Updated: Feb 25
Getting pregnant can be difficult.
The journey to pregnancy can be a long and arduous road. It can take years and a plethora of treatments to get to the end result that you’re looking for. We want to help you along your journey. Taking a holistic approach to improving your body can help you to boost your chances of getting pregnant. In this guide, we will introduce a handful of traditional herbs that can help you increase your chances of getting pregnant.
A number of studies have shown that Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture treatments can enhance fertility. One study by the University of Adelaide found that Chinese herbal medicine achieved on average a 60% fertility rate compared with 30% for standard Western medical drug treatment or IVF (Click here to read the research ). Taking five minutes of your time to read through this guide can help you to take a proactive approach towards optimizing your body for pregnancy.
Our team at Health Wise has been helping patients for over 30 years. We understand the stress and frustration that can come with infertility. The process can feel overwhelming especially following many attempts. We wrote this article because we want to help you conceive. It can be difficult to figure out which herbs might be the most appropriate for you. Some people can find themselves taking expensive supplements that may or may not be helpful for their condition. We are here to help guide you (If you want to get in contact with us today, click here).
Let’s dive into some of the common and effective herbs that can help with fertility as well as give you a more informed perspective.
Chinese Medicine and Herbs For Fertility
Chinese Medicine and Herbs For Fertility
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we believe that there isn’t one supplement or herb that is going to be helpful for everyone when it comes to fertility. Each person’s body and composition are different, and at Health Wise we tailor-make solutions to your unique pattern of symptoms. By incorporating targeted herbs in a comprehensive fertility plan, it is possible to increase the chances of fertility enough to help some couples conceive.
We believe that it is always wise to work with a qualified practitioner that can guide you towards the right combination of herbs for your unique pattern of symptoms. Click here to get in contact with us today!
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It is ideal for a woman to prepare her body with herbs, acupuncture, dietary and lifestyle changes for several months before trying to conceive or starting Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) treatments. If you're already in the process, don't worry, these herbs can still be beneficial for you at any stage of your journey.
Here are some common herbs that are readily available and can potentially enhance fertility:
Cinnamon can help to improve fertility in both men and women. It is both common to find and simple to include in your diet. In Traditional Chinese medicine, we use cinnamon bark to nourish an abundance of "yang" energy in the body required for fertility. It also helps to warm the interior.
Scientific research has also outlined the benefits of cinnamon for fertility (Click here to read more about the benefits of cinnamon). Cinnamon helps to regulate our insulin response and maintain our blood sugar balance. It can be helpful for people suffering from metabolic syndrome and assist women with PCOS. A study also shows that cinnamon has a positive effect on sperm quality and production for men. Click here to read more about the effects of cinnamon on sperm production.
In Chinese medicine, the herb Tribulus can be helpful for fertility in both men and women. Tribulus can help create a predictable ovulation cycle in women with irregular ovulation, especially due to PCOS. One study has shown that it can also increase conception rates in couples that are dealing with high levels of anti-sperm antibodies (when both partners are using the herb). Tribulus can also help to improve sperm motility, count, and volume amongst male participants. Read more on research about the Tribulus herb here.
To get the best efficacy out of your treatment, visit our clinic Health Wise Chinese Medicine for a Herbal Therapy Consultation. Our experienced practitioners will give you guidance for what combination of herbs in what amounts will work best for your body constitution. Click here to make a booking today.
Maca can enhance libido and fertility. It can help the body to cope with times of increased stress. It may also affect androgens (testosterone) in both men and women. Based on animal studies, it has been shown to affect fertility in a positive manner for both male and female mice (Click here to see the research). This particular supplement may not be helpful for women dealing with PCOS, due to the elevated androgens levels.
Vitex is a popular herb for assisting to resolve PMS and help to balance the menstrual cycle. It is believed that the herb can strengthen ovulation and progesterone production in the luteal phase.
Additionally, vitex has been shown to decrease abnormally high prolactin, helping to improve hormone balance and ovarian function. This herb can help women with ovulation problems. It can also assist women with luteal phase defects who have a short luteal phase or low progesterone production.
Additional Chinese Herbs
In this article so far, we've glanced through a few Chinese herbs that can help with fertility. The Chinese herbal approach is amongst the most sophisticated herbal systems that have been developed. In Traditional Chinese Medicine herbal therapy, herbs are rarely taken by themselves but are instead used in an effective combination prescribed in a formula to address your unique pattern of symptoms and improve the function of the body as a whole.
A meta-analysis found that Chinese herbs can increase fertility by two-fold within a four-month period when used in an appropriate manner. We use thousands of herbs in Chinese Medicine and each formula is uniquely customized to each individual patient's condition. The value of the herbs comes from using them in the appropriate combinations and correct amounts to gain their utmost effectiveness.
We highly recommend getting in contact with us or coming to our clinic for a proper diagnosis and taking the most appropriate herbal formula to suit your needs. Working with an experienced practitioner of Chinese medicine will increase your chances of conception.
Herbal Therapy and IVF
Research is emerging to show that combining herbal therapy with ART cycles may improve the outcome. In one study, Chinese herbal therapy during an IVF cycle showed improved egg quality, an increase in endometrial thickness, and higher pregnancy rates Click here to read more about this study on combining Chinese Herbal therapy with IVF cycles.
In another study, women who were using Chinese herbs combined with DHEA for 8 weeks prior to an IVF cycle had better quality embryos in comparison to the control group who didn't. Click here to read more about combining Chinese Herbs and DHEA on the outcome of the quality of embryos.
Using herbal therapy alone or in combination with acupuncture in the time prior to an IVF cycle is often supported by Reproductive Endocrinologists (REs). Herbal medicine is safe and effective when used correctly. It is important to make sure that your herbal supplements are high-quality products. We highly recommend working with one of our qualified practitioners with access to reputable herbal companies. We make an outstanding effort to source clean herbal products that are free of chemicals, heavy metals, and pesticides.
With fertility, time is the enemy. With each passing day, the window of opportunity to conceive becomes a little slimmer. Creating an effective fertility plan requires time and patience. We can be there to help you through this process. Follow this link to contact us. Regardless of the path you take towards conception, a proactive approach will always be better than a passive one.
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