As we mentioned in previous articles, infertility is defined as the inability of a couple to conceive after 12 months of unprotected sexual intercourse. It affects over 5 million couples alone in the U. S. and many times more in the world. Because of an unawareness of treatments, only 10% seek help from professional specialists. We have spent most of the time in this series discussing conventional and Chinese medicines in treating fertility. I believe, it is the best time to change the subject by discussing how to treat infertility with Chinese herbs--cistanche.
Cistanche is also known as rou cong rong. It is a holoparasitic desert plant belonging to the family Orobanchaceae. It has been used in tradition Chinese medicine for replenishing blood and Kidney-Jing.
II. How cistanche affects fertility
1. Sexual desire
It is said that cistanche helps to improve kidney function in regulating the production of steroid growth hormones by replenishing the kidney jing as well as retaining enough fluids in the reproductive organs, resulting in an increased production of testosterone and the chance of fertility.
2. Nervous system
It also contains chemicals that help to stimulate bone marrow in production of red blood cells and it improves blood circulation by decreasing the high blood pressure, resulting in lessening nervous symptoms, such as a lack of energy, fatigue, stress, and tiredness.
3. Blow flow to the reproductive organs
Besides reducing the levels of high blood pressure, it also stimulates the blood flow to the reproductive organs that not only helps to increase sperm quality and count in men and restores the normal menstrual cycle in women, but also treat erectile dysfunction.
Cistanche also contains substances that help to restore kidney function by balancing the yin and yang qi, resulting in helping the kidney in releasing the qi and blood stagnation in the abdominal region and increasing the chance of fertility and egg implantation into the uterine lining.
Cistanche also helps to improves the function of the bowels, resulting in healthy bowel movements, leading to increased qi in the digestive system and increasing the digestive system in cleansing toxins, and vitamins and mineral absorption.
III. Side effects
It is no known of side effect. It may be toxic if overdosed.
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