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Vitex for Fertility Success – How Vitex Can Help Fertility

Last updated: May 16th, 2018 at 09:36 am

Vitex for Fertility Success – How Vitex Can Help Fertility

Author: Linda Ryan, BA, Lic TCM, CH

What is Vitex Used for in Fertility?

Are you looking to boost your fertility and get pregnant naturally? Say hello to the herb known as Vitex (and also known as Chasteberry Agnus Castus).  This potent herb could very well be the herbal remedy you’ve been searching for to boost fertility.  It is well known and studies have proven it to rectify hormonal imbalances.

Vitex for Fertility Success: What Are The Benefits Of Vitex?

There have been many studies about Vitex Chasteberry that has proven it to:

  • reduce uterine fibroids,
  • treat those with endometriosis
  • treat those with PCOS
  • treats lack of ovulation
  • treats irregular menstrual cycles
  • treats lack of menstrual cycles
  • and balance the body’s hormones to treat acne-prone skin.

Vitex Chasteberry, can also be used to treat symptoms of PMS such as mood swings, headaches and breast tenderness. Herbalists even prescribe it to breast feeding women to induce lactation as well as prescribing it to women going through menopause, as it has shown to relieve hot flashes as well. This is a potent herb indeed.

What is Vitex Chasteberry Agnus Castus?vitex for fertility

It is derived from the tiny fruit produced by the Chaste tree. This herb is referred to as Vitex or simply Chasteberry or just Agnus Castus. It’s a popular herbal medicine used to treat infertility and other reproductive issues.  It has been said that it has been used for 2000 years to treat women’s reproductive issues.

What Does Vitex Do in the Body for Fertility?

Vitex Chasteberry supports your Pituitary Gland’s function of producing the reproductive hormones Lutein and Progesterone.  You need Luteinising Hormone to ovulate and Progesterone is necessary after ovulation to support the second phase of your reproductive cycle, the Luteal phase of your cycle, and helps facilitate implantation of a developing embryo. The Pituitary Gland is referred to as the “Master Gland”-one of the reasons why is because it is responsible for regulating the reproductive cycle by communicating with the ovaries, telling them what to do and when to do it. Since Vitex Chasteberry helps the Pituitary to function better, Vitex positively affects the whole reproductive cycle.

Vitex helps create balance by equalizing the ratio of progesterone versus estrogen in the body, thereby fixing hormonal issues that may lead to infertility.

Vitex Dosage – How Much Should I Take?

For infertility, you should be taking about 160-250mg of Chasteberry per day while trying to conceive. You can find this herbal remedy in liquid form or in pill form. The one you use depends on your preference.  It is important to note that Vitex is a slow working herb and therefor you should give it at least 6 months to really take effect. Be consistent in taking it and give it some time to see the benefits come in to effect.

When to Take Vitex During Cycle

It s recommended to take the recommended dose daily for six months unless you experience adverse side effects.

Caution: It’s not recommended for women who are already pregnant, unless directed otherwise by a medical professional.

Caution: It is not recommended to take Vitex if you are on IVF Medications as it could interfere with them.

Caution: Be aware that it can sometimes exacerbate feelings of depression.

What Are the Side Effects of Vitex Chasteberry?

There are some minor side effects associated with Chasteberry, or Vitex. You may experience an upset stomach, itching, difficulty sleeping or a bit of weight gain. This herb can also affect the potency of some medications, including birth control and estrogen supplements., which is why we always recommend you consult your doctor before taking any herbs or supplements.

Where to buy Vitex for Fertility 

Vitex is sold in most health shops, have a look in your local health shop.  Some pharmacies are also now carrying Vitex.  If you want a wide selection and range of costs to compare and suit your budget then you can also easily buy Vitex Chaste Berry from Amazon.  Read reviews and check out the Nature’s Way Vitex brand on Amazon.com   or   Amazon.co.uk

The fruit of the chaste tree has been credited to have delivered countless miracles. If you think that Vitex Chasteberry Agnus Castus might help you achieve your dream of getting pregnant then speak to an experienced herbalist to get started as soon as possible!

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Fertility Prayer and Prayers for Conception

Last updated: May 11th, 2018 at 10:11 am

Fertility Prayer to Patron Saint of Fertility & General Prayers for Conception

Author: Linda Ryan, BA, Lic TCM, CH

Here you will find a list of fertility prayers for conception of a child. You will also find the words to popular fertility prayers. Many couples use fertility prayer to get pregnant as a number of Saints are said to help with fertility. Throughout the years many of my patients have mentioned how they believe that fertility prayer has helped them at best to conceive and at the very least to gain a sense of calmness, peace and reduce feelings of stress, which is always beneficial to setting up the conditions that will allow pregnancy to happen.

The following fertility prayers are mostly Christian and Catholic prayers to get pregnant.  I have added in the answer to the question, “Is there a Jewish prayer for infertility?” I will add in fertility prayers from other faiths very soon, so please do check back.

  1. St.Gerard fertility prayer for conception (Saint Gerard is known as a Catholic Saint of Fertility)

    O glorious St. Gerard, powerful intercessor before God, and wonder worker of our day, I call upon you and seek your help. You who always fulfilled God’s will on earth, help those desiring to conceive to do God’s holy will. Intercede with the Giver of Life from whom all parenthood proceeds, that they may conceive and raise children who will please God in this life and be heirs to the Kingdom of Heaven. Amen.

  2. St. Rita fertility prayer to conceive a baby (Saint Rita is known as a Catholic Saint of Fertility)

St. Rita fertility prayerGlorious St. Rita, O holy patroness of those in need, your intercession with our Lord is most powerful. Through the favors obtained by your prayers, you have been called the Advocate of the Hopeless and even of the Impossible. St. Rita, humble and pure; patient and compassionate lover of Christ Crucified! We have confidence that everyone who has recourse to you, will find comfort and relief. Listen to our petitions and show your power with God on our behalf. Obtain our petitions for us, if they are for the greater glory of God, and for our good. We promise, if our petitions are granted, to make known your favor, and to glorify God for His gift. Relying on your merits and power before the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we ask of you (here mention your request).  Obtain for us our Request by the singular merits of thy childhood,
by thy perfect union with the Divine Will, by thy heroic sufferings during thy married life, by the consolation thou didst experience at the conversion of thy husband, by the sacrifice of thy children rather than see them grievously offend God, by thy miraculous entrance into the convent, by thy severe penances and thrice daily bloody scourgings, by the suffering caused by the wound thou didst receive from the thorn of the Crucified Savior,
by the divine love which consumed thy heart, by that remarkable devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, on which alone thou didst exist for four years,
by the happiness with which thou didst part from thy trials to join thy Divine Spouse, by the perfect example thou gavest to people of every state of life. Pray for us, O holy St. Rita, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Let us Pray. Heavenly Father! In Your infinite love and mercy, you heed the prayer of Your beloved servant, Saint Rita. You graciously grant favors through her intercession, which are considered impossible to human foresight, skill and efforts. Relying on her compassionate love, we ask You to assist us in our trials and difficulties. Let unbelievers know that you are recompense helper of the humble, the defense of the helpless, and the strength of those who trust in You. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

  1. Fertility Prayer to Conceive a Baby

This is a general fertility prayer taken from the website www.catholic.org

The Fertility Blessing:  

You know my deep desire for a childfertility prayer
A little one to love and to hold, to care for, to cherish. Grant that my body may conceive and give birth to a beautiful, healthy baby in Your holy image.
Guide me in all my choices so that this conception, my pregnancy and my baby’s birth are in line with Your will.
Heavenly Father and Holy Mother, hear this prayer of my heart, mind and spirit. Amen.

4.   Is there a Jewish fertility prayer?

            Answer excerpt below by Chaya Sarah Silberberg

fertility prayer challah breadVery often, the Rebbe would advise people in your situation to be meticulous in the observance of the laws of Family Purity. If you have not yet committed to observing this mitzvah, now is a perfect time to do so. If you do observe the laws, perhaps it’s time for a refresher course. Either way, your local rabbi and rebbetzin will be able to assist you in this matter.

While there is no specific prayer or blessing that addresses your situation, there are three special times for a woman to pray for children:

1) After she immerses in the mikvah, as per the mitzvah of Family Purity, while she is still in the water.

2) After she lights the Shabbat or Jewish holiday candles and recites the blessing, while she is still covering her eyes.

3) While she is making challah.”

Click here to read more of the above

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  1. Fertility Prayers For Conception Of A Child

Each general fertility prayer listed below was taken from the website www.beliefnet.com

Reward I Will Cherish Fertility Prayer:

Heavenly Father, I come to you today and always your loving servant to ask of You a request to be able to conceive a baby. This is a reward that I will cherish with my life. I thank you for the blessings I have and for the blessing I am about to receive. I believe in Jesus’s name and do not take him for granted. I love you Lord with my whole heart and I know I am not forsaken or forgotten. Amen.

Your Will Fertility Prayer:

Heavenly Father, You know my deep desire for a child. A little one to love and to hold, to care for, to cherish. Grant that my body may conceive and give birth to a beautiful, healthy baby in Your holy image. Guide me in all my choices so that this conception, my pregnancy and my baby’s birth are in line with Your will. Heavenly Father and Holy Mother, hear this prayer of my heart, mind and spirit. Amen.

Nurture and Protect Fertility Prayer:

Dear God of Goodness and Grace, Hold us close.  We’re sad and hopeful, anxious and excited, longingly waiting for the moment of conception. May it be Your will that the life of our child begins soon. Choose the best from us both to form a new soul. Place it ever so gently in my womb where I will nurture and protect the precious gift of life I am about to receive. Amen.

Fruit of The Womb Fertility Prayer:

Father, we thank You that children are the heritage of the Lord, fertility prayerand the fruit of the womb is His reward. Children are Your idea, Father; You thought up children, and family, and home. You instituted the family in the Garden of Eden. You ordered children; You commanded them when You said to Adam and Eve, “Be fruitful and multiply.” You said that the barren womb is never satisfied. Lord, the Word declares that I am wonderfully and fearfully made by You; therefore, I’m perfect and able to conceive and have children. Please give me the opportunity to carry out this blessing and use this magically gift to create my own family.

The next few fertility prayers have also come from www.Beliefnet.com

Gently in My Womb Fertility Prayer:

Dear God of Goodness and Grace, Hold us close.

We’re sad and hopeful, anxious and excited, longingly waiting for the moment of conception.

May it be your will that the life of our child begins soon.

Choose the best from us both form a new soul.

Place it ever so gently in my womb where I will nurture and protect the precious gift of life I am about to receive. Amen.

Make Me Fertile Fertility Prayer:

Praise the Lord for He is great, mighty, and gives life. May He remember me as He did Sarah, planting seed in my womb, bearing fruit, as the most bountiful tree in the orchard. Lord on high, Lord so close, make me fertile. Create a new soul and I will raise it up in Your name. Hallelujah!

Breathe Life Unto Me Fertility Prayer:

fertility prayerGod. Elohim. Breath. Your name (dear Lord) means breath.

Breathe Your life unto me. Impregnate me.

I need you now.

We long for a baby.

A gift from You. Yes?

Bless Your Child With Child Fertility Prayer:

Heavenly Father, I am yours. Will you bless Your child with child?

I long to honor You by being a mother who raises her children in love, respect and service to You.

In Your name I pray: Fill my womb, grace me with pregnancy and deliver to me a healthy baby. Amen

Ready to Be a Mother Fertility Prayer:

Father, Hear my prayer for getting pregnant.

I am ready to be a mother. Generously, we give our love to each other.

Won’t you bless us with fertility?

We make a sacred promise to be worthy of Your trust.

We will be honorable parents teaching love, respect and Your word to our baby.

With praise for Your glory and goodness, we pray that it is Your will to fulfill our true purpose

Change us from a couple to a family. Amen

Seeing Conception Fertility Prayer:

Fertility is within my reach. I close my eyes and see conception.

Carefully, I will nurture God’s greatest creation-new life.

I am ready, willing, and able to bear a child.

The Lord is with me. I will walk with confidence along the path where mothers before me have walked.

The time for getting pregnant is here. My prayers will be answered.

It is God’s will.

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Hot Flashes: Relief is Available

Last updated: April 26th, 2018 at 11:45 am

Hot Flashes Relief Is Available

Author: Linda Ryan, BA, Lic TCM, CH

If you are reading this, chances are you know first hand that Hot Flashes are one of the most common and annoying of the perimenopause symptoms.  They can take you by surprise, they just happen with no warning and seem to take over at inopportune moments.  Take heart though, as there are plenty of natural things you can do to help relieve and diminish menopause hot flashes. Acupuncture is one of the best natural ways to find relief from hot flashes. Check out the Mayo Clinic Acupuncture video of a Mayo Clinic Acupuncturist relieving hot flashes with Acupuncture. There are also some very effective herbal supplements you can start taking as well.

How Long Do Hot Flashes Last?

Hot flashes may start to happen in peri menopause (the time period usually after the age of 40 & before your last period) and can continue until after menopause age (The time when you have not had a period for a year).  When they stop happening for good varies from woman to woman depending on how your own personal hormones level and balance out during your menopause journey, how well you take of yourself and what action you take (like getting menopause acupuncture, healthy eating, etc).

How To Get Rid of Hot Flashes

So, how do you stop Hot Flashes naturally?

  1. Acupuncture stops hot flashes- studies have shown that hot flashes hot flushesacupuncture is very effective at alleviating hot flashes, hot flushes and night sweats. You can come to our Acupuncture Menopause Specialist Clinic if you live in Ireland just give us a ring

    01- 291-4557

  2. Herbal supplements to get rid of hot flashes- Black Cohosh, Red Clover, Evening Primrose Oil, Dong Quai (disclaimer-you should consult your doctor about taking herbal supplements) You can easily purchase these herbal supplements on either Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com
  3. Staying cool– avoid foods which add heat: alcohol, caffeine, hot & spicy foods, etc.  Also try not to overheat while doing exercise and make sure to cool down afterwards.
  4. Menopause mindfulness, menopause meditation or mindfulness & meditation for reducing stress in general.

When Do Hot Flashes Happen?

Hot flashes may occur randomly, once off here and there and hot flashes, hot flushesbe mild or they may happen frequently with great intensity and can cause related perimenopause symptoms such as sweating, red hot flushes in the cheeks (this can feel like a sunburn), palpitations (rapid heart beat) and a feeling of pressure in your head.

Hot flashes can occur during the day and night.  If it happens at night, hot flashes may interfere with your ability to get a full and restful night’s sleep. Which in turn may affect your energy, your mood and your ability to concentrate the next day. Some women also experience night sweats which is a similar perimenopause symptom : it is waking up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat (you may even have to change your pyjama’s because they are soaked), but not necessarily feeling the heat/ hot flash in your face.

There are plenty of natural, effective remedies to cure hot flashes, so if you find the frequency of hot flashes and hot flushes is disruptive to your life, take some action, take back control of your life, I did and it certainly has made all the difference!

Linda Ryan- Founder of MARA Fertility Acupuncture ClinicHi, I’m Linda Ryan, Menopause Acupuncturist, mother of three & 50 years young: Having overcome my own menopause issues is what drives me to help women like you to achieve the relief that I made happen for myself.

 

Maca and Fertility: Is Maca Good for Fertility?

Last updated: May 16th, 2018 at 10:05 am

Author, Linda Ryan, BA, Lic. TCM, CH

MACA and Fertility: Is MACA Good for Fertility?

Trying to get pregnant? Get yourself some Maca! This natural herb is growing in popularity among those trying to get pregnant because it has shown to increase fertility without causing any harmful side effects.

What is MACA?

It is a cruciferous vegetable native to Peru and long believed to boost stamina and increase energy levels, the Maca root has been used by healers for centuries. Maca root is commonly found in the form of a powder or pill supplement, it is packed with nutrients the body needs to be fertile (a whopping 31 minerals & 60 phytonutrients!)

Maca and fertility

 

What Does MACA Do?

Boasting full of antioxidants that replenish cells to energize and revitalize them. This miracle herb naturally balances estrogen levels, thus helping improve fertility. Maca is also commonly used to treat mood swings, memory loss and a low sex drive.

What Are the Benefits of Maca?

Maca has been shown to raise a woman’s chances of conceiving by supporting the thyroid and balancing hormones. It’s also commonly used to reduce blood sugar, guard cells from disease, protect against neurological damage and so much more.

When Do I Take MACA?

Since Maca is an energizing herb, you’ll want to fuel up on it early in the day so you can get plenty of sleep. It can be taken throughout your menstrual cycle, including during menstruation. After all, sleep is another essential component if you’re wanting to boost fertility.

Dosage: How Much MACA Do I Take?

If you’re trying to conceive or preparing your body for IVF implantation, it’s recommended you take about 500-3000 mg daily.

What Are The Side Effects?

There are little to no side effects associated with it, so it’s usually safe for those trying to get pregnant. However, some women have experienced a bit of spotting and/or a slight change in their menstrual cycle after adding it to their daily regimen. This is totally normal! These are just signs that the body is adjusting to a newly established hormonal balance provided by this healthy herb.

Where You Can Get MACA

You can easily purchase MACA from Amazon.  The brands we recommend are:

1- Love Life Supplements MACAPure Highest Strength Maca Root, 5000mg Whole Root Equivalent, 60 Capsules, No Fillers Just Pure Maca.  Read the reviews and learn more by clicking here:  Amazon.co.uk

2- Zestlife Maca Root : Maca root 4:1 (1000mg equivalent) 60 capsules High Strength.   Read the reviews and learn more by clicking here: Amazon.co.uk

3-NaturaLife labs MACA.  They state that “Our superior organic maca root gets you the biggest bang for your buck, getting you more organic maca per capsule than any other supplement out there. Our 950 mg per capsule formula provides the most potent supplement on the market with superior absorption.”  Read the reviews and learn more by clicking here:    Amazon.com

 

Everybody’s talking about MACA for fertility because it’s effective, affordable and gentle on the body. What better reason do you need to get your hands on some of this potent herb? Another potent fertility herb you may want to try is VitexRoyal Jelly is also known for great fertility benefits.

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Fats for Fertility

Last updated: May 2nd, 2018 at 12:15 pm

Fats for Fertility

Author Linda Ryan, BA, Lic TCM, CH

It used to be that doctors, nutritionists and dieticians gave us the advice us to eat “fat free”.  Time has moved on and there is now clear evidence that proves that friendly fats, including saturated fats, are not the enemy. Fats for fertility boosting benefits are very helpful.  And avoiding fats to avoid “getting fat” is a myth.

Fats play a vital role in boosting your health from everything from helping your skin and your nerves to most importantly optimal hormone production, which is vital for fertility boosting benefits.

Friendly fats also help reduce inflammation, promote a healthy heart, and healthy brain function, which is also beneficial for setting up the conditions to allow pregnancy to happen.

There are 3 types of healthy Fats for Fertility boosting benefits.  These should be incorporated into your diet on a consistent basis.

The 3 types of healthy Fats for Fertility are:

  1. Saturated fats-  These are found in foods like healthy animal fats (grass fed beef, chicken thighs), grass fed butter or coconut oil.  These are not to be consumed in excess.
  2. Monounsaturated fats-  These are found in foods like mixed raw nuts, raw nut butters, avocado, olives and olive oil.
  3. Polyunsaturated fats- These are found in fish oils (wild caught salmon for example…or an EPA/DHA supplement), flaxseed oil. Hemp is even a great source.

Here are a few great ways to add healthy fats for fertility in your diet:

  • For a snack have a handful of nuts or
  • Add nuts to your morning porridge or cereal
  • Have fish at least 2 times per week
  • Add avocado slices to salads
  • Use olive oil in salad dressings
  • When cooking, use coconut oil instead of butter or other oils
  • Take a high quality Omega supplement, you can easily buy it here on Amazon: Omega supplement

Fats to Avoid: Trans Fats

Trans fats are definitely not healthy.  Trans fats are the ones that lead to conditions like high cholesterol, clogged arteries and heart disease.  Trans fats are created in a lab through a process called hydrogenation.  Another big reason you should try to avoid trans fats at all costs is because your body does not know how to process them and they are, in fact, damaging.  The way to spot Trans fats in foods is to read the label. If the label includes anything “hydrogenated” listed in it, then it has a Trans fat.

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