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| Do Bitters help with Infertility? |
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Name not given
Posted on: September 16, 2003
Does drinking "living bitters" help to increase your chance of becoming pregnant?
Some of the factors affecting fertility in women are age, vaginal infections, artificial lubricants, scarring from surgery, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, low thyroid function, deficient diet, stress and hormone imbalance. In men, a low sperm count and low sperm motility cause a decrease in fertility. The causes may be related to a deficiency in dietary nutrients, hormone imbalance or stress. There is some evidence that suggests the estrogens in pesticides and other chemical pollutants may be a cause of declining sperm counts in the last 50 years.
Bitter herbs, like dandelion root, chamomile, wormwood, thistle and barberry, to name a few, can improve the digestive system, allowing better nutrient absorption, and support the liver to metabolize hormones, providing support for hormone balancing.
It is necessary to know the cause of infertility before attempting to treat it. Experienced medical herbalists and naturopaths can help by doing a full case history and providing diet and lifestyle recommendations as well as herbal recommendations.