Alternative Health Herbs: Herbal Medicine To Increase Fertility

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HerbsThe causes of infertility are complex and vary in each woman and man. Studies have shown that around 50 percent of infertility in couples is because of low sperm count. Another 35 percent is due to blocked fallopian tubes or other uterine problems and the remaining 15 percent remains unknown.Â

While there is no herb that will guarantee fertility and subsequent pregnancy, there are several herbs that can help increase the chances of conception in both women and men.

For women herbs have been used by midwives and wise women since the beginning of recorded time to help with fertility and conception. The following list is combined from many different cultures.

Dong Quai root, Angelica sinensis, is highly regarded in traditional Chinese medicine as a fertility promoter. This herb can help stabilize the monthly menstrual period. Dong Quai can be purchased either as a tincture at a health food store, or as Tang Kwei Gin in stores in local Chinatowns.

Dong Quai is said to have the best results when taken between ovulation and menstruation. Once your period begins, use is discontinued until your next ovulation cycle.

Red Cover Flowers, trifolium pratense, has been used in fertility brews for hundreds of years. Proven to be high in both vitamins and minerals, especially readily absorbable magnesium and calcium. It is believed that red cover helps to balance the alkaline levels in the vagina and uterus, helping sperm to reach their destination.

A simple tea can be made from one ounce of red clover blossoms and a teaspoon of any type of mint leaves. This tea can be drunk at any time of the day and any part of the menstrual cycle.

Nettle leaves, Urtica dioica, also known as stinging nettles have a long history of use as a fertility promoter. Nettles are claimed to help tone the uterus, and strengthen the kidneys and adrenal glands. Because of its chlorophyll content, nettles are said to be a tonic for the feminine hormones.

Nettles can be made into a tea or a tincture. It is recommended daily for several months for maximum effect.

Red Raspberry leaf is the most recommended herb for any stage of the childbearing years. High in calcium, red raspberry leaves are a terrific uterine tonic and can be combined with any other recommended herb for fertility.

Delicious as a tea, many herbalists recommend red raspberry leaves in conjunction with red clover blossoms and a few drops of Dong Quai tincture as one of the best ways to promote conception.

For men, there is little information about herbs to help with sperm count or low mobility. Panax ginseng has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for years as a promoter of fertility in men.

Other recommended helps for men are Vitamin E, Coenzyme Q10, and zinc sulfate. These are all over the counter nutritional supplements available at most food and drug stores.

As in all things to do with health and well being, it is important to discuss with your doctor the best methods of treatment. The herbs referenced here are ancient in origin, but can still cause harmful side effects, especially when taken improperly.

Written by Kat Yares

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