Botanical Bust Enhancement: Research, Guide

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) reducing herbs

Winter squash (pumpkin) seeds, pygeum bark, nettle, and saw palmetto have effects of reducing DHT. Oddly, these herbs also have in common of reducing aromatase (estrogen conversion). Reducing estrogen does not assist with breast enlargement. There is a role for squash seeds, nettle, pygeum (prunus) bark, and saw palmetto in breast enhancement, but these cannot be the main part of a regimen for it to be successful.

Also, many of these herbs have a reputation for primary use for male health.


Winter Squash (Cucurbita) Seeds

Winter squash seeds, including pumpkin seeds, lower dihydrotestosterone and estrogen conversion from other androgens.

Saw Palmetto (Serenoa)

Aside from lowering DHT and reducing production of estrogen, Saw Palmetto also raises Luteinizing Hormone (LH), and lowers prolactin.

Pygeum (Prunus africanus)

Pygeum (Prunus africanus) or African plum tree is known for its effects on reducing DHT.

The Prunus genus includes cherries, plums, apricots, nectarines, almonds and peaches. Many barks of the Prunus genus contain the same hormonal properties as pygeum. Prunus domestica, P. persica, P. amygdalus, P. cerasoides and P. armeniaca can substitute Prunus africanus. As there is a danger of cyanide from bitter almonds, seeds and leaves of other Prunus species, there is uncertainty of safety from bark from other species of Prunus.

Nettle (Urtica)

Oats (Avena)


The purpose of Cucurbita seeds, Prunus africanus bark, Urtica, Avena, and Serenoa berries in low amounts is to keep estrogen production sensitive. Each dose should be less than 200mg per occasional day. Prunus bark and Nettle may have diuretic or metabolic properties, so these may slow down breast enlargement progress. Nettle and Prunus are still useful to lower symptoms of hirsutism, and to improve breast perkiness. For breast enlargement, use winter squash seeds, oats and saw palmetto.