Herbal treatment for infertility in Nigeria
Infertility affects above 15 percent of all couples. It can be described as the inability to conceive after a long period of trying, which could be anywhere above 6 months. The cause of infertility can exist in either partner, in fact 40 percent of cases are male. Within the female partner, it is referred to as female Infertility.
Causes of Female infertility
The most common causes include ovulation problems, damage to the uterus, ovarian ducts or issues with the cervix. Age is also a strong contributor to infertility because as time passes, women come closer to menopause, and chances of fertilization slowly drop.
Ovulation problems can develop because of one or some of these:
A tumor or cyst
A hormonal imbalance
Eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia
Drug use, including caffeine
Thyroid gland problems
Extremely brief menstrual cycles
Damage to the uterus or ovarian ducts can be caused by:
Pelvic inflammatory disease
Polyps in the uterus
A previous infection, usually STD’s
Scar tissue or adhesions
A previous ectopic pregnancy
A birth defect
Abnormal cervical mucus can also cause infertility. Cervical mucus secretions that are too thick can trap the sperm and prevent them from reaching or penetrating the egg.
How is it diagnosed?
Doctors may use one of the following:
A urine or blood test to check for infections or hormone problems, including thyroid function
Pelvic and breast exam
A sample of cervical mucus tissue to determine if ovulation is occuring
Hysteroscopy, using a little telescope to look for uterine anomalies.
Ultrasound to look for problems with the uterus or ovaries
How is it treated?
Contemporary medicine usually employs one of these methods:
Taking hormones to solve a hormonal imbalance, endometriosis or a short menstrual cycle
Taking medications to stimulate ovulation
Antibiotics to remove an infection
Surgery to remove scar tissue or tumors
Herbs, used appropriately can be used to treat any type of infertility condition, enhancing the effects on gonadotropins on the system and preventing or curing infections of the reproductive system in both males and females.
Herbal medicine is recognized as a legitimate practice and there are bodies and organizations with which practitioners register themselves.
There are a variety of herbal treatments used to improve fertility and general health. There are the ayuverdic herbs from India, the Chinese herbs which have both been in use for over 2500 years. But my focus today is on herbs in Nigeria that are used to treat infertility.
Fertility herbs in Nigeria
For those prone to miscarriages these herbs are known to help:
Sandpaper tree, Epin Ficus exerspirata
Amunututu Basella alba Indian Spinach
Epaikun Curculigo pilosa
Jokoje CIssampelos owariensis
Abere picralima nitida
For Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome:
Snowflake acacia Tude Calliandra portoricensis
Akoigun Aristolochia repens
Problems with menstruation
Snowflake acacia, Tude Calliandra portoricensis
Watermelon, Bara Citrulus lonatis
Sandpaper tree, Epin Ficus exersperata
Ginger, Atale Zingiber officanale
Maize, Agbado Zee mays
Asuwon Oyinbo Cassia alata
Bitter melon Momordica charantia
In addition to others, Asuwon Oyinbo Cassia alata
Egbesi Nauclea latifolia
Other herbs used to treat female infertility include:
Indian Cork Tree Newbouldia laevis, taking a teaspoon of the powdered bark in hot water twice daily.
Day flower Comelina diffusa
Indian Kamila Mallotus oppositifolius
Hogweed Boerhavia diffusa
Consumption weed Cleome viscose
Chinese bar Triumfetta rhomoboidea