Acupuncture better than western medicine at improving sperm quality A total of 12 studies involving 2,177 patients were included, the quality of which was evaluated as mediocre. For the treatment of male infertility acupuncture is reported to be equally effective as TMC and more effective than Western medicine, and its effectiveness is enhanced when applied in combination with either TCM or Western medicine. Acupuncture is distinctively efficacious in improving sperm quality. Reference He, et al. (2015) Acupuncture treatment of male infertility: a systematic review. Zhonghua Nan Ke Xue, Jul;21(7):637-45.