As we mentioned in previous articles, infertility is defined as inability of a couple to conceive after 12 months of unprotected sexual intercourse. It effects over 5 millions couple alone in the U. S. and many times more in the world. Because of unawareness of treatments, only 10% seeks help from professional specialist. We have spent most of the time in this series discussing the conventional and Chinese medicine in treating fertility. I believe, it is the best time to change the subject by discussing how to treat infertility with Chinese herbs--astragalus.
Astragalus is a small shrub that belongs to the legume family Fabaceae and native to the Northern Hemisphere.It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to invigorate vital energy.
II. How astragalus affects fertility
1. Immune system
Studyshows that astragalus helps to improve its immunostimulant effects, resulting in lessening the risk of infection and inflammation caused by invasion of bacteria and virus and leading to immune system to attack the body tissues, including sperm
2. Adaptogenic effects
It is also confirmed to be an adaptogenic herb that helps to increase our body in adapting to the change of the environment including toxic chemicals, resulting in lessening the risk of nervous tension, leading emotional and physical stress and anxiety.
3. Diuretic effects
It also helps to maintain the right levels of fluid in body by secreting extra fluid through urinary secretion, thus reducing symptoms of water retention as well as improving kidney yin and yang that enhances the chance of fertility.
4. Qi balancing
It is said that Astragalus helps to re balancing the qi in the body, thereby decreasing the risks of qi stagnation in the reproductive organs, causing low sperm count in men.
5. Cell regulating
It not only helps to regulate the normal cells growth in the body, but also enhances the particle ingestion capacity of white blood cells, leading to improving response in treating cancer patients according study from 1980s, researchers in Houston, Texas.
III. Side effects
There is no known side effect, if not over dose.