Theoretical herb combinations for effective breast growth
Here is the theory and proposed herb combinations based on each other, herb properties, literature and on effects from past results. If this provides effective consistent and lasting breast growth for you, public entries can be left. It is also helpful to know what is not as effective, especially in the presence of hormone imbalances.
These herb proposals are not meant to be experimented with by those with hormone imbalances, until they become proven for consistency and by more people.
[A slightly older entry was moved from another program blog.]
Updates: 2021 February
The previous theory on this page for herb use is close but obsolete. About 10 sesame seeds has replaced spearmint for most of the herb schedule so far. 5 individual sesame seeds is too small to have the desired effect. While, sesame has successfully replaced spearmint for most of the herb schedule, it still needs to be seen for consistency.
Also, when breasts grow, estrogen from it seems to conflict with estrogen production from the hips and reproductive tract.
This is why sesame is limited to about 10 seeds, and sunflower seed is higher except for at the start of menses (and possibly secretory), so estrogen response from the reproductive tract is not interrupted. The first dose for menses should have minimal sunflower or barley. Perhaps sesame should be limited to about 10 seeds there as well. Minimal hops is only used twice in the herb schedule (for the start of menses and the start of secretory phase), and it requires 10 sesame seeds.
Thistles is no longer used in the herb schedule, and it can only replace hops for the first dose of secretory.
For those who use BCP, there may not be a secretory phase, as it is intended to prevent ovulation from occuring.
It has been established that evening primrose is no longer used, because it releases a lot of FSH which is not sustainable for reproductive health. Evening primrose has been completely replaced with varying amounts of sunflower seed. Spearmint was a lot safer than evening primrose, even if it had unwanted visible androgenic symptoms. Still, spearmint had some of the same concerns of evening primrose, even if likely less so. Replacing spearmint with minimal sesame has worked for many parts of the herb schedule, including proliferative and secretory phases. Sesame's consistency still needs to be re-checked for the first tea of menses.
In theory, body hair is a temporary problem. Natural increases in LH, while it has some undesirable visible symptoms of acne and body hair, likely protect the reproductive tract. The body's natural LH likely protects the reproductive tract even when there's heavy menses. The problem symptom is prolonged hot-flashes or abnormal temperature increases especially outside of secretory phase. Phyto-progestins were also likely indirectly protective of the reproductive tract.
While fennel has a reputation for protecting the reproductive tract, it has a similarity to spearmint, and it has been replaced with other primarily phyto-progestins. Saw palmetto, olive oil, coconut oil and at times wild yam have replaced fennel, at least for most of the herb schedule.
Depending on when lavender or excess sunflower seed were used, when they lowered high body temperature, they were likely helpful, even if they did cause breast shrinking. They likely caused hip widening, when it wasn't being observed for. When lavender or excess sunflower were used too early during menses or secretory phase, they have not have had the desired symptoms or effects.
It is important to know, the phase and the timing of that phase. Sometimes all herb and supplement use must be stopped for about day, to check for mucus signs or temperature signs. Mucus signs are more reliable than temperature signs. Phyto-progestins and phyto-estrogens can affect mucus and give an incorrect indication, which is why it is important to wait a day or more if one is unsure.
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Much of the theory for herb use on this page is obsolete.
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Theory: 2020 October
The latest theory uses teas including minimal of either spearmint or fennel for keeping gains and stabilizing hormones. Teas can be partitioned for multiple uses. For instance, 1 cup of tea can be divided for 2 to 4 uses. Teas may perhaps not be used for the rest of the schedule. Doses that aren't as teas have to be chewed and eaten.
First dose, eaten, not as tea: 3 fenugreek, rice-size hops, 10 sesame, 1 sunflower seed
Optionally, when widening occurs, only once, a tea of: 30 sesame, 2 sunflower seeds, rice-size of spearmint
First dose, eaten, not as tea: 1 fenugreek seed, 70 sesame seeds, 2 sunflower seeds
Rest of phase, optionally, after stabilizing tea, to be eaten: 70 sesame seed, 2 sunflower seeds, 1 tsp olive or coconut oil. sesame and sunflower can perhaps be increased together by the same proportion. If elongation happens quickly, coconut/olive oil can be increased. If there's acne, coconut/olive oil was used too soon, so increase sunflower and sesame. Perhaps varying amounts of saw palmetto can be used in place of coconut/olive oil.
Whenever elongation occurs, after all doses (except this one) during this phase, preferably before headache, a tea of: 30 sesame seeds, 2 sunflower seeds, ½ fennel seed. This tea must be taken last, so a break can be taken after any time this tea is taken.
First dose, eaten, not as tea: 3 fenugreek, rice-size hops, 10 sesame, 1 sunflower seed
When widening occurs, a tea of: 30 sesame, 2 sunflower seeds, rice-size of spearmint
When acne occurs (this may take a few days), eat: 5 fenugreek seeds, 1 sunflower seed, 10 sesame seeds.
See if widening occurs after elongation on its own.
Past overall theory of herb use
For the beginning of each ovulatory phase, based on the status of the ovarian follicle or corpus luteum, there will be a herb combination to set the hormone balance for the body for that phase. A break should be taken every other day, so the body can balance out hormones on its own to lessen the chances of hormone imbalances.
In theory, a different herb combination can be taken on the same day while there is breast swelling for a proposed positive (and agonist) effect on resensitized steroid hormone receptors. Repeating the same herb combination while there is breast swelling, allows the body's hormones to have their effect on those resensitized receptors, which is not always the hormone effects desired. Under a teaspoon of olive or coconut oil should be taken with the first or only herb dose of the day. More on the past workings of the theory is in super-bazongas.pdf
Steroid hormone receptors include progesterone receptors A and B (PR), estrogen receptor alpha (ERα), estrogen receptor beta (ERβ) and androgen receptors (AR). Luteinizing hormone (LH), follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and prolactin (Prl) are gonadal hormones that work directly on thier respective receptors.
Breast swelling, and not overwhelming hormone capacity
The herb combination taken when there is breast swelling or temporary growth during proliferative and secretory phases must be carefully considered. Repeating a dose can cause more temporary growth or breast swelling, but it can also cause the body to react by countering the hormone effects of those phytohormones, by lowering the similar hormones then, breast size can return to previous or smaller sizes.
When a herb containing estrogen analogs is taken during proliferative, there already is an excess of estrogen, so the body responds by lowering estrogen response. The result is a reduction in breast size or of less hip fat. Clover, hops and pueraria are examples of this. Fenugreek can only be used scarcely at the beginning of proliferative phase. Evening primrose use should be scarce during proliferative, but it requires multiple antagonist phytohormone containing herbs.
During secretory, the theory and practice is similar, but then, progesterone simile herbs should be taken with care. Wild yam and fennel apply. The body also produces both estrogen and progesterone, so the effects are less negative from these. Fenugreek is often needed for its progesterone properties, and there's more tolerance for it, because it also provides estrogenic properties. Fennel also provides antagonistic properties on the breasts. Fennel and fenugreek should be in minimal amounts, perhaps limited to less than once a day at the beginning of secretory, and avoided while there is breast swelling or soon after temporary growth, at least.
The minimal dose of solid herb will be lowered to a maximum of about 65mg, but to no lower than about 25mg. The previous minimal dose will be changed to ½ of 1 part dose. This will give better control of proportions, especially for readily available herbs like spearmint and fennel, which should be used in the lowest amounts. The amounts in the programs will be usually stated in miligrams. For supplements that it is difficult to split the amounts to lower quantities, use the lowest dose you can, but use the herb schedule less often.
BCP use, [and] note on past use
If birth control pill (BCP) is used, in theory, it should be used with herbs that increase sensitivity of ERα, ERβ and PR (R represents receptors). Spear or pepper mint behaves as an ERα antagonist. Spearmint (under 65mg per day) may also be needed for mild androgenic properties, to keep estrogen production sensitive. Lavender and sunflower behave as as ERβ antagonists. Ginseng on paper is an antagonist of ERα, ERβ and androgen receptor (AR), but ginseng hasn't been thoroughly investigated enough in use. Hops is a PR antagonist. Hops generally doesn't work well for breast enhancement during proliferative. Estrogen from BCP or from the body is possibly a progesterone antagonist. Both estrogen receptors (ER) seem to need all of, an estrogen agonist, and multiple ER antagonists at the same time.
When BCP was used in the past, it has caused breast swelling, but if its use was started or stopped during proliferative phase, then symptoms of acne, hirsutism and minor breast shrinking would come about. BCP also causes an equlibrium that it stops causing breast growth for some, after months of use for some. BCP also works better for those with higher body fat. It has worked partially well for those with low body fat: it can contribute excess breakdown metabolites of progesterone which include androgens and corticosteroids.
Lowering herb amounts
This is going to be a separate breast enhancement strategy than repeating a herb dose while there's recent breast increases or swelling. The herb theory and application for repeating a herb dose during acne will still apply: this need should be reduced when herb amounts are lowered.
To lower herb amounts, simply take less of the herbal tea, down to a sip. There may be less temporary growth, but the premise is for growth to be permanent and gradual. With a smaller dose, herb proportions will be kept, while there will be less phyto-progestins to break down into androgens and corticosteroids. For parts of the herb schedule, proportions of fenugreek will also be reduced.
Metabolites of phyto-progestins cause a bodily response later, that likely contribute to shrinkage of breast tissue. Bodies with more hop and breast tissue, and with more fat are able to metabolize larger amounts of phyto-progestins and their metabolites from herbs better. Herbal teas down to 30mg of each herb has been shown to be effective enough to cause an short-term response consistent with their expected properties.
The use of dietary fiber is also useful, and can be applied.
The idea of using less herbs containing phytoprogestins will be applicable primarily for menses.
Saw palmetto use
Saw palmetto (Serenoa) is possibly a substitute or additive for evening primrose. It may require many of the herbs that are needed for evening primrose.
Serenoa [saw palmetto] can likely be used for breast enhancement during premenstrual and menses, but it would require the rest of the herb combination.
Inclusion of evening primrose for proliferative and secretory
Evening primrose smoothly raises estrogen, but it requires phytoprogestin and estrogen antagonists for both ERα and ERβ to maintain progesterone sensitive tissue and to decrease estrogen desensitization. Evening primrose can only be used rarely during proliferative phase, and during secretory. It will work for menstruation, but it's inadvisable to use it then, because the follicle is not well enough developed at this time, to prevent extra follicle release.
When high amounts of phytoprogestin were used, there was plenty of androgenic and corticosteroid metabolites which contributed to acne. The idea is to use evening primrose, when high amounts of fenugreek, wild yam or fennel which contain diosgenin are used. Evening primrose seems to continually allow the body['s] ability to produce estrogen, which effects are increased when phyto-progesterones are broken down, providing more consistent estrogen and progesterone symptoms. Without evening primrose, when high amounts of fenugreek are used, the body either has a boomerang effect from the body adapting to high progesterone, or acne and androgen signs can occur. Evening primrose potentially offers the chance for less needing for precise timing. Evening primrose should only be used with required herbs when the follicle is developed by proliferative phase, or when the corpus luteum is present.
Use with fenugreek that had improved effects in part suggests this theory. Likely, fennel can be replaced by ginseng, and fenugreek or wild yam for use with evening primrose, but this shouldn't be tried at this time.
Evening primrose is expected to continually increase estrogen production while progesterone is breaking down into other antagonists, perhaps allowing more duration of when there's positive antagonism for estrogens and progesterones.
Evening primrose (requiring minimal amounts of fennel, sunflower and spearmint) will be reserved for the second dose of proliferative and secretory phase, after there is growth from the first dose which will include fenugreek. The dose with evening primrose, wont't include fenugreek. Evening primrose is moved back, so the other herb combination can ready the follicle's or corpus luteum's response so it can counter follicle stimulating hormone.
Cholesterol, beta-sitosterol and spirostans (diosgenin, shatavarin IV, sarasapognin) are cholestanes. Cholesterol is a precursor to progesterone and other steroids. In theory, phytosterol cholestanes are precursors to phyto-progestogens and subsequentially other phytohormones. Diosgenin has the evidence based effect of progesterone, then of androgens and corticosteroids on the body. The metabolites of cholestanes likely also antagonize different receptors while they are stimulated by their respective hormones.
Saw palmetto which contains beta-sitosterol and asparagus which contains shatavarins will be tried in place of fenugreek. The effects of fenugreek seem too potent for some, that after it causes estrogenic and progestogenic symptoms, it increases body hair faster than the body can convert estrogens from androgens.
Herb combination for all phases
In theory, minimal amounts of asparagus, fennel, spearmint and sunflower together can be used throughout for all phases. Fenugreek can replace asparagus. Proportions of herbs may have to be adjusted.
Ginseng doesn't work well during menses, proliferative and premenstrual phases. This is perhaps because of it also sensitizes androgen receptors (AR). While ginseng seems to cause estrogenic signs, it more often causes androgenic signs during these phases. Sunflower works the best in the presence of estrogens. Lavender has worked, but it works less often than sunflower.
Diosgenin was thought of as a progestogen analog, but it is a cholesterol analog. It, like beta-sitosterol, sarasponin and shatvarin are similar, and are perhaps precursors to an unrecognized phyto-progestogen metabolite. Anecdotal evidence suggests these phytohormones break down into androgens and corticosteroids. Perhaps these phytohormones also break down into phyto-progestogens and are capable of breaking down into phyto-estrogens.
In theory, phytoestrogens should be largely avoided when the body is estrogenic. Hops, thistles and clover are phytoestrogenic herbs. Avoid these during proliferative phase, and perhaps avoid them while there is breast swelling during any phase. Fenugreek and perhaps shatatavari are exceptions, when used in small amounts with other herbs. Silybum (blessed milkthistle) and perhaps other thistles are a better replacement for clover. Clover is also not needed during menses. Hops and thistles are most suitable (with other herbs) in minimal amounts for starting menses and secretory phases. When acne starts, estrogenic herbs have worked well, but once itchy scalp or other harsh androgenic signs begin, estrogenic herbs haven't worked well. Teas with hops and thistles can also be taken during menses when hormone levels go down.
Spearmint and evening primrose aren't directly estrogenic, as they raise FSH, and give the body a chance to raise estrogen in a balanced way. Perhaps avoid hops, thistles and clover with evening primrose.
The base dose for all phases will be a minimum (<50mg) amount each of: spearmint, fenugreek and lavender sunflower. [Lavender is too strong or does not work as consistently as sunflower, perhaps because of varying properties. It's possible, the amount of lavender can be much lower than that of spearmint and fennel.] Varying amounts of fennel and sunflower will also be used with this combination. Fenugreek can be replaced by shatavari (asparagus) root, and spearmint may be replaced by peppermint.
Fenugreek or asparagus are present in the minimum amount to both provide estrogenic and progestogenic presence to improve the chances for the other herbs to amplify a positive effect. Lavender is present to antagonize the effects of estrogen on ERβ to promote an estrogenic effect. Spearmint antagonizes ERα, and it increases LH and FSH, perhaps in a different way than fenugreek.
Other herbs may be added around this for direct properties, or to amplify phytohormones or the body's natural hormones. Depending on phase, this could include hops, thistles, wild yam, saw palmetto or clover.
Pueraria may not have direct progestogenic properties, so it is not included in a simplied base dose. Theoretically, it would require sunflower or lavender, and fennel.
The idea of base dose is being removed. Herb combinations during mid-proliferative and mid-secretory phase may be better without fenugreek. Sunflower also works better than lavender, and sunflower often doesn't come in powdered form to use with spearmint.
Theory update: Repeating herb combinations
The theory has been updated on when to repeat herb doses. In theory, when breast swelling or temporary growth starts to go down, up until while there is acne, is when to repeat a herb dose. This may be a sign that progesterone [or phytoprogesterone] is starting to break down, thus providing antagonism for another herb dose to be repeated.
Repeating a herb combination while there is maximum breast swelling, may potentially cause a boomerang effect on hormone response on the breasts, perhaps responsible for fluctuations in breast size. Waiting too long, when there is itchy scalp or other androgenic symptoms may not provide favorable results either. While there is acne, it's fine to repeat, but soon after, it's not. When there is a high amount of androgens, androgenic response my be increased by repeating a herb combination. When there is itchy scalp or other androgenic symptoms, it is better to eat fiber such as brown rice, and take a break.
Timing herb combinations
After a herb combination that causes positive effects and after breast swelling goes down, effects of acne or itchy scalp can happen in a different order. Acne is usually expected to come first, before the sensation of itchy scalp. When itchy scalp or other androgenic symptoms occur, an apple or brown rice will seemingly help lower these negative effects. It has happened before that taking the full herb combination intended for full effects, caused positive effects while there was acne, even after itchy scalp occured. It would be more certain to eat fiber while there is itchy scalp and for acne that occurs afterward.
The basis for repeating herb combinations still applies to soon after waking the next morning, but the body's hormonal state during this time may be more difficult to determine. Repeating the full herb dose can cause breast shrinking while they have just temporarily grown or are swollen: upon waking seems to have the same effects. An antagonist herb combination in theory should be used for while there is new growth or breast swelling. The antagonist herb combination should be respective to the full herb combination. A minimal amount each of spearmint, lavender and possibly hops, ginseng and a teaspoon of olive oil are considered for use after a herb dose that contained agonist effects on ERα and ERβ, or for visible positive effects on the hips and breasts.
Herb combination for recent growth or swelling
In theory, there's a separate herb combination for use when there's a recent breast growth or swelling from the primary dose. Each herb is from 30mg to a rice grain size. It consists of spearmint, and lavender or sunflower provided the first herb combination had positive effects on the hips. Fennel is likely useful in addition to spearmint and lavender/sunflower during all phases except secretory. Hops can likely be used instead of fennel for this dose during secretory.
This minimal herb combination should only be used during recent breast growth or swelling from a previous full dose, or days after breast, and hip growth during proliferative phase. Waiting longer is likely to have negative results.
The theory is to leave hops, thistles and clover out of the tea from an identical dose to take for breast swelling caused by a tea that had hops, thistles or clover. Fenugreek and asparagus may possibly apply as well.
For menses, a herb combination containing fennel can only be used once, at the beginning. Spearmint and fennel can't be repeated during this phase. Spearmint will likely also be removed from this phase. These two herbs have powerful effects on menses.
Theory on Estrogen receptors and hair
Theory that ER-α is expressed in scalp, eye-lash and eye-brow hair follicles. While it may have already been recognized or theorized that ER-β is expressed in body hair follicles.
Looking into replacing spearmint and peppermint with fennel. Then, using lavender as a compliment herb to fennel instead of mint. Limit lavender to mid-proliferative [after] mucus starts. For now, limiting fennel to once at the beginning of menses, and to throughout proliferative. Lavender and fennel should only be used in minimal amounts (under 75mg, but closer to 20mg). Mint may be replaced completely, unless it is only needed for the start of proliferative.
Fennel doesn't work as a drop-in replacement for spearmint. Spearmint works better. Spearmint pairs with hops, while fennel doesn't.
Theory of Kudzu use
Theory on how Pueraria (kudzu) could be a partial replacement for spearmint. Kudzu seems to have antagonistic properties on ERα that spearmint has, but it is also directly estrogenic. Both of these herbs should be used in the most minimal amounts.
Because Kudzu is estrogenic, it shouldn't be used during proliferative phase (nor ovulation). Pueraria could possibly replace spearmint as an antagonist herb for hops during the first and only dose of menses. When hops is used, either spearmint or pueraria could be used with it. This herb combination would require minimal sunflower or barley, and no more than 2 fenugreek seeds.
For menses (menstruation), progesterone and estrogen hormone levels are typically low, so antagonist herbs require agonist herbs. FSH, LH and prolactin herbs are also required, but this doesn't fully compensate for estrogen, progesterone and androgen receptors.
A herb combination that affects all necessary receptors would seem to work, and cause temporary growth, but in theory, this temporary gain goes away while the body's hormones gradually have their effects on sensitized hormone receptors.
For the first herb use of menses (1st or 2nd day), the proposed herb schedule is: under 125mg each of spear/peppermint, sunflower/lavender and fennel, 250mg of fenugreek, and 500mg each of hops and wild yam. Hops, fenugreek and wild yam are agonist herbs for PR and ER. No more herbs are suggested for this day and for the next day.
For the next herb use day for menses, there will be proposed 2 herb combinations. The first herb combination of the day will be the same as the first herb combination for the phase. While there is swelling from the first daily herb combination, the proposed herb combination is 500mg each of hops and wild yam, and 250mg of fenugreek in an attempt to sustain results and perhaps cause further breast growth. This second daily herb combination can possibly be used after the first herb dose for menstruation.
A minimal amount each of milkthistles and/or asparagus root (shatavari) is optional with first or only daily herb combination of the day for menstruation.
When there is breast swelling during menses, that includes a phyto-progestin containing herb, the theory is to use: spearmint, fennel and sunflower. This has been tried, and there is some indication of it working, or maintaining past growth.
For menses, a herb dose should only be used once, at the beginning. A minimal amount of fenugreek, sunflower, hops and spearmint works only once to cause breast growth and improve hair, when used at the beginning. When it is repeated too soon, it causes breast shrinkage. When it is repeated very late, it causes mixed results and menstrual irregularities. This is likely due to spearmint and fennel.
In the past, fenugreek didn't provide the correct balance to work with hops. Hops worked when spearmint was included. The theory is to remove spearmint, and retain the use of fennel. This would mean only at the beginning of menses, 30mg each of fennel, hops, fenugreek and sunflower, then taking a break until proliferative. Spearmint has too much effect on menstruation. Fennel has a strong effect on menstruation too, but additional spearmint is unlikely not needed.
Pueraria is not recommened for menses. Based on accounts that pueraria caused light but long menses, (and from other anecdotal evidence) it appears to act as if it has properties that spearmint has. Pueraria also lacks a phytoprogestin. Pueraria is still not recommended with this program. If Kudzu were to be used, it would only be used once at the beginning of menses, under 50mg (20mg). In theory, Pueraria would need to be used with minimal amounts of a phytoprogestin herb, a lignan containing herb and a prolactin herb. It shouldn't be used with spearmint, dill, anise or fennel.
When sesame replaced spearmint, with the combination of minimal fenugreek, hops and sunflower, many results seemed to be temporary by the end of menses. Perhaps when sesame seed is used on the first day, spearmint can be used for a later day of menses. Hops shouldn't be repeated for this phase; thistles shouldn't be used either. For a potential second tea of herbs for menses, minimal fenugreek would likely require minimal spearmint and enough sesame and sunflower.
The theory for the herb schedule for proliferative phase is primitive at this point. Avoid this phase if you have hormone imbalances for now. The herb schedule for proliferative phase also requires more precision, and all herbs must definitely be included.
For the first dose of proliferative phase: under 125mg each of fenugreek, fennel, spear/peppermint and sunflower/lavender. A capsule or less of evening primrose can supplement or replace fenugreek [but rarely during this phase]. Under a teaspoon of olive oil is recommended with this. These variants have worked to cause hip and breast increases, and an increase in estrogen response to varying degrees when used only once. These herb combinations shouldn't be repeated again for proliferative.
Only if the first herb dose of proliferative phase has worked, then the theory is to only take under 125mg each of spearmint, lavender/sunflower/ginseng and fennel, no more than once every other day. If secretory phase comes days late, then minimal amounts of lavender and spearmint have caused ovulation to occur.
The herb combination of 125mg each of spearmint, fennel, lavender/sunflower and fenugreek for proliferative can also be used for late menses. This is useful because sometimes menses can temporarily stop.
Fenugreek use with the rest of the herb combinations used once should perhaps be limited to the first few days of proliferative, before secretions begin. Fenugreek has estrogen similes which are redundant when the body starts producing estrogen.
A day after there is swelling from the first herb dose of proliferative, the theory is to use a combination of spearmint, fennel and lavender/sunflower. 125mg each of spearmint, fennel and sunflower/lavender will be used for the first dose. When there is swelling from this, then 125mg each of spearmint and fennel will be tried. The herb schedule for proliferative phase, shouldn't be overdone, so a break should be taken after this.
The herb combination of evening primrose and 60mg each of fennel, fenugreek, spearmint and lavender/sunflower will be looked at to see if it causes both hip and breast growth effectively during the first days of proliferative. This is identical to a proven herb combination, except that doesn't have fenugreek. The effects of both of these will be compared.
The theory of these two separate combinations is based on past use. This time, fenugreek with a herb combination will be tried only once for the first few days. Evening primrose with its herb combination will be used only once, for a day or so later.
During early proliferative, when there is no mucus, the herb schedule as tea to be taken only once is 30mg each of: fenugreek, fennel, spearmint and sunflower. A pinch of lavender is optional. Then nothing else is to be taken for that day. It can take 24 hours for breast and hip growth from this.
If there hip and breast growth from that by the next day or a day later, then take no more than once 1 evening primrose capsule with a tea each of 60mg: fennel, spearmint and sunflower. An additional pinch of lavender is optional. Then don\'t take anything until the next day.
For once or twice for the rest of proliferative, a tea of a minimal amount of 30mg fennel, spearmint and sunflower/lavender can be used. Then take a break.
For proliferative phase: spearmint, fennel and sunflower seed has worked consistently well. Later during proliferative, more fennel is needed compared to the other two herbs. For some, evening primrose or fenugreek is needed early only once with the rest of the required combination.
Corresponding herbs are needed to counter each others effects on steroid hormone receptors for secretory.
The body produces progesterone during secretory phase, so beyond the first day, the progesterone simile diosgenin may not be needed. Wild yam, fenugreek and fennel contain diosgenin. Fenugreek is possibly an exception that can be used no more than once every other day, but if it is used, its use should be minimal. Wild yam won't be considered at all for secretory. There has been breast swelling by including herbs with diosgenin throughout secretory, but the result was fluctuations in breast size. Repeating a herb combination while there was breast swelling caused even more breast size fluctuations, and an overall decrease in size, after there being maximum breast size from swelling.
For secretory, on the first (or second day) day, [the proposal was]: 250 to 500mg of hops, and a minimal amount each of fenugreek, spearmint and lavender/sunflower. Then [to] take a break for a day. Milkthistles will be optional, and it can replace only half of the amount of hops.
After that, fenugreek may not be used anymore for secretory. Wild yam and fennel will be avoided for secretory. Every or every other day: spearmint, lavender/sunflower and hops will be used. Amounts of hops must be higher than spearmint, lavender and potentially other herbs. Minimal amounts of ginseng, clover, pueraria or evening primrose could potentially be added later.
When there is breast swelling, less than a teaspoon of olive oil or perhaps a miniscule amount of some other oil can be taken. Hops, clover and ginseng are potentially other options for when there's breast swelling. Effects of fenugreek, wild yam, fennel are likely temporary [, and] can likely cause a counter response from the body that produces enough progesterone after the first herb dose.
For the first or second day (first herb combination use) of secretory: under 125mg each of fenugreek, spear/peppermint, lavender/sunflower, and 250mg of hops. Milkthistles, and under 125mg of clover or pueraria are optional for this day. Then take a break for a day, so the body can balance hormones and so the corpus luteum can develop.
On the second day of herb use for secretory (past the 3rd day of this phase), the herb combination is similar to the herb combination for the first herb use combination. Ginseng can likely completely replace lavender and sunflower this day and after. It is uncertain if fenugreek can be removed, but replace fenugreek with asparagus (shatavari) root if it's available. Clover and pueraria often require fenugreek, but these two herbs have worked without fenugreek during late secretory.
When there is breast swelling for secretory from the first herb use of the day, fenugreek and fennel cannot be used. 500mg of hops must be used. Milkthistle can be used with hops. A minimal amount of ginseng, lavender or sunflower can be used. Possibly, a minimal amount of pueraria or clover can be used with these herb combinations. After taking a break for the next day, these herb combinations can be repeated again during secretory, but this time increase combined hops and thistles to 1,000mg for the herb dose to be used while there is breast swelling.
The effects of hops last for days. While hops use helps with growth when used for this phase once, when used too soon, it seems to cause impediments. Limit hops to the beginning of secretory phase, and perhaps again when the effects of hops lower.
For secretory, there was a lot of temporary growh from herbs. Limiting hops further should help with this. Perhaps phytoprogestin herbs should be lowered or limited to use at the very beginning, with hops. Sesame and sunflower may need to be increased slightly, so long as they are in the presence of the body's estrogen and progesterone. Sesame and sunflower shouldn't be overdone which may shorten secretory phase. Minimal spearmint may be needed when there's breast swelling.
Hops and spearmint
Theory is to use only under 125mg of spearmint, and higher amounts of hops as a base dose for secretory. Hops will stimulate more progesterone from the corpus luteum, and this will replace use of fenugeek for the first day. Hops also stimulates ERα in the breasts, especially when used with spearmint. Spearmint also will maintain a balance of estrogen, smaller amounts of androgens and antagonists.
Use of hops and minimal amounts of spearmint should do. This simple combination has caused growth for secretory, but it has yet to be seen if it stays.
Clover hasn't been thoroughly tested for secretory, but it works during late secretory, and it has worked conditionally when used with fenugreek. Fenugreek is now removed for secretory phase. In theory, clover could be added with sunflower or lavender during mid secretory.
Inclusion of evening primrose
It seems that evening primrose should be used with herb combinations for secretory. The body provides progesterone during this phase, so it is uncertain if phyto-progesterone herbs should be included here. Perhaps evening primrose with herbs it requires and fenugreek should be used on the first few days, when progesterone is naturally lower.
Evening primrose should likely be used once during secretory, with required other herbs.
First two proposed doses of secretory
The theory is based on fenugreek and evening primrose similar to for proliferative phase. Fenugreek with a herb combination will be tried only once for the first few days. Evening primrose with its herb combination will be used only once, for a day or so later.
During early secretory, the herb schedule as tea to be taken only once will consist of at minimum 30mg each of: fenugreek, fennel, spearmint and sunflower. A pinch of lavender is optional. Then nothing else is to be taken for that day. This can take 24 hours for breast and hip growth from this.
If there hip and breast growth from that by the next day or a day later, then take no more than once 1 evening primrose capsule with a tea each of 60mg: fennel, spearmint and sunflower. An additional pinch of lavender is optional. Then don\'t take any herb combinations until the next day.
Then, the regular herb combination, without evening primrose nor likely fenugreek will be used. It will contain, at minimum, spearmint and hops.
Herbs for breast swelling during secretory
When there was breast swelling for secretory: hops, and lower amounts of spearmint and lavender have worked for increasing hip size and brought temporary high gains for breasts. In theory, clover may help with gains. Both clover and hops increase prolactin, which in turn increases progesterone during secretory. Clover adds agonist effects on ERβ, which may have been needed in the presence of progesterone and prolactin. Hops had these effects present on ERα. This herb combination should be used in the presence of progesterone effects on the body.
The proposed herb schedule for premenstrual is similar to the herb schedule for the first herb dose of secretory, with potential elements from menses phase. By the 3rd day, wild yam, fenugreek and fennel should be added to compensate for the lack of bodily progesterone production. Milkthistle and asparagus can be added as well. Luteal phase includes both secretory and premenstrual, but this term may be used because sometimes it is difficult to know when secretory exactly ends and when premenstrual begins.
The herb combination for premenstrual, once progesterone levels lower, will consist of: hops, fenugreek, wild yam, spearmint, fennel and lavender. Wild yam is recommended, but it can be left off. Spearmint, fennel and lavender/sunflower would be in minimal amounts. Other herbs will be 500mg or lower per dose: their proportions and results will be in other program blogs.
This herb combination will also apply to menses, when natural hormone levels are also lower.
Spearmint, fennel and lavender/sunflower are in minimal amounts to provide antagonism for receptors: AR, PR, ERα and ERβ. Hops, fenugreek, and wild yam are to provide a direct response to relevant estrogen and progesterone receptors.
Spearmint should no longer be used during premenses. Fennel has better properties, but its use will limted and limited to minimal amounts. Use of fennel could also be removed for premenses.
Past theory for premenstrual & Menses
The herb combinations for menses and premenstrual phases is similar, so the sections were merged. A major difference is that menses gives an indication on the effects of menstrual intensity.
The current herb combination for both menses and premenstrual phases is to take a sip to a gulp at a time of a tea of: 250mg hops, and 60mg each of spearmint, sunflower/lavender, fenugreek and fennel. Another sip of this tea would be taken from when breast swelling starts to subside, until acne occurs.
Wild yam, asparagus and/or thistles with similar herb combinations have caused breast swelling, often temporary.
Saw palmetto (oil) can likely be added to the base combination.
Combinations containing fenugreek, wild yam and fennel have consistently caused temporary breast swelling or growth for premenstrual and menses, but acne, androgenic symptoms or breast size fluctations to their previous size are a common occurence. The phytoprogestin Diosgenin from fenugreek, wild yam and fennel breaks down and forms into corticosteroids and androgens.
The idea is to use minimal amounts of spearmint, hops, fenugreek, wild yam, fennel, lavender and sunflower to cause breast swelling. About an hour after breast swelling occurs from the herb combination containing diosgenin, hops and spearmint will be tried. Alternatively, clover and sunflower/lavender can be tried. If ginseng were to be tried, it would at minimum require both clover and hops. Saw palmetto would likely be included with this second daily dose.
Extended use of spearmint is likely unsustainable, especially during these two phases. If it can be substituted, its use should be removed. Fennel is also powerful, but it has a progestogenic balance. When fennel is used, spearmint may not be needed.