These herb programs have been constantly evolving. Earlier herb recommendations have worked, but were primative or inconsistent for everyone. There is also an effort to make herb programs safer and better for reproductive health.
Herbs which can be used together are narrowed down. Proportions are often as important as the herb combinations used for consistent results. As the theory has improved, the amount of trial and error is reduced for potential herb substitutions. There is commentary on what doesn't work and what is unlikely to work in many of these programs.
Many programs journal the improvements in the herbal combinations used per timing of phases. Over time, this information becomes cluttered, as more information is added. Newer herb programs are often improved, as they pick up from the latter improvements. Information from newer programs gets more simplified than the last, but it still has to be picked up from later entries. It's easier to notice these improvements, for those who watched these programs from earlier on.
It's important to keep track of body signs. For reproductive health, hips should grow and not fluctuate much. It's ok for bust to fluctuate a bit. Keep track of body temperature. Temperature may change after a tea or herb dose, then fluctuate the next day; afterwards temperature should not be abnormally high.
The following programs are the best places to start, as they outline basic herb schedules:
Super Bazongas and other programs redirect to this page. For basics, including the first part of Super Bazongas, see breast-endocrinology.pdf. It is important to read precautions, before getting started. See the appendixes for additional useful resources.
Use of mints have been reduced: it's no longer used for the first teas of any phase, and it can be omitted for most phases.
If BCP is taken, the first herbal tea of that phase must be taken with it.
Programs treating hirsutism
Programs for treating hirsutism were intended to improve hormone balance by increasing estrogen response for relevant receptors while providing phytoprogestins.
I'm lost as to how to implement the program (Treating hirsutism: case #2); what herbs to choose, how often to take the herbs, when to adjust the doses and change the herbs... etc.
Hirsutism programs 1-3 are older programs. Follow the latest programs of: Menses and Proliferative. Reduce or remove use of sesame to focus on hip growth and lowering hirsutism. Bust size may fluctuate or slightly lower when reducing sesame seed.
It's also helpful to look at the date of entries, as herb schedules get better as time goes on.
For hip growth, follow the main programs for Menses and Proliferative. Remove or lower use of sesame for these programs, except when hops is used. Minimal sesame seed is required with hops.
Hip growth without focusing on bust growth is expected to improve reproductive health. Ideally, mints and fennel would be omitted.
Basic nutrition is necessary for health. See nutrition for more.
Metabolic herbs/foods/supplements/spices can cause breast and hip shrinkage, and lowered estrogen response when taken with a herbal tea that would otherwise cause growth and other positive results. In a few herbal programs, metabolic foods often interfered with progress.
There can be growth while using caffeine, however, this has been widening which suggests this growth from progesterone. Metabolic foods/spices seem to lower estrogenic response, which will not help with long term growth and it is unhealthy to lower estrogen response.
In a few cases, metabolic foods or spices were overcome for at least a short period of time. Sometimes a diet includes spices such as tumeric in curry or hot peppers. In diets where eating metabolic edibles was infrequent, small amounts of dairy helped offset shrinkage.
For a more difficult program: metabolic edibles were lowered, and potato and dairy products were eaten before and after this food, and there was an estrogen response and minor growth. This may not be guaranteed, while metabolic foods still have to be compensated for when the body continues to produce hormones after a tea or dose was taken. Complex carbohydrates, proteins and fats may have to be increased.
Making herbal tea
For making herbal tea, the water just has to reach boiling, which means the temperature is 212°F or 100°C, or has to reach below boiling. Once water boils, its temperature cannot go higher in conventional settings, so boiling the water for a longer duration does not serve a purpose.
Avoid cookware with aluminum surfaces.
A portable induction cooktop with an induction capable saucepan or teakettle to boil water is convenient. This boils water quickly (in under two minutes), and it can be set to automatically turn off. Some induction cooktop interfaces are easier to set cooking time than others. Conventional electric and gas stoves take longer to heat, and they must be watched.
If using a microwave to boil water, be sure the ceramic cupware is labeled as microwave safe.
Using the hot water dispenser from a coffee maker is another alternative to preparing herb combinations. The water from a hot water dispenser used for making tea doesn't have to be at boiling temperature. If the tea is made the same way as the coffee is made, the coffee remains can have an effect on the herbal tea. Coffee has slightly androgenic properties.
Use a tea or coffee cup for preparing or drinking, because the handle lets you hold it while it's hot. Ice cubes or additional room temperature water can be added to cool the tea down. Adding cold water can crack the ceramic cup, which consuming the contents from is a hazard to health.
Adding herbs or seeds
While the water is still hot, but no longer boiling, the herbs can be added and stirred in. Herbs and seeds can be added directly to hot water: a tea bag isn't needed. Allow the tea to cool. Remaining herbs and seeds should be eaten after the tea is taken. Crushing the seeds before making the tea isn't needed, if the remaining seeds and herbs are eaten afterwards.
For parts of the herb schedule, 1 fenugreek seed is enough. Other times, more fenugreek seed is needed than sunflower, flax or barley seeds.
Herbs and seeds can be taken not as tea, but there's a possibility of it having a varying effect or not being as effective. Tea is recommended for the first herbal supplement of each phase, and for many other parts of the herb schedule. Additional sunflower, sesame and fenugreek seed, that doesn't require other herbs/seeds, in the mid part of a phase doesn't always have to be as tea.
Topicals should be avoided on the hips, because there could be an imbalanced effect of a positive effect on the surface, and under determined effect internally. If topicals are used on the bust and herbs are used through a dietary program, effects on the hips and reproductive tract are expected to be similar, and can be compensated for. Steroidal hormones are expected to have a more equal effect on the same receptors if herbs are taken internally.