Below is an interesting article on herbs that can aid in regulating cycles and in conception. Please be sure to consult your holistic doctor or naturopath before taking any of these herbs.
28. Jan, 2011
For women struggling to get pregnant herbs can be very useful. It’s a safe way to treat infertility. Thousands of happy mothers swear by them, however it has to be in mind that combining herbs with over-the-counter drugs can be dangerous. Consult your doctor before starting an herbal regimen if you’re taking any other medicines.
Below is a list of herbs that help promote fertility and nourish the body for overall health.
Red clover blossoms are widely regarded as one of the best herbs to increase fertility in women. It is full of vitamins, protein, magnesium, calcium and minerals. All of these assist the body: vitamins are good for the uterus, protein is good for overall health, magnesium and calcium each promote fertility, and the minerals are good for balancing hormone levels. Additionally, this herb can even repair scarring or damage to the fallopian tubes and repair so-called “unexplained infertility.” Red clover blossoms are even helpful with male infertility.
Red raspberry leaf is very popular for fertility. This herb tones the uterus, helping make it more suitable for implantation, and later on, will even help make contractions more effective during labor. Red raspberry leaf is full of calcium, vitamins, and minerals for the body. This herb helps in strengthening the uterine lining and also lengthens luteal phase. Red raspberry leaf can be taken throughout the cycle, but it’s better to consult a doctor once pregnancy is confirmed as there are chances for it to cause something detrimental thereafter.
Evening primrose oil helps increase the amount of cervical fluid in a woman’s body, thereby increasing her fertility. It should be taken right from menstruation till ovulation and should definitely be stopped after ovulation, as it can cause uterine contractions.
Oat straw is an extremely nourishing herb. It promotes a healthy endocrine system, which is responsible for the production of hormones, particularly estrogen and progesterone. Oat straw is mostly used in combination with Dandelion.
Dong Quai, the highly potential Chinese herb has got amazing benefits. Dong quai helps to maintain regular menstrual cycle and it’s useful in treating many other menstrual problems. It can also improve fertility by improving the chances of implantation. This herb should not be taken during menstrual cycle due to its blood thinning properties.
False unicorn root offers a myriad of different benefits, including infertility, ovarian cysts, amenorrhea and hormonal imbalance. It helps ease ovarian pain and vaginal dryness, and is considered to be extremely beneficial when trying to conceive. It is of great use in treating infertility caused by dysfunction in follicular formation. Generally this herb is suggested to be taken during the first half of cycle from menstruation till ovulation. Too much of consumption may cause hot flashes, vomiting and other problems.
Chasteberry is often referred to as “the female herb” due to its positive benefits for women. It stimulates the pituitary gland, which manages estrogen and progesterone. Chasteberry will help the body balance these important hormones. It helps to stimulate pituitary gland functions, particularly progesterone function. Regular daily intake of vitex improves fertility effectively. This herb helps normalize female sex hormones, and is very helpful during menopausal changes.
This herbal remedy should only be taken after ovulation, as it can prevent ovulation outright when taken before. Taken properly wild yam will increase progesterone production and lengthens the luteal phase, but a very accurate understanding of one’s own menstrual cycle is required.
Nettles are very nourishing for the body. They are full of minerals, which are good for the uterus, and chlorophyll, which will work to balance the hormonal system.
Several of these herbs can be brewed together to make a delicious and nutritious fertility tea. Red clover blossoms and red raspberry leaves, for example, can be used together. Many of these herbs, while useful for fertility, are also effective in maintaining a healthy pregnancy later on.
Although these herbs contain many nutritious elements, certain herbs can interfere with medications. Before beginning to use any of the above herbs for fertility, consult a doctor or a naturopath.