Archive program for proliferative phase
During this phase, use breast massage to improve mood and to lower arousal due to high estrogen and testosterone.
For this whole phase, estrogenic herbs and foods should be avoided or their use be minimized. Hops, dill, thistles and clover should especially be avoided for this phase.
Metabolic foods, supplements and spices seemed to interfere with estrogen production, which often has caused setbacks for this phase.
Fennel seed must be used in a minimal amount at a time.
If you can do so safely, cut a fennel seed in half, so less is used per day/tea.
For the current program, see Proliferative.
A seed containing lignans or a lignan seed includes sunflower, barley, rye, pumpkin, sesame or flax. Flax seed is more powerful, so herb program should start out with other lignan seeds, for menses and premenstrual phases. Usually the measurement of 1 seed will be used, except for a sesame seed, which may be too small an amount.
A minimal and each 1 part amount amount will be 1 whole seed, or an equivalent amount to 1 fenugreek or barley seed.
First tea of proliferative
For the first dose of the phase, fenugreek will be used. Fenugreek is estrogenic, but it has just the right balance of progestogenic properties to be used on the first day of proliferative, before mucus starts.
Perhaps use an additional 3 seeds total of any combination of barley, sunflower, flax, rye, sesame or pumpkin seed with this.
The tea including fenugreek will be used only once before mucus starts, not limited to the first day. While additional sunflower seed has worked on the first day of proliferative, the amount will be limited to 1 or 2 seeds then.
If the first tea of proliferative phase is missed, but still during early proliferative: a tea of 1 fenugreek seed, ½ fennel seed, 2 sunflower seeds, and perhaps minimal sesame seed can be used.
The tea to take on the first day of proliferative phase is of: 1 fenugreek seed, 1 to 2 sunflower seeds, and 1 to 2 pea-sizes of sesame seed.
If this tea is missed for the first day of proliferative phase, ½ fennel seed must be added to this, so long as this is taken before mucus starts. It is important that metabolic spices, herbs or supplements don't interfere with this tea.
Rest of proliferative phase
For the rest of proliferative [once mucus starts], 1 seed of fennel [Foeniculum] at a time will be used instead of fenugreek..
Fennel can only be used in combination once cervical mucus starts. Too much fennel, even 1 seed at a time, can cause menses to restart. More barley, sunflower, rye, flax or sesame seed can be helpful for increasing estrogen response and for maintaining proliferative.
Now the idea is to use gradually more sunflower seed, flax, barley or rye to increase estrogen response enough, but not excessively high, during the rest of proliferative phase. From now on, fennel should be limited to 1 seed at a time, once a day or less, depending on signs.
For the rest of proliferative phase, the tea to take is: ½ fennel seed, 1 to 2 sunflower seeds and 1 to 2 pea-sizes of sesame seed. This tea can only be repeated when breast shape changes from wide to longer. It is important that there's an indication of mucus (which shows evidence of estrogen production by the follicle) before taking these teas. The latest suggestion is for this one prepared tea (meant for the rest of proliferative) to be divided for use 2 to 4 times.
The idea is to take as little fennel as possible, and to make the most gains with the right proportion of other herbs and the body's hormone balance. This means making about 1 cup of tea, and dividing this tea for 2 to 4 uses.
When olive oil is used with a tea for this phase, to cause more swelling, another tea without olive oil must be taken when breast elongation occcurs. When olive oil is used in the first pair of teas, the second tea can't be missed, or hormone imbalances will occur after temporary hormone balance and swelling. After a tea without olive oil, another portion of tea doesn't have to be taken afterwards to sustain gains or to maintain hormone balance. With both teas, wait for breast elongation to take them.
Past use of spearmint
[Past use for first tea of proliferative,] tea of 1 seed or a minimal amount each: fenugreek, spearmint, barley/sunflower.
Mint can only be spearmint or peppermint, while spearmint is preferred and has better properties. [No more than] once a day, when breast shape changes from wide to long, tea of 1 seed or a minimal amount each: fennel, spearmint, barley/sunflower.
Spearmint should always be limited to the tiniest amount.
When spearmint [was] used [for the first tea of proliferative], the amount [was] reduced even further to ½ rice-size. Sesame seed partially replaces it or replaces it fully at times.
For the rest of proliferative, use ½ peasize or more of sesame seed to replace spearmint.
Sesame seed contains the lignan cyclolariciresinol like spearmint. Sesame seed was tried before as a spearmint replacement, but it didn't work. Either the amount was too small, or it didn't substitute the needed ERα antagonizing properties that spearmint has. Sesame likely improves the effects of spearmint.
A ½ peasize or more of sesame seed replaces spearmint after the first working tea for proliferative phase.
Spearmint was successfully replaced by sesame seed for this whole phase. The reason it hasn't worked before, is because the amount of sesame tried then was too small.
Ginseng like as potential spearmint replacement
Ginseng-like herbs should be avoided for those with past hormonal problems, as it is better to be patient and skip proliferative than use ginseng, sage or schizandra. These herbs would require the correct other herbs in the combination.
It [is to] be seen if ginseng, sage or schizandra will be a spearmint substitute for proliferative. These herbs should only be [tried] in minimal amounts, smaller than a fenugreek seed, and not during menses nor premenstrual.
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