We're starting the August special a little early this month because we're featuring herbs to help build and strengthen the immune system before school starts in a few weeks. Astragalus is the main herb for this, and it does its best work when its taken daily, over an extended period of time, weeks - or for some folks, months.
This has always mystified me. I've talked to A LOT of women who are working on fertility - trying to become pregnant - who have worked with fertility clinics. Frequently, they say the doctors don't check for hormone imbalance! This is a huge factor in whether a woman can become pregnant or not! If there is hormone imbalance, perhaps she may not be ovulating, or her luteal phase (second half of the menstrual cycle, which comes after ovulation) isn't long enough. These things can definitely hamper conception!
In the late 1920's, Dr. Edward Bach, a renowned British scientist and physician, observed that his patients' healing and well-being were directly influenced by their state of mind and emotional health. He noticed that the personality, attitude and present outlook of a patient had a great deal to do with their being cured or remaining sick. He understood that "the personality of the individual is of even more importance than the body in the treatment of disease". He realized that, instead of treating the patient as a body with an illness, the patient needed to be treated like an individual. "Treat the patient, not the disease."
A galactagogue is an herb that is used to help increase breastmilk production in nursing mothers. Below is a list of some of the more effective and popular ones and some important information about each: