The Fallopian tubes are two narrow tubes that connect your ovaries and uterus, and are the sites where an egg becomes fertilized. If your tubes are blocked, you may experience infertility. Pelvic inflammatory disease, or PID, due to a bacterial, viral, fungal or parasitic infection, is a common cause of Fallopian-tube blockage. Herbs may relieve the infection and help unblock your tubes. Check with your health-care provider for a diagnosis before starting herbal treatment.
Herbs for blocked Fallopian tubes work in several ways. Antimicrobial and immune-enhancing herbs can stimulate your immune system to fight PID caused by chlamydia or streptococcal, staphylococcal bacteria or E. coli bacteria. Anti-inflammatory herbs can reduce the pain and inflammation. Check with a knowledgeable practitioner for advice about dosage and preparation of herbs for blocked Fallopian tubes.
Echinacea, or Echinacea pallida, is a perennial herb native to North America. Echinacea has potent immune-stimulating properties, and herbalists use the roots for colds and flu. The active ingredients include caffeic acids, polysaccharides and alkylamides, and the herb is antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and immune-stimulating. Echinacea may help fight infections causing the blockage in your Fallopian tubes. In his 2003 book, “Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine,” clinical herbalist David Hoffmann notes that the herb is active against streptococcal and staphylococcal bacteria, and that it activates macrophages, a key component of your immune system. Do not use this herb if you have an autoimmune disease.
Usnea, or Usnea spp., is a lichen — a combination of a fungus and an algae — found throughout the world. Herbalists used it in ancient times to combat wounds and infections. Usnea contains a potent antimicrobial chemical called usnic acid, which is active against a range of bacteria. In their 2001 book “Herbal Remedies,” naturopathic doctors Asa Hershoff and Andrea Rotelli recommend usnea for chlamydia, trichomona, staph and strep infections, which can infect your Fallopian tubes and cause blockage. Do not use usnea if you are pregnant.
Goldenseal, or Hydrastis canadensis, is a perennial herb found throughout the United States and southern Canada. Traditional healers use the rhizomes and roots for infections and inflammation. Goldenseal has an anti-inflammatory and toning effect on mucous membranes, which line the inside of the Fallopian tubes. Herbalist David Hoffmann explains that goldenseal acts as a broad-spectrum antibiotic against bacteria, protozoa and fungi. The main alkaloids, berberine and hydrastine, also have immune-stimulant properties. Do not use goldenseal during pregnancy.
- “Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine”; David Hoffmann; 2003
- “Herbal Remedies”; Asa Hershoff, N.D., and Andrea Rotelli, N.D.; 2001