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Herbs for Fertility

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been used for millennia to enhance fertility, and is often equal in success to western medicine, which has about a 41% chance of conception for the average 35 year old female with normal height/weight who’s never been pregnant.

Chinese Herbs for Fertility

Focused formulas are written, containing about 15 herbs, by TCM practitioners (acupuncturists) and incorporated into a comprehensive fertility plan. This method is much more efficient as there isn’t one single herb that’s the key to conception. Experts in Chinese medicine have worked for centuries treating fertility-related problems: irregular cycles, amenorrhea, luteal phase defect, PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids and cysts.

Traditional Chinese Medicine works to address factors including progesterone/estrogen management, stress caused by hormonal changes, uterine blood circulation, inflammatory conditions, and more. The formula will address wholistically your entire condition – reducing fatigue, boosting energy and metabolism, supporting digestion, and addressing sleep to improve your overall health and well-being.

Eastern medicine works differently than Western. Rather than taking control and making rapid changes, TCM helps your body to make its own changes, which takes more time but has zero side effects. The key is to be consistent in taking your formula.

If like many, IVF is out of your price range, TCM is considerably less expensive and provides much needed support. It is worth three months of Chinese Medicine before jumping into a procedure that is out of reach for some.


Chinese Herbs used for Fertility

Rou Gui (Cinnamon)

Rou Gui has been used in Chinese medicine for ages. Additionally, research published on Web MD has indicated that it may be helpful for women with PCOS, an infertility disorder that affects between 6% and 12% of females in the United States, resulting in irregular periods and other issues. In addition to that, because cinnamon is a warming spice that can increase blood flow, it may also improve sperm count and motility by supporting improved blood circulation to the pelvis.

Bai Ji Li (Tribulus Terrestris)

Due to research found on Science Direct and Pubmed Central, Bai Ji Li, or Tribulus Terrestris, has recently gained popularity in treating infertility and low libido levels. It’s beneficial particularly for endocrine disorders. Both types of studies indicated that Tribulus enhanced the sperm production and viability of male subjectsTreatments with Tribulus also lead to increases in testosterone levels, libido and sexual activity. Tribulus is considered both an aphrodisiac and an estrogen and androgen modulator that can restore sexual vitality.

Vitex (Chaste Tree Berry)

Chaste Tree Berry can potentially reduce symptoms related to both premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and menopause. As seen on Healthline, it may improve fertility due to its effects on prolactin levels. This could be beneficial for women experiencing luteal phase defect or a shortened second half of their menstrual cycle. Generally, women with this defect experience abnormally high prolactin levels, reducing their ability to become pregnant. In multiple studies, women who were given vitex experienced lower prolactin levels, prolonged menstrual phases, and higher instances of pregnancy.

Ren Shen (Ginseng)

On Pubmed Central, research on Ginseng has been shown to enhance overall sexual performance while improving male fertility. These results are likely due to its ability to modulate the hormonal and neuronal systems while promoting spermatogenesis and acting directly on sperm through steroid receptors. Evidence also suggests that ginseng may be able to help preserve overall male fertility during specific disease states.

Huang Qi (Astragalus)

Astragalus is an adaptogen that’s been used as a medicinal herb for various conditions and diseases for centuries in China. Found on Pubmed, a study from 2016 indicated that Astragalus may have the potential to improve sperm parameters.

Dang Gui (AngelicaRoot)

Dang Gui is used as a female reproductive tonic, menstrual regulator, and treatment for various gynecological conditions. In one trial listed on Science Direct, involving female infertility due to tubal occlusion, angelica root extract was administered to test subjects for nine months through vaginal douching. During that time, 80% of the test subjects regained tubal patency, and more than half (53%) became successfully impregnated by their partners.

Shan Yao (Dioscorea Japonica or Wild Yam)

Dried Chinese Yam / Shan Yao / Huai shan 生晒淮山 - Grand Gift

Shan Yao has been traditionally used for several uterine and ovarian conditions along with infertility. It helps optimize the body’s estrogen levels while improving the quantity and quality of cervical mucus. A study published on Science Direct shows Shan Yao has the potential to soothe the effects of oviductal/fallopian spasms, which can interfere with the implantation of fertilized eggs.

Bai Shao (White Peony Root)

The white peony root is commonly used to treat a range of gynecological conditions, including infertility due to endometriosis, PCOS, hyperprolactinemia, excessive androgen levels, and ovarian failure. A study listed on Science Direct shows that white peony root can positively influence low progesterone levels, reduce androgen (testosterone) levels, and modulate both prolactin and estrogen levels. Additionally, it has been shown to positively affect ovarian follicles through its actions on the aromatase enzyme, essential for ovulation and follicular maturation.

Trying to start a family can become frustrating if you experience fertility issues. IVF can increase your chances at fertility success, but some struggle to afford the cost or would first prefer a natural approach. For more information please email: gilian@restorativeacupuncture.com.