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 effects over 5 million couples alone in the U.S. and many times more in the world. Because of an unawareness of treatments, only 10% seek help from professional specialists. We have spent most of the time in this series discussing conventional and Chinese medicine in treating fertility. I believe it is the best time to change the subject by discussing how to treat female infertility with cinnamon.
Cinnamon is also known as Cinnamomum verum. It is a small evergreen tree that belongs to the family Lauraceae and it has been used in traditional Chinese medicine in treating kidney yang deficiency.
II. How cinnamon effects women’s fertility:
1. Kidney yang
Since it is a hot herb, it helps to improve the yang qi in the kidney and increases the chance of fertility, if the infertility cause is diagnosed as yang qi deficiency. By increasing the kidney yang, it also helps to enhance sexual desire.
2. Digestive system
It also helps to improve appetite and the digestive system in vitamin and mineral absorption that are essential to maintain a healthy menstrual cycle and enhance the normal process of conception.
3. Blood flow
Cinnamon also contains certain chemical agents which help to stimulate the blood flow to the reproductive regions, leading to lessening the risks of menstrual disorder and infertility caused by blood deficiency of the reproductive organ. It also helps the spleen in regulating the production of insulin, resulting in lessened risks of blood sugar in the blood stream, causing diabetic-like symptoms of infertility.
4. Immune system
As an antioxidant, it helps to improve the function of the immune system in guarding our body against the invasion of bacteria and viruses that decrease the risk of overactive immune disorder, causing the production of certain proteins binding to sperm and asking other immune cells to attach to it.
It has some chemical properties which help to calm the reproductive organs during menstruation, resulting in lessening the menstrual pain caused by qi and blood stagnation in the region and increasing the chance of fertility.
III. Side effects
Since it is considered as a hot food in traditional Chinese medicine, overdose may cause
yin qi deficiency( toxic effects).