Herbs have been used for thousands of years in various parts of the world as treatment for medical ailments. Certain herbal remedies have been used to promote and boost fertility in both men and women.
Herbs are not regulated by a governmental agency, as the Food and Drug Administration does for prescription and some over-the-counter medication. Consequently, herbs that you may use could be contaminated or not contain the exact ingredients that are listed on the label. Because herbal medicine has not been widely studied and researched, we still do not know all of the potential associated side effects.
That said, herbal medicine may still offer benefits to you as you work to maximize your fertility. If you would like to try herbal medicine, you should do so only while under the care of a qualified practitioner, such as a naturopathic physician.
The following list itemizes herbs that may be useful to boost your fertility and promote healthy reproductive organ systems.
Herb What It Does
Black cohosh Relieves menstrual discomfort, may reduce hot flashes, acts as relaxant and sedative
Chaste berry Promotes ovulation, regulates menstrual cycle, improves hor-
(aka Vitex) monal balance
Dong quai Regulates menstrual cycle, improves hormonal balance, increases chance of implantation
False unicorn Regulates menstrual cycle, restores male hormonal balance
Ginseng Relieves stress, regulates hormones, is considered a repro ductive tonic
Red clover Provides estrogen-like compounds and may be useful in women who have low estrogen, improves hormone balance
Red raspberry Eases menstrual discomfort, relieves nausea, is useful as a pregnancy herb
Saw palmetto Strengthens male reproductive system, reduces enlarged male prostate
Wild yam Relieves menstrual discomfort, provides estrogen-like com pounds and may be useful in women who have low estrogen, improves hormone balance
In addition to working with your naturopathic physician, be sure to tell your other health care providers (family doctor, OB/GYN physician, fertility specialist, and so on) that you are taking herbal supplements.
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