Super Bazongas: May 17, 2018 update
Fenugreek is in higher proportion than other herbs. Removed saw palmetto, flax, clover, peony and corn from primary herb schedule. Added information about aromatase and androgens. Schizandra and Panax ginseng will be added for their role in sensitizing estrogen receptors and for increasing estrogen. Salvia miltiorrhiza (red sage, Chinese sage) wasn't added yet, but it may replace Schizandra chinensis or Panax ginseng. Lowered maximum amount of herb per day to use to 2,000mg. Simplified herb schedule.
If any herb proportion doesn't cause positive results within 30 minutes, that proportion will no longer work. If negative symptoms occur on a previous dose that was successful, then that dose will no longer be beneficial.
Herb schedule from April focused on progesterone levels to androgen levels, and not enough on estrogen sensitivity for responsive herb use.
Panax ginseng, Schizandra chinensis and Salvia miltiorrhiza
Schizandra chinensis, Panax ginseng and Salvia miltiorrhiza (Chinese or red sage) increase bodily production of estrogen. Salvia miltiorrhiza and Panax ginseng upregulate estrogen receptors α and β. Panax ginseng and Salvia miltiorrhiza also lower LH and FSH, while increasing ovarian weight in animal studies.
There was not enough available information on other Panax, Schizandra and Salvia species.
Common sage (Salvia officinalis) is useful for hot-flashes, but there isn't enough available information on whether it can replace red sage to upregulate estrogen receptors. Not all herbs that improve symptoms of hot-flashes increase estrogen synthesis, or address the root problem.
The recommendation of Panax ginseng, Schizandra chinensis or Salvia miltiorrhiza is a peasized amount as tea during proliferative phase, and when androgen symptoms are high. If effects don't improve, then stop immediately.
Diosgenin increases bodily estradiol, and it may also be helpful against insulin resistance. Diosgenin is a phytohormone contained in wild yam (Dioscorea). Fenugreek (Trigonella) also contains diosgenin, but it also has other phytochemicals with varying properties.
Androgen excess and hot flashes: correction on DHT's ability to modulate aromatase
Temperature increase and hot-flashes are an indirect result of low estrogens. Androgen symptoms can be high, which signifies low estrogen levels, yet there can still be symptoms of hot-flashes.
Herbs that antagonize estrogen receptors usually resensitize those receptors in small amounts, but in large amounts will desensitize them.
It is important that estrogen receptors and aromatase enzymes are kept sensitive and healthy. DHT desensitizes many hormonal receptors, possibly including estrogen receptors. Surprisingly, androgens including DHT upregulate aromatase enzymes in mammals (unlike in birds and in fish).
DHT reducing herbs are thought to be useful for lowering signs of androgens. Herbs with DHT reducing properties that also increase LH eventually increase androgens and subsequently DHT. Mints, Saw Palmetto and Reishi may temporarily reduce androgen symptoms, but continued use will make them worse. Reishi has a reputation for causing hot-flashes.
Equol is a phytochemical that attaches to and neutralizes the hormone 5⍺-DHT, and it has successfully reduced DHT symptoms in animal studies. Unfortunately, large amounts of equol reduce aromatase capacity, while small amounts have little effect on aromatase capacity.
Lavender is a suitable herb for lowering DHT, because it does not increase LH.
DHT is said to not be capable of being aromatized, but it can be converted into βdiol, an androgen with estrogenic properties.
Prolactin does lower androgens, but during secretory phase, it increases progesterone, which a higher relation of progesterone to estrogen is responsible for hot flashes or high body temperature.
Prolactin raising herbs should be used outside of secretory phase for lowering androgens. During secretory phase, the use of prolactin raising herbs should be used cautiously and in minimal amounts, with herbs that increase estrogenic responses.
Aromatase is the bodily process of converting androgens, with the exception of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), into estrogens. Enzymes for aromatase modulation occur in tissue near estrogen receptors.
The capability for aromatase in granulosa cells within the ovaries is important for reproductive health, despite that plenty of other tissue than can perform this function. The maintenance of aromatase sensitization in granulosa tissue is imperative.
Plenty of herbs and their components modulate aromatase enzymes. There are a few herbs, that in small doses sensitize aromatase capabilities, but in large doses decrease aromatase capability. Mints, clover and other herbs should be taken in the lowest amounts possible, because in large amounts they may desensitize. The use of mint and clover should be below 100mg, and perhaps in tea form. Flaxseed (due to their lignan content) and pueraria (of the legume family) use should also not be overdone. Mint, pueraria and clover also work strongly on reproductive tract tissue.
For reference: an average small metal paperclip weighs upward of approximately 500mg. The importance of aromatase modulation in granulosa tissue will be reflected in the ebooks breast-endocrinology and super-bazongas. For any herb schedule, reduce the amounts of mint, clover, pueraria and flax. In the latest ebook, clover and mint amounts are already lowered, but they will be lowered more to reflect this update.
Hormonal properties of mint and its use for breast enhancement. The genus of mint goes by the scientific name of Mentha.
Mint is often suggested to have estrogenic properties, however, it appears to have androgenic attributes...
Hormonal properties of Chasteberry. It is used to lessen breast discomfort, to lessen premenstrual symptoms and to lower prolactin.
The menstrual cycle will be divided into 5 phases, to simplify their timing: Menstruation, Proliferative, Ovulation, Secretory and Premenstrual.
Follicular phase is divided between menstruation and proliferative phase. Menstruation is when the uterus lining is shed. The proliferative phase is from the end of menstruation until ovulation. This is the time when the uterus rebuilds to prepare for potential pregnancy.
Luteal phase has been divided into secretory and premenstrual phase. The secretory phase is when the corpus luteum is present and produces progesterone. Premenstrual phase begins when the corpus luteum disintegrates, and it ends at the beginning of menstruation.
For more about determining menstrual phase, read Menstrual Phases.
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Deodorant and breast cancer
Deodorants and other body products that contain aluminum have been suspected of increasing the chances of breast cancer. This claim, however, is not agreed upon. The American Cancer Society claims that most breast cancers start closet to the armpit, because this is where more breast tissue resides, and not necessarily because of deordorant use. Some researchers point out that aluminum is stored in fatty tissue. They also point out that an ingredient by itself, may not cause as much problems as when other potential toxic ingredients are combined. "Aluminium and breast cancer: Sources of exposure, tissue measurements and mechanisms of toxicological actions on breast biology" claims that aluminum promotes "gene instability".
It is not worth the risk of using aluminum based body products that can interfere, especially, with herbal breast enhancement.
There is an alternate inexpensive solution to using deodorants with aluminum in them. A natural and effective antiperspirant and deodorant is a mix of half each of vinegar and water. White vinegar or apple cyder vinegar will do. The vinegary smell goes away, and this is more effective than baking soda.