Herbal Infertility Treatment
This particular infertility treatment with herbs involves a Traditional Chinese Medical approach to conception. This is a comprehensive protocol that aims at gradually increasing the quality of the female’s eggs or the male’s sperm. In Chinese medical terms, the Kidney is the organ which is responsible for reproduction, growth, and how well we age. According to Chinese Medical theory poor diet, overwork, habitual stress and excessive sexual activity can all contribute to a weakened Kidney state. When the kidney is weakened or “deficient “various health problems may occur, including infertility.
Fortunately, due to the continued advancements of modern science we are now able to combine traditional medical approaches with contemporary knowledge about infertility treatment. This integrative approach greatly improves the chance of conception. Before going into specific herbal formulas we need to understand the four phases of female physiology that lead up to conception.
The first 5 days of the menstrual cycle the major female hormones estrogen and progesterone will be very low at the beginning of the cycle. This in turn causes:
- The period flow to begin and in doing so, strips away the uterine lining.
- The Pituitary gland starts producing Follicular stimulating hormone(FSH) and Luteinizing hormone(LH).
- FSH and LH stimulate growth of new follicles in the ovaries
In subsequent days, the shedding of the endometrial lining triggers an increase in estrogen. This increase leads to yet another release of LH and eventually by day 14 release of an egg.
Day 15-25 the corpus luteum forms and begins to produce progesterone while simultaneously stopping production of FSH and LH from ripening more eggs.
By the end of the cycle the corpus luteum is discarded and FSH and LH production is once again triggered for the next batch of follicles.
The use and application of select herbal formulas at specific phases of the menstrual cycle will maximize the effectiveness of treatment. When considering herbal infertility treatments it is in the patient’s best interest to seek out the expertise and experience of a trained physician in Traditional Chinese Medicine in order to help make the proper diagnosis and treatment protocol. However, there are plenty of “Classical” formulas available for you to try on your own that may help your condition.
There is no one-size-fits-all herb for infertility. Rather, more than 200 different herbs can be used in conjunction. These individual herbs are combined into herbal formulas and are prescribed as such. Many of these herbs are crushed into powders and then pressed into “tea-pills”. Some come encapsulated, while others are placed into alcohol-suspended tinctures. Whatever way you choose to intake your herbals make sure the brand is trusted, and GMO free.
Below I have listed what I believe to be six very important herbal formulas for the treatment of infertility:
Kidney Yang Tonic: Jin Gui She
Chronic illness or long-standing weakness is the origin of this pattern. Clinical symptoms may include any of the following: delayed menstruation; irregular periods; scanty, light-colored menses; fatigue; dizziness; ringing in the ears; dull-pale complexion; back soreness; lack of sexual desire; cold limbs; loose stools; long-drawn-out urination with a thin stream or dribbling; a thick or puffy tongue body with a white tongue coating; and a thin-soft pulse.
Ingrediants: Rehmannia (Shu Di Huang), Dioscorea (Shan Yao), Peony Root (Mu Dan Pi), Cornus (Shan Zhu Yu), Alisma (Ze Xie) ,Cinnamon (Rou Gui), Aconite (Fu Zi). The chief herb: Rehmannia is a very potent herb that is renowned for strengthening the blood and Kidneys.
Kidney Yin Deficiency(Liuwei di huang wan)
Constitutional weakness is the underlying cause of this pattern. Clinical manifestations incorporate: early menstruation; irregular periods; scanty menses with red color and no clots; palpitations of the heart; fatigue; dizziness; ringing in the ears; back soreness; dry mouth, dry bowl movements; a feeling of heat in the palms, soles of the feet, and the upper chest; low-grade fever in the afternoon; a red tongue body with a thin tongue coating; and a thin and rapid pulse.
Ingrediants: Radix Rehmanniae Preparata (Shu Di Huang), Fructus Corni Officinalis,(Shan Zhu Yu) Cortex Moutan Radicis(Mu Dan Pi), Rhizoma Dioscoreae Oppositae(Shan Yao), Sclerotium Poriae Cocos(Fu Ling), Rhizoma Alismatis Orientalis(Ze Xie)
Blood Stasis(Xue Fu Zhu Yu Tang)
Surgery, emotional trauma, or excessive menstrual bleeding are the origins of this pattern. Clinical manifestations include: infertility; scanty periods; delayed periods with dark purple menstrual blood and blood clots; painful menstruation; frequent abdominal pain; a pale tongue body with purple dots; and a thin-wiry pulse.
Ingrediants: Semen Pruni Persicae (Tao ren), Flos Carthami Tinctorii (Hong hua) ,Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae (Dan shen), Rhizoma Ligustici (Chuan xiong), Radix Angelicae Sinensis (Dang gui), Radix Achyranthis Bidentatae (Niu xi), Fructus Aurantii (Zhi qiao), Radix Paeoniae Rubra (Chi shao) ,Radix Platycodi Grandiflori (Jie geng), Radix Bupleuri Chinensis (Chai hu) ,Radix Rehmanniae Glutinosae (Di huang), Radix Glycyrrhizae Uralensis (Gan cao).
Liver Qi Stagnation(Xiao Yao San)
Emotional stress is the origin of this pattern. Clinical manifestations include: inability to conceive for many years; irregular periods; abdominal pain with periods; scanty, pale-colored menses; dark-colored menses with clots; painful distention of breasts; depression; irritability before periods; a pale-red tongue body with a white-thin tongue coating; and a wiry pulse.
Ingrediants: Bupleurum (Chai Hu),Angelica (Dang Gui),White Peony (Bai Shao),Atractylodes (Bai Zhu),Poria (Fu Ling),Licorice (Gan Cao),Mint (Bo He),Ginger (Gan Jiang),Rehmannia (Di Huang). The chief Ingrediant, Chai Hu is used in treating the emotional stress component of this pattern.
Damp Heat(Si Wu Tang)
This Dampness pattern can also be caused by the habitual consumption of fatty foods and alcohol, and by weak Spleen energy. Clinical manifestations include: failure to conceive after the last delivery; irregular periods; delayed periods; constant spotting; white vaginal discharge; pains in the loins; abdominal pain which is worse with menstruation and fatigue; low-grade fever; pre-menstrual breast distention; a red tongue body with a white-sticky or yellow-sticky tongue coating; and a wiry-rapid pulse.
Ingrediants: Coptis (Huang Lian),Scutellaria (Huang Qin),Phellodendron (Huang Bai),Gardenia (Zhi Zi),Rehmannia (Di Huang),Angelica (Dang Gui),White Peony (Bai Shao),Cnidium (Chuan Qiong)
Wen Jing Tang(invigorates the blood)
Amenorrhea, or excessive bleeding during menses, or bleeding nonstop not during menses, palms of hands are uncomfortably warm, dry lips and mouth, irregular menses, weak and cold lower part of the body with difficulty in conception.
Ingrediants: Ginseng (Renshen),Angelica (Dang Gui),Cnidium (Chuan Qiong),Peony (Bai Shao),Cinnamon (Gui Xin),Zedoary (E Zhu),Peony Root (Dan Pi),Achyranthis (Niu Xi),Licorice (Gan Cao)
Treatment of Infertility with Chinese Medicine
Anyone seriously considering herbal infertility treatment should familiarize themselves with Tradtional Chinese Medicine concepts more thoroughly. Treatment of Infertility by Jane Lyttleton, an expert in the field with more than 20 years clinical training, is a fantastic way to learn about these integrative methods for infertility.