Herbs for Fertility: Getting to Know Your Medicinal Plants for Pregnancy

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9:26 am January 25, 2012

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Herbs for fertility are becoming more common in the United States. This is because, even though the effectiveness of using herbal medicine is not supported by strong scientific evidence, there is plenty of anecdotal proof that says herbs for fertility do work.

Tips in Using Herbs for Fertility

Before you start mixing your own fertility brew, consider the following factors. First, most herbs for fertility treatments are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration. This does not mean that they are not safe. It only means that there is not enough date to prove that the herb is universally effective. Herbs, however, are generally safe and cause few harmful side effects, if any. But there are herbs that, when combined with other herbs or chemical drugs, can have adverse consequences. This is why it is still most advisable to tell your doctor that you’re taking or have taken herbs for fertility in the past.

Common Herbs for Fertility

The following are the most common herbs for fertility prescribed by many naturopaths. They can be bought in most herbal shops, including those that are found online.

1.    Chaste Tree Berry. Also known as vitex or monk’s pepper in its native land in the Mediterranean region or the “female herb” in the West, chaste tree berry can even out hormonal imbalances and keep the pituitary gland healthy, thus allowing it to secrete the proper amounts of progesterone and luteinizing hormones. Chaste berry works best when used during the first day of your cycle to ovulation.

2.    Dong Quai. One of the most useful Chinese herbs for fertility that has been used for hundreds of years in traditional Chinese medicine, dong quai is best known for its uterine tonic properties and its ability to regulate the menstrual cycle. Dong quai, however, is also a blood thinner and should not be used during menstruation or by women who have blood problems.

3.    Evening Primrose Oil. The oil from this flowering herb is known to increase healthy cervical fluid and promote a good environment for the embryo to develop. However, evening primrose oil causes uterine contractions, so this is not helpful after ovulation, as conception might have occurred. Replace instead with flax seed oil, which contains fatty acids to maintain a healthy body and brain.

4.    Red Raspberry Leaf.This pale green leaf from the raspberry plant can strengthen the lining of the uterus and can extend the luteal phase. Ask your ob-gyne if it is safe to take red raspberry leaf during pregnancy as it is known to tone the uterus.

5.    False Unicorn Root.Not all naturopaths recommend the use of false unicorn root because excessive use can lead to negative side effects, such as stomach or kidney irritation, vomiting, and blurry vision. However, if you use it correctly and in proper amounts, there ought to be no problem. False unicorn root is known to set off hormonal imbalances and keep the ovaries healthy and strong.

Not all women have similar fertility problems. Thus, not all herbs for fertility will work for all women. If you want to use herbal solutions to your infertility problems, it still and always will be best to consult an expert on the matter.

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