This is about black cohosh, including its hormonal properties and use for breast enhancement. Black cohosh also has a reputation for lowering hot-flashes.
Black cohosh belongs to the genus of Actaea, formerly Cimicifuga. It belongs to the Ranunculaceae or Buttercup family.
Studies have shown black cohosh to reduce hot flashes.
Black cohosh lowers LH possibly circumstantially, but it has no immediate effects on FSH or estrogen levels. Many of Cimicifuga's hormonal effects are a result of its phytohormones binding to ERα in the pituitary gland. Black cohosh raises progestogens perhaps limited to late secretory phase.
Actaea for breast enhancement
The time to use black cohosh is not established. It likely shouldn't be used during premenstrual, menses, proliferative and ovulation. Black cohosh could cause growth during premenstrual and menses, but it is likely the wrong herb to use here for continued hormone health.
It is likely that black cohosh can be used during mid-secretory, but this is still not established. Actaea is not exactly like hops, so it cannot be used in all circumstances that hops is used. Hops lowers both FSH and LH, while black cohosh only lowers LH. The full implications of this for black cohosh are not clear.
Herb timing and combinations' success for breast enhancement relies on menstrual phases.
Descriptions of results from combination herb use, potentially Actaea or herbs with similar properties, can be seen in the program blogs of: anon03, anon05, Canadian Belle, hirsutism01 and hirsutism02.
Herbs with similar properites with possibly the same mechanism for action to black cohosh include, hops (Humulus) and milk thistle (Silybum).
Evening primrose is used to allevate hot-flashes, but it has a different mechanism for action and its use should be strictly limited.
Overuse of Black cohosh can cause symptoms such as headaches. It is uncertain if use of black cohosh contributes to liver damage. Opt for hops instead.
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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- A review of effective herbal medicines in controlling menopausal symptoms. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5783135/.
- Effects of extracts from Cimicifuga racemosa on gonadotropin release in menopausal women and ovariectomized rats.. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1798794.
- Herbal medicine for the management of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and associated oligo/amenorrhoea and hyperandrogenism; a review of the laboratory evidence for effects with corroborative clinical findings. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4528347/.
- A comparative study on the effect of “black cohosh” and “evening primrose oil” on menopausal hot flashes. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5868221/.
Etymology & Definitions:
- University of Vermont: Cimicifuga. http://pss.uvm.edu/pss123/percimic.html.
- NIH: Black Cohosh. https://nccih.nih.gov/health/blackcohosh/ataglance.htm.