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
There has been recent controversy about vitamin supplementation. From now on, suggestions will be limited.
Vitamin C will be suggested, as it preserves fat soluble vitamin E, and possibly other fat soluble vitamins and antioxidants. Vitamin E may be used, but use it sparingly and with foods with fiber. If you take vitamin D, be sure it is in a complex with calcium, magnesium and zinc. Vitamin B12 supplementation (with B vitamins complex) is only for those who don't eat meat, dairy or eggs.
See /appendix/nutrition for vitamin amounts and for information on nutritious foods.
Base herb combinations for menstruation will remain the same. Amounts and timing of herbs for menstruation may be adjusted. Full combination for menstruation has worked, and is expected to work consistently at least once. This full base combination is needed to maintain balanced and positive results.
Herbs for proliferative may need to be adjusted. Evening primrose typically comes in amounts which are too high than needed. The schedule does work for causing breast growth. Without evening primrose, there are herb combinations that work for those with normal or high estrogen, but not consistently for those with low estrogen. The full herb combination with evening primrose, requiring fennel, spearmint and sunflower, usually takes until the next day, that's under a day for the body to balance hormones. The ovarian follicle produces inhibin which is then likely capable of balancing hormones (it absorbs FSH, while raising estrogen levels) for improving health. By the time of mid-proliferative phase, the ovarian follicle is usually developed, and producing sufficient inhibin. The current herb schedule for proliferative phase should be used sparingly, and only for those who aleady have hormonal balance.
Adding more fennel can probably improve this. The herb combination with evening primrose for proliferative phase is recommended once, but it is better to use herbs for proliferative less often than that. It is also better to take olive oil as already suggested, and to use evening primrose on a full stomach to slow down its absorption into the body. Without taking the full herbal combination (fennel, spearmint and sunflower) which sustain results and improve health, taking evening primrose by itself is pointless and counter-productive.
There are more herb combinations that work during secretory. The herb schedule for menstruation has often worked here, and should work here. During mid-secretory, the herb combination for proliferative phase, should also work here. The herbs amounts surrounding chasteberry may need to be adjusted. Vitex will remain at a minimal dose. Chasteberry requires more prolactin raising herbs like hops. Clover is also a prolactin raising herb, but hops is recommended. Clover needs a companion herb for consistency during secretory phase.
Please leave comments for the herb schedule for menstruation.
Acne is caused by androgens, glucocorticoids, corticotropin and insulin. Androgens trigger the production of sebum from sebaceus glands, which causes acne. Insulin affects the size of sebaceus glands. Unfortunately, hair follicles transform mild androgens into DHT, which hirsutism symptoms often show up after acne symptoms go away.
When there's acne, there's potential to use herbs with an estrogen analog to cause breast growth. The problem is, acne caused by herbs has seemed to antagonize one of two estrogen receptors before. If the estrogen simile targets the wrong receptor, the herb won't work, and there's potential for increased negative effects. It is much better to use the right herb combination, than to try to react by adding herbs later. If the correct herb compliment is taken moments late, that can potentially increase androgenic results.
Older articles on aromatase and anti-dht herbs redirect to /appendix/estrogen-imbalance.
Basic symptoms of estrogen deficiency.
Low estrogen contributes to hot-flashes in women. Hot-flashes are common when estrogen sensitivity or estrogen production is low.
Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis) oil increases FSH and has been proven in studies to lower hot-flashes. Oenothera biennis is useful during secretory phase to increase estrogen for breast enhancement. During other times, evening primrose by itself may not provide the right balance.
Treating Hirsutism Blog Updates
/programs/hirsutism is a herbal program blog to treat estrogen deficiency. It is an attempt to correct female body hair excess and reduce female hair loss, and to promote breast enlargement despite it.
This program blog is split off from the hirsutism blog.
Program blog of herb combination effects for different times of the menstrual cycle.
This blog is organized by phases, so it is easier to follow. Herbal program is gradually being improved upon.
Important and notable updates of less than a month old, include:
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.
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. Clover often requires fenugreek. Hops, however, does not work consistently with fenugreek. 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.
Theory on herbs that regulate ovarian health during different phases
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.
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.
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.