As we mentioned in previous articles, infertility is defined as the inability of a couple to conceive after 12 months of unprotected sexual intercourse. It affects over 5 million couples alone in the U.S. and many times more in the world. Because of unawareness of treatments, only 10% seeks help from professional specialists. We have spent most of the time in this series discussing the conventional and Chinese medicine in treating fertility. I believe it is the best time to change the subject by discussing how to treat infertility with gynostemma pentaphyllum.
Gynostemma pentaphyllum also known as jiao gu lan in traditional Chinese medicine, is an herbaceous vine of the family Cucurbitaceae and native to to the southern reaches of China, southern Korea and Japan. It has been used in treating heart diseases caused by high levels of the cholesterol and triglyceride.
II. How gynostemma pentaphyllum affects fertility
1. Blood flow
Gynostemma pentaphyllum is said to contain certain chemicals which help to reduce the levels of bad cholesterol and triglyceride in the blood stream, resulting in increasing the blood flow without the need of the heart to work harder, thus reducing the risk of blood stagnation in the the abdominal region, thereby increasing the chance to conceive.
It is considered as an adaptogenic tonic herb, thereby increasing the body in adapting to the change of environment in effecting emotional and physical ‘s stress, resulting in decreasing the over production of certain hormones that disrupts the normal function of the reproductive process.
It also helps to improve the immune system in guarding the cell duplication process, resulting in decreasing the risk of over reaction of immune system in producing protein biding to the sperm then kill it.
4. Digestive system
It also helps to stimulate appetite, thus increasing the absorption of vital vitamins and minerals which are essential in nourishing the reproductive organs and enhancing the chance of fertility.
It is said that gynostemma pentaphyllum also contains all property of ginseng, thereby, helping to improve the liver and spleen in carbohydrate metabolism, leading to increasing energy for our body daily activity and balancing the qi and blood in the abdomen.
III. Side effects
There are no known side effect, if it is not over dose.