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. The 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.
The following programs are the best places to start, as they outline basic herb schedules:
After looking at these programs, check the latest entries from other most recent herb programs. There are also different herb programs applicable to different cases.
Programs treating hirsutism
Programs for treating hirsutism are intended to improve hormone balance by increasing estrogen response for relevant receptors while providing phytoprogestins.
Herb programs for treating hirsutism are also a good place to start with a natural breast enhancement program. These herb programs may need to be adjusted for those without hirsutism.
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.
Hirsutism02 is a journal of results of the effects based on what teas were taken. It's organized by phase, and there's a dividing line for each time period for that phase, for instance for a next month. For each phase the first herbal tea is usually different. There are recommendations of which teas should or shouldn't be taken.
It's also helpful to look at the date of entries, as the herb schedule gets better as time goes on. Hirsutism02, unfortunately doesn't include hops any more, which is at times an essential herb.
For proliferative phase, this herb schedule requires: fennel, sunflower, fenugreek and sesame. See Proliferative01 and later entries from hirsutism programs.
See the Hops01 program and later entries from hirsutism blogs for the rest of the herb schedule.
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.
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.
Basic nutrition is also necessary for health. See Nutrition for more.
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