For many centuries, traditional medicine has been using herbs to boost fertility. Even in the modern times, many couples turn to herbs to get pregnant. There are several herbal treatments, used in various forms (such as roots, stems, leaves, bark, flowers, seeds and berries), tout to improve fertility. But, do these herbal treatments really work?
The studies have found that herbs can balance reproductive hormones, regulate periods, stimulate the ovaries and boost egg production in women to better their chances of conceiving. For men, certain herbs are believed to increase testosterone levels, improve both sperm motility, boost sperm count and have other sexual health benefits.
There is not a clear opinion or evidence on how effective herbs are at boosting fertility. There are studies that suggest that certain herbs can have a positive effect on fertility but there is no study to suggest that any particular herb will help you to conceive. Herbs have been found to improve chances of conception but there's no conclusive evidence to prove that they will work for sure.
The following are some popular herbs that have been known to work against infertility
Chasteberry – Chasteberry, also known as vitex, is a popular herbal remedy for infertility. The herb helps regulate a woman's menstrual cycles, promotes ovulation, lengthens her luteal phase and regulates her hormone levels. This gives women better chance of conceiving.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) – Ashwagandha is a herb that helps boost male fertility. Usually, a teaspoonful Ashwagandha powder (from the root) is added to boiled, warm milk and then consumed. Besides improving a man’s sexual health, the herb is also touted as a cure for impotence.
Raspberry Leaves – Raspberry leaves are known to benefit women facing fertility troubles. The herb promotes the normal growth of the embryo and brings disturbed hormones back to normal.
Stinging Nettle – Stinging nettle, which is known as uterine malfunction remedy, can help improve fertility. The herb works great for those who are trying to conceive as it helps retain the embryo inside the womb and prevents miscarriages. Stinging nettle can only be consumed in the form of tea.
Panax Ginseng – Panax ginseng is another herbal remedy for male infertility. The herb is known to increase men’s testosterone levels and improve both sperm motility and sperm count.
Herbal remedies act in the same way as conventional drugs. And, you need prescription by a qualified medical herbalist like you need for conventional drugs. Moreover, you need to get a full medical history to the herbalist’s attention when considering herbal remedies for conception problems.
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