Ultimate fertility herb
Yi Mu Cao is Chinese Motherwort in English and is a herb used in TICM for fertility. Its literal translation is benefits mothers breasts.
The reason it is an important fertility herb is due to its effect on the Blood. Pregnancy and fertility is the body's expression of free flowing Blood and vital energy. Through its ability to improve Blood circulation, reduce inflammation and allow natural detoxification, it helps to treat irregular menstruation which then boosts fertility.
Your TICM physician will make up a fertility formula to suit your individual needs as one shoe size does not fit all in TICM. You can use the formula even if you are not planning to get pregnant just yet.
This herb has the following actions classified in TICM:
Invigorates the Blood, dispels Stasis, regulates menstruation and reduces masses: this helps gynaecological disorders due to Blood Stasis with irregular menstruation, premenstrual abdominal pain and postpartum abdominal pain with retained lochia, abdominal masses and infertility due to Blood Stasis due to Blood deficiency, traumatic pain.
Promotes urination and reduces swelling and oedema: this helps acute systemic oedema accompanied by Blood Stasis, especially with Blood in the urine. Treats dysuria, scanty urine, chronic oedema, heavy sensation in the back and legs, abdominal distension, fullness after meals, sallow complexion, fatigue, listlessness and difficulty moving. For oedema associated with chronic nephritis. This also helps Kidney stones.
Clears Heat and resolves toxicity internally or topically: this helps sores, lesions, abscesses and toxic swellings, eczema, itchy rashes from damp-heat in the muscles and surrounding tissues
Contraindications: avoid during pregnancy
In TICM we do not recommend using single herbs and if you do, use with caution. As physicians, we partner up the herbs. Herbs are mostly combined in the context of formulas to enhance each other's desirable action and to minimise any potential side effects. Professional advice is always suggested.