Herbs As Infertility Treatment
If you're someone facing the difficult diagnosis of infertility, you may be ready to start undergoing all the painful and expensive treatments and invasive surgeries that your doctor has recommended. But is this your only option? What about trying some natural herbs for infertility — do these work? If so, what are they? And are there any other natural supplements that one can at least try first, before undergoing all those unpleasant procedures?
Vitamins and Minerals for Treatment
When thinking about what herbs for infertility actually work, you may want to consider what some experts are saying about natural treatments, including vitamins and other such substances. In a new study cited in OBGYN News, a group of Harvard researchers found that 79% of infertile couples had a lower-than-average intake of foods high in antioxidants — like fruits and vegetables.
In one study published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Medicine, doctors found that after one week of daily doses of 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C, sperm counts rose by some 140%. If you're thinking of trying some herbs for infertility, consider something with a vitamin C supplement.
More recently, a study published in the Archives of Andrology showed the antioxidants vitamin E and selenium improved the ability of sperm to swim: a skill necessary to reach the egg.
Homeopathic Herbs for Infertility
There are some great homeopathic remedies that include herbs for infertility, and some are actually catching the attention of traditional doctors. «In research published in the journal Reproductive Biomedicine Online, a group of German doctors show that some natural remedies may work for men. The authors show that sperm quality and function improved with the intake of complementary food supplementation using either a combination of zinc and folic acid, the antioxidant Astacarox, or an energy-providing combination containing (actyl)-carnitine (Proxeed). The latter two also boosted the success of intrauterine insemination and spontaneous pregnancy rates.» These substances are common in homeopathic herbs for infertility.
Moreover, in the journal Fertility and Sterility doctors reported that men with fertility problems who took a daily dose of 66 milligrams of zinc and 5 milligrams of folic acid for nearly six months saw a 74% increase in their sperm counts.
Even more recently, studies published in the journal Fertility and Sterility revealed that both L-carnitine and L-acetyl carnitine improved sperm in a number of areas key to fertilization.
The following remedies are considered potent herbs for infertility in women:
- Aurum metallicum (Gold leaf): used when lack of sex drive and depression are thought to be the cause of infertility
- Sepia (Cuttlefish ink) 6c: used to treat irregular or absent ovulation
- Juniperus sabina (Savin Juniper or Savin) 6c: recommended for women who have suffered recurrent miscarriage
- Silica (Flint or Flintstone): this remedy is used to boost a woman's weakened immune system
- Phosphorus: used to treat stress as well as emotional anxiety that can accompany infertility
The following remedies are considered potent herbs for infertility in men:
- Sepia 6c: used to treat low sex drive
- Medorrhinum (Remedy made from gonorrheal discharge): this homeopathy treatment is believed to help treat impotence
A 6c dilution means the original material diluted by a factor of 100−6=10−12.