Infertility rates have been rising drasticallyin recent years. According to statistics, one in 6 people globally is affected by infertility.
infertiltiyLifestyle and environmental factors such as a poor diet, smoking, toxins in our foods, water, skincare, laundry detergents, and pollution can have severe impacts on fertility.Fertility issues are linked to hormone imbalance, with a variety of toxins we are facing daily, which are endocrine disruptors, no wonder many of us are facing hormone imbalance issues such as estrogen dominance these days.

What is estrogen dominance and how to fix it, please read here.

Let’s dive into the ancient wisdom to solve the modern disease.


Tribulus terrestris is derived from the Greek “tribulos”, which means “water chestnut.” It is also known in Chinese as “Bai jili” and in Hindi as “Gokharu”. Other names include bullhead, goat’s head, cat’s head, devil’s thorn, devil’s eyelashes, etc. Tribulus is native to southern Asia, Southern Europe, Australia, and Africa. It thrives in warm climates and tropical areas. The whole plant is used for medicine, including fruit, seeds, and roots, which are most commonly used.

The plant contains many nutrients such as alkaloids, amino acids, calcium, cinnamic acid,dioscin, fatty acids, flavonoids, glucose, iron, phosphorus, phytosterols, potassium, steroidal saponins, sterols, tannins, and vitamin C. This medicinal herb has diuretic, adaptogenic, liver tonic, and antibacterial properties. Both the root and fruit of the plant have been used medicinally in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Indian Ayurvedic medicine for many years.

Tribulus health benefits include the following:

1. Boosts libido for both men and women.
2. Supports bladder health and relieves UTIs.
3. Increases endurance especially combined with other herbs such as Ginseng and RhodiolaRosea.
4. Regulates testosterone production and promotes healthy erections.
5. Boosts the circulatory system.
6. Enhances physical strength and promotes muscle functions.
7. Helps regulate blood sugars and cholesterol levels.
8. Reduces water retention, pain, and inflammation.
9. Fights against cancers.

All parts of the plant can be used for various purposes, the seed pods and the roots are most commonly used. They can be dried and made into tea, or in a capsule or tincture form. These various forms are all commercially available, as well as gels and creams for external use.Taking the supplement may also increase the size of the prostate, so men who have enlarged prostate are advised not to use the herb. It is also not recommended for nursing or pregnant women.

Mucuna is a plant that has been used for millennia in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. The full name of the plant is called MucunaPruriens or Velvet Bean. It was used to manage male infertility, and various nervous system disorders (such as Parkinson’s disease). The plant is in the legume family and is native to tropical regions of Africa and Asia, including India. As a food, it’s high in protein, with 23-35% of its macronutrient as protein. Mucuna contains many different chemical compounds, most notably L-dopa. L-dopa is a precursor to the neurotransmitter dopamine, which has a calming effect on our brains. Mucuna seeds are rich in phenols (specifically flavonoids) which are potent antioxidants to stabilize free radicals.

The plant has therapeutic effects from the leaves, seeds, and roots. The leaves and roots of the plant contain a hallucinogenic substance named Tryptamine alkaloid. However, it is present in a low amount. The leaves have anti-rheumatic and anti-diabetic properties. The root has neuroprotective and diuretic properties.

Mucuna beans contain roughly 5% of the amino acid L-dopa. This amino acid is the precursor to the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine works in the brain as a feel-good chemical messenger as it stimulates the reward centers within the brain. L-dopa is typically made within the body by the kidneys and brain. Taking in L-dopa such as mucuna extract can help improve overall dopamine production. Human studies indicate that mucuna may benefit brain function and Parkinson’s disease by increasing dopamine production. Mucuna also boosts the norepinephrine level in the brain. Thus, it boosts mood and reduces stress. The plant also contains serotonin and 5-hydroxytryptamine. These compounds play essential roles in neurological functions and mood regulation.

Mucuna seeds also have an anti-diabetic effect. Studies have shown that mucuna increases sperm concentration and motility in men. These studies also found that mucuna helps improve semen quality. Mucunais effective against snake venom. Research has shown that mucuna contains a glycoprotein that stimulates the production of antibodies that neutralize various venom proteins.

Mucuna seedshave the following healing properties:
  • Provides neuroprotective properties for the brain and helps treat Parkinson’s.
  • Lifts mood and reduces stress and anxiety.
  • Supports reproductive health and boosts libido.
  • Contains different antioxidants that reduce inflammation and neutralize free radicals.
  • Improves sleep quality.
  • Enhances cognitive function and improves memory and concentration.
  • Improves blood sugar levels for diabetes.
  • Helps neutralize various venom proteins.
One common way of using mucuna seeds is through dietary supplements. Capsules or powders containing concentrated extracts are often standardized for L-dopa content. The standard dosing for Mucuna extract is 500-1000mg daily. Generally, the seeds are extracted to contain 5-15% L-dopa. In certain regions, Mucuna seeds are used in cuisines such as roasted seeds, which are consumed as a snack or incorporated into various dishes. However, proper processing is crucial to neutralize the trichomes and reduce itchiness. Mucuna seeds can be incorporated into the diet in various ways. You can grind the seeds into a powder and add it to smoothies, soups, or bakery. Excessive consumption of mucuna may lead to digestive discomfort, such as bloating, gas, and stomach cramps. High doses of mucuna extract, especially in concentrated forms, may lead to hallucinations in sensitive individuals.

Wild yams have been in use for thousands of years as natural progesterone for reproductive health issues for women, such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms, menopausal symptoms, and natural hormone replacement therapy. They’re often mistaken for sweet potatoes. However, yams are less sweet and starchier. They have a distinct brown look. The flesh can be white, yellow, purple, or pink depending on the maturity of the yam.

There are more than 600 varieties of wild yam, but only a dozen or so are considered edible. However, their tubers are valuable due to a chemical compound called diosgenin, which is a phytoestrogen that replicates the actions of human hormones. Diosgenin is a precursor to certain hormones such as progesterone –  an important hormone for boosting female reproductive health. Diosgenin also promotes neuron growth and enhances brain function. 

If wild yam is not available in your area. The yams you grow or purchase are also very nutritious. They are not only an excellent source of fiber but also high in potassium and manganese, which are important for supporting bone health, metabolism, and heart function. They also provide decent amounts of other micronutrients, such as copper and vitamin C. Copper is vital for red blood cell production and iron absorption. In contrast, vitamin C helps detoxify your liver and boost your immune system. Studies have shown that a yam-rich diet significantly reduces colon tumor growth. The antioxidants in yams may help reduce chronic inflammation in various diseases, such as colon cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and stomach ulcers. Using wild yam cream on the skin is also believed to be an effective anti-inflammatory remedy. 

The health benefits of wild yam include the following:

  • Relieves premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms such as cramping and heavy bleeding.
  • A natural hormone replacement.
  • Minimizes menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, mood swings, and night sweats.
  • Prevents infertility and miscarriage.
  • Lowers the risk of developing osteoporosis.
  • Reduces the risk of breast cancer and uterine cancer.
  • Helps treat gallbladder problems and diverticulosis.
  • Regulates blood sugar and helps stabilize the mood.
  • Prevents vomiting during pregnancy and eases painful labor.
  • Improves digestion and helps regulate cholesterol levels.

MenopauseMany women have been using wild yam cream to help balance their hormones and relieve menopause symptoms. You can bake, roast, and steam yams and fully enjoy this amazing food from Mother Nature.


Vitex is a native shrub of Italy and Greece and is also known as Chasteberry or Chaste Tree in some regions. This plant has been known for its amazing medicinal value since ancient times. The fruit of the Vitex shrub has been used to treat fertility and hormonal issues in women. Vitex can play a huge role in optimizing progesterone levels to prepare you for pregnancy by stimulating the luteinizing hormone (LH), which promotes ovulation. It also encourages the production of corpus luteum. Short luteal phases in women can be caused when they are not ovulating or progesterone levels are too low. Increasing the luteinizing hormone promotes ovulation, and progesterone levels are improved as a result.

Due to its ability to boost progesterone levels, it can be very helpful in preventing miscarriages.Vitex is considered a holy herb for women, it helps balance the hormones and relieve estrogen dominance syndrome, such as PMS, and it also helps reduce post-menopause symptoms, such as hot flashes and night sweats. In addition, it can help clear the annoying acne on your face, which is related to hormone imbalance for women. It is best to take this herb for three months before you plan to conceive, which enables the herb to optimize the hormonal levels in your body. A balanced diet, a healthy lifestyle, and combining natural remedies like Vitex can help you conceive and prevent miscarriages.


Maca is a root plant that looks like a turnip; but has a chemical makeup similar to a grain. Maca is believed to have fertility-boosting effects through its influence on hormone balance, especially in the regulation of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone levels. Additionally, it contains various vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, all of which play a crucial role in reproductive health. Studies have shown that maca supports semen quality in men. Maca regulates the menstrual cycle for women and stimulates ovulation. Maca may be more effective when it’s given for a longer period. Maca comes in three colors: yellow, red, and black. Different colors have similar benefits, but yellow maca is believed to act more gently than red and black maca and is believed to be safe for long-term use. As a result, yellow maca tends to be a popular form of Maca in supplements.Raw Maca preserves all of the nutrients in the root. On the other hand, gelatinized Maca is heated to break down the starches in the root to make digestion easier, but some nutrients are lost in the process. In most cases, raw is probably the preferable form as all nutrients are retained, but if you find it difficult to digest, you can try a gelatinized product.Due to its increased popularity, Maca is now grown in other locations where crops may be sprayed with pesticides. Pesticides are linked to decreased fertility. That’s why it’s important to make sure you choose an organic Maca product.

Your gut health has a lot to do with your hormone imbalance because it eliminates hormone metabolites so they don’t circulate and accumulate in the body. Here are some simple remedies to improve your digestive health.

Last but not least, a healthy lifestyle is a must when it comes to hormone balance and fertility. Please share your thoughts on this.

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As a Holistic Health Practitioner, Registered Dietitian, TCM Practitioner, Energy Healer, Master Hypnotist, Reiki Master, Advanced Theta Healing Practitioner, Author and Speaker, Lucy Liu, the founder of, has gained a good reputation in holistic health after many years of serving patients and clients as a holistic health practitioner. Lucy has developed a unique and comprehensive approach, which combines Western Medicine, Chinese Medicine, Energy Medicine, and Alternative Medicine together, to help others achieve optimal health by creating harmony between the body, mind, and spirit, and maintain long-term success for healthy lifestyle changes.
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