Fertility problems have been improved or solved with herbs for thousand of years. Herbalists, Native Americans and practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine use herbs to increase fertility and improve the function of both the male and female reproductive system. With the fear of the side effects of drugs many couples turn to more natural fertility treatments to improve their fertility problems.
About 15% of couples experience some difficulty in becoming pregnant and many prefer to try more natural methods to increase fertility before resorting to stressful procedures like IVF. In fact studies using fertility herbs have indicated that the success rate of using herbs lies between 50% – 90% depending on the type of infertility treated.
Infertility is a complex subject and there can be many causes for it with the male or female being equally affected. For most women the problem usually lies on the balance of her hormones. With today’s stressful lifestyle and eating habits it is not uncommon for women to experience hormonal problems.
There are a number of hormones involved in female reproduction besides the two that women normally think of – estrogen and progesterone. They all have to be in balance before the production, fertilization and implantation of an egg can take place. Balancing your hormones with fertility herbs can increase your chances of conception by 3,000%.
There are a number of Western herbs that are traditionally used to increase female fertility:
Chaste Tree Berry (Vitex Agnus Casus).
This fertility herb works through its effects on the pituitary gland and has been used for thousand s of years to balance the hormones. It is often used after discontinuing the contraceptive pill to restore normal and regular periods.
Dong Quai (Angelica Sinensis Root)
Dong quai is a Chinese fertility herb that is used more as a blood tonic. It is used in China to regulate the female cycle and may be helpful for women who have auto-immune problems and implantation difficulties. It should not be taken if baby aspirin is already being prescribed.
Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga Racemosa)
Used by Native Americans for thousands of years to prevent miscarriage it is known for its hormone balancing effects due to the phyto-estrogen it contains. Phyto-estrogens are substances in plants that resemble the hormone estrogen and are thought to help balance body hormones.
This fertility herb is also used a lot by menopausal women but there have been some concerns over liver toxicity. Liver damage has been reported in a few individuals using black cohosh, but millions of people have taken the herb without apparent adverse health effects but it would pay to get your liver function checked if you take this herb for any length of time.
False Unicorn Root (Chamaelireum luteum)
This herb contains substances that may have mild estrogenic properties. It is often used to treat ovulation failure and painful or irregular periods,pelvic congestion or inflammation including salpingitis, an infection of the fallopian tubes.
Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosis)
This Chinese Tonic Herb with a wide variety of uses. It is often used to treat infertility related to stress and to tone the womb. Is has also been recommended as an aphrodisiac.
Red Raspberry Leaf
Red Raspberry leaf is a powerful herb that is often included in fertility herbal blends and has been traditionally used as a tea for hundreds of years to strengthen the uterine and pelvic muscles. Some practitioners advise drinking 1 cup a day in the 1st trimester, 2 cups in the second and 2 -3 cups a day in the third trimester. There is some controversy over its use in the first 3 months in women with a history of miscarriage. The herb does not promote contractions but helps muscle efficiency during labor.
Fertility herbs are best used in combination in formulas for the treatment of infertility. Different practitioners have preferences for different herbs so the designs for fertility formulas may differ.
Studies in China show that daily use of herbal combinations resulted in pregnancy within 3 – 6 months. Many formulas in the USA are made in lower doses than in China and it may take up to 12 months for them to work. But this is a small price to pay if they will solve your fertility problems.