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Five Fertility Myths About Fertility Herbs

Anyone who is struggling or has struggled with fertility knows what a difficult battle that it can be. There is a lot of information to be found on the subject, and those who would like to know more may find that it is difficult to navigate through all of it. Some of that information may be valuable, yet some of that information can be misleading, confusing, or just entirely wrong. Rather than add to any of the ambiguity, this article aims to clarify some of the fertility myths that tend not to be entirely accurate. Read on to learn more about the five myths about fertility herbs.

1. Chinese Medicine Fertility Herbs are Expensive:

The truth is that there are many Chinese medicine herbs that have been proven to aid in fertility but do not have a the high price point that other popular options can have. 

For example, herbs such as dong quai, also known as dang gui (angelicae sinensis) have been shown to help women conceive. It can be found online or at an herbal shop at a price range from £10 to £26. In fact, there are many herbs that have been identified and used extensively along with complementary treatments such as acupuncture and massage therapy that are proven to help couples conceive. Another thing to consider is that the price of these herbs is far less than that of treatment such as In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF).  One cycle of IVF can range from £4,000 to £6,000. In addition to its hefty price tag, IVF is also a lengthy and invasive procedure. Fertility herbs are a simple and affordable option that have been successfully used for ages.

2. Chinese Medicine Fertility Herbs Work Overnight:

This is yet another one of the popular fertility myths. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), infertility is believed to be due to certain imbalances and deficiencies.  These include disturbances in the Qi or blood, organ dysfunction, and or malfunctions of the Chong or Ren meridians. Improving these conditions will take time. This imbalance did not happen overnight, so it does not stand to reason that it will resolve quickly. The body requires time to both heal and balance. It may take anywhere from three to six months before patients are able to achieve results using fertility herbs.  Practitioners of TCM often state that “it will take a month of healing to correct every year you have had the imbalance.”  Be sure to give your body ample time to heal.

3. Your Health Doesn’t Impact Fertility:

Of all the fertility myths out there, this is another one that is simply not true. A woman’s health plays a huge role in her ability to conceive. Women in poor health due to diabetes or thyroid disease have been known to struggle with their fertility. It is also important to maintain a healthy weight when trying to conceive as obesity is a known cause of infertility as well.  Women are encouraged to achieve weight loss to improve their chances of pregnancy. It is also important to have a stress management plan. High stress may impact a woman’s ability to conceive. High levels of day-to-day stress have been shown in studies to lower a woman’s chances of pregnancy as it can have an effect on a women’s reproductive hormones.

4. Fertility Is a Woman’s Issue:

When it comes to trying to conceive, both men and women can equally contribute to fertility struggles. A study by the Center for Reproductive Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic stated that anywhere from 4.5% to 6% of men in North America and 8% to 12% for men in Central and Eastern Europe are considered infertile. This means that they were unable to impregnate their fertile partners after one year. Luckily, there are herbs out there that help with male infertility as well. For example, Korean red ginseng was shown to be a valid strategy for improving fertility in men. Men are also advised to quit smoking, reduce alcohol use, and maintain a health weight.

5. Chinese Fertility Herbs Don’t Taste Very Good:

This is one of the fertility myths that may be just a little bit true. Since herbs are derived from varying parts of the plant such as leaves and roots, each one of them will have its own distinct flavor. Some of them may have a poor bitter or medicinal taste. The good news is that these herbs do not need to be taken directly. They come in many different varieties and preparations. Some useful fertility herbs come in tea form. Many are widely sold in pill form. Though they may have a poor taste, the pills can be easily swallowed with a sip of water so that their poor taste is not even detected.


Infertility is something that many people from all over the world may unfortunately encounter. When it comes to fertility myths, there are far too many of them out there. The good news is that these fertility myths are usually not rooted in any sort of truth. Using fertility herbs is a far more affordable option than some other more invasive techniques that are not affordable for a lot of couples. However, fertility herbs are not known for quick results. Undoing any imbalances will take time. It is important that women maintain a healthy lifestyle and work with their practitioners if they are experience any disease or related health issue that may impact their ability to conceive. The same goes for men. Since men may also experience infertility, it is imperative that they, too, take care of their own health. If the taste of certain herbs is a concern, there are plenty of options in tea or pill form that will help those trying to conceive to ingest such herbs without having to experience the bitter or pungent tastes that they can sometimes be known for.

Dong quai pills

Dong Quai (Angelica Sinensis)

Dong Quai or Angelica Sinensis has been used for centuries in Chinese Medicine. It is rich in compounds with anti-inflammatory and immune-stimulating effects, and the Dong Quai pills can be added to your daily routine for their many health benefits. Often coined as “women’s fertility herb” or “female ginseng” this powerful herb is used to balance female hormones and the menstrual cycle. It is also a great herb for male infertility, Dong Quai also has mild sedative properties for calming and relaxing the mind and body.

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* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We can’t guarantee the treatment result, as the symptoms of conditions are unpredictable and vary greatly from person to person. The treatment length and recovery time also varies for individual. Please visit our clinics website: GinSen where a specialists will discuss your care and provide a consultation, and the treatment will be designed to meet your individual needs.

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