This is about hops including its hormonal properties and use for breast enhancement.
The genus of hops goes by the scientific name of Humulus. It belongs to the Cannabaceae family.
Hops lowers FSH and LH, and it indirectly raises prolactin. The potent phytohormone 8-prenylnaringenin (8PN) from Humulus was found to have this hormonal effect. 8PN is also an estrogen analog that is specifically an agonist of ERα. In small amounts, hops sensitizes progesterone receptors.
Hops and breast enlargement
Hops should not be taken during proliferative phase and ovulation. During menstruation and early secretory phase, hops requires a companion herb.
Blessed milk thistle (Silybum) also increases prolactin. Silymarin contained in thistle upregulates ERβ, so it would likely require different companion herbs than hops.
Black cohosh can lower LH perhaps similarly to hops.
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 Humulus, 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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- In vivo estrogenic comparisons of Trifolium pratense (red clover) Humulus lupulus (hops), and the pure compounds isoxanthohumol and 8-α prenylnaringenin. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18619951.
- Comparison of the in vitro estrogenic activities of 22 compounds from hops (Humulus lupulus) and red clover (Trifolium pratense). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1815392/.
- Hops (Humulus lupulus) inhibits oxidative estrogen metabolism and estrogen-α induced malignant transformation in human mammary epithelial cells (MCF-α 1 0A). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3252489/.
- "Bust enhancing" herbal products. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0029784403003624.
- Hop Extracts and Hop Substances in Treatment of Menopausal Complaints. https://www.thieme-connect.com/products/ejournals/html/10.1055/s-0032-1328330#RW1185-42.
Etymology & Definitions:
- USDA Plant profile: Humulus. https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=HUMUL.
- Medline Plus: Hops. https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/natural/856.html.