Herbs have been used by all cultures for thousands of years to treat infertility. Here are some of the popular and effective herbs used for fertility.
Agnus Castus (Chasteberry)
Chasteberry stimulates the function of the pituitary gland which is responsible for balancing the hormones and help increase ovulation. An adequate amount of hormones are required for ovulation to take place. This herb also has been considered useful to relieve cramping and discomfort during menses because it reduces prolactin.
Researchers at Basel University, Switzerland found chasteberry to be used to reduce PMS symptoms by 42.5% over a period of 3 menstrual cycles. A double-blind placebo-controlled study proved that chasteberry contains compounds beneficial for regulating menstruation. In another study 93% noticed a decrease of PMS symptoms after using Chasteberry for just 3 months. Some of the benefits of using this herb are that
- It helps regulates periods
- Helps with heavy bleeding
- Helps with periods that are painful
- Helps with infrequent periods.
- Creates hormonal balance by reducing excessive estrogen.
Dong quai is an oriental herb frequently used for menstrual complaints. It is a popular herb used in Chinese medicine. The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kwong Wah Hospital, Hong Kong reportedly used of Dong Quai to help infertile women to conceive.
The herb has been used as part of a holistic program to treat frequent miscarriage, ovarian function disorders, fibroids, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, PMT, uterine cramping, toning weak uterus, and alleviates painful periods.
It has been proposed that Dong quai may contain “phytoestrogens” (chemicals with estrogen-like effects in the body). However, it remains unclear from laboratory studies if Dong quai has the same effects on the body as estrogens, blocks the activity of estrogens, or has no significant effect on estrogens. It is also a good source of Vitamin B12, folic acid, choline, and iron.
In the context of reproductive health, Green Tea is a powerful antioxidant that enhances fertility by repairing the oxidative damage that occurs as the result of environmental toxins, aging, stress, exercise, lack of sleep, and poor diet. A study from the American Journal of Public Health found that drinking half a cup or more of green tea daily doubled the odds of conception per cycle. Another study concluded that women who drank more than one half cup of green tea every day doubled their odds of conceiving.
!n a 2004 study a product which contained Green Tea and Chaste Tree extracts resulted in 33% of the women becoming pregnant (with none of the women in the placebo group managed to conceive).
The herb black cohosh, or Actaea racemosa (formerly named Cimicifuga racemosa), is native to North America. The roots and rhizomes of this herb are widely used in the treatment of menopausal symptoms and menstrual dysfunction. Researchers studying Black Cohosh have isolated chemical derivatives mimicking the effects of estrogen, supporting the use of the herb in the treatment of female conditions.
Black Cohosh helps to balance estrogen levels and relieve menstrual complaints. A 2002 Biomedical Pharmacotherapy report showed that women talking a mixture of Black Cohosh and Dong Quai reduced menstrual symptoms by 54%.
Unlike many estrogenic substances, Black Cohosh is safe for women with estrogen-related problems such as endometriosis and fibroids, as it does not stimulate endometrial tissue.
Black Cohosh also has anti inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. It protects against aging and DNA damage. This is particularly helpful for women who are over 35 or who have been exposed to toxicity.
Saw Palmetto Berries
This is one of the best herbs for the male reproductive system. These berries from a small, palm-like plant is found in the US and the West Indies. Saw Palmetto has the effect of stimulating the sex hormones and can also be used to treat enlarged prostate for many centuries. A decoction can be made from half a teaspoon of berries to one cup of water. One to two cups should be drunk daily.
Using herbs to treat infertility
If you reason to believe that you are suffering from infertility or have an underlying ailment such as polycystic ovaries, endometriosis or fibroids you should seek a professional herbalist or a holistic practitioner skilled at using herbs for fertility. In doing so, you will find a practitioner that will tailor the herbal treatment to your individual needs. However, once pregnant, these herbs should be used with caution.
If you are seeking to use herbs for fertility, it should be done as part of a holistic program that would help you overcome infertility. The pregnancy miracle guide is such system. It is a simple easy-to-follow step by step approach to help you get pregnant.