Although I did not go the "herbal route" when I was trying to conceive, I did drink a number of teas with the ingredients listed below.
It is always important
to check with your doctor or alternative health practitioner before taking herbs or supplements especially if there is a chance
that you may already be pregnant. If you are experiencing miscarriage or recurrent miscarriage, scroll down below for the
second article on herbs for
The journey of pregnancy is looked as an arduous, long process. The very thought
or decision of having a child is filled with joy and wonder but if infertility comes into the picture it can burden a woman with feelings of
depression and stress.
Often the road to pregnancy can be hard and long. Modern fertility treatments are at times complicated and are also expensive. However with
natural remedies one can
keep their worries at bay as these are making huge leaps in popularity owing to the success over the last couple of years.
Nearly all cultures have a tradition of using
natural herbs for boosting fertility. Alternative and herbal therapy for infertility makes use of seeds of plants, berries, flowers,
stems, roots, leaves and bark. Let
us understand these one by one.
Top 5 fertility herbs for women over 40
1. Oat straw: This is an excellent nourishing herb that helps in promoting a healthy
endocrine system that is accountable for hormone production, particularly progesterone and estrogen. For best results it must be taken together
Clover Blossoms: This has proven to be one of the most effective fertility herbs for women. It is enriched with minerals, calcium, magnesium,
protein and vitamins. Each of these
helps in assisting the female body, calcium and magnesium each helps in promoting fertility. Minerals help to balance the levels of hormone, protein helps with overall health and
vitamins work wonders for the uterus. Additionally, red clover blossoms also help in repairing the damage or scarring in the Fallopian tubes along
with repairing "unexplained
infertility". This is one of the most effective fertility herbs for women over 40.
3. False Unicorn Root: This herb has myriad health benefits such as hormonal balance,
amenorrhea, ovarian cysts and infertility. It helps in easing vaginal dryness and ovarian pain and is regarded extremely helpful when trying to
get pregnant. False Unicorn Root
is one of the best natural remedies to improve fertility in women.
4. Red Raspberry Leaf: This is a favorite fertility herb. It helps to tone
the uterus thereby supporting
to make it more appropriate for implantation and on the later stage also help in making contractions more effective at the time of labor. Enriched with
minerals, vitamins and
calcium, this herb helps to strengthen the lining of the uterine and also lengthen the luteal phase.
5. Chasteberry (Vitex): Popularly known as the
female herb for its
health benefits for women, Chasteberry helps in stimulating the pituitary gland that manages the progesterone and estrogen. It helps the body in balancing
these important hormones.
Taking Vitex regularly helps to improve fertility effectively. It is also beneficial during menopausal changes and normalizing female sex hormones. This
is also one of the best
natural remedies to improve fertility in women
No need to worry of infertility anymore with these natural herbal remedies.
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Herbs and Blood Clotting Disorders Contributing to Recurrent Miscarriage
and antiplatelet mitigators are medicines that reduce blood clotting in an artery, a vein or the heart.
Heparin and Lovenox
are anticoagulants and aspirin is an antiplatelet.
Antiplatelets such as aspirin decreases platelet aggregation and thrombus
formation. They are mostly used in problems with arterial circulation where anticoagulants have little effect.
medications make the blood 'thinner' and prevent the formation of blood clots and hence could prevent stroke.
and antiplatelet medications have been used to treat chronic recurrent miscarriage due to thrombophilic disease.
There are several
herbal medicines which possess antiplatelet and anticoagulant properties.
Jiang Huang and Yu Jin are herbs that possess antiplatelet
properties. Chuan xiong has both anticoagulant and antiplatelet properties.
I am not recommending that a patient with a thrombophilic
presentation use herbs instead of Western medicine which possess the required qualities necessary to prevent miscarriage via anticoagulant
or antiplatelet activity. Sometimes however, a drug does not possess the same qualities of an herb. An herbal formula, for example, has a
multitiered effect. The correct formula might for example, be used to reduce inflammation, reduce platelet aggregation and/or reduce
coagulopathies as well as reduce stress, strengthen the immune function and help facilitate weight loss in an obese patient. All of
these things would be required in a patient of this type to increase the odds of a successful on-going pregnancy; not just Heparin or Lovenox
or Aspirin. This is important to consider in case you miscarry even when taking these types of meds.
In other words, you may need more
intervention than these meds are capable of providing.
I would recommend that you follow the instructions of your reproductive
endocrinologist and hope for the best. But in the face of failure with traditional Western medical approaches, trying herbs may help
contribute to a full term pregnancy. In my practice I have seen this occur many times.
Many patients faced with the difficult challenge
of trying to conceive or who recurrently miscarry are instructed by their reproductive endocrinologists to not take herbs. This is because
your doctor is trying to protect you because his or her training is in Western medicine and not in Chinese medicine and they do not feel
comfortable mixing Western medicine with herbs.
Though their hearts are in the right place, their experience is not. I have, on multiple
occasions prescribed herbs to patients who were taking gonadotropins or Clomid or Lupron, etc., and have never seen any problems.
The combination either helped the patient or did not.
The herbs will not reduce the effectiveness of the meds nor, in most cases
will they increase the potency of the meds. The only exception to this would occur if I prescribed herbs with anticoagulant/antiplatelet
properties to a patient who was taking Lovenox or Heparin. Then there would be a potentiating and possibly dangerous effect.
Acupuncture can increase metabolic function and stimulate the flow of blood throughout the body. Increasing hemodynamics is not, however
the same as actually reducing platelet aggregation or reducing hypercoagulation. The benefit of using acupuncture with herbs is
that the acupuncture will help ensure the distribution of the herbs throughout the body.
Typically when getting treated for infertility
or recurrent pregnancy loss the most effective approach in the absence of success with Western medicine alone is to combine acupuncture,
herbs and Western medicine.
When you are prescribed herbs be certain that a board certified herbalist is doing so.
Mike Berkley, L.Ac., FABORM is
the first acupuncturist/herbalist in the United States to devote a complementary medicine center to the care and treatment of those
facing a challenge to conception.
The Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness has a team of NYS licensed and board certified
acupuncturists and board certified herbalists to assist you on your journey.
We work with patients from RMA, NYU, NY Cornell, St.
Lukes-Roosevelt, Batzofin Fertility Services, The Sher Institute, New Hope Fertility and many others.
We are available to treat pre
and post embryo transfer patients 24/7/365.