sperm according to Chinese Medicine

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Cold and thin sperm can be the consequence of several so-called “patterns of disharmony” in Chinese Medicine.

Chinese Medicine sees the body as a system, not a sum of isolated parts. A "pattern" is when the system's harmony is disrupted, leading to symptoms or signs that something is wrong (like cold and thin sperm here). It is similar to the concept of disease in Western Medicine but not quite: a Western disease can often be explained by several Chinese patterns and vice-versa.

A pattern often manifests itself in a combination of symptoms that, at first glance, do not seem necessarily related to each others. For instance here cold and thin sperm is often associated with lower back pain, cold and weak knees and feeling of cold in the pattern “Kidney and Spleen Yang Deficiency”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of cold and thin sperm we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Li Zhong Wan can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.

Kidney and Spleen Yang Deficiency, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause cold and thin sperm

In Chinese Medicine cold and thin sperm is a symptom for the pattern "Kidney and Spleen Yang Deficiency". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

The Kidneys is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Kidneys in Chinese Medicine

Kidney and Spleen Yang Deficiency

Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen), Weak (Ruo)

In addition to cold and thin sperm, other symptoms associated with Kidney and Spleen Yang Deficiency include lower back pain, cold and weak knees and feeling of cold.

Kidney and Spleen Yang Deficiency is often treated with Li Zhong Wan, a herbal formula made of 4 herbs (including Dried Ginger - Gan Jiang - as a key herb). Li Zhong Wan belongs to the category of "formulas that warm the middle and dispel cold", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Warms the Middle Burner".

Read more about Kidney and Spleen Yang Deficiency here

A herbal formula that might help with cold and thin sperm

Li Zhong Wan

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 4 herbs

Key actions: Warms the Middle Burner. Strengthens the Spleen and Stomach.

Why might Li Zhong Wan help with cold and thin sperm?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Kidney and Spleen Yang Deficiency' of which cold and thin sperm is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Kidney And Spleen Yang Deficiency include lower back pain, cold and weak knees and feeling of cold.

Read more about Li Zhong Wan here

Dried ginger might help with cold and thin sperm

Why might Dried Ginger (Gan Jiang) help with cold and thin sperm?

Because it is a key herb in Li Zhong Wan, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Kidney and Spleen Yang Deficiency' (a pattern with cold and thin sperm as a symptom)

Dried Ginger is a Hot herb that tastes Pungent. It targets the Stomach, the Heart, the Kidney and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Warms the Spleen and expels Cold. Restores collapse of Yang and expels Interior Cold. Warms the Lungs and assists expectoration of Cold Phlegm. Stops chronic bleeding caused by Cold.

Read more about Dried Ginger here