Fertility - herbs for men and women
Herbs and Improving your Fertility
We have two fertility tonics, one for women and one for men.
Fertility-Men contains specific herbs known to improve sperm count and sperm motility. The herbs in this tonic are also aphrodisiac.
Herbactive's ABC help/support programme to improve/restore fertility in women and men:
Ten must dos to become more fertile
1. Some prescription medications can reduce your chances of conceiving, so speak to your GP about alternatives.
2. If your period (menstrual cycle) is erratic, it can be a sign of thyroid problems or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), both of which can reduce fertility. See our PCOS herbal medicine.
3. You can do some basic fertility home tests. There is a male test to find out if there's enough motile sperm cells (ones that can swim) to fertilise an egg. The female test measures levels of the follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). Raised levels of FSH can be a sign that ovaries are struggling and may predict poor egg levels. Both these tests are available from Boots the Chemist in UK (called Fertell Female and Male Fertility Tests).
4. For a more comprehensive test where the hormone levels are measured in a laboratory, there's the PlanAhead Fertility Test (also available from Boots UK). This test measures levels of the hormones FSH, AMH and Inhibin B in the blood on day 2 or 3 of your cycle, to give an indication of whether you've got enough eggs left.
5. Get checked for chlamydia as this may cause scarring of the fallopian tubes if left untreated, and is often symptomless so can remain undetected. (There is a home test for this available from Boots UK). If the results are positive seek treatment from your GP or pharmacist.
6. Give up smoking. Even 5 a day smokers are 1.8 times more likely than non-smokers to take over a year to conceive. Nicotine robs the body of nutrients and contains chemicals that have a direct effect on egg production. Smoking by men should also be kicked into the long grass - smoking has been found to cause the sperm of male smokers to be less likely to bind to an egg, a vital step in fertilisation. (To help stop get our SmokeLess Tonic and ABC Herbal Smoking Mixture).
7. Maintain a healthy weight. If you're overweight your hormone production can be adversely affected. Ovulation can become irregular. If you're very underweight ovulation can shut down completely. The ideal BMI (body mass index) for fertility has been shown to be 20-25. (Get our WeightLess Tonic or do our 5-10 day ABC Lemon Detox Fast).
8. Eat more superfoods. The quality of the food you eat makes all the difference to how your reproductive systems function (women and men). Have more fruit and veg, eat two portions of oily fish a week, avoid white flour products and eat organic whole grains instead. Men should include eggs or dairy in their daily diets to up the zinc (low zinc has been linked to low sperm count). (Get our superfood ABC Daily Herbal NutriPowder Plus and also take our Fresh Organic Wheatgrass Juice; we also have aphrodisiac herbal medicines for women and men).
9. Avoid stress. Fertility experts believe stress can stop you conceiving. Taking regular, moderate exercise can help release pent-up stress and improve your fertility.
10. Know the day of ovulation. Using the mucus method or the temperature method or both you can pinpoint the day of ovulation. This opportunity must not be missed every month (and for 3 days following). Don't use guesswork as you may miss your most fertile days. It all depends on your unique biological cycle. You must keep a record of when your period starts and how long your cycle lasts. Chart for fertile period by the changes in your vaginal secretions (around ovulation, fertile mucus becomes clear, slippery and stretches easily between your finger and thumb. You can buy home ovulation tests to detect the rise in luteinising hormone 24-36 hours before ovulation; Clearblue identifies these peak fertility days, plus an additional 1-5 days when conception is possible (all available from Boots UK). Make these days of sexual union beautiful, with flowers, candles, incence, fragrant oils. Such sexual bliss greatly helps the chances of conception. The more sex you have during these days the more likely you are to become pregnant. As sperm survives up to 48 hours in a woman's body, have sex the day before you ovulate, and you'll have sperm ready and waiting the moment your egg is released. Eggs survive for 12-24 hours after their release, so plenty of sex during these special days is a must.
During the week of ovulation I recommend increasing your dose of the Fertility Herbal Medicine prescribed for you by Alan Hopking MA MNIMH.
More advice about improving your chances of conceiving during intercourse click here.
I'm 38 and for three years had no period and i wanted to have a baby. I came to you and you prescribed the Fertility Tonic. I saw the fertility specialist this week (he's regarded as one of the best specialists in the country), he was astonished to see my hormonal levels and asked about you and your medicine, and he recommended I continue with your medicine. This made me very, very pleased indeed. Thank you so much. I'm still hoping...
We also offer a specific herbal medicine for women trying to have a baby but who have fibroids and fertility resistance email for more information
Our herbal tonic medicines are carefully prepared on a personal and individual basis for your healing by medical herbalist Alan Hopking MA MNIMH FINEH.
Only whole herbs are used in our herbal medicines. Nothing else is added. If you have symptoms which you consider might be helped with herbal medicine please contact herbal practitioner Alan Hopking for a friendly confidential professional consultation. See terms and fees.
Once you have received your herbal prescription you can contact Alan Hopking at any time for more free advice (preferably by email). When you have completed your bottle of herbal medicine and if you want a repeat prescription you are requested to phone or email so that your progress can be assessed and adjustments made if necessary so that there is no break in your treatment. To order or re-order, click here.
HERBACTIVE Centre of Herbal Medicine, England, UK. Freephone 0800 0834436
General advice to consumers on the use of herbal remedies from the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (www.mhra.gov.uk) Department of Health, UK
• Remember that herbal remedies are medicines. As with any other medicine they are likely to have an effect on the body and should be used with care. • Herbal remedies may sometimes interact with other medicines. This makes it particularly important to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking a herbal remedy with other medicines such as prescribed medicines (those provided through your doctor or dentist). • Treat with caution any suggestion that a herbal remedy is '100% safe' or is 'safe because it is natural'. Many plants, trees, fungi and algae can be poisonous to humans. It is worth remembering that many pharmaceuticals have been developed or derived from these sources because of the powerful compounds they contain. Any medicine, including herbal remedies, which have an effect on the body should be used with care. • Treat with caution any herbalist or other person who supplies herbal remedies if they are unwilling or unable to provide written information, in English, listing the ingredients of the herbal remedy they are providing. • If you are due to have a surgical operation you should always remember to tell your doctor about any herbal remedy that you are taking. • Anyone who has previously experienced any liver complaint, or any other serious health complaint is advised not to take any herbal remedy without speaking to their doctor first.
Few conventional medicines have been established as safe to take during pregnancy and it is generally recognised that no medicine should be taken unless the benefit to the mother outweighs any possible risk to the foetus. This rule should also be applied to herbal medicinal products. However, herbal products are often promoted to the public as being “natural” and completely “safe” alternatives to conventional medicines. Some herbal ingredients that specifically should be avoided or used with caution during pregnancy. As with conventional medicines, no herbal products should be taken during pregnancy unless the benefit outweighs the potential risk.
Many herbs are traditionally reputed to be abortifacient and for some this reputation can be attributed to their volatile oil component.(6) A number of volatile oils are irritant to the genito-urinary tract if ingested and may induce uterine contractions. Herbs that contain irritant volatile oils include ground ivy, juniper, parsley, pennyroyal, sage, tansy and yarrow. Some of these oils contain the terpenoid constituent, thujone, which is known to be abortifacient. Pennyroyal oil also contains the hepatotoxic terpenoid constituent, pulegone. A case of liver failure in a woman who ingested pennyroyal oil as an abortifacient has been documented.
A stimulant or spasmolytic action on uterine muscle has been documented for some herbal ingredients including blue cohosh, burdock, fenugreek, golden seal, hawthorn, jamaica dogwood, motherwort, nettle, raspberry, and vervain. Herbal Teas Increased awareness of the harmful effects associated with excessive tea and coffee consumption has prompted many individuals to switch to herbal teas. Whilst some herbal teas may offer pleasant alternatives to tea and coffee, some contain pharmacologically active herbal ingredients, which may have unpredictable effects depending on the quantity of tea consumed and strength of the brew. Some herbal teas contain laxative herbal ingredients such as senna, frangula, and cascara. In general stimulant laxative preparations are not recommended during pregnancy and the use of unstandardised laxative preparations is particularly unsuitable. A case of hepatotoxicity in a newborn baby has been documented in which the mother consumed a herbal tea during pregnancy as an expectorant. Following analysis the herbal tea was reported to contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids which are known to be hepatotoxic.
A drug substance taken by a breast-feeding mother presents a hazard if it is transferred to the breast milk in pharmacologically or toxicologically significant amounts. Limited information is available regarding the safety of conventional medicines taken during breast-feeding. Much less information exists for herbal ingredients, and generally the use of herbal remedies is not recommended during lactation.
Herbal remedies have traditionally been used to treat both adults and children. Herbal remedies may offer a milder alternative to some conventional medicines, although the suitability of a herbal remedy needs to be considered with respect to quality, safety and efficacy. Herbal remedies should be used with caution in children and medical advice should be sought if in doubt. Chamomile is a popular remedy used to treat teething pains in babies. However, chamomile is known to contain allergenic sesquiterpene lactones and should therefore be used with caution. The administration of herbal teas to children needs to be considered carefully and professional advice may be needed.
The need for patients to discontinue herbal medicinal products prior to surgery has recently been proposed. The authors considered eight commonly used herbal medicinal products (echinacea, ephedra, garlic, ginkgo, ginseng, kava, St John’s Wort, valerian). On the evidence available they concluded that the potential existed for direct pharmacological effects, pharmacodynamic interactions and pharmacokinetic interactions. The need for physicians to have a clear understanding of the herbal medicinal products being used by patients and to take a detailed history was highlighted. The American Society of Anaesthesiologists (ASA) has advised patients to tell their doctor if they are taking herbal products before surgery and has reported that a number of anaesthesiologists have reported significant changes in heart rate or blood pressure in some patients who have been taking herbal medicinal products including St John’s Wort, ginkgo and ginseng. MCA is currently investigating a serious adverse reaction associated with the use of ginkgo prior to surgery. In this case, the patient who was undergoing hip replacement experienced uncontrolled bleeding thought to be related to the use of ginkgo.
From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (www.mhra.gov.uk) Department of Health, UK
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