Here is a common tale of woe for many U.S. couples: you decide it's time to have a baby, but it just doesn't happen. After some time elapses, you begin to think about fertility treatment. The sheer variety of treatments available boggle the mind, but many of them seem so hi-tech.
IVF and IUI are good examples of these scary-sounding infertility treatments. The acronyms sound so technical that they seem daunting to the uninitiated. Besides, these treatments sure do cost a wad of dough.
You're now having second thoughts about getting involved with all these new-fangled treatments. So you start a second search. This time, you're looking for therapeutic measures that aren't so invasive to your body and your feelings, not to mention your wallet.
Herbal remedies strike you as something that fits the bill: these remedies seem gentler and somehow more down to earth. There are herbs for boosting both male and female factor infertility, and some of your friends swear that herbs helped them get pregnant.
Herbal remedies are classified as part of the body of alternative medicine. These remedies are derived from plants and plant extracts. Herbal remedies have been used for centuries and once upon the time, were the only show in town having been around way before modern medicine. Herbs are helpful for both emotional and physical issues and symptoms.
Herbal remedies are taken from a wide variety of plants. The remedies are made from the appropriate plant parts which may include berries, roots, flowers, bark, and leaves. While these remedies are beloved by those in China and the Far East, they have also begun to attract followers within the U.S.
Among the most common and oldest of uses for these remedies is for the treatment of infertility. Evidence exists to suggest that the herbs were in use for this purpose as far back as 200 A.D. Herbal fertility treatments focus on plants and plant extracts that boost the workings of the reproductive organs, the hormonal balance, and the libido. These herbs can be used to treat either half of a couple or both partners. Some of the fertility issues that can be addressed with herbs include: sperm motility, irregular periods, hormone imbalances, and erectile dysfunction (ED).
Modern medical practitioners may be leery of these treatments. Some physicians will try to talk their patients out of trying herbal remedies. This reluctance stems from the lack of data on these remedies.
No one has yet proven that herbal remedies are safe. Nor has anyone proven their effectiveness. But the data is beginning to accrue and many couples still like the idea of trying herbal remedies as a treatment for their fertility issues.