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General characteristics

General characteristics

The testicles are formed in the male foetus from ovarian tissue which then (under the influence of testosterone) descend through the pelvic area to nestle in the scrotum where they are kept at optimal temperature for eventual sperm production and storage (about 1 degree C below core body temperature). Occasionally, one or more of the testicles will not descend before birth and may even be delayed into puberty or not happen at all. Manual manipulation may encourage the teste to descend. In many cases, an undescended testicle will still produce some testosterone even if no sperm is produced and (as long as one testicle has descended into the scrotum) sexual health and virility may be unimpaired.

The testicles also produce testosterone (and some oestrogen) under the guidance of the pituitary gland.


Problems with the testicles include orchitis (inflammation of the testes) and epididymitis (inflammation of the coiled tube at the back of the testes) which are often caused by infection or injury, undescended testicle, torsion (the testicle gets twisted in the scrotum), hydrocele (fluid gathers in the scrotum), varicocele (over-dilated veins in the scrotum), injury from an impact, inguinal hernias (sometimes protrude into the scrotum and cause symptoms), kidney stones (may lodge in the urethra also causing pain in the scrotum), cysts and testicular cancer. Sexually transmitted diseases and excessive alcohol consumption can also cause problems in the testicles.

Symptoms such as pain, swelling, lumps, fever, nausea, groin, low abdominal and low back pain, passing blood, heavy achy feelings in the scrotum should always be investigated and diagnosed as soon as possible.

Diet and lifestyle

Diet and lifestyle

Foods rich in selenium, zinc and vitamin E rich foods will provide the nutrition needed for effective sperm production Good sources of selenium include the outer coat (bran) and heart (germ) of whole grains, broccoli, onions and tomatoes. Zinc rich foods include pumpkin seeds and seeds generally as well as whole grains.


Avoid consuming excessive hormones through the diet by eating only organic meats and animal products to limit the likelihood of hormonal imbalance in the body. Try to avoid hormone disrupting pesticides wherever possible also by eating organic foods.


Drink plenty of water throughout the day.


Turmeric, coconut oil, virgin olive oil and apricots are reputed to help counteract the damage done to the testicles by excessive alcohol.


Foods such as coconuts and its oil, olives and its oil, turmeric, garlic, onions, celery, avocados, green leafy vegetables, peanuts and cashews nuts are all thought to be beneficial to the health of the testicles.

Useful herbs

Useful herbs

Herbalist James Green recommends the following formula for any developmental problems of the testicles in young boys. 3 parts saw palmetto berries, 1 part cornsilk, 1 part catnip, 1 part alfalfa and 1 part fennel seed (increase to improve taste). Use in tincture or tea form, dose is 25 drops of tincture or half a cup of tea, once or twice daily.


Dr Christophers remedy for swollen twisted, crushed and painful testicles is to make a tea with 3 parts mullein leaf and 1 part lobelia herb. Soak a flannel or cloth in the tea and apply to the testicles. reapply regularly.


Bathe injured or painful testicles with tinctures of arnica, comfrey leaf or st johns wort.


Daily oatstraw tea can help keep the testes and other glands in good health.


Celery seeds can also help promote the health and functions of the testicles.


Add chickweed to any tea formula or use as a compress/poultice to help disperse lumps and gatherings in the testicles.


For orchitis you could try a formula composed of equal parts of the tinctures of pasque flower, figwort, poke root, burdock root, mullein leaf and cleavers. Dose could start at 30 drops 3 times daily and increase to 60 drops if symptoms don't ease after a few days.

Natural healing

Natural healing

Examine your testicles regularly to become aware of what is normal for you. This is best performed in the bath or shower as the warmth relaxes the testes and makes self examination more effective. Gently roll each testicle between the thumb and fingers, feeling for any hard lumps or extra sensitive or painful areas.


Avoid suffocating your testicles! In other words, avoid tight fitting, synthetic and non-breathable underwear and clothing, particularly during sleep.


Avoid anabolic steroid use as they can upset hormone balance.


Both heat and cold can provide relief from testicular pain. Ice packs can help to ease inflammation. Warm baths or packs can also ease pain.

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