Varicocele is a term used to describe enlarged veins in the scrotum. The dilated veins cause increased blood flow which raises the temperature in the scrotal area.
Varicoceles in some male patients may be mild and cause no symptoms, sometimes they are only diagnosed by the urologist. In others they may cause a painful dragging sensation in the scrotum, affect testosterone, cause urinary problems and even infertility. They negatively affect the sperm by reducing sperm production, development and movement.
Acupuncture and individualized herbal prescriptions may be helpful in a case of mild varicocele, but in severe cases, patients may require surgical correction. Post varicocelectomy it may take 4- 6 months to observe an improvement in the sperm parameters.