Pu­blished: 8. Fe­bruary 2022 | Up­dated: 25. Au­gust 2023 Author: Jenia Chor­naya | Re­viewed by Jenia Chor­naya

Bryo­phyllum: fer­ti­lity and pregnancy

Often, re­gular use can help with the im­plan­ta­tion of a fer­ti­lized egg in the uterus, as the ef­fect of Bryo­phyllum is si­milar to that of the hor­mone pro­ges­te­rone.

What is Bryo­phyllum and what can it do?

Bryo­phyllum (lat. “bryo­phyllum pin­natum”) is a well-known me­di­cinal plant that is mainly used in an­thro­po­so­phical me­di­cine. Trans­la­ting the sci­en­tific name, it means “sp­rou­ting leaf”. A common fea­ture of this ver­sa­tile plant are the brood buds that grow in the de­pres­sions of the leaf mar­gins. The Bryo­phyllum plant is a member of the thick leaf fa­mily and be­longs to the genus Ka­l­an­choe. Ori­gi­nally, the brood leaves were na­tive to the is­lands na­tion of Ma­da­gascar and were mainly found in tro­pical areas. [1]
Th­rough an­thro­po­so­phical me­di­cine, Bryo­phyllum pin­natum was also in­tro­duced to Eu­rope and is now also used in con­ven­tional me­di­cine. [2]

The herbal me­di­cinal pro­duct has very many areas of ap­pli­ca­tion and has the­r­e­fore been used for some time in the tra­di­tional me­di­cine of some count­ries. Bryo­phyllum is mainly used for pregnancy, high blood pres­sure, in­flamm­a­tion, rest­less­ness, in­somnia and ir­ri­table bladder. Va­rious plant acids con­tained in the ex­tracts (fla­vo­noids, tri­ter­epenes, ste­roids bu­da­fie­n­olides) en­sure that the ac­tive sub­s­tance has, among other things, la­bour-in­hi­bi­ting, anti-all­ergic, an­al­gesic and se­da­tive ef­fects. Be­cause of its many po­si­tive and cal­ming ef­fects, more and more women who want to have children are tur­ning to bryo­phyllum du­ring or even be­fore pregnancy.

In the fol­lo­wing sec­tions you will find out how the ac­tive in­gre­dient can help with your de­sire to have children and du­ring pregnancy.

Bryo­phyllum be­fore, du­ring and after pregnancy

More and more women with the same de­sire ask them­selves whe­ther Bryo­phyllum can help with the de­sire to have children. As with many other me­di­cines or herbal re­me­dies, it should be noted that in the past it has been pos­sible to es­tab­lish ex­pected va­lues for the suc­cess of the ef­fect, but no gua­rantee of suc­cess can be pro­mised. Re­gular in­take can often help with the im­plan­ta­tion of a fer­ti­lised egg in the uterus, as the ef­fect of Bryo­phyllum is si­milar to that of the hor­mone pro­ges­te­rone. Bryo­phyllum leafes can also help to re­lieve in­flamm­a­tion, for ex­ample in the uterus, and sup­port he­aling.

Bryo­phyllum, also called germ pump, can have the fol­lo­wing ef­fects, among others:

  • Sup­porting the im­plan­ta­tion of the fer­ti­lised ovum
  • Streng­thening of the uterus
  • In­crease in basal body tem­pe­ra­ture -> in­creased chances of pregnancy
  • Pro­lon­ga­tion of the se­cond half of the cycle
  • Cal­ming ef­fect
  • Anti-in­flamm­a­tory

Bryophyllum before, during and after pregnancy

Du­ring pregnancy

For women, Bryo­phyllum (also called Goethe plant) is not only ex­ci­ting at the be­gin­ning of the child­bea­ring pe­riod, but can also be a hel­pful sup­port du­ring pregnancy. One of the pos­sible com­pli­ca­tions at the be­gin­ning of pregnan­cies is still the risk of pre­ma­ture la­bour and the as­so­ciated risk of pre­ma­ture birth. To treat pre­ma­ture la­bour, ex­tracts of the Bryo­phyllum plant have been used in an­thro­po­so­phic me­di­cine for many de­cades. [4]

In a cli­nical study on the ef­fi­cacy of Bryo­phyllum, it is shown whe­ther Bryo­phyllum (50%) can be used as an al­ter­na­tive to the stan­dard the­rapy with the drug “Ni­fe­dipin” for pre­ma­ture la­bour. [4] Women in one group were given Bryo­phyllum in ta­blet form and women in the other group were given the drug ni­fe­di­pine, which is often used as a to­co­lytic in con­ven­tional me­di­cine.

In both ex­pe­ri­mental groups, the number of con­trac­tions was re­duced to a si­milar extent wi­thin four hours after the first ex­ami­na­tion. No no­ti­ceable dif­fe­rence was found bet­ween the two groups.
Bryo­phyllum thus proved to be a sui­table herbal al­ter­na­tive to the stan­dard tre­at­ment of pre­term la­bour. The risk of pre­term la­bour is in­creased espe­ci­ally in pregnant women over 40 or under 18. [4]
In this con­text, age is the most im­portant risk factor of others that may lead to pre­term birth. Fur­ther­more, due to the cal­ming pro­per­ties of the ac­tive in­gre­dient, Bryo­phyllum can also help with fears of child­birth, painful con­di­tions, sleep dis­or­ders or inner rest­less­ness. [3]

Hel­pful du­ring pregnancy:

  • Can help with sleep dis­or­ders
  • Cal­ming ef­fect -> for inner rest­less­ness or fear of child­birth
  • Often used as a con­tracep­tive to pre­vent pre­ma­ture births
  • Pre­vent mis­car­riage at the be­gin­ning of pregnancy
Triggering ovulation

After pregnancy

Bryo­phyllum can also be taken after pregnancy, in cases of failed as­sisted re­pro­duc­tion, mis­car­riage or ir­re­gular cy­cles as well as mental stress.

In­for­ma­tion on me­di­ca­tion du­ring pregnancy and breast­fee­ding can be found in Em­bryotox.

Do­sage, risks & side ef­fects of Bryo­phyllum

In ge­neral, it is re­com­mended to take Bryo­phyllum only after con­sul­ting a doctor, al­ter­na­tive prac­ti­tioner or mid­wife. At the same time, the do­sage that is sui­table for you in­di­vi­du­ally can be de­ter­mined. It is im­portant to note that the do­sage va­ries de­pen­ding on the form in which it is taken. The ac­tive in­gre­dient is available in powder form, as ta­blets, glo­bules, drops and also for in­jec­tion. For ta­blets or glo­bules, a dif­fe­rent amount should be taken than with Bryo­phyllum powder. Which form of Bryo­phyllum is re­com­mended to take de­pends on the dia­gnosis and the pur­pose of the ap­pli­ca­tion.

In ge­neral, the ac­tive in­gre­dient is me­di­cally con­sidered to be very well to­le­rated and the­r­e­fore ra­rely leads to hy­per­sen­si­ti­vity. Side ef­fects are hardly to be ex­pected with Bryo­phyllum and no ne­ga­tive in­ter­ac­tions are known so far.

Al­ter­na­tive sup­port

Bes­ides ta­king Bryo­phyllum, there are other al­ter­na­tives to in­crease the chances of ha­ving a child. Psy­cho­lo­gical fac­tors and stress play an im­portant role.
To re­duce stress, lei­sure ac­ti­vi­ties with your partner or fri­ends and fa­mily can help. You should also make sure you get en­ough sleep and eat a he­althy and ba­lanced diet. In ad­di­tion, the use of a cycle ca­lendar can be hel­pful to catch the right time of the fer­tile days. If you have an ir­re­gular cycle, a me­dical ex­ami­na­tion is re­com­mended to rule out di­se­ases such as PCOS or en­do­me­triosis.

About Fer­tilly


At Fer­tilly, we have made it our mis­sion to ac­com­pany cou­ples (ho­mo­se­xual and he­te­ro­se­xual) and sin­gles on the way to ful­fil­ling their child wish. In doing so, it is im­portant to us to create trans­pa­rency in the area of fer­ti­lity ser­vices, to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion and know­ledge on the to­pics of pregnancy and fer­ti­lity and to help you to find the most sui­table Fer­ti­lity Center. Th­rough co­ope­ra­tion with first-class Fer­ti­lity Cen­tres and cli­nics in Eu­rope, en­qui­ries about Fer­tilly are given pre­fe­ren­tial tre­at­ment. This means that our pa­ti­ents avoid the usually long wai­ting times and get ap­point­ments more quickly.

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1. https://www.gartenlexikon.de/brutblatt/
2. Die An­wen­dung von Bryo­phyllum pin­natum-Prä­pa­raten in der Ge­burts­hilfe und Gy­nä­ko­logie – eine mul­ti­zen­tri­sche pro­spek­tive Be­ob­ach­tungs­studie. Fürer et al. 2015.
3. https://www.pharmawiki.ch/wiki/index.php?wiki=Bryophyllum
4. Kli­ni­sche Wirk­sam­keit, Phar­ma­ko­logie und Ana­lytik von Bryo­phyllum pin­natum. Re­gula Wächter 2011; S. 8–12, 22–30, 106