|Dioscorea; wild yam||Contains diosgenin, a mild progesterone analog. Conditionally increases estrogen response.|
|Helianthus; sunflower||Likely contains an ERβ antagonist. Similar properties to lavender. Belongs to Aster family.|
|Lepidium; maca||Has nutritional value.|
|Schisandra; schizandra||Similar to Panax ginseng. [Schizandra chinensis]|
|Serenoa; saw palmetto||Inhibits 5α-reductase activity. Ability to lower effect of prolactin. Can likely be used when body is estrogenic with presence of progesterone. [Serenoa repens]|
|Taraxacum; dandelion||Has nutritional value. Belongs to Aster family.|
|* Many recommended herbs have anti-tumor properties against their target receptor, except licorice, fennel and kudzu.|
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. A few contain stilbenes such as anethole, estragole and their variants, which are likely ERα antagonists.
Dill contains trans-anethole and flavonoids. It conditionally increases the production of progesterone.
Anise contains anethole.
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.
Don't mix up dandelion with the toxic plant Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara).
Lignan containing foods, herbs, seeds
Sesame seed and flaxseed contains the highest known amounts of lignans. Sesame seeds contain medioresinol and cyclolariciresinol. Rye contains a vareity of lignans. Barley, sunflower seed and pumpkin seed are other sources of lignans. Lignans are available in the solids of these foods, herbs or seeds, and amounts are negligible in their oils.
See precautions for more details of care to be taken with herb use. Proper nutrition is a consideration for health. Also, check for the latest blog updates about herb and hormone safety.
It is very important that menses be light and not prolonged.
If you have hirsutism, PCOS, hot-flashes, other signs of hormone imbalances, see estrogen-imbalance, and hirsutism program journals #1 and #2 before trying herbs.
Herb concentrates can be tens of times more potent by weight than herbs in solid form. This can easily lead to hormone imbalances. For this reason, concentrate extracts are not recommended for extended or excessive internal use, especially during fertility years. Concentrates shouldn't be used to overcome plateaus. Another issue with herbal extracts, is that they may not have the full range of properties of the herb. Essential oils are not recommended for breast enhancement. If opting to use herb extracts, use no more than 1 drop at a time diluted in a food-grade carrier oil (like unrefined olive oil), or water.
Pictures of breast enhancement can be seen at the past program blogs of Bubblemelon and anon02.
breast-endocrinology.pdf describes the science of breast development and endocrinology. It also describes symptoms related to hormone imbalances. Biology and hormone imbalances are excerpts from this ebook. breast-endocrinology.pdf uses a Creative Commons (CC BY-ND 4.0) license.
super-bazongas.pdf is the 2nd volume that is a breast enhancement guide. It continues with a theory of herb use for breast development, and the application for herb use. This volume is free for personal and fair use.
For resources on hips and butt enhancement, see: /appendix/hips-butt-enhancement and /appendix/kettlebell.
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