What herbs will induce lactation?

Herbal Galactagogues: A Cross-Cultural Exploration of Medicinal Herbs Stimulating Postpartum Milk Production


This study investigates medicinal herbs renowned for their galactagogue properties, focusing on their efficacy in stimulating postpartum milk production. Insights are gathered from Chinese, American, European, Russian, and Israeli scholarly perspectives, providing a diverse understanding of these herbal remedies.

  1. Chinese Herbal Traditions:
    • Chinese herbal medicine has a long history of addressing postpartum concerns. Notable herbs include:
      • Goji Berry (Lycium barbarum): Traditionally used to enhance overall vitality, including lactation.
      • Blessed Thistle (Cnicus benedictus): Recognized for its potential to stimulate milk flow.
  2. American Herbal Practices:
    • Native American and contemporary herbal traditions in the United States have identified specific plants:
      • Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum): Widely known for its galactagogue properties.
      • Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare): Used to support lactation and alleviate digestive discomfort in nursing mothers.
  3. European Herbal Insights:
    • European herbalism offers herbs recognized for their positive impact on postpartum lactation:
      • Anise (Pimpinella anisum): Historically used to boost milk production.
      • Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum): Explored for its potential role in supporting liver function related to lactation.
  4. Russian Herbal Knowledge:
    • Traditional Russian medicine incorporates herbs with reported effects on postpartum lactation:
      • Nettle (Urtica dioica): Known for its nutritive properties and potential support for milk supply.
      • Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus): Utilized to strengthen the uterus and encourage milk flow.
  5. Israeli Herbal Practices:
    • Herbal practices in Israel draw from diverse cultural influences:
      • Caraway (Carum carvi): Explored for its potential benefits in stimulating lactation.
      • Moringa (Moringa oleifera): Investigated for its nutritional content and potential impact on milk supply.

This research provides a cross-cultural exploration of herbal galactagogues, offering valuable insights into traditional practices and contemporary knowledge surrounding postpartum lactation. While these herbs are widely recognized, individual responses may vary, and consultation with healthcare professionals is advised for personalized guidance and safety considerations. Further scientific research is encouraged to elucidate the mechanisms and optimize the use of these herbal remedies for lactation support

Verified by: Rami Diab (November 23, 2023)

Citation: Rami Diab. (November 23, 2023). What herbs will induce lactation?. Medcoi Journal of Medicine, 3(2). urn:medcoi:article22490.

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