Review Article

Unlocking nature’s secrets: Medicinal plants for enhanced female fertility

Karishma Singh, Roger Coopoosamy, Alabi David, Kuben Naidoo
Journal of Medicinal Plants for Economic Development | Vol 8, No 1 | a258 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jomped.v8i1.258 | © 2024 Karishma Singh, Roger Coopoosamy, Alabi David, Kuben Naidoo | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 April 2024 | Published: 09 July 2024

About the author(s)

Karishma Singh, Department of Nature Conservation, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Mangosuthu University of Technology, Durban, South Africa
Roger Coopoosamy, Department of Nature Conservation, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Mangosuthu University of Technology, Durban, South Africa
Alabi David, Department of Nature Conservation, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Mangosuthu University of Technology, Durban, South Africa
Kuben Naidoo, Department of Nature Conservation, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Mangosuthu University of Technology, Durban, South Africa

Abstract

Background: Infertility is a social challenge common among couples ranging from sub-Sahara, Asia and different parts of the world. Infertility occurs as result of malformation of the uterus, poor diet, illness, and continuous unprotected sexual activity.

Aim: To provide an update on medicinal plants used across regions in the world capable of healing female infertility.

Setting: This article provides a world overview of medicinal plant activity from different regions across the globe. The use of modern medicine is effective but often not at the reach of the majority.

Methods: The article summarises previous literature on the use of medicinal plants in female fertility treatments. Findings indicated the importance of traditional healers in woman’s infertility. The traditional healers used materials prepared from herbs. Herbs are derived from plants and plant extracts of various natural resources, including plant leaves, bark, flowers, roots, fruits, and berries.

Results: Female infertility has been proven to respond well to herbal-based therapy. Women’s infertility is a condition that is receiving more attention concerning medicinal herbs. Several kinds of plants have been used in different regions of the world to cure female infertility. The performance of the various medicinal plants depends on accumulation of bioactive ingredients.

Conclusion: Modern plants have shown potential in enhancing female fertility through their various therapeutic properties and bioactive compounds. Overall, while there is promise in using plants for female fertility holds promise, further research and clinical trials are necessary to establish their safety and effectiveness.

Contribution: These herbs can be used as an alternative or supplemental therapy for female infertility, and further research is required to determine their effectiveness and safety.


Keywords

infertility; medicinal plants; women’s health; traditional medicine; fertility

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 3: Good health and well-being

Metrics

Total abstract views: 102
Total article views: 101


Crossref Citations

No related citations found.