Best Herbs To Increase Fertility

Best Herbs To Increase Fertility

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If you and your partner are struggling to have a baby, you're not alone. Ten to 15 percent of couples in the United States are infertile. Infertility is defined as not being able to get pregnant despite having frequent, unprotected sex for at least a year for most couples. Infertility may result from an issue with either you or your partner, or a combination of factors that interfere with pregnancy. Fortunately, there are many safe and effective herbs that significantly improve your chances of getting pregnant.

Infertility means not being able to get pregnant after one year of trying (or six months if a woman is 35 or older). Women who can get pregnant but are unable to stay pregnant may also be infertile.

Pregnancy is the result of a process that has many steps. To get pregnant:

  • A woman's body must release an egg from one of her ovaries (ovulation).
  • The egg must go through a Fallopian tube toward the uterus (womb).
  • A man's sperm must join with (fertilize) the egg along the way.
  • The fertilized egg must attach to the inside of the uterus (implantation).

Infertility can happen if there are problems with any of these steps. Both women and men can have problems that cause infertility. About one-third of infertility cases are caused by women's problems. Another one third of fertility problems are due to the man. The other cases are caused by a mixture of male and female problems or by unknown problems.

Infertility in men is most often caused by:

  • A problem called varicocele (VAIR-ih-koh-seel). This happens when the veins on a man's testicle(s) are too large. This heats the testicles. The heat can affect the number or shape of the sperm.
  • Other factors that cause a man to make too few sperm or none at all.
  • Movement of the sperm. This may be caused by the shape of the sperm. Sometimes injuries or other damage to the reproductive system block the sperm.

Sometimes a man is born with the problems that affect his sperm. Other times problems start later in life due to illness or injury. For example, cystic fibrosis often causes infertility in men.

Most cases of female infertility are caused by problems with ovulation. Without ovulation, there are no eggs to be fertilized. Some signs that a woman is not ovulating normally include irregular or absent menstrual periods.

Ovulation problems are often caused by polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is a hormone imbalance problem which can interfere with normal ovulation. PCOS is the most common cause of female infertility. Primary ovarian insufficiency (POI) is another cause of ovulation problems. POI occurs when a woman's ovaries stop working normally before she is 40. POI is not the same as early menopause.

Less common causes of fertility problems in women include:

  • Blocked fallopian tubes due to pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, or surgery for an ectopic pregnancy.
  • Physical problems with the uterus
  • Uterine Fibroids, which are non-cancerous clumps of tissue and muscle on the walls of the uterus.

The following fertility herbs address a wide range of infertility problems, including hormonal imbalance, female obstructions, body toxicity, ovulation and other fertility-related issues. These powerful fertility herbs work most effectively in the absence of any structural problems within the reproductive system. Hence, it is best to discuss resolution of issues such as endometriosis, fibroids or blocked fallopian tubes with your practitioner first.

Poor Egg Health

To create an environment for healthy eggs, we first need to consider naturally cleansing herbs, herbs for hormonal balance, proper endocrine function, and improved circulation to the reproductive organs. Stress plays a role in egg health as well; therefore, if stress is present, herbs that support healthy stress response and calm the nerves should be used as well.

  • Ashwagandha root (Withania somnifera): Ashwagandha supports overall endocrine system function for healthy hormonal balance, a key factor for ovarian response and egg health. 
  • Bee Pollen/Propolis: Bee pollen has been reported to have great results in boosting immunity and fertility. Bee propolis has been found to support a healthy immune, inflammation, and stress response in the body. 
  • Burdock root (Arctium lappa): Burdock root supports overall liver function for improved hormonal balance and is cleansing for the entire body.
  • Castor Oil, oil pressed from beans (Ricinus communis): When Castor Oil is applied as a pack to the abdomen it can be used to enhance circulation and promote healing of the tissues and organs underneath the skin. Castor oil works to provide cleansing to the area applied, through stimulation of the lymphatic system. 
  • Dong Quai root (Angelica sinensis): Dong quai aids in hormonal balance and supports healthy circulation to the reproductive organs. 
  • Fo-ti root, also known as He Shou Wu, Ho Shou Wu (Polygonum multiflorum): Fo-ti is an adaptogen, supporting overall endocrine function, as well as a healthy immune and stress response. It is nourishing to the liver and kidneys. Considered one of the best herbs for protecting health long-term. Because of this, it is considered excellent for people trying to conceive who are over 40 years old. 
  • Ginger root (Zingiber officinale): Ginger increases circulation, promotes a healthy inflammation response and improves digestion for proper nutrient absorption, boosting overall health.
  • Lemon Balm leaf (Melissa officinalis): Lemon balm offers excellent nervous system support. It supports a healthy stress response and lessens depression and anxiety. Good emotional health and a proper stress response are important prior to conception.
  • Maca root (Lepidium meyenii): Maca is a nourishing food for the endocrine system, aiding the pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid glands (all involved in hormonal balance). It works to protect the body from stress damage and has been shown to support and increase egg health. 
  • Milk Thistle seed (Silybum marianum): Milk Thistle seed is one of the best plants for liver health. Liver health is vital for hormonal balance. The liver helps to filter toxins from the body, including excess hormones. 
  • Motherwort, aerial parts (Leonurus cardiaca): Motherwort supports a healthy stress response for depression, anxiety, and stress associated with the menstrual cycle or in life. It aids in heart and circulatory function. 
  • Oat straw (stems), Milky Oats (tops) exert a stronger effect than oatstraw, (Avena sativa): Oat straw is nourishing and aids in stress reduction by supporting the nervous system. It offers great support for stress-related fertility issues.

Pregnancy Preparation

The main focus when choosing herbs for preconception is to nourish the body, detoxify for hormonal balance/optimal health, support uterine tone, build the blood, and support a healthy stress response. Preconception herbs are best used at least 3-6 months prior to conception. Many of these herbs should not be used into pregnancy.

  • Alfalfa aerial parts (Medicago sativa): Alfalfa is very nutritious, high in vitamins and minerals contains some phytoestrogens, and aids in protecting against xenohormones. It also aids in reducing vaginal atrophy and dryness.
  • Ashwagandha root (Withania somnifera): Ashwagandha supports overall endocrine system function for proper hormonal balance, while also helping the body to support the immune system and stress response. 
  • Burdock root (Arctium lappa): Burdock root is nourishing and cleansing for the liver, which aids in hormonal balance.
  • Dandelion leaf (Taraxacum officinale): A nourishing herb, Dandelion leaf is used to increase nutrition and is supportive of liver health for hormonal balance.
  • Dandelion root (Taraxacum officinale): Dandelion root aids in liver health and stimulates digestion for improved hormonal balance.
  • Dong Quai root (Angelica sinensis): Dong quai aids hormonal balance and is commonly used for congestive fertility states such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids, PCOS, and ovarian cysts. It supports healthy circulation to the uterus, is nourishing for the blood, and reduces pain associated with reproductive organs. 
  • Eleuthero root and stem bark (Eleutherococcus senticosus): Being an adaptogen herb, Eleuthero promotes proper endocrine function, making it useful for hormonal imbalance. Being one of the most popular adaptogen herbs, it is widely used to aid the body in times of stress.
  • Evening Primrose Oil cold pressed from seed (Oenothera biennis): EPO supports overall hormonal balance and cervical mucus production through its high content of the omega-6 essential fatty acids (EFAs), Linoleic Acid (LA) and Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA). LA is needed for prostaglandin E and GLA is needed for the synthesis of prostaglandin E. One of the many functions of Prostaglandins is to help control the regulation of hormones as well as control proper cell growth. 
  • Hibiscus flower petals (Hibiscus sabdariffa): Hibiscus is very high in vitamin C and may support healthy cervical mucus. Vit. C is essential for proper absorption of iron. It is best combined with herbs high in iron such as Raspberry leaf, Yellow dock, and Nettles. It also supports proper heart health and blood pressure.
  • Lemon Balm leaf (Melissa officinalis): Lemon balm offers excellent nervous system support. It supports a healthy stress response and lessens depression and anxiety. Good emotional health and maximal stress response are important prior to conception. Not for use for people with hypothyroidism.
  • Maca root (Lepidium meyenii): Maca is a nourishing food for the endocrine system, aiding the pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid glands (all involved in hormonal balance.) It supports overall hormonal balance and works to balance estrogen/progesterone levels. 
  • Milk Thistle seed (Silybum marianum): Milk Thistle seed is one of the best plants for liver health. Liver health is vital for hormonal balance. The liver helps to filter toxins from the body, including excess hormones. 
  • Nettles leaf, root, seed (Urtica dioica): Nettles are nutritive and are high in minerals, vitamins, and chlorophyll. This herb is supportive of gentle cleansing of the liver, lungs, intestines, and kidneys. Nettles offer great adrenal support and proper blood formation through its high iron content.
  • Oatstraw (stems), Milky Oats (tops) exert a stronger effect than oatstraw, (Avena sativa): This herb is very nourishing, aids in stress reduction by supporting the nervous system, and offers great support for stress-related fertility issues.
  • Red Clover leaves, blossoms (Trifolium pratense): Red Clover is a nourishing food/herb. It is rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals. It is one of the best blood-purifying herbs, aiding in detoxification of environmental pollutants prior to conception. It is also phytoestrogenic and may help protect the body from xenohormones. It may also increase cervical mucus. 
  • Red Raspberry leaf (Rubus idaeus): Red Raspberry leaf is one of the best herbs for pregnancy preparation. This is because it is extremely nutritious, being high in vitamins and minerals. It is also one of the most beneficial uterine tonics available which can help a woman prepare her uterus for pregnancy and labor. 
  • Schisandra, fruit and seed (Schisandra chinensis): An adaptogen, Schisandra supports healthy hormonal balance through endocrine system support and promotes proper immune and stress response. 
  • Seaweed (variety of species): Extremely high in vitamins and minerals, including iodine, which is necessary for proper thyroid function. Seaweed is high in fiber for improved estrogen metabolism. 
  • Yellow dock root (Rumex crispus): Yellow dock stimulates bile production and gentle liver detoxification for healthy removal of toxins. It also aids in the absorption of iron, helping to ensure adequate iron levels, which are essential for proper blood formation.

Immune Related Fertility Issues

In people with immunological fertility problems, their body identifies part of reproductive function as an enemy and sends Natural Killer (NK) cells to attack. Some of the herbs on this list have been found through studies to reduce immunological response or aid the body in a proper immune response. Adaptogen herbs are very helpful for people with immune-related fertility issues.

  • Ashwagandha root (Withania somnifera): Ashwagandha supports overall endocrine system function, proper immune response, and aids in possible autoimmune fertility issues. 
  • Bee Propolis (contains pine tree sap, similar to Pycnogenol): Bee propolis may also contain immunomodulating properties. This may be beneficial for autoimmune-related fertility issues such as recurrent miscarriage due to immunological response (mothers body attacks and rejects the fetus), autoimmune-related Premature Ovarian Failure and antisperm antibody. 
  • Cordyceps mushroom (Cordyceps sinensis): Cordyceps has been found in human trials to help restore normal macrophage and natural killer cell activity. It normalizes immune function. 
  • Dong Quai root (Angelica sinensis): A person with impaired immune function may greatly benefit from Dong Quai because of its supportive actions on the body systems associated with the immune system, inflammation, and the stress response. Dong Quai has been shown to have immunomodulatory effects, which aids the entire immune system, helping the body to reduce the incidence of autoimmune reaction. Helping the body to mediate immune system and inflammation response will also help to curb excessive scar tissue and adhesion formation. 
  • Echinacea flower, root, seed (Echinacea purpurea, E. angustifolia): One of the most important plants for stimulating the immune system, Echinacea is best used for acute situations where immune function support is needed immediately.
  • Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra): This plant is an immunomodulator, helping to mediate immune system response in people with autoimmune disease. Licorice root is supportive of overall endocrine function for hormonal balance as well. 
  • Maca root (Lepidium meyenii): Maca is a nourishing food for the endocrine system, aiding the pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid glands (all involved in hormonal balance.) It is also supportive of both immune and stress responses in the body. 
  • Rehmannia root, Di Huang (Rehmannia glutinosa): Rehmannia supports proper insulin levels, blood pressure, and the inflammation response, and is protective of liver health. 
  • Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum): Reishi strengthens the immune system. It also down-regulates an excessive immune response (common in autoimmune disease), while enhancing monocyte, macrophage, and T lymphocyte activity. Reishi offers anti-inflammatory and stress support as well. 
  • Shatavari root (Asparagus racemosus): Not only does this herb support healthy fertility, it is an immune system and nutritive tonic. Shatavari supports overall immune system function. 
  • Shiitake mushroom (Lentinula edodes): Shiitake supports a healthy immune system. 
  • Tribulus, aerial parts and fruit (Tribulus terrestris): Shown to decrease the effects of antisperm antibodies. A study in 1998, performed in Bulgaria, using Tribulus on couples with antisperm antibodies, found a 61% increase in conception. 

Libido Boosting

It is pretty tough to try to conceive when you do not even desire to make love. If you find that your sex life is lacking spark, you may need to consider herbs that have been found to increase sexual desire. These herbs promote healthy circulation to the reproductive organs.

  • Damiana dried leaves and stems (Turnera diffusa): An aphrodisiac, Damiana has been used for centuries to help increase circulation to the reproductive system as well as increase sexual pleasure. 
  • Epimedium also known as Horny goat weed or Yin Yang Huo (Epimedium grandiflorum): Considered to be an all-natural substitute for Viagra®, horny goat weed has been known to increase male virility and give men longer and harder erections.
  • Maca root (Lepidium meyenii): Maca works to increase sexual desire in both men and women by increasing blood flow to the pelvic region, increasing vaginal secretions in women and enhancing testosterone levels in men. 
  • Muira Puama bark and root (Ptychopetalum olacoides): This herb has been shown to support a healthy erection and male fertility. It is also known to increase libido in men. 
  • Saffron stigma and styles (Crocus sativus): Used by the ancient Egyptians to increase their sex drive, Saffron is a powerful herb that works to increase blood flow to the pelvic area, which ultimately boosts sexual feelings in both men and women. It is very expensive, yet said to be very effective.
  • Tribulus, aerial parts and fruit (Tribulus terrestris): A great urogenital tonic, Tribulus works in both men and women. How? It helps to raise sexual energy and supports a larger, harder erection of the penis by enhancing circulation and blood flow to the area. It is considered an overall fertility tonic for the male and female reproductive system. 
  • Vitex, Chaste tree berry, (Vitex agnus-castus): Known as an all-around female reproductive enhancer, Vitex has been used to treat many female issues, including lethargic libido. It is able to increase circulation to the genitals; Vitex will also increase vaginal mucus to enhance sexual sensation and improve a woman’s energy levels. 
  • Yohimbe bark (Pausinystalia yohimbe): Supports healthy circulation to the male reproductive organs, Yohimbe has been shown to help sustain erection and may help to make an erection firmer. This herb also supports a healthy libido. 

Miscarriage Prevention

* If you think you are having a miscarriage consult your doctor right away. Lay down to rest, put your feet up. These are traditional therapies for miscarriage. There are no guarantees being made that they will stop a miscarriage. Most miscarriages are meant to happen due to issues with the fetus. These herbs will not stop a miscarriage that is meant to happen. They are helpful with miscarriages that are caused from stress, poor diet, trauma, weak uterine muscles, or low progesterone levels. Herbs help to provide extra nourishment and strength needed to nourish a depleted body. The following herbs are best used prior to pregnancy, for at least 3 months to help prevent miscarriage.

  • Black haw (Viburnum prunifolium): Black haw is extremely effective at reducing uterine contractions, and uterine muscle spasm. If there is uterine cramping without cervical dilation, Black Haw has been traditionally used to help stop uterine spasm and contractions. It is interchangeable with Cramp Bark and has the same actions as Cramp bark. 
  • Cramp bark (Viburnum opulus): Cramp bark has the same actions as Black haw, see above. 
  • False Unicorn root (Chamaelirium luteum): False Unicorn root has been used traditionally when recurrent miscarriages related to uterine and cervical weakness occur. This plant is endangered! 
  • Partridge Berry leaves & stems (Mitchella repens): A uterine tonic traditionally used to help strengthen a weak uterus, Partridge berry is helpful when the woman is experiencing painful cramping, uterine spasm, bleeding, and/or the passing of blood clots in the first trimester of pregnancy. 
  • Vitex also known as Chaste tree berry, dried berries (Vitex agnus-castus): Vitex has been traditionally used by midwives and herbalists to prevent miscarriage associated with low progesterone. Low progesterone is the number one reason for recurrent miscarriages. 
  • Wild Yam root (Dioscorea villosa): Traditionally used to treat irritable uterus and threatened miscarriage with uterine contractions present, Wild Yam is often combined with Cramp bark or Black Haw. It has also been used for hyperemesis gravidarum (extreme nausea and vomiting in pregnancy). 

Sperm Count and Health

Low sperm count and health is more prevalent than you would think. The following herbs have been shown to increase not only sperm count, but the overall health, motility, and morphology of sperm. Half of the genetic makeup of your future child comes from the male partner, so optimal fertility for men is just as important as it is for women!

  • American Ginseng root (Panax quinquefolius): American Ginseng may support a healthy sex drive, help with erectile dysfunction and enhance sexual performance in men. It strengthens the HPA (hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal) axis, aiding hormonal balance, stress management, and immune function. 
  • Ashwagandha root (Withania somnifera): Traditionally used to improve sex drive and low sperm count, Ashwagandha supports overall endocrine system function for hormonal balance. One study using Ashwagandha showed an improvement in semen quality in men with stress-related infertility. 
  • Cordyceps mushroom (Cordyceps sinensis): Cordyceps has been shown to enhance male sexual function, enhancing sperm production and motility. 
  • Epimedium, also known as horny goat weed (Epimedium grandiflorum): An aphrodisiac, Epimedium increases sexual desire and performance. The active ingredient Icariin has been shown to increase nitric oxide, increasing circulation to the extremities. It has also been shown useful in aiding a sustained erection.
  • Fo-ti, also known as Ho Shou Wu or He Shou Wu, root (Polygonum multiflorum): Traditionally used for men who have low libido, low sperm count, erectile dysfunction, and poor sperm motility, Fo-ti supports fertility longevity. 
  • Ginkgo leaves (Ginkgo biloba): Ginkgo is considered the #1 remedy for erectile dysfunction. It increases circulation and is high in antioxidants.
  • Goji berry, dried fruit (Lycium barbarum,L.chinense): Goji berries protect sperm from hyperthermia (overheating), increase hormone levels, sperm quantity, and quality through their high antioxidant content. They support hormonal balance through improved liver function support and are extremely nutritious. 
  • Maca root (Lepidium meyenii): Men who use maca have been seen to have an increased libido and healthy sperm. Additionally, increased seminal volume, sperm count per ejaculate, and sperm motility have been observed. 
  • Saw Palmetto berries (Serenoa repens): Saw Palmetto is traditionally used for improving prostate health, impotence, testicular atrophy and improved sex drive in men. 
  • Schisandra fruit and seed (Schisandra chinensis): Supportive and protective of liver health, Schisandra has been shown to support immunity, and endocrine and nervous system function. Studies have also shown it may increase sperm count. Additionally, it aids stress-related infertility. 
  • Tribulus, aerial parts and fruit (Tribulus terrestris): Research indicates that Tribulus can aid in sex hormone production. For men specifically, it has been shown to support healthy luteinizing hormone (LH) and testosterone production, both of which play a key role in proper sperm production. This makes it useful for increasing sperm count, motility, and health. 

Stress Related Infertility

Chronic stress may cause hormonal imbalance, and lowered egg and sperm health, as well as create a lack of libido. Herbs that support a healthy stress response, nourish the nervous system, and support endocrine function are important.

  • Ashwagandha root (Withania somnifera): Both a nervine and adaptogen, Ashwagandha works to re-regulate thyroid and adrenal gland function. It also supports overall endocrine system function for improved stress response and hormonal balance. 
  • Bee Pollen/Propolis: Bee pollen has been reported to have great results in boosting immunity and fertility. Bee propolis has been found to support a healthy immune, inflammation, and stress response in the body. 
  • Chamomile flowers (Matricaria recutita): This herb is a nervine and mild sedative; it may help to reduce stress, relax the nervous system, and induce a restful state in the body.
  • Eleuthero root and stem bark (Elueutherococcus senticosus): Eleuthero root/bark strengthens the immune system and is great for people under severe stress. This herb helps people to feel better, perform better, and recover from immune suppression more quickly.
  • Fo-ti, also known as Ho Shou Wu or He Shou Wu, root (Polygonum multiflorum): According to TCM, Fo-ti helps to restore jing (life essence). It supports both thyroid and adrenal function (both are extremely important and sensitive to stress). The vine and leaf are sometimes used to aid stress, nervous tension, and insomnia. 
  • Lemon Balm leaf (Melissa officinalis): Excellent nervous system support, Lemon Balm supports a healthy stress response and lessens depression and anxiety. Good emotional health and stress response are important prior to conception. Not for use for people with hypothyroidism.
  • Linden flower and bract (Tilia platyphyllos, T.cordata): Linden flower/bract mildly lowers blood pressure, works to reduce depression, and supports nervous system function. It is great for anxiety, depression, and insomnia, and is very gentle and safe.
  • Maca root (Lepidium meyenii): Maca is a nourishing food for the endocrine system, aiding the pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid glands (all involved in hormonal balance.) It is supportive of a healthy immune and stress response in the body. 
  • Motherwort aerial parts (Leonurus cardiaca): Famous herbalist Nicholas Culpepper 1616-1654 said, “There is no better herb to drive away melancholy vapours from the heart, to strengthen it and make the mind cheerful.” Motherwort supports heart health and reduces anxiety. 
  • Schisandra, fruit and seed (Schisandra chinensis): An adaptogen, Schisandra supports healthy hormonal balance through endocrine system support and promotes proper immune and stress response. 
  • Shatavari root (Asparagus racemosus): Not only does this herb support healthy fertility, it is an immune system and nutritive tonic. Shatavari supports overall immune system function. 
  • Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum): Reishi is a well-known adaptogen herb shown to improve adrenal cortical function, which is why it has the ability to support the body during states of stress. 

Uterine Fibroids

It is imperative that hormone-balancing herbs are utilized, as well as ones for pain management, and proper detoxification. Other herbs that are helpful have astringent, circulatory, and anti-inflammatory actions to help the body shrink swollen tissues and to promote overall health of the uterus. Uterine fibroids are considered an estrogen dominant condition, so herbs that support proper estrogen/progesterone balance should be taken into consideration.

  • Bee Propolis: Bee propolis has been shown to be extremely anti-inflammatory and promotes proper hormonal balance. 
  • Black Haw root bark (Viburnum prunifolium): Extremely effective at reducing uterine contractions, and uterine muscle spasms, Black Haw is interchangeable with Cramp Bark (Viburnum opulus). Cramp bark and Black haw have been shown to have a specific action on the uterus; the relaxing action increases circulation to the uterus, allowing for toxin removal which may aid the uterus in healing and overall improvement in uterine health. 
  • Black Cohosh root (Actaea racemosa): Black Cohosh promotes regulation of the entire menstrual cycle. For women with a uterus that feels inflamed or irritated throughout the month, Black Cohosh may be an effective option in relaxing the uterus, thus reducing inflammation of the uterus. 
  • Blue Cohosh rhizome and root (Caulophyllum thalictroides): This is a wonderful herb for uterine weakness where the uterus has lost strength and tone.
  • Blue Vervain aerial parts (Verbena hastata): Blue Vervain is an antispasmodic and supports proper function of the uterus.
  • Castor Oil, oil pressed from beans (Ricinus communis): When Castor Oil is applied as a pack to the abdomen it can be used to enhance circulation and promote healing of the tissues and organs underneath the skin. Castor oil works to dissolve foreign tissue growth, including uterine fibroids. 
  • Cramp bark (Viburnum opulus): This is one of the most effective herbs for reducing uterine spasms and cramping. Cramp Bark brings relief of pain and muscle spasm for smooth muscle, especially to the uterus. Interchangeable with Black Haw (Viburnum prunifolium). 
  • Dong Quai root (Angelica sinensis): Dong Quai increases circulation, which helps to bring in fresh healthy blood to remove excess tissue growth, heal tissue damage, and limit scar tissue and adhesion formation. Healthy circulation ensures healthy natural cleansing of the body as well. Proper circulation is required to remove toxins, dead tissue, diseased tissue, and metabolic waste from our bodies. This is very important for women with uterine fibroids. 
  • Ginger root (Zingiber officinale): Ginger increases circulation in the body, helping to support a healthy inflammation response and normal detoxification. It supports proper digestion which is very important for inflammatory conditions. Ginger may offer a reduction in pain associated with inflammation.
  • Maca root (Lepidium meyenii): Maca supports endocrine system function for overall hormonal balance and support. 
  • Motherwort aerial parts (Leonurus cardiaca): A powerful herb that brings quick relief to women who have painful periods, Motherwort is very effective at reducing uterine muscle spasms, cramping and improving uterine tone. Motherwort has been found to mildly stimulate the uterus, while also aiding the uterus to work efficiently. 
  • Red Raspberry leaf (Rubus idaeus): Raspberry leaf works to tone the uterine muscles and normalize blood flow during menses. This is one of the best normalizing herbs for the female reproductive organs. Raspberry leaf is astringent, contracting and shrinking internal and external body tissues. It may also help prevent hemorrhage or excessive bleeding. Raspberry leaf is one of the best herbs for uterine health. 
  • Shepherd’s purse, aerial parts (Capsella bursa-pastoris): Shepherd’s purse is an astringent used to reduce acute, heavy or abnormal menstrual bleeding. It also supports normal tissue growth.
  • Vitex also known as Chaste Tree Berry, berry (Vitex agnus-castus): Vitex supports hormonal balance in the body by having an effect on the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis (hormonal feedback loop). Vitex is supportive of hormonal balance and normalizing for the reproductive system as a whole. 
  • White Peony root (Paeonia lactiflora): Used in TCM to increase iron levels in women with menorrhagia, White Peony combines well with Dong Quai. Peony encourages proper circulation in the pelvic area, making it useful for uterine stagnation, including conditions such as uterine fibroids. 
  • Yarrow, aerial parts (Achillea millefolium): Yarrow promotes circulation, yet is extremely astringent, stopping excessive blood flow. It works well for a boggy, weak uterus and aids in toning the muscles of the uterus. 

Uterine Health

There are many herbs that have a direct action on the uterine muscles; they work to gently tone the uterus. This aids in overall uterine function. Blood nourishing herbs are also important for a healthy uterine lining.

  • Borage seed Oil (Borago officinalis): Borage seed oil is mildly stimulating to the uterine muscles through its high omega 6 essential fatty acid content. It has been shown to contract and relax smooth muscle tissue of the uterus.
  • Blue Cohosh rhizome and root (Caulophyllum thalictroides): This herb is wonderful for uterine weakness, where the uterus has lost strength and tone.
  • Castor Oil, oil pressed from beans (Ricinus communis): When Castor Oil is applied as a pack to the abdomen it can be used to enhance circulation and promote healing of the tissues and organs underneath the skin, including the uterus. It promotes proper formation and function of the uterine tissue. 
  • Dong Quai root (Angelica sinensis): Dong Quai increases circulation to the uterus, is iron rich for proper blood formation, tones and strengthens the uterus by regulating hormonal control, and improves the timing of the menstrual cycle. 
  • Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera biennis): High levels of LA and GLAs in Evening Primrose Oil have a direct effect on uterine cells. These contract and relax smooth muscle tissue. This action on the uterus is toning for the uterine muscles in preparation for pregnancy. 
  • Hibiscus dried flower petals (Hibiscus sabdariffa): High in vitamin C, which aids iron absorption, Hibiscus is best combined with herbs high in iron like Nettles. This herb is normalizing for blood pressure and proper blood formation, essential for nourishing the uterine lining.
  • Nettles aerial parts, seed (Urtica dioica): Both astringent and high in iron and vit. C for proper tissue and blood formation, Nettles are very nutritious as well, promoting overall health.
  • Red Clover aerial parts, blossom (Trifolium pratense): Red Clover is high in calcium and magnesium, both of which are essential for proper smooth muscle function. Because of this, Red Clover helps to prevent muscle cramping, making it useful for women with painful menstrual cramps and uterine spasm. This female herbal ally also supports proper uterine tissue formation. 
  • Red Raspberry leaf (Rubus idaeus): Raspberry leaf works to tone the uterine muscles and normalize blood flow during menses. This is one of the best normalizing herbs for the female reproductive organs. Raspberry leaf is astringent, contracting and shrinking internal and external body tissues. May help prevent hemorrhage or excessive bleeding. One of the best herbs for uterine health. 

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