One of the biggest challenges to overcome when living with infertility, or with any disease really, is the feeling of powerlessness. It’s hard to come to terms with the notion that things are out of our hands, and we can’t progress any further without the help of expensive medical intervention.
But is that really the case? The East/West debate happens a lot when people are talking about sides of the country, but it also rears its head in differing medical ideologies. Like the Coastal debate, when it comes to Eastern and Western medicine, it’s safe to say there are benefits to both. The right answer may well be somewhere in the middle.
Certainly any physical causes of infertility should be addressed, but you are not powerless in treating this disease. It should be noted that just like all medical treatments, you should consult with a naturopathic or medical doctor before starting an herbal remedy to treat infertility, or any other condition for that matter.
With that disclaimer out of the way, here are five herbal remedies to help improve fertility.
Maca is a Peruvian plant that grows high in the Andes Mountains. Rich in phytonutrients, fatty acids and amino acids, Maca helps to regulate hormones, but it is not a hormone therapy. Forewarned is forearmed, Maca is known to provide an energy boost that’s not unlike a strong cup of coffee, so it might be best to take this one in the morning.
2. Raspberry Leaf
Raspberries are delicious in their own right, but it’s actually their leaves that are a powerhouse for women. Raspberry leaves can be consumed as a tea (an acquired taste for some) or taken in pill form. These leaves are loaded with iron and B vitamins, and they serve as a tonic for the uterus. Raspberry leaf can also help alleviate some of the discomforts of the menstrual cycle.
3. Chasteberry (Vitex)
Though it’s hormone-free, chasteberry helps to regulate hormones. It has been used to treat “Lady Issues” since the days of Hippocrates himself. It seems the modern medical community is catching on to what their forefathers already knew about chasteberry. Some clinical trials have shown higher rates of pregnancy in women who have used this herbal remedy than in those who have not.
4. Nettle Leaf
Nettle leaf is really like a multivitamin on steroids. It contains all of the vitamins and minerals we need, which promotes overall good health. Good overall health includes physical health and mental well-being. And, as we know, leading a more fertilicious life starts with a good self-care routine.
5. Dong Quai (Angelica Sinensis)
Many fertility challenges are tied to menstrual irregularities. After all, it’s hard to get the timing right when you have no idea when to expect your next period. Dong Quai can help regulate menstrual cycles. It also serves as a uterine tonic. Even if you’re not TTC at this time, it can help relieve uncomfortable menstrual symptoms.
It should go without saying, but we’ll say it again anyway: herbal remedies are powerful and can be contraindicated when you are taking other fertility treatments. Be sure to consult with a medical professional before starting an herbal regimen. You can use this