A fundamental principle of Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) involves applying the traits of nature to physiology. The modern practice of CHM also integrates evidence-based knowledge to arrive at a more comprehensive view of how to use plant or animal-based products such as royal jelly. Royal jelly has been extracted from the beehive since ancient times as part of a traditional medicine pharmacy and may be a potential therapy for supporting modern fertility.
Royal jelly is a rich complex of minerals, proteins, sugars, vitamins, fats and amino acids produced by the glands of worker honeybees. Worker and queen bees are genetically identical, but the queen bee generally outlives the workers by a couple of years and grows to be significantly larger. Royal jelly is fed solely to the queen bee for the duration of her life, which suggests that a difference in lifespan and developmental factors between the workers and the queen can be primarily attributed to the nutrients found in royal jelly.
Modern science recognizes that women have a fixed number of eggs from the time they are in utero. Similarly, in one mating flight from the hive, the queen bee is inseminated with all of the eggs she will ever have for continual laying during her reigning years, and in keeping in theme with interweaving nature's hints with science, Chinese medicine has long recognized that royal jelly may contribute to improving egg quality in women. It is true that royal jelly may mimic estrogenic behavior, and good estrogen levels play a part in healthy conception. Royal jelly also contains testosterone, which may help increase aspects of reproductive vitality.
To help bolster fertility, the typical dosage is 1,000 mg of fresh royal jelly daily from menstruation to ovulation.
*Of course avoid this supplement if you are allergic to bees!
So, it would seem that we can once again turn to the birds and the bees to help explain and contribute to human reproduction!