Image taken on August 15, 2018. Most of her recent results were made during proliferative phase of the herb schedule.
Female Herbal Breast Enhancement Blog
Important and notable updates of less than a month old, include:
Minor update for proliferative phase, with explanation. The suggestion for proliferative phase from the January 9th update has also worked.
Herb schedule was simplified.
Fenugreek will substitute for wild yam during menstruation. Wild yam and fennel are not specific to breast tissue receptors. Shatavari (Asparagus) is yet to be investigated as a co-herb for fenugreek. Asparagus has a similar effect as fenugreek, but asparagus' constituents are corticosteroids, so this may possibly provide antagonistic action. Milk thistle isn't included in the herb schedule, because of its inconsistent results on ERα.
Hormones work better when there is antagonism or a combination of desired hormone effects on a receptor. When there is a lack of antagonism, desensitization is a problem, and effects can quickly cause the opposite of the intended effect. Receptor subtype matters for hormone response. Because of this, phytochemical selectivity of a hormone analog can have different effects. Antagonisms that work on the same receptor type or in the presence of normal body hormones usually produce a synergistic response.
Hops often requies mint. In theory, milk thistle (Silybum) might be a good co-herb for hops. Clover often requires fenugreek. Hops, however, does not work consistently with fenugreek. Evening primrose requires
fennel and sunflower. Lavender was removed as a potential co-herb. The efficacy of herb combinations also often depends on phase and part of a phase. There are times when some of the above herbs can be used alone, but it has often been difficult to time their use.
Enterolactone, spirolactone and zearalenone (ZEN) belong to a class of lactones. ZEN is a mycotoxin and hormone produced by fungi that can reduce fertility, from negative effects on the ovaries, similar to "clover disease". Enterolactone is metabolized from lignans contained from sunflower and flaxseed, and it appears to modulate estrogen from evidence of raising or lowering body temperature, but there was little evidence of sunflower modulating hirsutism symptoms. The effects of enterolactone vary after which herb it was taken after. Spirolactone has a reputation for use for lowering hirsutism and treating PCOS, but it hasn't always worked for everybody. If spirolactone behaves like other lactones, this can offer an explanation of why it sometimes doesn't work.
Enterolignans are compounds metabolized in the body from lignans. Lignans are insoluble fibers that are not found in plant oils. Sources of lignans include: sunflower, flax, sesame, pumpkin, rye, oats and barley.
While enterolignans and lignans are considered estrogenic, they are not identical in structure to estrogens like many phytoestrogens are. It is possible that enterolignans help regulate estrogen synthesis in the body. The behavior of herbs containing enterolignans seem to have differences than estrogen cream: both seem to have the ability to regulate body temperature, but estrogen cream seems to circumstantially influence body hair. It is not certain if lignans or enterolignans directly bind to estrogen receptors.
Enterolignans include enterodiol and enterolactone, and are formed from lignans such as matairesinol, pinoresinol, secoisolariciresinol and sesamin. Enterolactone is a lactone, rather than an estrogen.
Program blog of herb combination effects for different times of the menstrual cycle.
Program blog about an attempt to treat female body hair and female hair loss, and to promote breast enlargement despite it.
Basic symptoms of estrogen deficiency. Old articles on aromatase and anti-dht herbs redirect here.
Herbs that sensitize estrogen, androgen and progesterone receptors cause different effects depending on the presence of bodily hormones or other herbs. Herbs that upregulate estrogen receptors include: hops, ginseng, lavender and schizandra. Thistle and clover probably upregulate estrogen receptors too. The best time to take these herbs is during mid-secretory phase and early premenstrual phase, after testing if evening primrose oil causes growth. Prolactin increasing herbs like clover, thistle and hops can't be taken during proliferative phase. Lavender and ginseng can be taken during mid-proliferative phase, only if primrose works first for that day.
Low estrogen contributes to hot-flashes in women. Hot-flashes are common when luteinizing hormone (LH) is high.
Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis) oil increases estrogen production and has been proven in studies to lower hot-flashes. Oenothera biennis is useful during proliferative phase to increase estrogen for breast enhancement.
The celery family includes several herbs with hormonal properties: angelica (dong quai), anise, caraway, carrots, celery, coriander, cumin, dill, fennel, parsley. These herbs have varying hormonal properties: few are estrogenic. Dill increases the production of progesterone.
Unfortunately, the celery family has a few toxic members that can cause severe permanent injury to the touch and death: hemlock, fool's parsley and hog weed. These deadly plants resemble other members within the celery family.
Be sure you properly identify safe herbs before handling or use.
Estrogenic herbs such as ginseng, fennel, schizandra and sage regulate ovarian size and function. My theory is that whether estrogenic [upregulating] herbs diminish or nourish the ovaries depends on whether they are taken during the proliferative and ovulation phases, and in the presence of other present hormones.
Estrogen is naturally the dominant hormone during proliferative phase. When breast growth is caused primarily by progesterone, that is not representative of ovarian growth. The sensitization and function of androgen receptors (AR), estrogen receptors (ER) and aromatase enzymes in the ovaries are equally important for health. When there is a lack of stimulus of androgen or estrogen effects, the ovaries shrink. When either progesterone, androgen or estrogen effects are primarily present, ovarian function diminishes. Estrogen production relies on the presence of androgens, and likewise, when both estrogenic and androgenic circumstances are present, the ovaries perform functionally.
During mid- proliferative phase and ovulation phase, ginseng, fennel and lavender by themselves cause breast growth, which may be a representation of ovarian growth. During other phases, ginseng and fennel taken by themselves cause breast shrinking, which may be associated with ovarian shrinking. Lavender taken outside of proliferative phase requires the use of mint, fenugreek or another androgenic herb for breast growth.
Studies on different species of sage (Salvia) manifest different results of diminishing or improving function of the ovaries. This could be perhaps, because of variations of phytohormones present in different species of sage or by methods of extract. Studies show that fennel, schizandra and ginseng improve ovarian function, but this may be circumstantial, based on the phase of the menstrual cycle and in the presence of other bodily hormones.