Sperm treatment


Tom came to us after 3 failed IVF treatments. His sperm count was 0.4 million/mL, total sperm count was 2.3 million and total motile sperm count was 0.6 million. After seeing us 3 times, he retested his sperm 3 months after his first visit: his sperm count increased to 7.4 million/mL, total sperm count was up to 38 million and total motile sperm count was 16 million.

“I am pleased with the significant process made. I am happy to continue treatment.”

Barry came to with a sperm count of 15 million/mL, total count 62 million and morphology 0.5%. After 3 months of treatment, his sperm count increased to 28 million/mL, total count was 82 million and morphology was 2.8%. Five months from his first consultation, his wife called us with this news.

“I am pleased to tell you that I am now pregnant. I really appreciate the help from you.”

William came to us with zero motile sperm count. After 3 months of treatment, it was 300,000.

“I am very pleased with the result. I will continue with the treatment.”

David Klugmann wrote this Google review.

“My partner and I had being trying to conceive for a number of years without success.

My health was not always great and I often felt tired and was dragging myself through life.

My sperm test results revealed a virtually non-existent count (less than 100) and the doctor doing the test results analysis said I had as much chance of conceiving with my partner as winning the lottery. Going to my GP I was told that there was nothing conventional medicine could do about it. They could only offer help on the woman's side. There was nothing they could do for a man.

Looking desperately for an alternative I found TCM Healthcare on the internet and spoke to ​Prof ​Au who said he thought they could help. He then arranged an appointment for me with Prof ​Li ​at TCM Healthcare's clinic in Harley Street, an expert trained in Chinese medicine and fertility in Beijing.

In the initial consultation the professor asked questions and listened to my answers and explanation of my  medical symptoms. He also took my pulse and looked at my tongue. His manner was always friendly and sympathetic and it was obvious he really wanted to help. He stressed Chinese medicine treats the whole body and said I should see improvements generally in my overall health along with the improvements in fertility.

I was prescribed herbs to be boiled with water which would make a hot drink to be taken twice per day. Although not the most tasteful drink I figured that it was doing me good and soon got quite used to my daily routine of drinking it morning and night.

I had follow-up appointments each month during which he would reassess my condition and would then refine the herbs I was to take for the following month.

I noticed I started to have more energy and generally started feeling better all round.

After about 4 months I decided to have a second test and was genuinely shocked to see my count had increased to 20 million.  A subsequent test two months later revealed it had improved to 70 million.

After seven months my partner announced she was pregnant. Today my partner had her 11 week scan and all is well.

Thanks to all those at TCM Healthcare.”

In about 20% of infertile couples, the problem lies solely with the male partner. It is estimated 1 in 20 men have some kind of fertility problem with low numbers of sperm in his ejaculate, but 1 in every 100 have no sperm.

Unlike women, who have period cycles that can indicate problems, men generally don’t have obvious signs of infertility. Intercourse, erections and ejaculations usually happen without difficulty. The quantity and appearance of the ejaculated semen generally appears normal to the naked eye.

Sperm problems can only be detected through a properly conducted semen test. While sperm test kits are able to be purchased over the counter, they can be unreliable and far from perfect. 

Male infertility is usually caused by problems that affect either sperm production or sperm transport: Either low numbers of sperm are made and/or the sperm made are poor quality, making them unviable. Sperm transport problems are found in 20% of men, and less common causes include: Whether semen is able to enter the vagina for fertilisation to take place (1 in 100 infertile couples); low levels of hormones in the pituitary gland that act on the testes (1 in 100 infertile men); and sperm antibodies (1 in 16 infertile men). 

Causes for sperm issues are multi-faceted:

  • Hormone imbalance, such as hypogonadism (reduced hormone production)
  • Genetic problems, such as Klinefelter syndrome
  • Undescended testicles before puberty
  • Structural problems, such as blocked vas deferens
  • Genital infections, such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea or prostatitis
  • Previous surgery to the testicles or hernia repairs
  • Testicles becoming overheated
  • Excessive alcohol consumption, smoking and drug use
  • Certain medications, including testosterone replacement therapy, long-term anabolic steroid use, cancer medications (chemotherapy), some antibiotics and some antidepressants

Some of these causes, such as genetic disorders, or damage caused by previous surgeries, are hard to deal with. Surgery may be able to help patients with varicoceles. You may be able to deal with some causes yourself, like stopping illicit drug use and reducing alcohol intake. However, hormonal imbalance is curiously ignored by most, and deserves more attention.

Read more in our blog page.

A sperm, drawn with Chinese calligraphy, TCM Healthcare — London fertility clinic

Hormonal imbalance in men

Hypogonadism in men is a condition that occurs when the testicles (also known as gonads) do not produce enough testosterone, the hormone that plays an important role in the development and maintenance of many male physical characteristics.

Primary hypogonadism occurs when there is a problem or abnormality in the testicles. Secondary hypogonadism occurs when there is a problem with the pituitary gland in the brain — the gland sends chemical messages to the testicles to produce testosterone.

Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH)

In men, FSH stimulates testicular growth, and helps in the creation and maintenance of normal sperm cells. 

A high FSH level in a male may mean the testicles are not functioning correctly. A low level may mean the pituitary gland in the brain is not functioning properly (this is less common than having a high FSH). FSH levels can be detected using a simple blood test, with normal levels for men being between 1.5 and 12.4 mIU/mL. 

Luteinising hormone (LH)

Like FSH, LH is a gonadotrophic hormone produced and released by cells in the pituitary gland. LH stimulates Leyden cells in the testes to produce testosterone, which acts locally to support sperm production.

High LH levels are generally seen in a variety of diseases, including testicular failure, congenital adrenal hyperplasia and gonadal dysgenesis. Low LH is associated with diseases such as eating disorders, hypothalamic suppression, hypopituitarism, hyperprolactinemia and sex hormone deficiency. Again, LH levels can be detected using a simple blood test, with normal levels for men being between 1 and 10 mIU/mL.

Our clinical record 

We at TCM Healthcare have extensive experience in improving sperm parameters, including increasing sperm count, sperm motility, increasing normal morphology and getting rid of, or reducing, anti-sperm antibodies. We have a success rate of over 70% in improving these factors.

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Patient E. E.

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How do we help?

Patients bring us their test results and medical record. If you have not done a test before, we can arrange it for you and result would come back quickly. We do a first consultation lasting 30 to 40 minutes, in which we do non-invasive and pain-free Chinese medical diagnostic procedures, in order to understand your particular condition and circumstances thoroughly.

Our specialist prescribes a unique herbal formula, usually consisting of around 20 kinds of herbs, from which you will make drinks and consume 24 days of medication, twice daily, over a period of 4 weeks and a day of “rest” each week.

A month after the first consultation, you will be done with the first round of herbal remedy. We do a second consultation, lasting 30 minutes, doing another diagnostic procedure to see how well you’ve responded to the treatment. Another prescription will be written.

This monthly cycle will repeat 3 times before you are asked to have another semen test carried out. Over 70% of our patients see significant improvements. Some move onto phase 2 of the programme (another course of treatment for 3 months) to consolidate their results.

What are our fees?

The fees come to about £530 a month inclusive.

How often do I need to come?

Once a month. Most patients come from 3 to 6 months.

What to expect during a consultation

A traditional Chinese medical consultation involves the following steps.


The practitioner may scrutinise your complexion, eyes, tongue, and movements to gain insight into how your organs are functioning. The tongue is a particularly important source of information, and its colour, body, coating, and moisture will all be taken into account.


The practitioner assesses the patient’s energy and general condition by taking into account your body heat, odour, skin sensitivity, and uses other senses to gain an insight into the your condition.

Taking a history

To gain a full picture, the practitioner will ask detailed questions about your complaint and your medical history. They will want to find out whether your problems vary at all according to the time of year and your diet, feelings or emotions.

Pulse diagnosis

This can provide a highly sensitive and detailed picture of your general health. The practitioner will take a number of different ‘pulses’ using three fingers put on the wrist of each hand of the patient. This enables him to gain further information about the quality and functioning of the five major organs. The practitioner will take account of your general health and strength, as well as all of your symptoms, whether they seem to you to be connected or not. This will be the basis for deciding on the best treatment.


Monthly consultations are required to gauge your progress. The prescriptions will be devised accordingly — for treating a changing condition, a fixed single herb or formula is unlikely to be effective over time.

Patients want to know how long they need to see us for. We say after 3 months of treatment, we will review progress, retesting hormones or sperm and check subjective experience, such as sexual interest and performance. If they are at normal levels, we discharge the patients.

If they are better but still need further improvement, patients may need second course of treatment at the same or less intensity.

Typically, men see us for 3 to 6 months.

The point is that the way we treat patients means they should not rely on our treatment for too long. Their improved health and function should stay with them if they look after their health.

A second opinion service

We have just launched a second opinion service where you can send us your hormone test results, sperm test results and other results. Consultations will be done on the phone and it will not be a face-to-face medical consultation.

Since we work with IUI, IVF, ICSI, egg and sperm freezing specialists, we can explore a full range of options with you prior to your committing to a course of actions that may be best for you. There is no charge for this service.

We offer this service in good faith based on our clinical experience and our work with partner agencies such as IVF specialists. We do not accept any liability and we will urge you to triangulate opinions given with your own doctors before you decide what may be best for your circumstance.

Book an appointment!

Call us any time on 0207 096 0283 or fill out our enquiry form.

We would like to see the following test results (less than 2 months old):

If you have not done them yet, we can arrange them for you. Results come out in 1–3 days.

A booking fee of £100 (refunded when you attend) will be processed at booking. 

Late cancellation fee £50
We appreciate that you might not be well or have urgent matters to attend. As a result you may have to postpone the appointment. We would like to have at least 24 hours' advance notice. A late cancellation fee of £50 is payable if advance notice is not given.

Are there patients we cannot help?

Yes. No medical system is foolproof and medical practitioners, however good, are not omnipotent. As great as our success rates are, they are not 100%. There are times patients do not respond to our treatments despite our best efforts.

Delayed improvements are possible when patients rest a little. However, even with rest, patients may still not respond well. Fortunately, these cases are in the minority. We minimise the number of these cases by trying to understand our patients’ conditions as much as possible before taking them on. We minimise time and financial commitments from patients by insisting they have hormone or sperm test results prior to treatment, and to get retested after 3 months — following our evidence-based approach.

At TCM Healthcare, we will always have your best interests in mind and we will do our best.