Holy Hormones Honey! Using herbs for pregnancy prevention and increasing fertility – is not a new concept. This was knowledge used by Native American women and so many other wise woman many moons ago. Once again we have been duped into drugs that affect our body and our mind….
Natural Birth Control Using Herbs
by Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
October 22, 2012
I’ve written before on the highly effective use of herbs to promote fertility in women. I myself used herbs to encourage fertility with my first pregnancy as my husband and I did not attempt to start a family until I was well into my 30′s. Once we discovered the wonders of Traditional Diet, however, I no longer needed any herbal assistance with later pregnancies.
Herbs are also highly effective at dampening fertility in order to naturally and safely prevent pregnancy. When would use of anti-fertility herbs be beneficial?
For one, herbal birth control would be helpful to use between pregnancies in order to space children 3-4 years apart to allow Mom to adequately replenish her nutritional stores and ensure that later children are just as healthy, smart and capable as the first. Spacing children a minimum of 3 years apart (birthday to birthday) as rigorously practiced in ancestral cultures also serves to preserve Mom’s health so that she does not experience any nutritional deficiency and long term health issues from having children too close together.
Natural methods of birth control are always preferable to chemically based agents such as spermicides, contraceptive patches and IUDs which emit synthetic hormones, or the contraceptive pill which decimates the balance of gut flora and can lead to autoimmune disease in the mother and any children born later.
Even IUDs that emit only copper instead of hormones to prevent pregnancy should be avoided as copper toxicity is a very real and dangerous side effect of using these devices. According to Theresa Vernon, LAc author of the article Metals and the Mind:
If adrenal function becomes impaired, the copper builds up in the liver, brain, joints and lungs. When this happens, you see very specific problems, including mental problems, liver problems and detoxification problems. Phase II liver impairment is often made worse by copper toxicity, if not actually caused by it.
You also see a lot of copper toxicity with asthma and breathing problems, including emphysema. Copper also tends to build up in the joints, leading to arthritis. Chronic skin problems are also an indication of copper toxicity.
Impaired adrenal function is epidemic in our modern society. If you doubt this, just walk into any convenience store and notice the enormous display of energy shots and drinks that are available for sale not to mention that a Starbucks or other coffee shop is virtually on every corner of most major cities. Americans have serious adrenal issues and are thus addicted to caffeine and sugar as a way to make it through the day which makes any excess copper in the system a huge health problem!