Fertility Foods In Conventional Medicine Perspective
Fertility Foods In Traditional Chinese Medicine Perspective
Infertility is defined as a condition or combination of deficiency or stagnation of the channels in traditional Chinese medicine, due to the inability of reproduction organ to carry out their functions normally.
A. Liver qi stagnation
Liver meridian blockage in the local area (genital) interferes with normal testicle functions, leading impotence, low libido and ejaculation and abnormal sperm production. In women, it distorts the menstrual cycle and afflicts fertility. Foods have an effect on liver qi stagnation include:
Leek, chestnut, rosemary, cayenne, ginger, eggplant, white pepper, etc.
B. Kidney deficiency
1. Kidney Yang deficiency
Men are considered kidney yang deficiency if they have symptom of low sexual desire, weak ejaculation, impotence, seminal emission, low sperm count, slow sperm mobility. In women, ti effects the progesterone phase of the menstrual cycle, leading to abnormal ovulation, that afflicts the chance to conceive. Foods have an effect on kidney yang deficiency include:
Barley, short-grain rice, wheat, carrots, Chinese cabbage, , pumpkins, white radishes, beets, celery, asparagus, tomatoes, white cabbage, green bean, potatoes, white radishes, yams, etc.
honeydew melon, apricots, blackberries, raspberries, mulberries, blueberries, mangoes, lychees, chestnuts, pinenuts, pistachio nuts, walnuts, anchovy, lobster, mussel, prawn, shrimp, trout, chicken, lamb, venison, kidneys (both beef and lamb), jasmine tea, etc.
2. Kidney yin deficiency
According to TCM kidney is vital to maintain a healthy reproduction system in men and women alike. In men, infertility caused by kidney yin deficiency includes symptoms seminal emission, slow sperm mobility, low sperm count. In women, it distorts the menstrual cycle and afflicts fertility. Foods have an effect on liver qi stagnation. Foods have an effect on kidney yin deficiency include include:
Fish, shrimp, seaweeds, flax, pumpkins, sunflower, black sesame, pork, duck, lamb, eggs, etc.
C. Stagnation of qi and blood
Stagnation of qi and blood are normally caused by weakened liver in fat and protein metabolism and spleen in blood formation leading nervous symptoms including worrisomeness, over-thinking, stress, chronic illness and impotence, low sperm count, short sperm life, slow sperm mobility. Foods have an effect on Stagnation of qi and blood include:
Lightly cooked or steamed vegetables, cucumber, deep ocean fish, poached or steamed, lemon,raw fruit salad, melon slice, etc.
D. Heat and dampness accumulation in the lower burner
Male suffered from heat and damp diseases is normally caused by over alcohol drinking and unhealthy diet including high in saturated and trans fat and spicy food leading to generally overweight, sperm count is low and sometimes sperm deformities. In women, it affects the yin phase of the menstrual cycle, causing infertility. Foods relieves damp-heat include:
Onion, cinnamon, ginger, scallion, basil, rosemary, dill, oregano, sage, parsley, cardamom, nutmeg, fennel, anise, clove, coriander, leek, chives.
E. Damp phlegm
Damp phlegm is defined as a condition of accumulation of fluid in the body for a prolonged period of time, leading to phlegm as a result of heat due to consuming of greasy, oily and fatty foods. Foods relieves damp phlegm causes of infertility include:
rice, oats, rye, millet, quinoa, pearl barley, Corn, celery, pumpkin, turnip, alfalfa, leafy greens, beef, lamb, chicken, etc.
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