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.
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.
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.
If you have hirsutism, PCOS, hot-flashes, other signs of hormone imbalances, see estrogen-imbalance and treating hirsutism program before trying herbs. See precautions for more details of care to be taken with herb use. Also, check for the latest blog updates about herb and hormone safety.
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. 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.
Biology describes the science of breast development and endocrinology. Symptoms related to hormone imbalances are important to understand. The text from Biology and Hormone Imbalances is in breast-endocrinology.pdf, which uses a Creative Commons license.
super-bazongas.pdf continues about herb use, including the potential role of Actaea, in a herb schedule for breast enhancement. Herb timing and combinations' success for breast enhancement relies on menstrual phases. See programs for examples of herb combination use, and for pictures of successful herbal breast enlargement.
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Blog updates: breast topics and health related content.
- 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.