The correct use of Prescribed Botanical Medicine in therapeutic concentrations can be helpful in the adjunctive treatment of many reproductive conditions. Naturopathic Doctors are trained to use Botanical Medicines with a thorough understanding of their effects on the functions of the body. Botanical Medicine can be helpful in the adjunctive care of the following conditions:
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- Luteal Phase Defect
- Correct Hormonal Imbalances
- Painful Menstrual Cycles
- Mood Disorders
- Thyroid Conditions
- Improve Ovulation Rates – Ovulation Induction
- Improve Egg Quality and support Ovarian Reserve
- Improve Sperm Production and Quality
- Chronic Infections (Vaginal, Urinary, and more)
- Help stabilize and balance the Immune System
- Regulate the Menstrual Cycle to optimize Fertile Cervical Mucus production
- Help improve Endometrium Thickness for Embryo Implantation
- Hirsutism (excessive hair growth)
- Heavy Menstrual Cycles (Menorrhagia)
- Absormal Uterine Bleeding (Metorrhagia)
- Absent Menstrual Cycles (Amenorrhea)
- Menopausal Symptoms (Hot Flushes, Cardiovascular Health, Bone Health, Mood Imbalances, Abnormal Uterine Bleeding and Irregular Menstrual Cycles)
- Reduce Miscarriage Rates
- Improve overall Energy & Mood
Botanical Prescriptions can be made in a Tablet, Capsule, or Tincture form depending on Patient Preference.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does Herbal Medicine used in Naturopathic Medicinal Treatments improve Fertility?
The way a herb affects the body varies by the type of herb. Depending on what is causing the fertility issues, the correct herbal treatment is prescribed to help promote hormonal balance. Herbs can gently work to correct the Hormonal system by improving the body’s production of Reproductive Hormones, protecting the function of the Reproductive Hormonal Secretions by reducing the effect of Cortisol on the Pituitary gland, creating optimal balance between Progesterone and Estrogen production in the appropriate phases of the cycle to facilitate optimal uterine lining growth and its blood circulation, and decreasing the effect of other hormones which may decrease the healthy functioning of the reproductive organs. Herbs can also address issues with the immune system, they can calm the immune system when it is over-reactive and help increase its function when there are chronic infections (chronic vaginal infections can affect reproduction and sperm health). There are many more important effects herbs can have on the body to help improve Fertility naturally, and depending on the cause of Infertility the right herbs must be prescribed in the correct dosage and preparation.
What is the Optimal Treatment Duration?
Everybody’s body is unique and the effects of herbs on a patient vary accordingly. Patients can start to see improvements in their health and hormonal balance from anywhere between 1-12 weeks, some may work faster or slower depending on the cause of infertility and each individual patient. Patient compliance is very important to support positive progress in your health. Herbal medicine can help to promote hormonal balance and support healthy reproductive function, helping to create an optimal environment for conception.
I am already taking other medications, can I still use Herbal Medicine?
Naturopathic Doctors make sure that prescribed herbs do not interfere with prescribed medications. If there are any risks, your Naturopathic Doctor will make you aware of them before prescribing. Using herbs that do not interact with your medications, or herbs that support the function of certain drugs, is advantageous because it allows for a greater positive impact on your health.
How often do I need to see my Naturopathic Doctor?
This will vary depending on each patient, based on their own health conditions and timing of any In Vitro Fertilization (or other Assisted Reproductive Techniques) cycles (if applicable). After the initial consult at the Ottawa Integrative Health Centre in Ottawa, ON, Dr. Singh, ND recommends most patients to monitor for changes in the first 4-6 weeks with a follow-up at 6 weeks to adjust the dosing of the herbs if required.