Friday, July 24, 2009

Overcome Infertility --How to Treat Infertility With Herbs--Stinging Nettles (Urtica Dioica)

Written By Kyle J. Norton. All right reserved. Any reproduction is allowed only with author mane and all links intact.
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 treatment, 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 the herb: stinging nettle (urtica dioica).

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I. Definition
Stinging nettles are also known as urtica dioica. It is a perennial flowering plant native to Europe, Asia, northern Africa, and North America. It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for treating lack of sexual desire.

II. How stinging nettle affects fertility
1. Testosterone
Since it contains high levels of 3,4-divanillyltetrahydrofuran, it helps to promote the production of free testosterone, resulting in an increased quality of sperm count and sexual desire.

2. Kidney
It is said that stinging nettles also helps to balance the yin and yang in the kidney which helps to improve kidney function in regulating the production of growth hormones. This results in increasing sexual desire and improving the reproductive organs for production of sperm in men.

3. Blood flow
It is said that stinging nettle not only helps to increase the production of red blood cells by stimulating the function of bone marrow, but it also enhances the blood in absorbing oxygen which reduces nervous symptoms including fatigue, loss of concentration, and lack of energy.

4. Benign prostatic hyperplasia
Study shows that stinging nettle also helps to smoothen the urination in men due to aging, resulting in increased prostate fluid leading to normal ejaculation.

5. Toxin Cleansing
It is said that it also contains substances that help to cleanse the body of toxins through kidney and liver function. This results in balancing the qi and blood in the body, leading to normal functioning of the reproductive organ, including a normal menstrual cycle in women and increased sperm count in men.

III. Side effects
There are no major side effects, but overdose may cause mild stomach upset, fluid retention, and hives or rashes. Please consult with your herbalist.

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