Essential Takeaways:
  • Chinese herbs have been used for thousands of years to naturally improve fertility by regulating the cycle and balancing hormones.

  • Many studies show how Chinese medicine can be a natural fertility solution increasing pregnancy, including alongside assisted reproductive technologies (ART) like IVF and other western conventional treatments.

  • By treating the root cause instead of masking symptoms, using Chinese herbs is one of the ways to boost fertility naturally.

If you're exploring natural methods to enhance fertility, you may have come across Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The question is, can time-tested practices like acupuncture and herbal remedies for fertility truly make a difference? The answer is yes! Let's delve into the scientific research that explains how Chinese herbs effectively improve fertility.

Understanding TCM for Fertility

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been practiced for thousands of years and offers a holistic approach to health and wellness. In the context of fertility, TCM combines acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary adjustments, and lifestyle changes to foster a balanced, fertile environment in your body. We’re going to focus on the herbal piece of the puzzle here by breaking down the latest scientific research proving Chinese herbal medicine’s (CHM) ability to improve fertility outcomes.

Two-Fold Increase in Pregnancy Rates

A meta-analysis of 40 randomized control trials involving over 4,000 women shows that using herbal formulas to treat female infertility can be very effective, potentially doubling pregnancy rates within 3-6 months compared to typical Western fertility drugs. CHM also improves important fertility factors like ovulation frequency, cervical mucus quality, basal body temperature patterns, and uterine lining thickness. These changes help create a healthier environment for a successful pregnancy.

Natural Ways to Improve IVF Success

In a study of 433 women under 42 with infertility issues, participants were split into two groups while undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF): one group received standard treatment, and the other group received the same treatment plus Chinese herbs. The results were impressive! The women who took the Chinese herbs had higher rates of high-quality embryos, more biochemical pregnancies, and more clinical pregnancies. The study concluded that adding Chinese herbal formulas to IVF treatment can enhance endometrial thickness, improve embryo quality, and increase the success rate of IVF. Using herbal formulas is one way for you to enhance IVF outcomes naturally. 

Combining Herbs with Clomid 

Researchers reviewed 14 studies involving 1316 women to determine whether combining Chinese herbs with the common fertility drug clomiphene citrate (Clomid) could improve infertility treatments. The findings were promising: women using both herbs and Clomid had a 50% higher pregnancy rate compared to those using only the fertility drug. Additionally, these women had a 14% better chance of having normal ovulation patterns and a 78% increase in uterine lining thickness, which is crucial for embryo implantation.

Luteal Phase Deficiency

Researchers conducted a study to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of Chinese herbs for treating infertility caused by luteal phase deficiency. They analyzed data from eight randomized controlled trials involving 465 women. The results showed that CHM improved clinical pregnancy rates and increased progesterone and estrogen levels during the luteal phase, compared to conventional Western therapies.

Herbs for Natural Fertility Support

These studies show that Chinese herbs can enhance fertility by helping you balance your hormones, support regular ovulation, improve cervical mucus health, and thicken the uterine lining. They can also improve the quality of embryos and naturally improve IVF outcomes.

Herbs for Fertility 

By addressing the root of your imbalances, your personalized Cycle Balance formula will help maintain balance, ensuring your body is in the optimal state for a successful pregnancy. Based on your results from Elix’s free Online Health Assessment, you will receive a customized blend of herbs to support a healthy menstrual cycle and help boost your fertility naturally.

Naturally Boost Your Fertility


This article was reviewed by Dr. Elizabeth Fine.

Dr. Elizabeth Fine is currently the Dean of Clinical Education at Emperor’s College, the #2 ranked colleges for TCM. She has been practicing Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine for over 20 years, with a specialization in women’s reproductive health. 

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