MYF 44 | Eight Botanical Herbs to Know for Your Fertility

Welcome to Episode 44!

Herbal medicine can be a little scary for those that are thinking of having a baby or trying to conceive. You may be asking, "are the herbs safe to take?" "What happens if I get pregnant, will they hurt the baby?" You may just feel overwhelmed with the options and not sure if you're making the right choice for your unique situation. In today's episode, we go over 8 botanical herbs that are known traditionally and clinically to be helpful in fertility: Black cohosh, Chaste Tree Berry, Dong Quai, Red Raspberry Leaf, Tribulus, Rhodiola, Shatavari, Wild Yam. These herbs are safe when taken is recommended doses from a reputable source. If you find out you're pregnant while taking these herbs, it's important to work with a licensed practitioner to know what's safe to continue. Most of the herbs we discuss should be stopped once you have a positive test. At the end of the episode, we name a few of our favorite herbal blends to use with our clients.

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Show Notes:

7:30        Intro to herbal medicine and the different ways herbs can be used

11:15     Challenges of incorporating herbal medicine into a western medical model

15:30     How botanical herbs can support women’s health and fertility

20:25     Some of our favorite and most effective herbs for fertility

21:05     Black Cohosh

26:30     Vitex (chaste tree berry)

35:15     Dong Quai (angelica sinensis)

39:40     Red Raspberry Leaf

45:40     Tribulus

51:20     Rhodiola

55:10     Shatavari (asparagus racemosus)

58:20     Wild Yam (diascoria villosa)

62:40     Herbal formulas that we like to use in our practice for fertility

66:50     Wrap-up

Resources we discuss in the episode:

More info on Vitex: https://therootcircle.com/blog/2018/4/28/vitex-and-all-her-mysteries

Red raspberry in Seeking Health prenatal: http://education.seekinghealth.com/is-raspberry-leaf-safe-during-pregnancy