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
Chaste tree berry acts on the hypothalamus and pituitary glands
by increasing luteinizing hormone (LH) production and mildly inhibiting the release of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH).
The result is a shift in the ratio of estrogen to progesterone, in favor of progesterone. The ability of chaste tree berry to raise
progesterone levels in the body which can help lengthen the menstrual cycle and sustain a pregnancy.
Oat straw (with Dandelion)
Oat straw helps with hormone production, particularly progesterone and estrogen. Dandelions cleanse the blood and help rid the body of toxic waste, they lower blood sugar, they help clear up bacterian infections, and hey are rich in vitamins, calcium potassium, iron, magnesium and more
Red Clover has a number of nutrients. It has calcium and magnesium,chromium, phosphorus, niacin and thiamine.
It is even thought to help with repairing fallopian tubes which may be damaged. Red clover contains compounds like isoflavones
and phystoestrogens that help to promote hormonal balance. Red clover can assist with estrogen production which can help with follicle
formation and ovulation.
False Unicorn Root
False unicorn helps to reduce inflammation which can result in blocked fallopian tubes. False unicorn root acts as a nourishing agent for the uterine tissues. It promotes hormonal balance, resolves amenorrhea, and it can help with ovarian cysts. It helps in easing vaginal dryness and promotes fertile cervical mucus.
Red Raspberry Leaf
Red raspberry leaf helps strengthen the muscles in the pelvis and lower abdomen. This may help prevent miscarriage due to a weak uterus by supporting it to make it more appropriate for implantation Enriched with minerals, vitamins and calcium, this herb helps to strengthen the lining of the uterine and also lengthen the luteal phase.
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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.