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Alternative Therapies - Female

Herbal Medicine

Western herbalism

Several herbs effectively stimulate hormones necessary to fertility.
bulletStinging nettle seeds contain estrogen-like phytohormones. Drink 3 cups of tea daily or add 1 tsp. of seeds to every meal. Prepare tea by adding 1 handful of seeds to 1 qt. of boiling water.
bulletRed clover blossoms help restore and balance hormonal functions and nourish the uterus. The calcium and magnesium in the plant relax the nervous system and improve fertility. Red clover also balances the acid-alkaline level of the vagina which promotes conception. Combine with peppermint for flavor and sexual stimulation. Add 1 oz. of red clover blossoms and 1 tsp. of peppermint leaves to 1 qt. of boiling water. Steep for four hours. Strain and drink throughout the day for several months at a time.
bulletWild raspberry leaf tea is an effective uterine tonic and contains a large amount of calcium. Drink 1 cup three times daily.
bulletLady's mantle strengthens the uterus lining, heals wounds and protects the mucous membranes. It inhibits spasms and regulates blood flow. Drink 10-15 drops of tincture in water three times daily.
bulletSt. John's wort blossom tea improves mood, calms, heals wounds and works as a nerve tonic. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 2 tsp. of blossoms, Steep for five minutes, strain and drink.
bulletAgnus castus acts on the pituitary gland to stimulate hormones involved in ovulation
bulletFalse unicorn root stimulates the ovaries themselves and restores hormonal balance.
bulletWild yam is traditionally linked with the regulation of female hormones and the health of the reproductive organs. It contains a phytochemical that is a precursor of progesterone, the hormone that stimulates the uterus to prepare for pregnancy.
bulletRosemary helps maintain hormone balance.
bulletGerman chamomile eases stress and promotes relaxation.
bulletA dong quai combination formula, such as dong quai and peony or dong quai and bupleururn, help to strengthen the female hormonal system
bulletDamiana, ginseng, gotu kola, licorice root, and blue cohosh are also good for women.

If the infertility is due to elevated prolactin levels or ovarian insufficiency, an extract of chaste berry (Vitex agnus-castus) can be helpful. The usual dosage of chaste berry extract (often standardized to contain 0.5 percent agnuside) is 175 to 225 milligrams daily. It may take chaste berry extract a few months to produce its beneficial effects in restoring female balance. If a woman is ovulating, has no scarring, and still does not conceive, low thyroid function may be a factor.

Caution: Do not take wild yam or false unicorn root if you suspect you may be pregnant. Do not use ginseng or licorice if you have high blood pressure.

Chinese herbalism

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, infertility is often seen as an expression of "disharmony," associated with "damp heat" and an imbalance of yin and yang. Blood and hormonal tonics may be given, as may remedies containing Chinese angelica (dang gui) or ginseng.

Tang-kuei and Paeonia: For defects in uterine development, and for anemia.

Cinnamon and Hoelen Formula: For infertility due to ovaritis, endometritis, and malposition of the uterus.

Dong quai root is regarded as a fertility promoter and is found in Tang Kwei Gin, sold in Chinese stores. Take 2 capsules twice daily on the days between ovulation and menstruation only, for best results.

Caution: Do not take Chinese angelica or ginseng if you suspect you may be pregnant, or ginseng if you have high blood pressure.

See Also:    Herbal Medicine for Stress Management

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