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Best Natural Herbs for Fertility
1- Red Raspberry (Rubus idaeus) is astringent, refrigerant, antiemetic, uterine tonic and parturient. Raspberry leaf is a nourishing herb rich in several nutrients such as citric acid, iron carotenoids, tannins, vitamin B complex, vitamin A, C and E. It is used as female reproductive system normaliser, uterine tonic by preventing excessive bleeding (e.g. menses, displaced endometrial tissue, etc) and strengthen the uterus. It can be helpful after miscarriage, endometriosis, fibroids, prolapse, cesarean section, cysts, post-surgery, post-labour, poor egg quality, nutritional deficiency and in preparing the body for pregnancy and labour by toning the pelvic muscles and the uterus.
2- Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-castus) is a pituitary adjuvant, with the berries being composed by iridoid glycosides (agnuside, aucubin and eurostoside), terpenoids (limonene, camphene, cineole, sabinene, etc) and flavonoids (casticin, quercetagetin and isovitexin). This herb is used for the treatment of PMS, secondary amenorrhea, menorrhagia, metrorrhagia, oligomenorrhea, polycystic ovaries, heavy menses, short period cycles, repressed menses, acyclic bleeding, insufficient lactation, infertility, corpus luteum insufficiency and progesterone deficiency or oestrogen excess.
3- Red clover (Trifolium pratense) is antispasmodic, sedative, nutritive phyto-estrogenic, alterative and expectorant. The flowers are the part usually used in herbal medicine and are composed by coumarins, cyanogenic glycosides, phenolic glycosides, isoflavones, flavonoids and minerals. Red clover is used for chronic toxicity, skin conditions, increases appetite, aids blood circulation to the reproductive organs, menopause symptoms, breast tenderness, vaginal dryness and resulting conditions from oestrogen dominance.
4- Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a general tonic, Kidney Yang Tonic, sedative, adaptogen, nervous system tonic, amphoteric, oxytocic, anti-inflammatory, immuno-modulator, nutritive, anti-cancer, astringent, anti-anaemic, rejuvenator and aphrodisiac. The root and leaf are used in herbal medicine and are composed by sitoinosides, alkaloids, steroidal lactones (withanolides, withaferins), and nutrients (iron). Ashwagandha is used for overall endocrine (adrenal fatigue and nutrition) and hormone balance, reduce stress, anxiety and insomnia, reduce oxidative stress by increasing antioxidant levels, normalize immune system function, increase libido and increase sperm count.
5- Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) is a Yin tonic, expectorant, nutritive, diuretic, laxative, sedative, refrigerant demulcent, anti-tussive anti-tumour, anti-spasmodic, adaptogenic, galactagogue and stomachic. The root is composed by flavonoids (kaempferol, quercetin, and rutin), essential oils, arginine, asparagine, tyrosine, resin, glycoside (Shatavarin IV) and tannins. Shatavari is used as a female reproductive rejuvenator, immune system modulator and immune-mediated fertility issues, hormonal balance, menstrual cycle regulation, supports the production of luteinizing hormone (LH), supports liver and kidneys health, reduces fluid retention, reduces stress and anxiety, stimulates cervical mucous production, helpful for threatened miscarriage and adhesion damage effects (blocked Fallopian tubes, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts and c-section damage).
6- Nettle (Urtica dioica) is anti-inflammatory, mild hypoglycaemic, anti-septic, diuretic, haemostatic, detoxifier, vasodilator, anti-haemorrhagic, circulatory stimulant, nutritive, galactagogue, hypotensive, astringent, expectorant, anti-rheumatic and anti-allergic. The leaves, root and seeds have medicinal properties, the root is composed by lectin, lignans, polysaccharides, phenolic acid, coumarins, sterols, triterpenes and tannins. The leaves are composed by lignans, nutrients (vitamins A, B complex, C, K, silicon and calcium), sterols, tannins, amines (e.g. betain, histamine, choline, serotonin, lecithin and acetylcholine), glucoquinones, nitrates, acids (e.g. caffeic, carbonic, oxalic, chlorogenic, silicic, fumaric, formic, citric, malic and succinic), flavonoids (e.g. quercetin, rutin and kaempferol), chlorophylls (a and b), alimentary protein and fibre. Nettle is used for anaemia, excessive bleeding, to provide gentle body detox and nutrition while supporting blood, tissue formation, liver health, hormonal balance and overall health in preparation for conception and healthy pregnancy.
7- Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is an alterative, hepatoprotective, hepatic, hepatorestorative, digestive stimulant, choleretic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, cholagogue, galactagogue, demulcent and uterine. Fruits and seeds are used in herbal medicine having mucilage, flavonoids, flavolignans (silymarin complex) and volatile oils as constituents. Milk thistle seed is used to the support of liver health, body detox, liver cells regeneration, liver protection from toxins, aids digestion, hormone balance and scientific research has shown that his herb was helpful for conditions related with insulin resistance such as type 2 diabetes and poly-cystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This herb is very supportive of both man and woman reproductive health and it is used for fertility cleansing
8- Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) is a sedative, nervine, blood tonic, astringent, nervous system tonic, remove blood stagnation, antibacterial, anti-fungal, hypothyroid, diaphoretic, diuretic, cardio-tonic, anti-arrhythmic, vasoconstrictor, circulatory stimulant, hypotensive, hepatic, laxative, antispasmodic, uterine stimulant and emmenagogue. The flowering tops, stalk and leaves are use in herbal medicine and are constituted by ursolic acid, tannins, volatile oils, flavonoids, (apigenin, quercetin and kaempferol), iridoids, alkaloids (stachydrine, leonurine and betonicine), tannins and vitamins A & C. Motherwort is used for the support of female reproductive health especially uterine fibroids, pre-menstrual syndrome, dysmenorrhea (painful periods), endometriosis, amenorrhea (absent menstrual cycle), anxiety, depression, ovarian cysts and stress. It is also good for heart heath, tonifies the uterus, increases blood circulation in the female reproductive organs and aids general healing before pregnancy and conception.
9- Wild yam (Dioscorea villosa) is diaphoretic, anti-rheumatic nervine, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-tussive, diuretic, vasodilator, cardiac sedative, hepatic expectorant, hormone regulator – progesteronic and Qi tonic. The root has medicinal properties and it is constituted by starch, alkaloids steroidal saponins (e.g. diosgenin (dioscin, dioscorin, and etc), phytosterols and tannins. Wild yam is use for the relief of pains related to rheumatism, arthritis, menstruation, endometriosis, uterine fibroid removal, caesarean section, afterbirth pain, labour, urinary tract infection, ovarian cyst and pelvic. It is also useful for colic and intestinal cramps and for threatened miscarriage by decreasing of uterus, Fallopian tubes and ovaries spasms. it supports a health menstrual cycle by tonifying and supporting normal function of the ovaries and uterus. It is also thought to be useful for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy however it’s intake during pregnancy should be carefully monitored by a certified herbalist. In Traditional Chinese Medicine Wild Yam to bring is believed to be a Qi tonic for the female reproductive system. Additionally, this herb contains diosgenin which can be chemically converted into bioidentical form of progesterone which is often used in topical creams during luteal phase for optimal uterine wall thickening for successful egg implantation.
10- Dong quai (Angelica sinensis) is a uterine tonic, anti-inflammatory, blood tonic antioxidant, circulatory tonic. The root has medical properties and it is constituted by ferulic acid, furanocoumarins (ligustilide) and polysaccharides. Dong quai is used for oestrogen balancing, amenorrhea, PMS, menopausal symptoms, dysmenorrhea endometriosis, uterine fibroids and infertility. It is also helpful for the stimulation and tone of the uterus, blood purification, scar tissue repair and overall menstrual cycle regulation. Anti-inflammatory polysaccharides are specific to gastric mucosa & cardio-protective effects reduce atherogenesis, and protects
Always consult a certified herbalist and your doctor before using medicinal herbs.