Dong Quai for Fertility
Both men and women alike can struggle with infertility. It can be a truly heartbreaking and trying time for many couples, and it can add a substantial amount of stress to the relationship. There are a lot of options for those who experience difficulty when trying to conceive. Unfortunately, some of those options are costly, involve drugs and harmful chemicals, or they may even involve months’ worth of doctor visits and injections.
Many practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) use Dong Quai for fertility. Also known by the scientific name angelica sinensis, the Dong Quai benefits for fertility are a safer answer to the traditional fertility treatments used in western medicine.
Native to China, Japan, and Korea, Dong Quai is an herb that thrives in high altitude. Also referred to as “female ginseng”, Dong Quai has been used in TCM for centuries. In addition to improving fertility, it is also commonly used to regulate the menstrual cycle and as a treatment for endometriosis. It is considered TCM’s most powerful fertility tonic thanks to its ability to both stimulate and relax the tissue of the uterus.
Using Dong Quai for fertility can work in a number of ways. Some of Dong Quai benefits for fertility include:
Boost Fertility: Dong Quai used with other therapies has shown to improve fertility by increasing the ovulation rate in women. It works to promote the secretion of both progesterone and estrogen and even promotes follicular development. Since it is a powerful anti-inflammatory, it has been used in the treatment of salpingitis which is a condition that affects the fallopian tubes. Once this condition clears, the chances of conception improve. For those women who marry later in life and are unable to conceive, Dong Quai coupled with other conventional treatments has been shown to successfully result in pregnancy.
Regulation of the Menstrual Cycle: Those women who have an abnormal or absent menstrual cycle, known as amenorrhea or missing period, may also benefit from the use of Dong Quai. Its use as a tonic improves the blood flow to the pelvis relieving pelvic congestion syndrome. As a side effect, it can even relieve pelvic pain in those who experience it during the menstrual cycle.
PCOS and Endometriosis: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) can hinder a woman’s ability to successfully conceive. It also has many other negative side effects such as an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. It is often treated with ovulation-promoting drugs. Endometriosis is a disorder in women where the uterine tissue begins to develop outside of the uterus. It can lead to both pain and infertility. According to practitioners of TCM, endometriosis is a condition caused by congealed blood. Dong Quai helps to improve the microcirculation of both the ovaries and the uterus. It also has analgesic effects and works to increase blood flow which combats the congealed blood that may be causing symptoms.
Thickens the Uterine Wall: A thin uterine lining will decrease woman’s chances of conceiving. One of the benefits of Dong Quai for fertility is that it improves and increases blood flow to a woman’s pelvic area. It improves circulation which brings strength to the lining of the uterus.
Ovarian Cysts and Uterus Fibroids: Two other symptoms of blood stagnation are ovarian cysts and uterine fibroids. These symptoms can not only cause infertility, but they can also be painful. Dong Quai is an effective treatment to reduce the pain associated with these conditions. It works to increase the blood flow to the entire reproductive system to rid the body of this congestion.
Reduces Stress: If stress is the cause of your infertility, you should still consider Dong Quai for fertility. A study out of the Department of Neurology’s Zhongnan Hospital at Wuhan University were able to show that treatments with Dong Quai can reduce stress by providing an anti-depressant effect in rats.
Male Fertility: Women are not the only ones who can achieve Dong Quai benefits for fertility. It can also increase a man’s sperm quality. It contains ferulic acid which improves sperm quality and has an antioxidant effect. It also improves sperm viability to increase the chances of a successful pregnancy.
How Does Dong Quai Really Work?
As discussed, a number of issues, such as PCOS, low sperm quality, and blood stagnation, can have negative effects on fertility. To reduce or improve these conditions, Dong Quai improve symptoms such as iron deficiency by increasing the production of hemoglobin. It will increase both blood volume and blood flow while also replenishing the body’s red blood cells. It works to strengthen the uterus by regulating hormones such as estrogen. Its calming effects help to relax the uterus.
Other Benefits of Using Dong Quai
Though there are plenty of Dong Quai benefits for fertility, it does have other beneficial properties. It is a natural anti-inflammatory and reduces oxidative stress on the body. It is also rich in many vitamins and minerals. It is a good source of the essential vitamins B12, folic acid, and biotin.
Anyone who has found conceiving to be a challenge should consider Dong Quai for fertility. In TCM, it has a long history of success. It does not only aid in helping a woman to achieve a healthy pregnancy, but it also helps with male infertility as well. Thanks to its ability to improve blood flow to the pelvic area, relieve blood stagnation, increase blood volume, and even improve sperm quality in men, it is a safe and effective alternative to the pricier conventional fertility treatments that are usually far more invasive. Anyone who has had trouble conceiving should speak with their TCM practitioner about how to include Dong Quai in order to achieve a healthy pregnancy.
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