Chinese Fertility Herbs




Herbs to Help You Ovulate

Herbs to address anovulation
(herbs for not ovulating, no ovulation)

A Chinese Medicine herbalist’s view of what happens at ovulation:

The third phase of the reproductive or the mid-cycle phase lasts about 7 days. During this phase Blood and Yin gradually fill up in the “Penetrating” and “Directing Vessel”. From the Western point of view, this is the ovulatory phase during which the ovum is released from the follicle and the corpus luteum develops under the influence of the luteinizing hormone (LH). There can be menstrual bleeding even though no ovulation took place.

It is important to identify each of the four phases of the reproductive cycle which are as followed:
The Menstrual phase (about 5 days)
The Post-Menstrual phase (about 7 day)
The Mid-cycle Phase (about 7 days)
Pre-Menstrual Phase (about 7 days)

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the treatment principle and strategy is decided according to what should be happening during each of these phases. During the ovulation time, the mid-cycle we promote ovulation by choosing herbs that nourish the “Essence”. There is no comparable concept of “Essence” in western medicine but there are many herbs that will nourish this “Essence”.

A very good Chinese herbal formula that will assist women who are not ovulating and are manifesting a lot of cold symptoms which TCM would say is no ovulation stemming from a “Kidney Yang Deficiency” contains the following herbs:
Dang gui
Dan shen
Cong wei zi
Tao ren
Hong hua
Ji xue teng
Xu duan
Xiang fu
Gui zhi

If the woman is experiencing signs of heat such hot flashes and night sweats it is better to use herbs that address the “Kidney Yin” such as the following herbal formula:
Dan shen
Chi shai
Ze lan
Shi di huang
Gou qi zi
Toa ren
Hing hua
Yi yi ren
Xiang fu

These formulas would only be used during the 7 days at mid-cycle. Other formulas should be used to promote the other phases of the reproductive cycle.

Often times a formula will be prescribed to treat the overall pattern of disharmony manifesting in the woman first and then switched to formulas to assist each of the four phases of the cycle.

It cannot be stressed enough how important it is to have a trained Chinese herbalist diagnose the patterns of disharmonies in the particular woman to be able to prescribe the right formula. Chinese herbs are only effective if the correct herbs in the correct dosage are taken.

Causes and Risk Factors of Anovulation (not ovulating)

Some causes are relatively easy to identify, whereas others are much more difficult. A number of possible causes can be identified:
Excessive exercise and weight loss. A prolonged, strenuous program of exercise, such as running, can interfere with the ovulatory cycle by suppressing the output of hormones called gonadotropins from the hypothalamus in the brain.

This type of anovulation is generally accompanied by amenorrhea (no period) and normal menstruation returns when the woman adjusts her regimen.

Stress and anxiety and other forms of emotional stress can take a their toll on normal ovulation. Some women can resolve the stress in their daily lives but for others this is very difficult. Luckily, there are very good Chinese herbs that can help your body deal with stress. We often add these herbs to the formulas above to assist your body in ovulation.

Another possible contributor to anovulation is the long-term use of certain medications. Steroidal oral contraceptives (the Pill) are sometimes responsible. These drugs work by intentionally disrupting the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, suppressing ovulation and thereby preventing pregnancy. Many women call everyday after using long-acting injectable steroid contraceptives (Depo-Provera), it appears likely that the longer the contraceptive is continued the more likely that amenorrhea will result.

Other causes. These might include estrogen and progesterone imbalances. a malfunctioning corpulsteum, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, premature ovarian failure, and hyperprolactinemia. Fertility herbalist, Patricia Karnowski M.S.O.M has experience and success working with these conditions. Some are more responsive to herbs than other. Congenital conditions do not seem to respond to the herbal formulas. Premature ovarian failure may take up to a year to see results.

It is not possible to get pregnant without IVF if a woman is not ovulating. Chinese herbs may help in ovulation so that she doesn't have to use IVF, Herbs to address anovulation
(herbs for not ovulating, no ovulation)

A Chinese Medicine herbalist’s view of what happens at ovulation:

The third phase of the reproductive or the mid-cycle phase lasts about 7 days. During this phase Blood and Yin gradually fill up in the “Penetrating” and “Directing Vessel”. From the Western point of view, this is the ovulatory phase during which the ovum is released from the follicle and the corpus luteum develops under the influence of the luteinizing hormone (LH). There can be menstrual bleeding even though no ovulation took place.

It is important to identify each of the four phases of the reproductive cycle which are as followed:
The Menstrual phase (about 5 days)
The Post-Menstrual phase (about 7 day)
The Mid-cycle Phase (about 7 days)
Pre-Menstrual Phase (about 7 days)

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the treatment principle and strategy is decided according to what should be happening during each of these phases. During the ovulation time, the mid-cycle we promote ovulation by choosing herbs that nourish the “Essence”. There is no comparable concept of “Essence” in western medicine but there are many herbs that will nourish this “Essence”.

A very good Chinese herbal formula that will assist women who are not ovulating and are manifesting a lot of cold symptoms which TCM would say is no ovulation stemming from a “Kidney Yang Deficiency” contains the following herbs:
Dang gui
Dan shen
Cong wei zi
Tao ren
Hong hua
Ji xue teng
Xu duan
Xiang fu
Gui zhi

If the woman is experiencing signs of heat such hot flashes and night sweats it is better to use herbs that address the “Kidney Yin” such as the following herbal formula:
Dan shen
Chi shai
Ze lan
Shi di huang
Gou qi zi
Toa ren
Hing hua
Yi yi ren
Xiang fu

These formulas would only be used during the 7 days at mid-cycle. Other formulas should be used to promote the other phases of the reproductive cycle.

Often times a formula will be prescribed to treat the overall pattern of disharmony manifesting in the woman first and then switched to formulas to assist each of the four phases of the cycle.

It cannot be stressed enough how important it is to have a trained Chinese herbalist diagnose the patterns of disharmonies in the particular woman to be able to prescribe the right formula. Chinese herbs are only effective if the correct herbs in the correct dosage are taken.

Causes and Risk Factors of Anovulation (not ovulating)

Some causes are relatively easy to identify, whereas others are much more difficult. A number of possible causes can be identified:
Excessive exercise and weight loss. A prolonged, strenuous program of exercise, such as running, can interfere with the ovulatory cycle by suppressing the output of hormones called gonadotropins from the hypothalamus in the brain.

This type of anovulation is generally accompanied by amenorrhea (no period) and normal menstruation returns when the woman adjusts her regimen.

Stress and anxiety and other forms of emotional stress can take a their toll on normal ovulation. Some women can resolve the stress in their daily lives but for others this is very difficult. Luckily, there are very good Chinese herbs that can help your body deal with stress. We often add these herbs to the formulas above to assist your body in ovulation.

Another possible contributor to anovulation is the long-term use of certain medications. Steroidal oral contraceptives (the Pill) are sometimes responsible. These drugs work by intentionally disrupting the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, suppressing ovulation and thereby preventing pregnancy. Many women call everyday after using long-acting injectable steroid contraceptives (Depo-Provera), it appears likely that the longer the contraceptive is continued the more likely that amenorrhea will result.

Other causes. These might include estrogen and progesterone imbalances. a malfunctioning corpulsteum, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, premature ovarian failure, and hyperprolactinemia. Fertility herbalist, Patricia Karnowski M.S.O.M has experience and success working with these conditions. Some are more responsive to herbs than other. Congenital conditions do not seem to respond to the herbal formulas. Premature ovarian failure may take up to a year to see results.

It is not possible to get pregnant without IVF if a woman is not ovulating. Chinese herbs may help in ovulation so that she doesn't have to use IVF,



Fertility Herbalist
Patricia Karnowski 
MSOM, Dipl.Ac, LAc (Mi)
910-420-2194

806 River St.
Owosso, Mi 48867
patricia@fertilityformulas.com