Phytotherapy - how and how it helps.The healing powers of plants have been known to humanity for millennia. Until the beginning of the 20th century, herbal medicine was the only way to relieve discomfort and cure illnesses. Knowledge, which helps herb against, based on the wealth of experience of many generations: Starting with the doctors of ancient Greece on the monastery medicine of Hildegard von Bingen to naturopaths such as Sebastian Kneipp.
In the last 30 years, herbal medicine has developed in two directions: traditional and rational herbal medicine. While traditional phytotherapy relies on many years of experience, the rational works according to strictly scientific criteria. Their goal is the use of herbal substances, which can also exist before the drug law.
In European phytotherapy alone, more than 3000 medicinal plants are known, around 400 are still used today for the production of medicines. Their flowers, leaves, fruits, seeds, onions, roots, barks or woods are processed into teas or finished preparations. The uses of phytotherapy are as diverse as the plants used.
Learn more about the background, the history and the exploration in our article ""Phytotherapy or herbal medicine""
Are there any herbal remedies that can help me with my desire to have a baby?The herbal medicine knows many preparations that can help your fertility.
In the case of cycle and fertility disorders, primarily medicinal plants with hormone-regulating effects are considered. They harmonize estrogen or progesterone levels and thus support a stable cycle.
Herbs with estrogenic effects for the 1st half of the cycle:
In the first half of the cycle, the ovaries produce estrogen under the influence of the follicle-stimulating hormone produced by the pituitary gland. When a certain level of estrogen in the blood is reached, the pituitary gland releases large amounts of the luteinizing hormone that causes ovulation. In estrogen deficiency, ovulation will stop.
In phytotherapy, estrogen deficiency is caused, for example, by Chinese angelica (Angelika sinensis) or false einkorn (Chaemlirium lutheum). With elderflower, raspberry leaves, mugwort, basil, coriander, lemon balm, sage or rosemary, you can gently stimulate estrogen production yourself.
Herbs with progesterone effect for the second half of the cycle:
The yellow body hormone progesterone is responsible in the second half of the cycle for the preparation of the lining of the uterus to the implantation of the fertilized egg. It is also important to maintain a pregnancy. If too little corpus luteum hormone is formed, it can lead to problems in the implantation of the embryo and miscarriage. In the absence of corpus luteum hormones women usually have a shortened second half of the cycle (less than 10 days after the rise in the basal temperature curve). Pre-menstrual syndrome can also be a sign of luteal weakness. The luteal weakness may be the result of inadequate follicle maturation in the first half of the cycle, because the ovarian follicles produce the corpus luteum after ovulation. In case of luteal weakness, phytotherapy uses, for example, chaste tree (Agnus castus), pasque (Anemone pulsatilla) or wild yam (Dioscorea macrostachya). Lady's mantle and yarrow have a balancing effect on the luteal phase. Nettle leaves flush the draining urinary tract and counteract water retention.
Chaste Tree (Agnus castus)
: The therapeutic effect and safety of Chasteberry is well documented. Thanks to scientific studies, chasteberry has become one of the most important medicinal plants for hormone regulation in women. Chasteberry has a stimulating effect on the pituitary gland and stimulates the production of the corpus luteum hormone. In addition, it lowers high levels of prolactin, which can stand in the way of pregnancy. That's why it works especially well in women with chronic stress. In the case of persistent stress, nature tries to protect itself from additional stress during pregnancy by high levels of prolactin. But follow your gynecologist's dosage recommendations or package leaflet. Because with overdose chaste tree pepper can have unwanted side effects: sexual aversion and strengthening of mental complaints. In rare cases, it can also lead to itchy rashes, diarrhea, upset stomach or nausea. The dampening effect of chasteberry can be deduced from its traditional use. The plant, cultivated under the name of chaste bush in every monastery garden, was supposed to help monks and women religious to fulfill their chastity vows and to fight ""unchaste cravings"". Both men and women wore amulets made of chaste lamb to cushion the sex drive. Parts used: seeds.
Midwives Prescription: Cycle Tea
In order to stabilize the cycle to naturally support the child's desire to conceive, midwives have developed a cycle tea. It is suitable for self-treatment. But for safety's sake, discuss with your gynecologist whether the tea is suitable for you.As soon as you know that you are pregnant, you should stop taking herbal teas or medicines, because some should not be taken during pregnancy (please read our article on herbs that you should avoid during pregnancy).The cycle tea consists of two different herbal mixtures - one for the first and the other for the second half of the cycle. Both together should stabilize the cycle, improve fertility, energy balance and mood. This happens because the first tea blend supports estrogen production in the first half of the cycle and the second the yellow body phase in the second part of the cycle. This not only makes ovulation more likely, but also promotes the implantation of the embryo after a recipient. The best way to prepare the tea mixture in the pharmacy. Take with you the recipes, because not all pharmacists know what is behind the term ""cycle tea"". Meanwhile, this mixture is also offered in some Internet pharmacies. Here are the recipes:
Cycle tea for the first half of the cycle (1st to 14th day):
40 g raspberry leaves
- 40 g rosemary leaves
- 40 g mugwort
- 40 g elderflower
- 40 g Sage leaves
- Cycle tea for the second half of the cycle (15th to last day):
- 40 g yarrow
- 40 g nettle leaves
- Pour 1 teaspoon of the tea mixture into 200 ml hot water and let the infusion draw for 10 to 15 minutes. Drunk three times a day, the cycle tea not only brings additional rituals of rest and relaxation into your everyday life, but can increase the likelihood of fulfilling your desire to conceive soon. As this herbal tea takes some time to develop its effect, you should perform the tea cure for three to six months.
Treatment with medicinal plants requires expert knowledge and experience. If you have any questions or uncertainties about interactions with hormone supplements or other medicines, please consult your doctor or midwife. How do I find experts in phytotherapy?
Qualified specialists are physicians with the additional name naturopathic treatment. Also Kneipp doctors are well equipped in phytotherapy - you can get addresses at the Kneipp-Bund, www. Kneipp bund. de, Tel.: 08247/30020. Naturopaths who specialize in phytotherapy, you can find for example under Naturopaths. de. The non-medical practitioner associations can call you therapists.What and when does the cashier pay?
The health insurance companies only pay for the treatment if it is carried out by a health insurance doctor. The cost of herbal medicines must be borne by the sick even if the doctor has prescribed it. Because since 2004 only very few phytopharmaceuticals are prescription-only.Most of them are available for sale and are therefore not reimbursed by the health insurance companies. An exception is the regulation in children up to 12 years of age.Tip:
Keep your doctor's ""green prescriptions"" well for the tax. After all, herbal remedies are also part of the illness-related costs that can be claimed as an extraordinary tax burden. What to Remember When Buying Phytopharmaceuticals
Only when you buy a herbal medicine from the pharmacy will you be sure to get a standardized, high-quality, proven-efficacy product. Herbal medicines that are subject to a pharmacy must meet the quality requirements of the German Pharmacopoeia (DAB). For products from the health food store, health food store or supermarket you get no guarantee of efficacy and the active ingredients are lower doses.Sources
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