Herbs for Fertility
Herbs have been used for thousands of years to enhance fertility and treat imbalances in the reproductive system. Herbal remedies are often used in conjunction with acupuncture and can be prescribed by a Chinese Medicine practitioner that specializes in fertility. Here is a list of the most common “fertility-enhancing” herbs and their benefits:
Raspberry Leaf makes a delicious tea and is considered a reproductive tonic for women. It is believed to tone the uterus and contains vitamin C and calcium.
Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis root) is the blood nourishing herb. It is nutrient rich with: iron, vitamin B12, and vitamin E and is well regarded for helping to regulate the menstrual cycle. Dong Quai has blood thinning properties its use is contraindicated during menstruation and when taking blood thinners like baby aspirin.
False Unicorn Root is used to treat fertility in men and women and impotence in men. It is believed to support the ovaries and the uterus with “hormone-like saponins” and balances the hormones and menstrual cycle.
Damiana stimulates the reproductive system, acting as an aphrodisiac and treating impotence. It’s arousal properties are due to an “alkaloid” that acts like testosterone.
Red Clover Blossom is a known fertility enhancer, commonly served in tea. It contains a healthy dose of B vitamins, calcium, protein and helps to detoxify the blood.
Chastetree Berry or Agnus Castus is used as a hormone regulator particularly in women with irregular periods or those experiencing anovulation. Chastetree Berry is contraindicated with progesterone use.
Wild Yam contain a compound called diosgenin, which is a precursor to the hormone progesterone. Wild yam extract is believed to balance the female reproductive system and may prevent miscarriage.