Herbs for Fertility
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: taz
Posted on: May 16, 1998

An acquaintance indicated she took raspberry leaf and a few other herbs to get pregnant and it worked. Would you know what she was talking about? Since I don’t know her, I can’t ask her any questions. What is good to increase egg production and to prepare uterus for conception do to endometriosis surgery. Whatever she did worked. I like the idea of natural herbs. Can you comment?

Red Raspberry leaf is a uterine tonic, used to strengthen and tone the uterus muscle, nourishing it with vitamins and minerals. It is usually used during pregnancy to get the uterus ready for the birth process. There are so many factors involved in conception that it’s impossible to know the part this herb played with your acquaintance.

Rosemary Gladstar, in "Herbal Healing for Women" (available at Richters) recommends a good diet and healthy lifestyle as prerequisites for fertility, especially when there is a problem such as scarring from Endometriosis. In her experience, herbs help heal the reproductive organs, balance hormone levels and restore overall health and vitality.

She suggests a herbal tonic of 4 parts rehmania (a Chinese blood tonic), 1 part astragalus root (immune stimulant), 1 part dong quai (a good general female tonic), 2 parts false unicorn root (uterine tonic), 3 parts wild yam root (a sex hormone precursor) and 1 part vitex berries (hormone balancing). As a tincture, she recommends taking one fourth of a teaspoon of this mixture 3 times a day. In addition, she recommends taking 2 capsules of dong quai 3 times a day except during menstruation, and Liquid Floradix Iron with herbs, following the dosage on the bottle. These recommendations apply to men as well, substituting the dong quai by ginseng in the formula and taking 2 capsules of ginseng a day in place of the dong quai capsules.

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