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Medicinal Herbs with Contraceptive Properties: A Multicultural Perspective


This study aims to compile and analyze information on medicinal herbs with documented contraceptive properties from various cultural perspectives, including Chinese, American, European, Russian, and Israeli scholarly sources. The investigation focuses on herbs that have been traditionally used to inhibit ovarian function and reduce ovulation, contributing to their contraceptive efficacy.

  1. Chinese Medicinal Herbs:
    • Chinese traditional medicine has a rich history of herbal remedies. Notable herbs include:
      • Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis): Known for its regulatory effects on the menstrual cycle.
      • Chinese Skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis): Studied for its potential impact on female reproductive hormones.
  2. American Herbal Traditions:
    • Native American and contemporary herbal practices in the United States have identified certain plants:
      • Wild Carrot (Daucus carota): Historical use as a contraceptive herb among Native American tribes.
      • Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium): Explored for its potential impact on fertility.
  3. European Herbal Practices:
    • European herbalism has a diverse range of plants with reported contraceptive effects:
      • Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota): Shared use with Native American traditions.
      • Vitex (Vitex agnus-castus): Studied for its influence on the menstrual cycle.
  4. Russian Herbal Knowledge:
    • Traditional Russian medicine incorporates herbs known for their impact on reproductive health:
      • Lovage (Levisticum officinale): Historically used for its potential contraceptive properties.
      • Shepherd’s Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris): Explored for its effects on the female reproductive system.
  5. Israeli Herbal Insights:
    • Herbal practices in Israel draw from diverse cultural influences:
      • Silphium (possibly Ferula hermonis): An ancient herb historically associated with contraceptive use.
      • Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum): Investigated for its potential impact on female fertility.

This research provides a comprehensive overview of medicinal herbs with reported contraceptive properties from diverse cultural perspectives. While historical use and anecdotal evidence exist, further scientific investigation is essential to validate and understand the mechanisms behind these herbs’ contraceptive effects. Individuals considering herbal contraceptives are advised to consult healthcare professionals for personalized guidance and to ensure safety and efficacy

Verified by: Dr.Diab (December 19, 2023)

Citation: Dr.Diab. (December 19, 2023). What herbs keep you from getting pregnant. Medcoi Journal of Medicine, 1(2). urn:medcoi:article22483.

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