A number of couples have successfully conceived through the help of certain supplements and extracts. Herbs can increase male fertility by providing the nutrients needed as well as the energetic properties that are sometimes lacking for healthy and plentiful sperm production. Effective as some herbs might be, remember that infertility is a complex condition that may require more than one kind of treatment or herbal remedy to resolve. If you want to try using herbs for enhanced fertility, it is beneficial to talk with a professional herbalist who can recommend a combination of herbs specific to your symptoms.
Below are some herbs that may be prescribed to address problems with male fertility.
The extract of the French maritime pine tree has numerous benefits on health, but the latest research of the West Essex Center for Advanced Reproductive Technology shows that pycnogenol can also benefit male fertility. Pycnogenol contains bioflavonoids and natural antioxidants that protect sperm until they reach the egg. The October 2002 issue of the Journal of Reproductive Medicine documents a study where 19 subfertile men had improved sperm quality and function after 90 days of consuming pycnogenol. The study recommends taking 100mg – 200mg pycnogenol supplements three months before an ART cycle for best results. Pycnogenol can be found in most health food stores.
Dong quai is a natural blood thinner that is well-known for its positive effects on the female reproductive system. However, Chinese herbalists sometimes recommend this herb for male factor infertility as well. The active ingredient of dong quai is an antioxidant called ferulic acid, which can protect sperm, increase their viability, and improve sperm motility. Dong quai is usually consumed as a tea, but there are topical solutions that prevent premature ejaculation and ensure longer intercourse. The cream is usually applied to the penis an hour before intercourse, but Chinese herbalists recommend doing a skin allergy test first. In rare cases, some men experience allergic reactions to other ingredients in the cream.
Asiatic cornelian cherry is another traditional Chinese herb for treating male infertility. These bright red berries contain iridoids, a plant metabolite that stimulates sperm production and protects them from oxidizing, as well as triterpinoids and glycocides for better sperm motility. Cornelian cherry also causes prolonged intercourse so that sperm can have a better chance of reaching the egg. You can find this herb in traditional Chinese herbal stores as dried fruit.
The ginsenosides found in Asian ginseng is known to strengthen the immune system and studies done in China conclude that this herb can also counter impotence and low sperm count. Consuming 100-200mg of ginseng a day can cause a significant increase in sperm count, sperm motility, and testosterone levels within three months. Asian ginseng root can be brewed into a pungent tea or consumed in capsules.
Asparagus root is rich in folic acid, which regulates hormones and improves the overall health of the male reproductive system. Two other ingredients called furostanol glycocides and spirostanol improve male fertility by increasing sperm count. Ayurvedic medicine also considers asparagus root as an aphrodisiac for its reported benefits to the male sex drive. Finally, asparagus root’s ability to treat diabetes and lower blood sugar levels has a positive though indirect effect on male infertility.