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ANSWERS FROM CARLOS:
I am almost 33 and for over 14
years, I've suffered from irregular menstruals. Its now
to the point that I don't menstruate at all. I have
started to change what I eat. I started buying organic
foods vs. Non organic. Are there specific foods I should
avoid? I'm lactose intolerant so I don't drink milk but
I do eat yogurt. I started seeing a natural doctor and
she put me on something called "folliculinum". How
effective is this treatment? I initially got a period
but that was 2 to 3 months ago. Really frustrated and at
my wit’s end. Been on so many birth control pills,
Metformin, etc. Feels like nothing works.
I suffer from: weight gain, bad acne, hair thinning,
facial hair, discharge, and within the last year and
half, night sweats that wake me up in the middle of the
night. So now my sleep is disrupted all the time. Seems
like this will never end.
I know I need to make a more dietary/life style changes
with what I eat. But in addition to this, should I
continue with the folliculnium? The only thing it
seemed to do was lower my sex drive, which was amazing
because I'm single and the "hormones hitting the roof"
was becoming beyond annoying. Can I take folliculnium
with something else? When I intially started it, I
tried taking vitex tincture. I only had a couple of
swallows but it was so bitter, so I didn't continue. I
soon got my cycle after (for 2 weeks).
(Exhaling). The more I read, the more I understand how
what I eat is important. Is there a specific dietary
plan I should follow. Thanks.
Folliculnium is a good Homeopathic remedy, but I feel
that is not what is needed here due to the length of the
symptoms and the other issues ytou mention.
Diet is a very important part of your healing process.
What I truly recommend is that you allow me to do a full
evaluation for you and then design an individualized
treatment plan, otherwise I would just be giving you
general suggestions. If you are so inclined just click
on the banner or contact me directly at:
Now then, here are some generalized suggestions.
I suggest you eliminate form your diet: Red meats, pork,
white sugar, all dairy and all fried foods. You should
enhance your diet with fresh oily fish (salmon,
mackerel, sardines). Eat fresh garlic and onions daily.
Buy locally grown veggies and eat them daily steamed or
raw, and eat plenty of fresh fruits. You should
begin a light exercise program such as jogging or
walking 1 to 3 miles daily.
There are several tried and true traditional Chinese
formulas that would be of great help, but to determine
which we would need to do an evaluation. Here are some
of the Western remedies you may want to try. Drink
infusions of Green tea daily and add to these 10 drops
extract of Chinese angelica, 10 drops extract of Agnus
castus and 10 drops extract of False Unicorn. Sweeten
only with honey and drink 3xs day.
I have been diagnosed with PCOS about 10 years ago. I
have gotten my period a few times a year for years. I
had a baby 2.5 years ago, and was hoping that my body
would regulate postpartum, but it hasn’t. I have had my
period only 1 x in the past 11 months! I am still
breastfeeding, but only once a day. I have a lot of
facial hair growth, a lot of stomach fat, acne, and
pretty much ammenorrhea. What herbs do you suggest for
me to take to bring on a period?
to be of service. A consultation would be more accurate,
but in general terms I will do all I can to help.
First thing that comes to mind is diet. I strongly
suggest that you avoid: Red meats, pork, white sugar,
all dairy, all fried foods, and all foods containing
preservatives. In as much as possible eat organic. Drink
coffee and alcohol moderately. If you smoke: Quit!
Enhance your diet with plenty of cold water oily fishes
such as, mackerel, salmon, herring, anchovies and
sardines. Add also to your diet: bean sprouts, yogurt,
fresh garlic, onions, honey, nuts, seeds, fresh steamed
vegetables and fresh fruits. Try to eat only foods grown
organically without toxic pesticides. Use Kosher salt.
If you must use sugar use Stevia.
To encourage hormonal balance we suggest you take a
tablespoon daily of Linseed oil. Supplement daily with a
good multi vitamin multi mineral containing all the
amino acids, and add 1000mg Vit.C 1x day.
Drink infusions of Chinese Angelica daily and Wild Yam
in equal parts adding a pinch of Fenugreek, and add to
this 15 drops of extract or tincture of Agnus Castus and
15 drops of False Unicorn. Extracts and tinctures work
much better and faster. Sweeten these only with honey
and drink 3xs daily. These will help normalize your
I also encourage you to adopt a low-level regimen of
exercise: jogging, walking, Yoga, T'ai Chi Ch'uan or Qi
Gong. Your local library will have books or videos on
the last 3 to help get you started.
I am 24 years old, I have been suffering from a cyst in
the right ovary for 1 and half years. Initially it was
just a simple cyst but now my ultrasound says that it
is a endometrioma. It says adnexal right ovary cyst with
internal echoes and few thin septae. And my right ovary
is not seen separately.
Doctor asked me to do a laparoscopy and take it out. Is
there any herbal medicine for curing this. I started
doing castor oil pack , will it help? Can you suggest
me some herbal medicine. and what exercise should I do?
First you should eliminate from your diet foods that
stagnate the system, such as: pork, red meats, white
sugar, hot dogs, bologna, dairy products, chocolate,
pasta, egg yolks, alcohol, cigarrettes and excess
coffee. Eat: lean fish, sardines, oysters, salmon,
flounder, chicken, turkey, venison, rabbit, cornish hen
spinach, broccoli, kale, whole-wheat bread, honey, and
in particular steamed fresh vegetables and fruits.
Supplement with: a good multi-vitamin, multi-mineral
daily, and add 1,500mg of Vit. C, 400mg of Vit. E,
Evening Primrose 3 capsules, 3xs day and Golden linseed
2 capsules, 3xs day.
I would suggest infusions of False unicorn root with 10
drops of tincture of Agnus castus will help if drunk
often daily for 3 months. You may add a pinch of Wild
yam to these, sweeten only with honey and drink 3xs day.
Another combination you may find of use is:
A decoction of White peony, Chinese angelica and
Rehmannia in equal parts. Drink in large doses
throughout the day.
An infusion of St. John's Wort with 25 drops of tincture
of Black cohosh will also prove of help. Drink 3 or 4xs
Sweeten these with honey.
You must relieve stress. Stress has been implicated as a
factor of the hormonal imbalances which are a part of
endometriosis. I suggest and recommend a low-level
exercise program such as T'ai Chi, Yoga or Qi Gong. You
may also incorporate to these meditation and breathing
exercises. Your local library may have books that will
help get you started on these, if not I am sure they
will be able to order them for you.
QUESTION: I’m a 53 yr
old woman I was told by my doctor I had a cyst. On my
last doctor s visit she tells me I have ovarian cancer
I’m going to get a second opinion. I bought some burdock
and aloe vera from whole foods store but I take blood
thinner medicine from my doctor. I want to go by the way
of herbs for my health and healing but I need help. Will
you help me.
ANSWER: Thanks for
writing. You need to maintain a good diet, eliminate
foods that stagnate the system, such as: Heavy red
meats, pork, white sugar, all dairy and all fried foods.
Enhance your diet with
plenty of fresh fish (mackerel and salmon are
particularly useful here) fresh garlic and onions daily,
brown rice, raw or steamed vegetables and fresh fruits.
Burdock is good for
detoxification and aloe vera good internally for
constipation and externally for wounds.
There are many herbs and
herbal formulas that may be of benefit to you, but it is
beyond the scope of this site to actually individualize
a treatment plan for you.
Generally though, these
are some of the herbs may be of help: Green tea,
Espinheira santa tincture (a South American holly),
Turmeric (between meals take 500mg 2xs day), and
You may make an infusion
of Green tea and add 15 drops of Espinheira santa
tincture and 10 drops of extract or tincture of
Astragalus. Sweeten with a bit of honey and drink 2-3xs
Also add 25 drops of
extract or tincture of Astragalus to all your broths,
soups and stews.
Other products are
Quescetin tablets (take 250mg 2 or 3xs day) and Soy
isoflavone concentrate tablets (take 3,000mg daily).
There are also several
traditional Chinese herbal formuals that would certainly
be of great help, but we would need to do a diagnostic
evaluation to individualize the proper treatment plan
for you. If interested you may contact us at:
Hope this helps.
I was taking saw palmetto for
hair loss, and excess body hair, and it helped me a lot,
but I stopped taking it after I heard that on the long
run it can make me not get my period anymore is that
Another questions can I take saw palmetto while I'm
trying to conceive will it help me in that or no?
helped you it was not Saw Palmetto. Saw Palmetto is a
tonic, it is used to treat hormonal disorders, urinary
problems (enlarged prostrate gland), reduced sex drive,
testicular atrophy and is also very often used as a
diuretic. Saw Palmetto will not affect your period, but
it will not help
with the hair problems nor will it help you to conceive.
Is it safe to give a healthy fifteen year old girl the
Chinese herb formula shakuyaku-kanzo-to (as I understand
an equal mix of white peony and licorice)? She has low
estrogen and high testosterone (confirmed by testing)
that this formula is supposed to help. She is 5’9 1/2”
and weighs about 125 lbs.
The spelling you give is to a Kampo formula (Japanese)
adapted from a Chinese formula Shao Yao Gan Cao Tang or
Licorice and Peony Decoction.
For the condition you are trying to treat this is not
the appropriate formula. This formula treats: Muscle
spasms, Cramps in the calf muscles, Restlessness,
Abdominal pain, Menstrual cramps and other Acute pain
conditions. Thus, it becomes not a matter whether it is
safe (which it is), but a matter that this is not the
appropriate formula. I certainly do not suggest it.
My sincere suggestion is that you allow me to do an
evaluation, to then develop an individualized treatement
plan for her. If interested you may contact me directly
An evaluation would allow us to determine which
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I am 38 years old. I was on birth control pills for two
and a half years after the birth of my son (from 2006
March until 2008 October). Then I stopped and was drug
free for about 2 years. However, because my husband and
I were not sure we wanted another child for sometime due
to our financial condition at that time, I got an IUD
inserted (2009 August). I moved to the USA after the
insertion and after 7 months of the IUD insertion I
started having problems with my period (2010 April).
They stopped. I waited for a couple of months and then
had the IUD removed thinking it would bring back my
periods. But that didn’t happen. I went back to the
doctor and she gave me Provera which did help me get
back my period for that particular month (2010 august).
She suggested I wait for my natural cycle but didn’t
have my period the next month. She gave me Provera
again. But this time it didn’t work and I did not have
any period. Then I got my hormones tested and they came
back with low thyroid levels, high cholesterol and low
estrogen. My doctor ignored the low estrogen levels and
started me on Levothyroxin 75mcg since January 2011. I
was also on Niacin but due to hot flashes after taking
the capsule, I stopped.
By that time we had decided we wanted another child but
these problems had started. I also started with bad
headaches on the right side of my head, neck and
shoulder – throbbing and pain that left me low on
energy, warbled speech and bad moods. My doctor in the
US kept ignoring the other hormonal tests, got angry
when I asked questions and wanted to do a uterine test
and dye test so I was a little upset and went back to
India to get treatment. There the gynecologist tested me
for all hormones and thyroid and said I had very low
levels of estrogen along with high cholesterol and low
thyroid function. She started me on estrogen
supplements, Novostat 10mg, and thyronorm 75 mcg. This
was in April 2011. Then I had 4 regular cycles in May,
June, July and August. I also did two Ultrasound scans
of my ovaries and they were fine except for
calcification which was lesser in the second scan. She
started me of F-Gam, DHEA along with estrogen supplement
(birth control pills) I came back to the US in September
2011 but didn’t have any period that month. I was
supposed to discontinue the estrogen if I did not have
any period so I didn’t take anything. Since September I
have been waiting for a period and all I get is a
brownish discharge every now and then (discharge with
slimy threads). I am currently on DHEA and F-Gam
fertility tablet along with Novostat 5 mg and thyronorm
50mcg. I am truly fed up with taking so many medicines.
I have not been able to lose any weight despite
exercising and walking and have ended up with sore
muscles and joint pains (rheumatoid arthritis tested
negative) which have also deterred me to keep on with
exercising and losing weight. I was once a very active
person who worked, took care of her home, husband and
kid and was mostly positive about life. Now I am a
totally different person. I want to have a child but
haven’t been able to. I want to get off these medicines
and start with herbal medication that would bring me
back to my older self more naturally. Is it possible for
my period to come back and be regular again, get
pregnant and have another child and have a proper
functioning thyroid. My doctor said that my hormonal
report did not suggest I was menopausal yet that’s why
having regular periods was important for me. Would
herbal therapy be good for me. Please help me.
The length of your questions
make it impossible to answer them fully and it is beyond
the scope of this site.
I will do my best though,
but what you sincerely need is a full evaluation, at the
end of your answer I will provide you with details.
It is possible that with
help your normal periods can resume. It is also possible
to improve your thyroid function, and yes herbal therapy
can help with this. Western medicine is geared to only
treat symptoms, whereas alternative medicine, in
particular Traditional Chinese Medicine, treats ill
I recommend that you do a
48 hour fast drinking only fresh water and Green tea
with 25 drops added of extract or tincture of Dandelion
root. Sweeten only with honey and drink 4-5xs per day.
Extracts and tinctures work better and faster. This will
enable you to rid the body of toxins.
After your fast continue
drinking the infusions for 5 days, 3xs day. In your
particular case we suggest that you begin by avoiding
foods that stagnate the system, such as: Red, meats,
pork, white sugar, all dairy and all fried foods. Avoid
excessive coffee and alcohol, chocolates, chips sodas
Enhance your diet with
plenty of fresh salmon, mackerel and sardines, brown
rice, yogurt, honey, fresh garlic and onions, fresh raw
or steamed vegetables and fresh fruits. Exercise is very
important also. You can begin a low-regimen such as Tai
Chi or Yoga, just 15 minutes per day would be great.
As to herbal medicines
there are many that would probably serve you well. You
may want to try infusions of Wild Yam and adding 15
drops extract or tincture of Chinese angelica. If you
get pregnant or suspect you are discontinue the Chinese
angelica. Sweeten only with a bit of honey and drink
There are other herbal
therapies and herbs and formulas that may be more
appropriate for you individually, but to determine
which, you would need a full evaluation. For that we
encourage you to visit:
Hi. I am close to being 40 and
overall very healthy but for a while my stomach was
bloated and had bad periods and started taking maca with
dim for about 4 months and it has helped a lot . I
retain water close to getting period and wanted to
know how safe it is to incorporate dandelion pills to
help with retention and how long is it ok to continue
taking maca? Thanks for sharing your expertise!
Herbs and herbal formulas should be taken for more than
90 days, then stopped for 14 days, to assess what the
next step should be.
You may incorporate the Dandelion to the Maca. Extracts
and tinctures always work better and faster. Ten to
fifteen drops of each 3xs day.
I am 40 and lately I have been feeling stressed out and fatigued .
My menstruation usually last for 4 days but the last
time I just had it for 2 days. My doctor seems to think
its hormonal imbalance. Is Vitax safe for balancing
hormones while breast feeding? Any other
Avoid foods that will stagnate the system, such as: Red
meats, pork, white sugar, all dairy and all fried
foods. Avoid coffee and alcohol, and also avoid chips,
soda and colas, all processed foods and foods containing
additives and preservatives. Enhance your diet with
plenty fresh oily fish (salmon, mackerel and sardines),
honey, brown rice, yogurt, green leafy vegetables,
chicken, turkey and fresh fruits. Engage yourself into a
low-level regimen of exercise, such as Yoga, Tai Chi or
walking. Vitex is not safe if breastfeeding.
Unfortunately there are very few herbs that are safe
while breastfeeding. I suggest you may want to write us
back once the breastfeeding is totally over. Sorry I am
unable to help more for now.
I want to say I am fascinated with you page. What an
amazing source of healthy information.
I have an almost 6 months baby and i am back at work
and still breast feeding, since I pump at work. I am
under some stress, and these two things made my milk
production go lower. and this baby drink 9oz per
feed. I've been drinking Raspberry leaf tea, but if
there is something stronger i would love to take it. I
am planning on breast feeding until he is 1 year old and
I would love to store some milk and be way head on my
2. My hair and nails got so strong and thick while
pregnant and for the past 3 months I 've been losing a
lot of it and not the past 2 weeks my nails have gotten
weaker. What can I do?
3. My skin is not looking very good either, I am having
some break-outs. I was told Oregano Oil pills would do
it, but then I read it is not recommended when breast
feeding. Is this right? Anything for breakouts? Muchas
Gracias Carlos for
all your help.
If you are going to rely on breast milk I would suggest
drinking infusions (teas) of Alfalfa and adding 25 drops
of extract of Fenugreek and 20 drops extract of Blessed
thistle. Sweeten only with a bit of honey and drink 3xs
In Traditional Chinese Medicine we sometimes use He Che
Da Zao Wan or Geije Da Bu Wan. The first remedy will
help supplement Blood, Qi and Jing (Blood, Essence and
Spirit). The second is excellent as a long term general
tonic or following debilitating illness, surgery,
For hair I would suggest the herb Fo-ti. Boil a handful
of the herb (enough to make 2 cups), then add to that 15
drops of essential oil of Rosemary. soak your hair in
this, get rid of the excess water and wrap your hair in
a towel for 15 minutes. Use a mild baby shampoo to wash.
Do every other day for 3-4 weeks.
As to nails some people have found that taking Biotin
for l9ong periods of time is of help and others have
used Lemon juice on their nails every day and that also
seems to help. Here's a remedy from Australia: Dip your
fingernails in colorless iodine once a day for 1 week;
then once a week for 3 to 4 weeks; then once a month. It
dries almost instantly. It begins hardening the nails
under the cuticle and as the nail grows out it stays
hard and unbreakable.
I would not suggest Oregano pills now or ever. There
have been no valid significant studies that would
encourage me to do so. I do suggest that you take
oatmeal baths. Aveeno makes a good formula for this or
you can just use a sock full of oatmeal. With break-outs
I encourage you to avoid foods that stagnate the system,
such as: Red meats, pork, white sugar, dairy and all
fried foods. In Traditional Chinese Medicine we often
use a formula named Margarite Pills. I hope this helps.
Hi, I have been looking for answers all over the
internet and haven't found a solid answer yet. I have an
above average amount of vaginal discharge and it is a
huge annoyance. I have seen my doctor about it and have
tried a few different treatments but she can't find
anything unusual about it and
nothing she knows can help get rid of it so I went
looking into herbal remedies. I came across dong quai as
a treatment for many female issues and thought I'd give
it a try, and after finding a bottle of 550mg capsules I
thought maybe I should look up if this will interact
with my birth control. The herbal sites I look at don't
really say and the other sites I find say it may act
like St. John's wart. My question is will it react with
my birth control (Junel fe1/20) or will it not?
Here's the scoop an individual
should never self-medicate, but under the supervision of
a practitioner, Chinese angelica is safe, if it is the
appropriate herb to use, unfortunately once you are
pregnant or suspect you are, it is not. Capsules or
pills do not work as well as an extract. Dosage: Ten
drops 2xs day in an infusion of Green tea and also add
15 drops extract of Astragalus to this. Consult a local
practitioner before increasing. Once you are pregnant or
suspect you are discontinue the Chinese angelica.
I would better suggest to you that you may need to
detoxify your system. Towards that end, I encourage you
to do a 48 hour fast, drinking only infusions of
Dandelion root and plenty of fresh water. Drink the
infusions 4-5xs for 48 hours. If necessary sweeten only
with a bit of honey. If hunger overtakes you, eat
yogurt. After your fast continue drinking the infusions
3xs day for 5 days.
All of us are different, we have different medical
issues, different backgrounds, differently genes and
react differently to different things, to answer even if
it is Chinese angelica that you would benefit from, you
would need to do an evaluation. If interested in this
you may contact me directly
Sorry to trouble you, but I
was googling the Internet for side effects of vitex, as
I've been taking the Nature's Way vitex, 400mg three
times a day to rebalance my hormones after taking birth
control pills for about a year. I am 23 this year. I am
taking vitex and maca (from NOW Foods). I believe I'm
experiencing some side effects as I feel drowsiness very
often, I'm at the 18th day of both vitex and maca,and I
only am aware of it since a couple if days ago, about
Would it be that my hormones are starting to rebalance
itself? I read one review that says that, or am I
overdosing on it? Shall I reduce my intake of the vitex?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so
ANSWER: Thanks for
getting in touch. Without knowing any prior medical
history it is really hard to say. In my practice I
seldom suggest pills, capsules or tablets, much better
are extracts and tinctures; they are in essence in a
purer from, and the dosage is easily controlled, plus
they are more effective and work faster.
I suggest reducing the dosage for a few days. I don't
know the product of the company and worry that even the
preparation may not be for you. Reduce the dosage for a
couple of days, if things don't change eliminate the
product from your routine.
You may always write us again for suggestions or help,
but please include some medical history as well as age,
weight and height.
Please help my mother's been taking Premerin,
since after her hysterectomy (is that how it is
spelled?) that is for at least 7 years. Are there health
food and herbal alternatives that you van recommend?
My first suggestion is that you follow a proper diet.
Avoid salt, pork, red meats, white sugar, pasta, all
dairy products, beans, cabbage, prunes, strawberries,
caffeine, alcohol and cigarrettes. Also avoid all fried
Enhance your diet by eating plenty of lean fish,
carrots, corn, apples, oats, soy and soy based products,
whole grain cereals, steamed green leafy vegetables and
plenty of fresh fruit. Add fresh garlic to your diet
often. Eat plenty of pumpkin or sunflower seeds daily.
I suggest drinking infusions of Wild Yam and adding 15
drops of extract or tincture of Agnus castus. Sweeten
only with a bit of honey and drink 3xs day.
Other herbs to consider are Black cohosh and Licorice in
infusion and there are still others such as Chinese
angelica in combination with Dandelion.
If there is pain the herb Cramp bark may prove of help.
You may want to massage the abdomen with 10 drops of
essential oil of Fennel diluted into 2 teaspoons of
almond or hemp oil. This helps with water retention and
In Traditional Chinese Medicine depending on the
individual client treatement plan we sometime use Da Bu
Yin Wan, Zhi Bai Ba Wei Wan and He Che Da Zao Wan.
I certainly hope this helps. Good luck!
I have had Amenorrhea for a year and a half and while I
started with stress relief and healthy diet changes it
wasn’t enough. I just started taking Dong Quai this week
and I started my period. My question is do I keep taking
it just until my period is over and then start it again
in a month’s time or do I take it continuously for
several months? And is there a way to tell when I should
stop and let my body take over?
Great question. You should stop while you have your
period, and then continue after the period is gone. You
may do this for 3 months or so, then stop for 30 days
before starting again. Your body should give you hints
as to when its ready to take over.
Pay attention if taking this and your bleeding
increases, or if you become pregnant, discontinue its
Here's a good link on this:
I would like to know what herbs I can take to help my
problems. I have polycystic ovary syndrome and am
dealing with menopause. I gained 50 lbs in one year (I
attributed this to quitting smoking) but then when I was
told I had PCOS I was also told this more than likely
attributed to the weight gain. I exercised and dieted
for six months (and was strict) and didn't lose a
pound. The doctor said it was due to the PCOS but the
medications he wants to prescribe for it seem to have
horrid side effects, so I'm not interested. But I'm
tired of being overweight. Can you help? Any
suggestions? Also, the hot flashes and mood swings are
really starting to suck.
Increase your intake of foods that supplement and
nourish the liver like beets, carrots, dark green
vegetables, and lemons. As mentioned above, enhance your
diet with plenty of cold water fishes (mackerel,
salmon), fresh garlic and onion, raw or steamed
vegetables, honey, brown rice and fresh fruits.
A good infusion to treat PCOS is: Chinese angelica and
Wild Yam in equal parts adding a pinch of Fenugreek, and
10 drops of extract or tincture of Agnus Castus and 15
drops of False Unicorn. Extracts and tinctures work much
better and faster. Sweeten these only with honey and
drink 2xs daily.
Add to your daily vitamins 50mg of Zinc. To encourage
hormonal balance we suggest you take a tablespoon daily
of Linseed or Evening Primrose oil.
In TCM the formula Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan has been used
with some measure of success to treat PCOS. It promotes
blood circulation, removes blood stasis, and with
consistent use eliminates masses in the abdomen. The
formula is used to treat the retention of blood stasis
in the uterus.
this helps. Maintain a smile, a positive attitude, and
It is a privilege that you might answer a question that
I have....I have had estrogen positive receptor breast
cancer just over a year ago, had a double mastectomy,
chemo and also found out that the cancer had spread to
two lymph nodes in the same side that the cancer
originated. I am now on the "lovely" Rx tamoxifen for 5
years. Yes, I am very aware of the side effects. :(
question is this...I have heard a lot about a mushroom -
Chaga. I have heard of it's awesome healing benefits,
however, it appears to produce/stimulate estrogen in the
body ( or am I wrong?) I hope I am!!
suggest to stay away from drinking a tea of this
mushroom? I was going to drink @ least one cup of this a
day - every day....maybe I should not? Thank you so
very much for answering my question.
Unfortunately there has not been enough research on this
mushroom. We have it on good source that the best way to
prepare this is drinking after an extraction process,
since the active ingredients are deep within the Chaga
and are not digestible. Therefore if you intend to use
it you should look for an extract or tincture.
In as far as the stimulation of estrogen there is little
data on that.
restore hormonal balance we suggest that you take
Evening Primrose or Fish oil capsules because they
contain essential fatty acids which are essential to
you. Add to that 1,000mg Vit. C 3xs day.
We recommend infusions of Dandelion, False unicorn and
Agnus castus in equal parts. Add to them a small piece
of Siberean ginseng root. Sweeten only with honey and
drink 3xs day.
Zinc is also a very important mineral to maintain in
your system. To that end we suggest eating oysters
often, and supplementing with a good multi-vitamin,
multi-mineral containing all 22 amino acids.
Include in all your broths, soups and stews: Astragalus
root, Chinese angelica and a small piece of white
Chinese ginseng. It is reported that folks using the
above daily have increased their survival rate from
cancer seven-fold. Canadian doctors have claimed a
measure of success with the formula called Essiac, ask
your local herbal shop regarding it.
I also sincerely recommend a diet that includes plenty
of garlic, citrus fruits, black currants, tomatoes,
broccoli, cabbage and potatoes, wheat germ, nuts,
pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, seafood, brazil nuts,
lemons, grapefruit, cherries, red pepper and bananas.
Sorry I could not help more, but I hope my suggestions
may serve you well.
I was diagnosed with uterine fibroids. Two weeks before
my cycle I get severe bloating, to that of a 3 month
pregnancy. Two years ago I had uterine fibroid
embolization (UFE) which shrank the fibroids. Two years
later, the fibroids are back.
I asked a health food store representative what she
recommends for fibroids and was told to take Red Clover
Chaparral (which break down the tumors) and CAC (?)
which acts like a laxative to move the fibroids out of
the body. I should take 24 drops of this tincture twice
daily for 3 months.
Based upon your knowledge, do you agree? (I read couple
sites on the net where Chaparral can lead to liver
Do you have a natural, safe, precise (step-by-step)
recommendation for eliminating fibroids?
I definately do not agree. The side effects of Chaparral
can outweigh its benefits.
Unfortunately health food stores representatives are not
practitioners, they are salesmen with just a tiny bit of
knowledge about herbs or herbal remedies.
There are several wonderful Traditional Chinese Medicine
formulas that can certainly be considered in your
particular case, as there are also several Western
remedies that may be applicable. We personally have
experienced great results treating several cases with
recurring fibroids. You ask me for a natural,
precise suggestion, or rather an individualized
treatment plan which is beyond the scope of this site,
but you may contact us at:
and we will be happy to help. Whatever you do, I
suggest avoiding the Chaparral, as to the other CAC (?),
sorry we have no idea what they may be.
I ran across your site in doing research on my skin
problem. I hope that you will be able to help me. My
problem all started 2 years ago when I turned 30 years
old. I am female, by the way. I had really bad
headaches, so I had gone to see my Doctor. I had a CAT
Scan and an MRI done. Both were normal. During this
time, I had a few pimples (4 or 5). I had asked my
doctor if she could prescribe me something for them. She
prescribed Differin Gel. After using Differin Gel for 1
week, I noticed my skin being very oily and I was
starting to break out everywhere. I stopped using it. My
doctor prescribed me an antibiotic both internal and
external. It did nothing. I have been to 3
dermatologists (they all want to give me accutane), a
naturepathic Doctor, an acupuncturist, and still no
cure. I have been told that the Differin is not the
cause, but it's hard for me to believe that in ways. I
don't understand if it was the Differin why my skin
hasn't healed 2 years later from it.
These are the supplements I take daily:
6,000 i.u, vitamin d3
16,000 i.u. vitamin A
3 capsules Daily Multi Vitamin from a company called
Premier Research Labs
3 capsules PRL Vitamin C
2 Tablespoons of PRL Zinc
2 Tablespoons of PRL B- Complex
1 Tablespoon Udo's 3-6-9 blend
1 Probiotic Garden of Life
Drink Kefir daily
Drink warm lemon water first thing in morning.
On my skin I use olive oil to remove my makeup and than
follow with a lime oil glycerin soap and I use lavender
oil mixed with neem oil on my pimples. I also use castor
oil at times. I've used yogurt, egg masks, apple cider
vinegar toner, baking soda, basil water in the past and
Nothing helps. My skin is still oily, which I know
causes the pimples. What do I do to stop this oil? In
desperation, I didn't want to but I've been on Orth Tri
Cyclen Birth Control for 6 months now. There is no
difference in anything since taking the Birrth Control.
I am at my wits end and don't know what else to do/try.
I've just started drinking dandelion tea too. I've had
blood work done as well for my hormones and thyroid and
everything came back normal. What is going on? My diet
is good, I think. I only drink purified water, no
processed foods, and I rarely eat sweet/sugar anymore.
I was eating gluten free for a while, and for 10 days I
was only eating fruits and veggies and there again was
no change. I am a very small person, so I can't afford
to eat only fruits/veggies for a while.
Do you have any suggestions/advice for me? I'd
appreciate anything you can tell me. I've tried to find
a natural skin specialist in my area and I can't find
It looks like you have had a hard time with this
condition. From what you tell me the one thing that I
personally feel you are doing correctly is drinking
infusions of Dandelion root. I would further suggest
that you obtain either the extract or tincture of
Dandelion root and add 25 drops to a cup of Green tea,
sweeten only with a bit of honey and drink 4-5xs day.
Extracts and tinctures work better and faster.
Diet is the next thing that is very important, I would
encourage you to avoid all red meats, all dairy, white
sugar, pork and all fried foods. Avoid excessive
caffeine and alcohol. Also avoid sodas, colas, chips,
foods containing preservatives and all processed foods.
You should enhance your diet with plenty of fresh fish
(salmon and mackerel), plenty of fresh garlic and onions
daily, shrimp, chicken, turkey, brown rice, dark leafy
green vegetables (raw or steamed) and plenty of fresh
fruits. Use only a very mild soap, preferably one made
by Aveeno; and buy their oatmeal baths and do them 3xs
week. You may also just take a sock fill it with
oatmeal, tie it and throw it in your bath water.
It is also important that you begin a low-level regimen
of exercise to help rid the body of toxins. I suggest
you find tapes or books at your local library on Tai Chi
or Qi Gong. Ten minutes per day would do a world of
Therre's only 3 ways that the body can get rid of
toxins, and these are by breath, by sweating or by
urination and defecation. You need to allow your body to
do this. The Dandelion will help you internally and the
exercise externally. If you have problems with
constipation I encourage you to drink fresh carrot juice
Beyond these mentioned I sincerely suggest an ancient
Chinese remedy named Margarite Pills. Do a search in
Google to find them or write back if you can't. These
taken 8 pills 3xs day will certainly be of great help.
These are normally taken for a period of 90 days.
Continue drinking plenty of fresh water, and avoid
stress. Qi Gong and Tai Chi will help you in this and
will help improve your breathing and overall mental
Most of all, smile and think positive. This too shall
Thank you thank you for your time. I am healing myself
from endometriosis, a condition caused by an estrogen
dominance in the body. I have been taking vitex and dong
quai tincture, 75-25% blend, as well as turmeric
capsules and various other herbs and minerals to help
balance my system, including wild yam essential oil, and
milk thistle to strengthen the liver. I recently came
across a new herb for me, SHATAVARI, which apparently
also helped balance the hormones in the female body. My
concern is over doing it, yet as a novice it is hard to
pick and choose and know what's best and what can
combine with what for optimal effect.... any information
regarding using shatavari with the other herbs I
mentioned, especially vitex?
It never ceases to amaze me, that while folks are
interested in herbs and herbal formulas, and know that
for the most part they are safe, cheap and effective,
they choose to medicate themselves without first
consulting a trained professional and many times employ
the incorrect herbs, formulas, dosages and frequency of
Truly, it is not a matter of "pick and choose". I will
gladly share my knowledge with you and give you a
suggestion or two, but I sincerely recommend that you
allow us to do an evaluation and develop a treatment
plan that is individualized for you. If you are
interested you may contact me for details at:
Shatavari is an ancient Ayurvedic remedy to prevent
miscarriage and premature birth. It is not indicated in
You must relieve stress. Stress has been implicated as a
factor of the hormonal imbalances which are a part of
endometriosis. I suggest and recommend a low-level
exercise program such as T'ai Chi, Yoga or Qi Gong.
You may also incorporate to these meditation and
breathing exercises. Your local library may have books
that will help get you started on these, if not I am
sure they will be able to order them for you.
To treat endometriosis I suggest, that to encourage
hormone balance, a diet including oily fish, such as
mackerel and sardines be followed.
Eat plenty of steamed fresh vegetables, fresh garlic and
fresh raw fruits. Also eliminate from your diet
such foods as: Pork, heavy red meats, white sugar, salt,
eggs, pasta, soda, colas, alcohol, all dairy, all
processed foods, all fried and greasy foods and all
foods containing additives and/or preservatives.
Generally speaking, infusions of Chinese Angelica and
White Peony in equal parts with an addition of Agnus
Castus extract 10 drops have been significantly helpful
to others in the past. Sweeten with honey and begin
drinking 4 or 5 times a day 10 days before your next due
There are several Traditional Chinese Medicine formulas
that have been very helpful in treating this condition,
but to indicate which ones, at what dosage and what
frequency accurately we would need to do an evaluation.
Smile often and keep a positive attitude!
Hello I am
wondering if you could give me some suggestions for low
progesterone, low testosterone, and low estrogen. My
progesterone levels are lower than the estrogen levels.
I am experiencing hot flashes, extreme mood swings, low
libido, depression, weight gain, and acne. I am only 34
and would like some relief.
It seems that you may be experiencing pre-menopausal
symptoms. This at 34 indicates that you appear to be
suffering from an overall imbalance.
The first thing I would address is your diet. I suggest
you eliminate foods that stagnate the system, such as:
Red meats, pork, all dairy, white sugar and all fried
foods. Avoid snacks like potato chips and sodas, and
limit your intake of caffeine. Limit your use of alcohol
and if you smoke, quit!
You should enhance your diet with fresh fish, in
particular salmon and mackerel, chicken, turkey, include
in your diet garlic and onion daily, brown rice, fresh
local steamed vegetables and fresh locally
You should begin a low-level regimen of exercise daily.
such as T'ai Chi Ch'uan. Your local library will have
books and videos on this.
I would suggest drinking infusions of Dandelion 4-5xs
day to clear out toxins. To these I would add 5 drops of
False unicorn extract or tincture and 10 drops of Agnus
castus extract or tincture, and 10 drops of extract or
tincture of Angelica root. Sweeten only with a bit of
honey. Discontinue the Angelica days you begin
ovulating and resume afterwards.
There are several Traditional Chinese formulas that
would certainly be of use to you. To determine which are
best for you we would need to do an evaluation. should
you wish one, please contact us directly. We will be
happy to do an individualized treatment plan for you.
Another big part is trying to relieve stress. Think
positive! Read literature that relaxes the brain and
literature that enhances knowledge. I hope this is of
some help. Good luck!
The article on Breast Keloids, sounds like it was
written about me. Where in the world can you get violet
leaves, or s. oldama that you suggest to soften hardness
for the breast? It's about time someone like you tells
people not to have breast implants, and learn to love
ourselves. Since I was a child I was made fun of for
being flat chest. The teasing was horrible! Even when I
had breast implants, which I wear a size 34 bra now, I
have heard only a few people make remarks about how
small my breast are. Even the woman who did the
mammogram one time, said, "You have such little breast
tissue." I am sick and tired of these kind of people.
I wish to the good Lord I would of had support from
someone like you not to have listen to the world, and
had implants. I have had repeated surgeries because of
calcium built up on the implants and scar tissue that I
felt like I was having a heart attack and having a hard
time catching my breath. The doctor told me the other
day, I have capsular contracture again. There is 1 in
400-500 people that get this, and I am one of them. He
said not to do anything for now. That if they started
moving higher and got real hard, to come see him again,
and he would remove the implants from underneath the
breast muscle, and put on top of the muscle this time.
He told me NOT to wear a bra. Thanks for listening.
I am sorry you are having such a hard time. I am the new
Ask the Herbalist, and did not write that previous
article. However, I can suggest something, I believe
with help you. 5 nites per week, put castor oil packs on
your breasts, (see the downloads). This is a wonderful
old remedy for softening up the scar tissue, and moving
stagnant tissue and energy in the body), and you can get
violet leaves at
www.mountainroseherbs.com . Organic wonderful
quality. Also make sure you are eating a fruit, nut
seed, whole grain, low meat, high health, diet. Some
meat OK, but not heavy meats often. Raw juices is good.
Look up Jack Lalaine, he has a good juicer that is
inexpensive, there are better ones, but way more
expensive. The raw juice will help flush the
calcification out from the tissues. We make some of our
blends to assist in flushing, read the downloads for
I am a 64 female, well past menopause. I now have
excessive sweating all the time. Not just at night.
Very uncomfortable, hair wet and damp. Can you suggest
something that might help?
Please read over the downloads, on the cleansing
program, and gall bladder flush. Personal experience,
and many case histories have shown, a build up of
toxins, and imbalance in the body, will contribute to
the nite sweats after menopause. Unless you have had
your ovaries removed? If you could read this over, think
about it, then let me know about the ovaries, I could
suggest some herbs for you to try. Most likely a Chinese
blend, with herbs to support the symptoms, and the clean
diet, to support the body.
I am 53 years old and about to stop my periods for
good. At least I hope so. I haven't had a period in 2
years and now I am having a period and it has been going
on for 17 days. It heavy, I don't feel weak, but it has
been 17 days losing a lot of blood. Is there anything I
can do to stop it? I tried taking Cayenne Pepper in
hopes that might stop it. It didn't work? Any
suggestions? I had Endermology done and they hit an
organ that I believe activated this. I need to get it
stopped or I am going to have to go to the hospital.
What do you think?
As the MD's are the ones who probably caused this,
according to you, I would definitely go see them, for
your safety, number one, and for the fact it was them.
There are plenty of Chinese herbs you can take. An easy
one to start with is, Yunnan Baiyao. If you don’t live
near Chinatown in a large city, you will have to order
it from us. Go to Chinatown, immediately, even see a
Chinese herbalist there, ( he will prescribe other
blends as well,)and also get some YB to have at home, it
is wonderful stuff, for emergency use, and it works. Use
a half vial in the AM and PM, and take the little red
pill in vial at nite, Do this for10 days.
Thanks for the info. I managed to get this from the
Oceanic Oriental Supermarket here in Tampa. It was the
only place that carried it. It was rather strange
though. I took 2 capsules and it felt as though it was
messing with my heart. Like I was going to have a heart
attack. Maybe that was too much at once. It wasn't in
the form of red pills. It was actually yellow in
capsules. I hope I got the right stuff because it was
spelled different too. It Was spelled Yunnan Paiyao.
Anyway I already noticed a difference but am kinda
afraid to take any more because of the sensations I felt
around my heart. It wasn't a tightening it was like
tingling. I am going to try 1 in the morning and 1 at
night for the next day or two it has seemed to improve
though already. It slowed down a little. Now do you
have any recommendations for good Heart Health and
weight loss. I am so heavy I can't seem to loose weight
no matter what I try. Exercise, endermology, diet of
course, I have basically stopped trying to eat meat
except chicken and fish, and eat a lot of variety of
vegetables and fruits of all kinds. Nothing works.
I suggest you take one pill per day, not two, I always
use the powder. I am sending in a download, a cleanse
using our Life Force Fiber Food, and other of our
herbs,.plus I would special blend for you as well, if
needed. The heart issues, of course the weight, and do
the cleanse , plus gall bladder flush, ( yes this really
helps the heart and all the organs of the body). Take
COQ10, pure no additives, ( we have this), 100 mg 4
times daily, with 1000 mg Ester C,. each time, plus
Hawthorn capsules, 3 two times daily, this will help you
tremendously, to build, heal and strengthen the heart,
also use the Essence, Holly and Bleeding Heart, 10 drops
per day of each.
QUESTION: I started bleeding again. So I am
back on the Herb you recommended.
is Ester C? What is Essence, and Holly and
Bleeding Heart are they drops? I want to do the
Gall bladder flush.
Your internal organs are probably lower than
they should be from toxin, and build up, a
cleanse would be excellent. Ester C is a type of
easily used C. and works very well, to build and
detox. The bleeding heart is a flower essence in
liquid alcohol, suspension, easy to use, 10
drops or less at a time, for emotional health.
If you use the Yunnan, do not use more than 10
days at a time, it can cause adrenal
exhaustion. Use the herbs recommended on the
cleanse, you can order those from me. See
download for castor oil packs on abdomen.
I am working on a herbal formulation that helps to treat
the symptoms of menopause.
The formulation currently consists of the following
Red Clover 250 mg 25:1 (8%)
Black Cohosh 40 mg 8:1 (2.5%)
Vitamin B6 12 mg
Red Clover equal to 20mg
Black Cohosh equal to 1mg Triterpenoids.
We need to remove the Black Cohosh due to safety warning
issues and reformulate.
My question is: what other herbs could we put with Red
Clover that would compliment this plant without negative
effects, for the treatment of menopause. Do you have
any relating references, case studies or information, or
the like to support any claims and or safety, drug
Thank you for the inquiry. In chinese medicine, there
are very many herbs to be used for this condition, and
much of it is documented. I enjopy combining the western
herbs with the eastern herbs, and it seems to work well
Some places for you to look are the books on Traditional
Chineses Medicinal formulas. Here are some tried and
true combinations, which you could add western herbs to
Two Possible Formulas for you to Try:
MOST OF THIS HAS BEEN WELL RESEARCHED AND DOCUMENTED, IF
YOU GO TO CHINESE MEDICINAL REFERENCE BOOKS, YOU WILL
FIND WHAT YOU SEEK AS FAR AS DOCUMENTATION
The first is for Hot Flashes that are really bad, as
well as dehydration. All ingredients are well known and
researched TCM herbs that are %100 safe, even for a
TCM HotFlashBuster #1
2-part…BaiShao(White Peony Rt)
The second is if you have a tendency to get Bloated or
TCM HotFlashBuster #2
2-part…BaiShao(White Peony Rt)
EXCELLENT Western Formula:
These Herbs also tincture well together. Tinctures a are
concentrated,powerful form of herb delivery. One
teaspoon is enough FOR 3 times a day as a medicinal
Western Hot Flash Buster Formula Reportedly very
Best is to get 1 ounce (or 25 grams) for each “Part” in
2-parts…White Peony Rt.
1/4-part..Turmeric Rt and/or…
have been taking Vitex for about a month now to help
with PCOS, I have heard false unicorn root is also a
wonderful herb for treating woman's conditions, however
I was wondering if it is safe to mix Vitex and false
unicorn root, or will it have an adverse effect ?
ANSWER: I am not aware that there is
a problem taking the two herbs together,
however, it would be safer to use a complex
blend or formula, that is proven, such as a
Chinese herbal patent, or Chinese, North
American blends that have a good reputation.
With PCOS, it is important to remember to
eat a healthy diet, with low processed
foods, zero white flour or refined sugars,
high whole foods, this is more important
than herbs, though using the two together is
ANSWERS FROM KAREN
I am 35 yrs of age and suffer polycystic ovaries
syndrome.. so my main problems are my hormones...facial
hair, and I am overweight and i am dying to fall
pregnant. Any advice?? I tried for a week to take
Vitex....two tabs a day....and then some one told me
they could be dangerous....so I stopped. I am having a
period now and it's quite heavy and more painful than
usual. Should i continue? If not where is my hope to
conceive or ovulate? Where is my hope to reduce facial
hair. Please don't say eat healthy and low fat. I have
tried the diets of the world but can't lose weight
permanently. Help me please.
I don't think I can help you. Your statement, "don't say
eat healthy, low fat" tells me that you are not really
willing to make any substantive changes, which is what
it requires to take charge of your health. The fact that
you are looking for a "quick fix" or a "magic pill"
tells me that you are probably better off going
elsewhere. My first instructions, recommendations and
suggestions ALWAYS involve a change in diet. Diet is not
something you TRY. It is a way of life and if you don't
choose to eat a healthy diet for the rest of your life,
the maladies and illnesses that will most likely befall
you are really a matter of choice on your part.
You only took the Vitex for 2 weeks. Herbal treatments
take time. You didn't ruin your health overnight. You
will not repair it overnight. You need at least 3-4
months of an herbal treatment for a chronic condition to
see real changes and that ALWAYS includes a healthy diet
and exercise every day. It is a holistic approach and if
you aren't willing to do that, you're really wasting
your time and money.
HAIR LENGTH AND BREAST SIZE
QUESTION: Do you know of a natural method to
increase my hairs’ speed? I dyed my hair darker than it
naturally is and now I want my hair to grow back to its
natural color ASAP!!!
And do you know of a method to increase breast size
naturally? These are 2 very strange questions... but I
hope you have solutions!!!
ANSWER: No and NO! Your hair will grow at its
own speed. There are no natural ways to speed it up,
regardless of what you may read. Same goes for breast
enhancements. Those are scams.
Eating a good diet and eliminating things like sugar,
caffeine and white flour as well as artificial
sweeteners, preservatives and colors will go a long way
to improving your hair's health and vitality.
43. I am interested in decreasing the length of my
cycle. Do you have any suggestions?
Seriously? I recommend you don't fool around with
nature. Why on earth would you want to decrease the
length of your cycle? If it's normal and you don't have
any problems, I'd suggest leaving well enough alone.
You'll hit menopause soon enough and then you'll have a
whole new set of fun experiences!
QUESTION: I suffer from sore nipples prior to my
periods. I've heard of using comfrey leaf in a poultice
to relieve the soreness. I have been taking vitamin E,
flax seed oil & water retention capsules to see if that
will help me. Other than waiting for my period to begin,
is there anything you can recommend?
ANSWER: A comfrey leaf poultice might be your
best bet. Is it the entire breast or just the nipples?
You may want to try aloe or calendula. Evening Primrose
oil, black current seed oil or borage oil are high in
GLA which has been shown to have positive effects on PMS
symptoms, especially breast tenderness. You may want to
try those as well.
I really enjoyed reading your website about overall
women's health. There was some Q & A that I found
similar to what I am looking for, I hope you can answer
some of my questions cited below:
I recently found out that I have a condition called
"endometriosis" along with some adhesion or scar tissues
around my reproductive organs such as ovaries & tubes.
My question to you is: what Chinese herbs would be
useful to treat these conditions?
Since I heard there is an ancient Chinese
medicines/herbs that can help treated this, I would like
to know if you know anything about them besides
Second question, I have just got a Lupron Dupot PE shot
to suppress my ovaries from menstruating for at least
2-3 months and will have a follow-up in June for pelvic
ultrasound to see if this medication shot works. Do you
know anything about this shot?
From what I was told that-if this Lupron works well for
me to help shrinking or reducing the cyst growth on my
right ovary-then, a laparoscopy is not necessary.
However, i also have a pelvic mass on my left ovary & my
right is larger. Is there any way that you can
recommend me to take any natural herb remedies instead
having a "potential surgery"??
I am aware of the Endometriosis Association & I have
checked into their wonderful website. It was very
resourceful and I found a wonderful Endo Specialist
before I learned of their recommendations. I was
by my GYN doctor and I hope I am on the right track.
Although, I am 37 years old, I have not had any children
of my own but would like to start my own family after I
am corrected of this Endo condition I have. The
specialist that will helps me thru the next step to try
conceive by treatments in either natural or IVF. I do
hope it isn't too late for me to have one of my own as
much as my lovely & support husband would love to have
children with me. The bottom line is I just want
to focus on my health first before my condition can
becomes worse. I didn't realized that I have had this
condition all these years. I have a long history of
having irregular periods at times & not knowing when
they will occur. I have also taken birth control pills
to help regulate my period for a short term of 3
months. Then, I also have heavy period cycles & bled
nearly 2 to 3 weeks before it ended.
As of now, my period becomes lighter but not much of
heaviness as I used to. It last for about 7 to 8 days.
But, the first 3 to 4 days are heavy at times and I have
a lot of "pulps" coming out after urinating or
showering. This is what my doctor found out that I have
an endometriosis because he detected
both of ovaries have "chocolate cysts" and not possible
sure if I have corpus leumen until laparoscopy.
So, please be kind to reply all my concerns above & I
would love to hear from you with any possibilities to
bring good resolution. I am a firm believer and I hope I
won't be so frightened to deal with all these womanly
natures. I look forward to hearing from you, shortly.
ANSWER: If you've
read my column at all, you should know that I am not an
authority on Chinese medicine or herbs. You would need
to talk with a specialist concerning that. Acupuncture
as well, although I have many friends who have benefited
from it, so it is certainly an option for you.
There are several herbs that may be helpful in
addressing the endometriosis. They are: dandelion root,
wild yam root, burdock root, pau d'arco root, oregon
grape root, vitex and dong quai root. I can make a
custom tea for you if you like. Vitamin E is also
helpful as it is a natural antagonist to estrogen which
is related to endometriosis. It helps normalize hormone
production and is essential to the health of your
reproductive organs, so you may want to make it part of
your daily ritual. GLA and Omega 3 oils are also found
to be helpful. You can find these at your local health
All of this, of course, goes back to your liver and
making it healthy. Pure, natural foods will go a long
way in helping you bring your body back into balance. No
alcohol, white flour, sugar, artificial sweeteners or
The shots you are taking are most likely messing up the
balance of estrogen in your system, so they aren't
helping you. I realize that birth control is important,
but the number of letters I get every day from women
problems with their periods and infertility after years
of these types of birth control is growing daily. I
can't help but believe that it may play a part, so I
can't advise you on that aspect. Personally, I wouldn't
I'm in menopause, but I don't take any type of synthetic
hormones and trust herbs and healthy eating habits to
get me through it.
TAKING HERBS LONG TERM
Can you please advise how long it is safe to use Black
Cohosh for menopausal symptoms. I've been using it
continuously for around a year now, along with Sage
tincture, and am beginning to wonder if I should take a
break from them.
I personally don't ever recommend taking any herb for
extended periods without giving the body a break.. We
can build up a tolerance for them, just like anything
and even the safest of herbs may lose some of their
effectiveness. You might want to take a 2 week break and
then take it for 3-4 months, then a 2 week rest etc.
not sure if you can answer this but I thought I would
give it a try. I'm 17 and my period comes pretty normal.
I have it for about 3-4 days and then its finished, so I
think. After and day of not bleeding I start bleeding
again for 1 day. Can you tell me what's up with that?
It could be many things, and I can't diagnose, but you
are still young and your hormones are still adjusting.
It may just be that. Break through bleeding is more
common than you think. Are you on birth control? That
can cause it. Also, if you are sexually active there
could be something going on. If you have any concerns,
please see your medical advisor. Just to make sure that
it's nothing serious. Better safe than sorry!
I'm interested in the use of herbs for natural breast
enlargement. I found a program at
that uses fenugreek, red clover & saw palmetto pills,
and massages with fenugreek extract, licorice root, and
hops extract. Have you heard of anyone having success
with herbal breast enlargement? Thanks.
personally hate these type of products. They give herbs
and herbalists a bad name. The herbs you described have
estrogenic properties. What's actually happening to you
is similar to what happens when you're pregnant. Your
breasts swell because of the hormones. It can cause an
unbalance in the hormone levels which could lead to
other issues. The problem is, 9 times out of 10, once
you stop taking these "miracle products", your breasts
return to their original size. So you have to commit to
taking this stuff forever! Great gig for the company,
and they make plenty of money doing it, but a lousy
thing to do to women in my opinion.
QUESTION: There is a breast enhancement cream
called contour that I have heard about and I was
wondering if you can help me determine if its safe to
use. I want to use this product but I want to be sure
that it is completely safe. They claim that it is safe
because its ingredients are all herbal. The ingredients
they listed is Sabal, Damiana, Dong Quai, Blessed
Thistle, Kava Kava, Dandelion Root, Oat Bran, Wild
Mexican Yam, and Motherwort. I have researched these
herbs but I need help from a professional herbalist to
tell me whether I should use it or not. And I was also
wondering if it might have any bad affects on my
reproductive system since I am only 19 years old and
want to have children in the future. Please help.
ANSWER: Probably a more accurate question is, "is
it harmful". If you ask me "should I use it", I'm going
to say no, because it's not natural, (meaning you're
trying to change your body artificially), and it doesn't
work. These breast enhancement lotions and potions are a
hoax and a farce and I hate them. Natural or not.
That said, the herbs in the mixture are a combination of
tonic herbs for the liver and hormone herbs. It's quite
possible they may cause your breasts to firm up, since
the estrogen will do that, much the same way it does
when you become pregnant or when you are on your period.
But when you stop taking in the hormones, things are
going back to normal.
I don't know if there's anything else in the
combination, where it's made, if the herbs are organic,
etc etc etc, so is it safe? Hard to tell, but I don't
like messing with hormones unless something isn't
working properly. Could it affect you later? Who knows.
If you take it long enough, it could screw up the
balance of your hormones.
All in all, these things are money traps and not very
effective. You are probably a beautiful young girl and
think that bigger breasts will make you more attractive.
These companies play on that attitude.
So, although I didn't give you a definitive answer to
your question, perhaps I gave you some things to think
about to re-evaluate the issue. Just because something
has all natural, or herbs in it, doesn't automatically
make it a good thing.
QUESTION: I have uterine fibroids. So sometimes
I am anemic. Well I made this iron rich syrup with
yellow dock root, dandelion root and black strap
molasses. Started taking it a week ago. But a few days
had sever cramps and eventual bleeding. Although I had
fibroids for a while I never had irregular
menstruation. I did went to the emergency room and of
course I am told to remove the fibroids because they are
now causing irregular period. My question for you is -
do you think the syrup cause these symptoms and what is
best way to get some iron in take daily without taking
those huge tablets that the doctor prescribed.
ANSWER: I can't say whether the syrup caused the
problem or not. If the only ingredients in it are what
you listed, I don't see anything there that should cause
that reaction, but everybody's system is different.
If you are anemic, iron is very critical to your health.
Dandelion is an excellent source of iron, so perhaps you
should try a dandelion tea and see if that helps at all.
Other foods that are considered good sources of iron
are: Raw liver extract, blackstrap molasses, bananas,
kelp, leafy greens, apples, apricots, broccoli, egg
yolks raisins, yams and whole grains. Sugar reduces the
iron absorption rate, so omitting sugar from your diet
is something else you can do.
QUESTION: What herbs are best to take for ovarian
ANSWER: Ovarian cysts can be caused by a number of
things and there is never one magic herb to treat
anything. Rather, it involves a lifestyle change in diet,
supplements and herbs to help it along. I recommend the
First, build up your immune system. - Vitamins A, C, E and
selenium every single day. Also a cleansing tea at least
once a quarter made of yellow dock, dandelion, burdock
roots, ginger, astragalus, vitex, pau d'arco, and licorice
Next, eliminate sugar, white flour and refined foods from
your diet. Chocolate, cola and black and green teas should
go as well. These are methyl-xanthines and have been
linked to ovarian cyst production.
Eliminate red meat, because of the estrogens. If
you must eat it, do so sparingly and only organically
Decrease milk and dairy products. These are also
sources of exogenous estrogen. Yogurt or cultured milk,
like buttermilk is OK.
Increase foods high in vitamins C, E and selenium like
dark, green leafy vegetables. Spinach, kale, collards all
fit into this category.
Finally, a good liver cleanse tea to ensure the liver can
help balance the endocrine system is essential. I have a
liver cleanse tea that would work great for this. They can
be found on my website at
www.allgoodegifts.com in the Apothecary. If you'd like
a custom mixture using the herbs identified above, select
custom for the blend and in the comments section of the
checkout, put "cleansing tea for ovarian cysts".
QUESTION: I've had irregular periods for several
years now. I'm very overweight and suspect that the
irregular periods have to do with my hormone levels. I
say this because a gynecologist put me on birth control
medication approximately eight years ago to make my
periods more regular and, while on them, my period was
perfect -- I knew exactly what day each month it would
begin and end, which day would be the heaviest, etc. I
never had any spotting between periods, which I hear
some women have when taking birth control medications.
Unfortunately, I had to go off the birth control
medication because it seemed to raise my blood pressure
too high (my mother had the same problem when she took
birth control medication). My "normal" periods lasted
for one month after going off the birth control
medication and then became erratic
I have heard that chasteberry is a good place to begin
for getting periods regular. I have high blood pressure
and Type 2 diabetes and take oral medications for
both. Will chasteberry make either high blood pressure
or diabetes worse? My medications are the generic
versions of Dyazide, Vasotec, and Glucophage. Are you
aware of chasteberry interacting negatively with any of
ANSWER: Chaste berry is very good for regulating
periods. I cannot speak to the possible drug
interactions with all of your medications, but by
itself, it should not affect your diabetes or blood
pressure in an adverse manner. Speak with your
pharmacist concerning the drug interactions.
My Feminini-tea is great for regulating periods. You can
find it on the website at www.allgoodegifts.com in the
USING SAW PALMETTO
you please tell me if saw palmetto is safe for women to
use. I know it has many health benefits other than for
men's health. However, I have read precautions on some
supplements saying it should be used by men only. How
does it effect women's hormones. Does it increase the
level of estrogen and if so does this present the same
danger that synthetic estrogen does? Thank you for
ANSWER: Of course you can use it. As a matter of
fact, women suffering from hirsutism, an excess of
testosterone in their system causing unwanted hair
growth, have used saw palmetto quite successfully.
However, it is not a substitute for estrogen. If you are
looking for something to supplement your estrogen, the
better choices would be wild yam, sarsaparilla, and
vitex. The real question is, why do you need extra
estrogen? Are you post-menopausal? If not, then a better
choice would be something to bring your endocrine system
back into balance so it produces the proper hormones on
its own. I have a tea called Endo Tea on my website at
www.allgoodegifts.com under TEAS in the Herb Shoppe.
only 17, and I always have random vaginal discharges. I
remember in health I was told that this was normal, but
sometimes it seems to be a lot and it is a very white
color, sometimes with an odor. And during sex, I become
very dry and my boyfriend has to use his saliva for that
to be different, and besides that, I tend to queef a
lot. Also, whenever I have sex, I find a lot of white
fluid on the sheets under me.
I went to my gyno, and was told that I'm in good health,
but I don't know if there really is anything wrong or if
I can stop this. It's embarrassing
being that I'm only 17. Please help if you can. It would
be greatly appreciated.
believe your gynecologist told you that a white
discharge with an odor is normal and healthy! I would go
back to him and have him do a smear to see what's going
on. Once you know, you can treat it. It sounds like a
yeast infection to me. If you're having oral sex, that's
a safe bet. The human mouth is the most disgusting,
germ-ridden place on the body. And lots of times, that's
exactly what happens. Oral sex, yeast infection. Also,
you can pass it back and forth from you to your partner.
Are you using a condom? If not, you should be. It could
be any number of STDs that are out there floating
around. I can't even keep up with them anymore. Get a
diagnosis from your doctor. Tell him exactly what you've
told me. This is not normal and if he tells you it is,
see another doctor.
I am 53 and I have been suffering from insomnia,
anxiety, heart palpitations from menopause. I am taking
vitamins and red clover, vitex and I have primrose oil.
I am taking flaxseed and I have cod liver oil. I was
taking vitex in the day and red clover at night. I am
suffering from chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia also so
I am exhausted and have chronic sinusitis on top of it
all a drip that gives me earaches and infections. If
you can give me any advice I have seen dozens of doctors
and no help and if you can help me for anything, let me
know and is red clover like a sedative at all and should
be taken at night? I have no flashes from red clover
but I tried valerian and melatonin for sleep.
ANSWER: The things you are taking are some of the
best herbs for women going through menopause. I have a
tea for sleep containing valerian, hops and skullcap.
You need to take it on a pretty continual basis. It
isn't a quick fix. You also need to be very careful
about what you eat. White sugar and White Flour (the
White DEATH!) need to go - completely. Every day I read
about one more thing that is attributed to just these
two things. It's amazing. When I stopped the sugar and
white flour from my diet, the "allergies and life-long
chronic sinus problems" I had suffered with since
childhood completely disappeared. It was amazing. I can
tell now if I eat something with white flour or sugar in
it because my head stuffs up and my throat gets a
phlegmy. YUK! Anyhow, you seem on the right path. I
have a tea for women going through menopause called
Crone's Tea. Also my Restful Night tea is available on
my website at
http://www.allgoodegifts.com/ under TEAS in the Herb
Shoppe. One last thing. One of the best things for
relaxation is lavender. Get some lavender spray - Pure,
please! I also have that available on the website under
personal care products. Spray your linens before
retiring and it will help relax you.
I am someone who suffers from endometriosis, psoriasis,
and who has been very slim since elementary. Is there
any herbs I can try or research that can help me with my
endometriosis and help me to decrease my metabolism and
increase my appetite. I have made an appointment with an
herb therapist to help me out, but I want to know other
opinions too! Please give me some advice or lead me on
the right path. Thanks.
ANSWER: Endometriosis is caused by an
overproduction of estrogen in the system. The best and
most natural way to deal with it is through a pure diet
with no sugar, processed foods or white flour, and
natural remedies to bring the endocrine system back into
balance. I have a tea called Endo Tea that I developed
just for this purpose. It contains dandelion root, wild
yam, burdock, pau d'arco vitex dong quai, sassafras and
cinnamon. You can find it on my website at
http://www.allgoodegifts.com/ under teas in the Herb
Shoppe. Since you have an appointment with an herbalist,
I would say that's an excellent first step. If you are
taking traditional birth control pills, they may be
contributing to your problem.
QUESTION: I was interested in finding out about
herbal hormone replacements, if you can help me please
email me back
ANSWER: It kind of depends on what you are
looking to do. Are there particular things you are
experiencing that you need assistance with, or do you
just want something to help normalize hormones? Are you
pre or post menopausal. It makes a difference. A broad
answer would be Chaste berry or vitex, motherwort, St.
John's Wort, black cohosh and wild yam root. A
combination of these herbs will provide a
"normalization" of the hormones associated with women's
issues. I have a medicinal tea I make for my menopausal
clients called Crone's Tea. You can find it at my
http://www.allgoodegifts.com/ under Teas in the Herb
I am currently on birth control. Are there any herbs
that I should not take?
Is it possible to talk you out of the birth control?
Just kidding. It's probably doing you more harm than
good. I'm not an authority on drug interactions, but I'd
need to know what you're taking.
I would like to know, how many times can I drink a Tea
made with: Chaparral, Verbena, and Pau D Arco. They are
for shrinking Fibroids in the Uterus.
ANSWER: Although the verbena should not cause
much of a problem, Pau d'arco and Chaparral shouldn't be
taken continuously for long periods of time. Both are
very strong herbs and should only be taken under a
health practitioner's guidance. I wouldn't take more
than 1 cup a day and not continuously for over 2 weeks.
QUESTION: What can I do about chronic bacterial
vaginosis that doesn't go away with conventional
medicine. I'm breastfeeding my daughter too. Please
help, I've been suffering with this for 9 years. Just
to clarify - these suggestions are ok while I'm nursing?
I would take
garlic pills? I'm taking prenatal vitamins - does that
cover the B complex? How much would the custom formula
ANSWER: Yes, all of that is fine while you're
nursing, that's why I suggested those particular
solutions. No harm to the baby. The prenatals you are
taking will not give you enough B complex. You'll need
to get additional B. All my teas are the same price,
even the custom formulas. 12 tea bags for $4.00 or 4 oz
loose in a tin for $8.00. Keep in mind that I only use
pure organically grown herbs in all my formulations. Go
to the website at
www.allgoodgifts.com and look in the Herb Shoppe
under TEAS. Choose custom blend and in the comments in
the checkout, just write Vaginitis tea for douche,
nursing mother, (so I know which herbs to use) Get a
good quality acidophilus and take it every day. Garlic
and B complex are important too. You can make a douche
of water and calendula, garlic and some tea tree oil.
QUESTION: I am a 21 year old female who has been
sexually active since I was 15. My problem is I cannot
naturally become "lubricated" and that has become a turn
off for myself and for my partner. It is embarrassing
and I was hoping you might have some suggestions. Thanks
ANSWER: This problem is more common than you
think. Make sure you are drinking at least 2 quarts of
water and/or tea per day. Take 400-600 I.U. of Vitamin E
A salve of comfrey leaf and root, St. John's
Wort and Calendula may also be helpful. I can custom
make one for you if you're interested. E-mail me with
the word ORDER in the subject line for more information.
Always lubricate your vagina before sex. Even
the oil from a vitamin E capsule can be used safely. Try
integrating it into your foreplay so it isn't such a
QUESTION: I have always had problems with my
menstrual cycle. I got my first period when I was 17
years old. It was very irregular. When I hit 18 my
period started to come every month. It was pretty
steady until I turned 23, Then they became irregular
again and when I turned 26 I stopped getting my period
all together. My doctor said there was nothing wrong
with me and that I should lose some weight. I am over
weight. I would like to have a baby but obviously if
I'm not menstruating that isn't going to happen. I
want to take fertility drugs and want to try a safe
natural way. Should I start drinking red raspberry leaf
tea? What would you suggest? I thank you for any
information you can give me!
ANSWER: My first suggestion to you is to find
another doctor. Anyone who tells you there is nothing
wrong with you when you're experiencing symptoms like
you described does not have your best interests at
You need to find out why you aren't menstruating. This
could be hormonal or it could be something more serious.
Find another doctor, preferably one who specializes in
women's issues, and have some blood work done to
determine what's really happening.
If you are indeed overweight, you didn't say how much
overweight, you should certainly consider losing that
before trying to get pregnant. It could be harmful for
you and for your baby. I can't recommend anything until
we know why you aren't menstruating. If you have a
diagnosis, write back to me and I'll be happy to make
some suggestions. I have a tea I make that is a cleanser
for the endocrine system to help the hormones, but if
your problem isn't hormonal, that won't help you. Let me
know what you find out!
QUESTION: I was wondering whether or not there
was an herbal remedy for my situation. I have a very
important weekend coming up, and I believe I am due to
begin my period during that time. Is there something
that may allow me to postpone menstruation? If there
is, where would I be able to find such a remedy, and
a price for such.
ANSWER: I wouldn't advise trying to manipulate
your periods. Your menstrual cycle is a combination of
carefully timed hormonal releases and your body's
physiology. Tampering with the delicate balance of your
normal bodily functions and cycles can be dangerous and
would cause more harm than good. No matter how important
I'm hoping to find some information about herbs for my
family. My 11 year old daughter just began her menses
and I'm looking for an herbal tea combination to provide
her and myself with some nourishment and comfort during
this time of physical upheaval. Any information would
have a wonderful "Feminini-Tea" that I make if you're
interested. E-mail me with the word ORDER in the subject
line for more info. My favorite herbs for women during
menstruation are raspberry leaf, vitex and cramp bark.
BLACK COHOSH FOR NIGHT SWEATS
I am menopausal and have night sweats I would like to
take Black Cohosh for it but don't know how much to
take, could you please advise.
If you are buying the Black Cohosh capsules, there
should be directions on the bottle. I prefer a nice tea
that combines Wild Yam, Licorice, Black Cohosh, Ginseng
and False unicorn root.
What herb can be helpful in treating uterian fibroids,
blocked fallopian tubes and adhesion of organs in the
Uterine fibroids are benign tumors, generally solid in
nature that grow on the uterus. They can be symptom free
or can cause bleeding or pain. Not much is known about
them except that they are dependent on estrogen for
their growth. Estrogen treatments, birth control pills
and pregnancy can all contribute to the growth of
uterine fibroids. First and foremost, you need to
take a good look at your diet. Estrogenic foods, or
foods that contribute to estrogen production, include
dairy, eggs, red meat and fat. Also, sugar, caffeine,
white flour and refined foods should be eliminated.
Once you are eating healthy, you might try the
following: (The recommendations are in no way meant to
prescribe. Please see a qualified medical professional
for that.) A liver cleanse tea made of yellow dock root,
wild yam root dandelion root, Oregon grape root, burdock
root and chaste tree. (My company, All Goode Gifts has a
great liver detox tea if you're interested. Go to
www.allgoodegifts.com) Chaparral capsules made
from equal parts of chaparral powder, pau d'arco powder,
yellow dock root powder and chaste tree powder. Take 2
capsules three times a day for three months. (I can make
these up for you if you like. Go to the website and
e-mail me) Adhesion of organs in the abdomen is
something I'm not at all familiar with, but my
suggestion to you is to seek medical advice.
I would like to know if there is and herbal remedy or
poultice that I can apply on this vaginal cyst. The
glands are located in the 4 o'clock to 8 o'clock
position in the lower vaginal cavity. I do not want to
go through any surgery because of the delicate nature of
the area. I have been applying aloe vera and see some
relief shrinkage. Some say bromelin (fresh pineapple)
red clover or sweet clover pills helps in the
Have you had this examined by a medical professional?
You don't want to mess with anything like this in case
it is serious. There are some remedies that can be used
for vaginal cysts, but I would make sure it is benign
and not something more serious before proceeding.
That said, check your diet and make sure you are
avoiding estrogenic foods such as dairy, eggs, red meat
and fat. emphasize a diet rich in dark green leafy
vegetables, whole grains and fresh fruit. Diet is
essential in any cleansing/building program and should
be carefully considered when developing a natural
program for cyst conditions. The following herbs taken
in a tea or in capsules are helpful: chaparral, pau
d'arco, yellow dock root, vitex, wild yam, dandelion
root, Oregon grape root, and burdock root. You can also
make what's called a bolus. Mix 1 cup of coconut
oil with 3 parts slippery elm powder, 1 part black
walnut hull powder, 1 part myrrh powder, 1 part pau
d'arco powder and 1/2 part goldenseal powder. Add one to
2 drops of tea tree oil. Make sure all the herbs are
very finely ground. mix until you have a workable paste
roll into boluses the size and shape of your pinky
finger. store them in a glass jar with a tight-fitting
lid in the refrigerator. Insert one each night into the
vagina. Use a panty shield, as the coconut oil will melt
and make a bit of a mess. Every couple of days, gently
douche with a mild vinegar and water douche to remove
any residual herbs.
I am interested in stopping the hot flashes if you can
help I would be so grateful. My doctor took me off
hormone replacement because of the cancer reports but I
need something for the night sweats.
Hot flashes are a common problem, though still not fully
understood. There are several things you can do to
reduce the severity and sometimes eliminate them
completely. As always, my first line of defense is the
diet. It will do you know good to keep putting junk into
your body while you take an herbal remedy to help your
symptoms. Try the following: Stick to a grains based
diet and eliminate ALL sugars and sugar-rich foods.
(This would include fruit and fruit juices for the time
being). There is a formula called "Dr. Christopher's
Change-Ease formula" that is available in most health
food stores. Take 2 tablets 3 dimes a day and continue
for 3 months. Concentrate on foods rich in calcium and
vitamin E. Take ginseng daily. Drink sage tea
every day. one Tablespoon of sage per cup of water.
Steep for 20 minutes. (Garden sage is fine. Make sure no
pesticides have been used on it). The following
herbs are helpful for relief of hot flashes: sage, blue
vervain, motherwort, blessed thistle, rosemary, ginseng,
false unicorn root, black Cohosh, licorice and wild yam.
You might also try a dermal progesterone crème with wild
yam in it. I use one, and it is absolutely wonderful.
There is a company called "The Key Corporation". Contact
them for their Endo Crème 9000.
a 39 year old female. A few months ago, i started
my periods, first just for a couple days after my period
ended and just a couple days before it started, but then
pretty much everyday between periods. I've been to my
gyno, they ran all the tests, could find nothing
wrong, so they put me on birth control, which did the
trick, but caused horrible headaches, so i stopped using
it. Of course I'm back to spotting again. I've seen
herbs for menopause, and also heard about raspberry leaf
for controlling bleeding. Could you give me more info?
Control pills seem to be the panacea of the day for all
female problems. Unfortunately, messing with a woman's
estrogen production isn't a good idea. There are several
things you can do. First,
try to include seaweed in your diet every day. You can
take it in capsule form. Make sure you are taking an
iron supplement. If you are spotting, you are most
certainly anemic or heading in that direction. Eat
plenty of green leafy vegetables, root vegetables, high
quality protein foods and whole grains.
Make a tea of the following:
2 parts wild yam root, 2 parts licorice root, 1 part
burdock root, 3 parts dandelion root, 1 part comfrey
root, 2 parts sassafras and or birch bark for flavor, 1
part cinnamon, 1 part vitex, 2 parts pau d'arco and 1
root. Use 4 to 6 tablespoons of the herb mixture per
quart of water. Heat slowly and bring to a simmer.
Simmer gently for 20 minutes with the pot covered.
strain and drink 3 to 4 cups daily for at least 4
I'm a 57 year old female expetancing night sweats, is
there any thing that I
can take to help lessen them.
Night sweats come on for many reasons, but considering
your age, I would guess part of it could be menopausal.
Excessive sweating can also be the result of
hypoglycemia or hyperthyroidism. Your doctor can test
for either of these conditions. There are several herbs
you should avoid if you are sweating excessively. These
include cinnamon, ephedra, green tea (except
decaffeinated,) Japanese mint, juniper berries, kudzu,
ledebouriella, lobelia, mate, red cedar, sassafras and
yohimbe. Avoid coffee, tea and other stimulants. Avoid
highly spiced foods, especially if you live in a warm
climate. Avoid MSG. Sage and walnut leaf can be helpful
in alleviating excessive sweating. You can take them as
a tea, or in a bath bag.
My husband and I are trying for baby #2. Conventional
medicine is not doing the trick. I am currently taking
clomid to stimulate the ovaries to ovulate with no
luck. I want to try an herbal approach and have been
doing a lot of research. I just cant seem to find out
if Black Cohosh and Vitex can or should be used
together. Everything I have read on the two makes me
think that they would cancel each other out. Can you
let me know what you think?
Your question is a common one, but your approach has me
a bit puzzled. Black Cohosh is a uterine stimulant that
is often used to bring on contractions. It is only to be
used in the last week of pregnancy. If you have been
taking Black Cohosh hoping to conceive, it's no mystery
to me why you haven't. Although it is used for it's
estrogen-like qualities, and that may have been what
threw you off, it will not help you increase your
fertility or ability to conceive. Since this is
Baby #2, I'm assuming there are no other conditions that
would prevent normal conception. The following formulas
have a reputation for increasing fertility.
Take 2 tablets of dong quai three times a day, except
during menstruation.. (Have your husband take 2 capsules
of ginseng every day)
3 parts wild yam root 1/2 part dong quai
1/2 part false unicorn root
2 parts licorice root a pinch of stevia
for sweetness 1/4 part orange peel
4 parts sassafras bark or root 1 part ginger root
1 part chaste tree or vitex 1 part cinnamon bark
Use 4 to 6 Tbls of the herb mixture per quart of water.
Add the herbs (put them all in a muslin bag or large tea
ball if you have one.) to cold water and bring to a slow
simmer over low heat. Keep the pot tightly covered. Simmer
gently for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to
infuse for another twenty minutes. Drink 3 to 4 cups
daily. Hubby can drink this too, but substitute ginseng
for the dong quai in his mixture.
MORE ON VITEX
I have a problem with progesterone and I have heard that
chaste berry (vitex) can help in this area my question
is I am taking Gonal-F which is a FHS for infertility
will that affect the meds and should they be taken
together. Also after my IUI they usually put me on
progesterone supplement to help raise my progesterone
since it is so low but even on the supplement. I had a
miscarriage the last time I got pregnant.
Chaste Tree, or vitex (the berries are the part used)
has a stimulating effect on the pituitary gland, which
regulates and normalizes hormone production in both men
and women. For this reason, it has an excellent
reputation as a tonic for the endocrine gland and is
used to normalize the reproductive systems of both men
and women. It can also restore and balance our stores of
energy. It is the herb of choice for many women to
relieve the symptoms of menopause and PMS and to
regulate any kind of menstrual dysfunction. As to taking
it with your current medications, please consult your
doctor as drug interactions can be very serious. Never
mix herbs and prescription drugs without the advice and
guidance of a medical professional.
In your letter, you asked the question on Chaste Tree as
well as a problem with progesterone. There are many
natural progesterone creams available at health food
stores. Look for one with Wild Yam in it. Lastly, you
mentioned a miscarriage and I didn't know if you were
looking for an herb to assist with that or not. To address
that briefly, nutrition is critical. No alcohol, coffee or
tobacco if you are experiencing chronic miscarriages.
Black Haw Root taken as a tea is regarded as an especially
effective miscarriage preventative. It can be taken,
through the entire pregnancy. False Unicorn root is
another herb used for women who have experienced multiple
miscarriages. A tincture, 3 to 5 drops per day for the
first trimester is the usual dose.
I have been taking 800 mg of Vitex each morning for the
past month for
fertility. I am wondering if it is a safe to drink
"Female Toner" by
Traditional Medicinals during my periods as I have in
the past. Would it
interact with the Vitex at all? Also, is it true that I
the Vitex after six months?
ANSWER: Vitex is
considered one of the herbs beneficial in increasing
fertility. Some of the others are: Astragalus, dong
guai, false unicorn, wild yam and licorice. I don't
know what's in the female tonic, but I like the
Traditional Medicinals teas very much. There are no
known cases of vitex causing problems after extended us.
If, however, you do become pregnant, you should
discontinue use of all medicines and herbs until
consulting with a medical professional.
ANSWERS FROM DAVID BRILL:
ON BREAST ENLARGEMENT (You guys just don't get it, do
QUESTION: Sorry to be one of the many women to
ask you about what herbs play in the part of breast-enlargement.
I understand you believe it's a waste of time. Well, I
was wondering if there's any harm in trying. Some women
actually achieve results 2-7 months after using a combination
of fennel, fenugreek, wild yam, etc. Does that mean that
their results are only temporary? And is there any
danger in taking larger quantities of there products?
(say 3 capsules of wild yam, fenugreek, and fennel 3x a
day along with a few cups of tea from the mixed fresh
herbs)? I've already bought these products, and I don't
want them to go to waste, maybe just for the other
benefits I can take them? I really hope to hear from you
I feel kinda disappointed, I guess I'm not the only one
ANSWER: I am sorry you are disappointed.
There is no harm in trying. If someone not
associated with a product told me they actually got
results from a product I would be glad to get these
testimonials posted to our site.
Unfortunately I am not sure the industry that produces
products that play on human emotions are willing to use
their pure profits to do the proper testing to verify a
theory that some combination of herbs actually promotes
I am not trying to hurt anyone's feelings or burst
anyone's bubbles...hope is a great human
Being a man I guess I don't understand the need to
enlarge the breast given to you by nature. Please
enlighten me. My issue is the pressure caused by
society imposed on the person that does not have
what is considered by the fashion industry a perfect
body. Or the teasing a little girl who has not
developed yet gets when she is in school and desperately
wants to be a woman before her time has come.
It it ultimately your choice what your do with your
body, if you don't like what you have been dealt you can
always try to change it. This is what I can
honestly say about the herbs you mentioned here are the
normal results achieved.
Fennel, tastes good if you like licorice and calms the
digestive tract. Helps to increase milk flow in
Fenugreek, helps control blood sugars and has a very
bitter taste, helps to jump starting the digestive
process if taken before meals. It has also been
used in formulas to promote milk flow.
Wild Yam helps with spasms, calms digestive tract is
good for gas, diarrhea and menstrual cramps. This
plant does not have any human hormones or steroids.
I have had many questions on this subject, it and losing
weight are probably the most answered questions to date.
QUESTION: Please tell me if there are any
harmful effects from taking two 500 mg capsules
to give my libido more drive at age 43 for a healthy
ANSWER: Horny Goat Weed, also known as Yin yan
huo, lustful sheep plant and stinking lascivious goat
plant is Latin Named: Epimidium macranthum and E.
Horny Goat Weed is not meant for long-term use it is
normally used for impotence, frequent urination,
pre-ejaculation, low back pain, pain in knees, male
infertility, cold in the kidneys, popular TCM herb for
men who need help keeping it up. For short term
use: a little helps - a lot burns out the kidneys. Often
used by older men short term.
Contraindications: Excessive heat signs. Long term
use. Prostitus, excessive libido, excessive use could
damage you and cause: dizziness, vomiting, dry mouth and
Additional: Sheep and goats eat it and then mount
anything! This herb is rarely if ever used alone
traditionally. Sometimes found in a liqueur in
Chinatown. Not to be used for more than 2-3 weeks
at a time.
QUESTION: I am 16 years old and I'm 4 foot 11
inches tall. I'm a pretty small girl. I weight about 105
-110. My shoe size is 5 to 5 and a half. And size 3
pants. So from my description you can tell I'm
rather tiny but my breast are a size 34c. I know
theirs girls with bigger breasts then mine but its hard
for me to find shirts that fit right. And their are all
kinds of products sold in stores and on TV to help enlarge
your breasts. you know the kind where you take 1
or 2 pills a day till you get the size you want and then
stop taking them and they will stay that size. (I don't
know if that stuff really works or not) My sister is 20
and is the opposite of me. she buys stuff to make them
bigger. Anyhow can you suggest some kind of herbal pills
i might be able to get over the counter in a store
that might decrease my breast size. or if I have to send
away to get it that's fine too. If there is no pill you
can find do you know of any exercises I could that might
make them smaller or at least firmer? thank you
for your time and i hope to hear from you soon.
ANSWER: You are in a unique position, most
of the questions I get from young girls and women are
how to increase breast size. You may simply want
to wait another 4-6 years until you are in your early
20's and see how you feel then. If you are
uncomfortable with the way you look or are teased at
school I am sorry. You are a beautiful young women
and need as much self confidence as you can muster, you
may want to find someone to talk to it about. I
would be glad to help if I could.
My first thought is there is probably no product out
there that would work for your problem. I am
sorry, but that is my honest answer and I agree with you
that there is probably no product out there to enlarge
But, if you are will to try anything, you might try
Figwort also known as Carpenter square a Native American
Herb. Its Latin Name is Scrophularia nodosa and
S.marylandica (the S. is abreviation for Scrophularia).
It has been used in the past for swellings, cysts,
etc of the breasts and other parts of the body. You can
take it both internally (make a tea or take a tincture)
and rub it on externally or make a strong tea then soak
a cloth in it and place on your breasts several times a
Additionally I would try Chaste Tree Berry (to balance
your hormones), Red Clover (for swellings and lymph
edema) and Dandelion Leaves (as a diuretic to reduce
swollen breasts) these can be done as a tea or an
alcohol extract called a tincture.
My other suggestion would be clean up your diet, eat
only organic foods, produce and especially meats,
chicken, turkey and dairy products. Many of
today's animals are injected with drugs to make them
bigger, these drugs are called steroids, and they are
passed onto the people that eat the products made from
them. My daughter is only two and we only let her
eat organic produce and products.
Additionally many household products, have chemicals
that act like hormones on the human body, be careful not
to inhale or handle them with bare skin, avoid them or
use them with gloves and in well ventilated rooms.
There are natural household cleaners, soaps, etc.,
available at health food stores or natural grocers that
try not to use these harsh chemicals in them.
One final tip, don't cook in microwave ovens with
plastics, the plastic containers can pass chemicals into
the foods cooked this way and they also act like
hormones on the human body.
You had asked about firming them up, not sure what you
meant here, breast tissue does not have muscle in it,
but the muscles in the chest wall behind them and your
back and shoulders help support and pull up the breast
you can build these muscles up to lift the breasts.
One final thought you may want to get properly fitted
for a bra, this will help support the breast and confine
them more so clothes may fit better. Larger
department stores and specialty stores strictly for bra
fittings are available, get you mother, older sister,
aunt or a friend to go with you.
QUESTION: Everyone is always trying to
increase their bust, I on the other hand just finished
breast feeding my baby after several months and am
waiting for my milk to dry up. I want to make the
swelling go away, or help it at least and maybe help my
milk dry up in the meantime. It has been several
days and they are still sore and swollen. The baby
made the transfer to the bottle wonderfully, I on the
other hand want to chop off my chest! Any advice?
ANSWER: Herbs that have been used in the past
for this include Sage, White Sage and additionally the
Chinese herb Angelica dahurica is very drying
QUESTION: I'm 29 years old my DRs have been
watching 3 cyst's on the ovaries the one on the
right is blood filled and the two on the left on fluid
filled one is complex and one is simple they have
beenthere for four cycles I had two ultrasounds they are
the same size still. My question is my dr. said they are
concerned about the one that is complex why? they said it
is a good sign cause there not getting any bigger.
ANSWER: From a site on the Internet on
The most common site of a pelvic mass is the ovary.
The age of the woman gives the doctor great insight into
how serious the finding of an ovarian cyst can be.
Finding a cyst in a young girl before she's begun
menstruation is alarming and can be malignant 50% of the
time. An ovarian cyst in a post-menopausal woman is also
frequently malignant. In both of these age groups,
diagnostic surgery to make an absolute identification is
needed. This can be done by either diagnostic
laparoscopy which is inserting a tube with a camera
attached to it through the belly button, or diagnostic
laparotomy which is making an incision through the
abdomen, and looking at the ovary.
The most challenging area of patient care for a doctor
are the cysts that occur between these two extremes in
there productive life of women. A sonogram can help in
The most common cysts found are the functionalcysts.
A functional cyst can be one of four types and are not
malignant:follicular, corpus luteum, theca luteum,
and polycystic ovaries.
A follicular cyst occurs when the normal
follicle, or sac that matured to release an egg, does
not shrink after release of the egg. These are soft,
have thin membrane walls, and contain clear fluid. These
can rupture, causing sudden, severe pain which gradually
goes away over several days. Usually, however, they
spontaneously disappear over the course of one or more
menstrual cycles. They can cause changes in your periods
and pelvic pain. Depending on the size of the cyst, it
can just be observed or treated with birth control
Corpus luteum cysts are less common, but cause
more symptoms and problems. They become larger than
follicular cysts, thus causing more pelvic pain. They
result when bleeding occurs in the follicle after an egg
is released. This type of cyst often causes a delayed
period and if it ruptures, can cause bleeding into the
abdomen which may necessitate surgery.
Theca luteum cysts, the least common of the
functional cysts, are often associated with an abnormal
pregnancy. They most often occur in both ovaries, unlike
the functional cysts described above. They disappear
without treatment after the pregnancy is terminated.
Polycystic ovaries are multiple clear fluid
filled cysts in both ovaries and are associated with
menstrual problems and hormone imbalances.
Endometriosis can cause complex ovarian cysts or
endometriomas, also commonly called chocolate
cysts. Up to 60%of women with endometriosis have ovarian
Hopes this helps
QUESTION: I recently had a mammogram and they
found a "cyst." Small, but this is the first
time I've ever had anything wrong with my breasts. I
can't stop thinking about it, even though they tell me
not to worry about it. My question - A friend told
me that Red Clover helps get rid of cysts. If this is
true, how much do I need to use a day to make it
effective? She's talking Red Clover as a tea. I drink a
lot of tea. Always DE-CAF, and a lot of Jasmine tea.
ANSWER: Your friend is correct. Red
Clover is used for lymphatic drainage and swellings
especially in the breast, which includes cysts. It
could actually work better when combined with Saw
Red Clover is also used as a preventative for breast
cancer or to treat cancer as a lymph drainage herb.
This herb is also rich in flavanoids, minerals, vitamins
and the isoflavones such as those found in Soy.
The suggested dose would be as a Tea 1-2 teaspoons of
ground Red Clover flowers (adding in the Saw Palmetto is
extra), Steep in 8 oz water for an hour, drink 2- 6 Cups
It can also be taken as a tincture 60-90 drops up to 4-6
times a day.
QUESTION: I have just been diagnosed as having a uterine
cyst, which my doctor classifies as a cross between a cyst and a
growth (it shows up as a mass of cells/blood? encircled by a lining),
about 4 cm across in my uterus. it was there 6 weeks ago and seems to
have grown abt a cm in the meantime. I am still waiting for blood
results on cancer markers, but would like to know what herbs I could
take to help, if it is indeed cancer. I am 29 yo and have a 15
month-old child, I hope to have more children in the future.
ANSWER: Without a clear diagnosis I cannot help but on a
general level. Here is what I can provide right now.
Herbs that have been used for cysts include
Dan shen, Red Root Sage, Latin Named: Salvia miltiorrhiza
Gui pi, Cinnamon (Chinese cinnamon not Ceylon), Latin Named:
Cinnamonium cassia, C. quizhi (use twigs), C. rouqui(use thin young
Dang Qui, Tangkuei, Dong Quai, Latin Named: Angelica
Mu dan pi, cinnabar skin, Tree Peony, Latin Named: Paeonia
Xiang fu, Nut sedge, Chufa grass, Latin Name: Cyperus spp
Xia ku cao, Self Heal, All Heal, Heal -all, Latin Name:Prunella
Blue Cohosh, Papoose Root, Squawroot, Latin Name:
Saw palmetto, Latin Name: Serona repens
Chaparrel, Latin Name: Larrea divaricata, L. Mexicana, L.
Red Root, New Jersey Tea, Latin Name: Ceanothus americanus
Angelica, Latin Name: Angelica archangelica, A atropurpurea
Burdock Root, Latin Name: Arctium lappa, A. minor
Chaste Tree, Monks pepper, Latin Name:
Red Clover, Latin Name: Trifolium pratense
Violet, Latin Name: Viola odorata, V. papillonacea, V. xeodensis
Thuja, Flat cedar, Latin Name: Thuja occidentalis
I have answered quite a few questions on herbal medicine and cancer
you may want to read my other responses online. I would use
immune modulating herbs and a formula called Fu Zheng.
QUESTION: I am a 41 yr. old female who can't seem to get rid
of a vaginal discharge.I've been checked by five different doctors,
and all of them said I had a yeast infection. There is a clear to gray
color with minimal itching. I have taken everything over the counter,
but to no avail. I"ve also been giving stronger prescriptions,
but still the discharge doesn't stop. Please help!
ANSWER: What you are describing is called leukorrhea, it
is sometimes associated with pregnancy. Leukorrhea is a white
discharge from the vagina. Causes include: Trichomonas maginalis or
chlamydia; Candida albicans or yeast infection; excess douching;
vitamin B deficiency; antibiotic use; contraceptives; and intestinal
worms. This condition is especially common in pregnant and diabetic
women. Symptoms include: vaginal discharge, burning, and itching.
Bloody discharge may be a symptom of more serious disorders.
You may want to check for dietary connections, reduce refined
and processed carbohydrates, sugar and dairy.
Please get checked for diabetes or pregnancy before proceeding with
any new therapies.
Some herbs specific to Leukorrhea include
Agrimony, Latin Name: Agrimonia spp
Shan yao, Mountain Medicine, Chinese Yam, Latin Name:
Dioscorea opposita/ D. batatas
Bu qu zhi, Latin Name: Psoralea corylifolia
For mucopurulent discharge
Uva Ursi, Bearberry, Kinninnik, Latin Name: Arctostaphylos
Wild Indigo, Latin Name: Baptisia tinctora this one needs to be
used with caution
use garlic, Echinacea, barberry, Oregon grape, Coptis
ANSWER: I know of no herbs or
combination of herbs in pill, tea, tincture, salve, ointment or other
form that can truly help with this issue.
QUESTION: Please let me know...is there any cream, lotion or
medicine for small sized breasts? and explain how does it work?
That said, I will tell you that most of the products on the market use
herbs or herbal combination that normally have the action of
increasing milk flow in nursing mother's. These herbs such as
Fennel, Fenugreek, Blessed Thistle and Goat's Rue have also had
anecdotal references to increased breast size for these nursing
mother's but this is explained as the following: their milk flow
increases so their milk glands increase to produce the increased flow
and store the milk until use, this is associated to these nursing
mother's breast enlargement. Whether any of these herbs will
have the breast enlarging effect on a non nursing mother is unknown.
Saw Palmetto has also been associated with enlargement of breast
tissue because of its Estrogen like effects and actions. Although
traditionally it was never used by the Florida Indian tribes for this
use, it was a food crop to them.
Blessed Thistle was used in Europe and England for young girls who
were late bloomers and had not entered puberty at the correct age.
The girl after consuming the herb experienced the normal course
of events leading to their first menses which is enlargement of breast
tissue and pubic hair. Whether this herb will work once a women
has already gone through puberty is hypothetical, for some women this
herb will swell the breast but this may be more a short term
uncomfortable effect then truly a long-term enhancement.
All I can tell you is if you wish to try herbs for this don't be
disappointed if they do not work.
Please read my other answers online about breast enhancement whether
herbal or surgical; it is one of the most asked questions along with
how to use herbs to lose weight.
QUESTION: I would like to know what I can use for night
sweats along with lack of sleep and mood swings. I think I am being
menopausal and I am experiencing these symptoms
The simple answer to your question is Black Cohosh, take with food its
usual side effect is upset stomach.
MORE ON BREAST ENLARGEMENT
noticed that you have some very strong feelings about women wanting to
enlarge there breasts. I am 25 yrs old and was a very late
bloomer. I married at 18 yrs and gave birth to my daughter at 19.
My problem and question is that when I became pregnant I was not
finished puberty, My breast were still growing and when I became
pregnant I went from a size A cup to a double D. I now have
saggy old lady breasts with stretch marks that I find not only
embarrassing but have left me feeling totally ashamed of my body. My
husband has never complained but he is a kind man and knows how much
this problem bothers me. I have tried vitamin e oil for the
scars but they are too deep and I have tried bust exercises as well. I
do not desire bigger breasts at all but I do desire firmer breasts
....even just a little lift would suffice. Is there anything
that can be done? I am still a younger women and I have never
been able to enjoy youthful breasts. What would you advise?
I am not sure I can help. Here is the information I can provide:
My first thought is to enhance your breasts from sagging with support
devices. Talk to a specialist that deals with breast issues,
look for a breast center. They can advise on clothing, swimwear and
bras to wear to enhance your look.
Thank you for providing as much information as you have and reading my
other answers online. Plastic surgery for breast
enhancement is not my idea as necessary surgery, but always the choice
is with the individual. The process the female breast goes
through during pregnancy and post delivery during milk production,
stretches the tissue, muscle, ligaments and skin around the breast
usually past their elastic range. Which means they cannot return
to their normal size, the rubber band is weakened and nearly broken.
Many women chose surgery to correct these conditions, I am not
sure there is a natural product that could help return this tissue to
its original shape and size. Surgery of any kind is risky,
cosmetic surgery is your chose to make. Although not natural, it
can give many women the result they desire to produce a breast of
correct size and shape. You sound like an intelligent
women, research your options, decide on the risks, interview as many
surgeons as you can, ask for references, talk about complications.
Cosmetic surgery on the breast usually interrupts the ability to
provide milk to infants, if you are planning on having more children
and breast feeding (the best thing for the child) wait until you have
your last one to move on this idea.
I have found some stretch mark herbal remedies see the following.
I don't have first hand knowledge of their use and results but
respect the source I found them in.
Neroli essential oil is made from orange blossoms and is said to help
with stretch marks and scarring when applied to the skin because it is
suppose to stimulate new cell growth to help fill in the skin. Apply
to affected are two to three times a day. Almost all essential
oils including this one, need diluted in a carrier oil, look for an
aromatherapy or essential oil book for more information. A good
health or herbal store in your area should be able to advise on use
Here is a recipe for an Anti-Stretchmark Oil: 3 drops each of
frankincense and myrrh essential oil; 6 drops of lavender essential
oil; 4 drops of geranium essential oil; 2 fl oz of Calendula Carrier
Oil. Apply to affected areas morning and night
One more thought, I can't stop myself from getting on my soap box.
Your husband has no complaints and he is the one that loves you
including your breasts, why would you want to change yourself, you on
the inside is the one that he loves? And apparently he loves the
way you look also (ask him)
I would ask myself who else do I need to impress with perky breasts?
My answer would be only my husband. Just a thought!
answer: I recently came across this herbal remedy thought you
might be interested in it. It involves the use of Lady's Mantle,
Latin Named: Alchemilla vulgaris
"The leaves are accounted good for lank sagging breasts, to bring
them to a greater firmness and smaller compass." According to the
Colonial Dames of America.
To firm breasts which sag from child-bearing or old age, make an
infusion of the fresh plant in 2 pints of boiling water and after 5
minutes strain and place cloths in waters for covering the breasts.
Wring out surplus moisture and leave breasts for 10 minutes repeat
several times a day for several weeks will restore a youthful firmness
to the breasts.
You may also want to take the herb internally at the same time. External
and internal use of an herb is normally recommend when possible.
The suggested dosage:
As a Tea: 1-2 teaspoons to 8 oz water, steep 30 min, drink 2
cups a day
As an Alcohol Extract: 30-40 drops, 3 or 4 times a day
QUESTION: I am currently going through menopause and am
depression. I have a feeling of doom and all of the changes are
into depression which I can't seem to throw off. I have also had
cancer and am afraid to take hormone replacements. Is there some
remedy that can help menopausal depression.
ANSWER: The simple answer to you question is Black Cohosh.
This herb is indicated for this specific menopausal effect and
it may help any others you are experiencing, hope you become well
QUESTION: Here is a company claiming these herbs all
together will help firm and enlarge breast.
Is this possibly true? Their address is 4ISIS.com. Do you have
ANSWER: My answer is probably not, the ingredients listed
in their formulas are the following, of the ingredients listed.
Blessed Thistle, Fenugreek and Fennel are used to increase milk flow
in lactating women (nursing mothers) obviously a nursing women's
breast size increases because it fills with milk and milk production
glands increase to hole the milk.
Hops is sedating.
Wild Yam Extract has phytoestrogens it is good for menstrual cramps w/
nausea, gas, diarrhea
Saw Palmetto is used to balance hormones in male and female body.
It is used for sexual neurosthenia, prostatitis and a reproductive
tonic for FRS and MRS. It has been used for women with ovarian
cysts, polycystic ovarian disease (PCOD), uterine fibroids, UTIs.
Although no evidence exists, it has been used for delayed growth of
testicles, breasts and ovaries if there is delayed growth in
juveniles. It works via 5 alpha reductase inhibitor.
Chaste Tree does not contain phytoestrogens works via the
pituitary balancing the FSH (folicle stimulating hormone) and LH (lutenizing
hormone). Use for elevated estrogen and normal to low
progesterone OR normal estrogen and low progesterone. Elevated
estrogen due to exogenous estrogens (in meat, dairy, plastics,
pollutants) which lead to PMS-anxiety (use with motherwort and blue
vervain), Menstrual irregularities, polymennoraghia, fibroids, ovarian
cysts especially functional cysts, menstrual headaches, swelling
painful breasts (with red clover and maybe a diuretic), part of a
protocol for endometriosis. Vaginal dryness with oats and
shatavari. For women coming off of birth control pills (erratic
cycles). Stimulates prolactin. The herb for menopause:
regulation of hot flashes especially night sweats with sage and ox-eye
daisy. menopausal anxiety, irritation skin crawling( formacation).
Works best long term
Black Cohosh is a good connector herb between Female Reproductive and
Nervous System. It is good for menopausal symptoms such as hot
flashes, anxiety, post partum pain or depression, lower back pain
associated with menses, dysmennorhea, amennorhea, specific for uterine
pain, testicular pain, pain associated with prostititis, uterine
fibroids, uterine prolapse, used in the last 2 weeks of pregnancy to
Damiana is good for sexual inhibition due to a distraction of time
& energy, increase libido.
Dong Quai strengthen and nourishes and moves blood associated with
female reproductive issues, such as amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea,
fibroids, ovarian cysts, menorrhagia. Helps with many PMS,
menses and menopausal issues.
MSM is not a herb
Lycium is good for the eyes, good for liver and diabetic conditions.
Royal Jelly is not a herb
Scullcap is sedating
Evening Primrose Oil is rich in essential fatty acids
Comfrey is healing to the skin, increase cell proliferation, rich in
White Willow Bark is a pain reliever, astringent
Ma Huang is ephedra a energy stimulant, very astringent
Guarana is a stimulant, very astringent
Passion Flower is good for insomnia and circular thinking, good for
spasms and tremors.
Bilberry very good for vessels wall strength strengthens capillary
integrity especially in the eyes.
Horsetail is rich in minerals very high in silica good for nails, skin
Cayenne good for impaired circulation, increases blood flow, good pain
reliever but may get initial flush to area or hotness.
Here are my comments.
Some of these herbs work best fresh not dry.
Is the pill or cream going to get into the system and work at all?
Are the correct parts of the plant being used?
Is the amount you are getting in the pill or cream therapeutically
active and is there enough in the pill or cream to work, if they could
Will they do anything, are you throwing your money away?
You probably already know my opinions on this subject of breast
enlargement, if not read my other answers online, this is one of the
most asked question next to weight loss. I am afraid there is
not an herbal answer.
Hope this helps.
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Comfrey, White Willow Bark, Ma Huang, Black Cohosh, Guarana, Passion
Flower, Bilberry, Horsetail, Cayenne), Menthol, Phenoxyethanol, Citric
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QUESTION: I am a 55 year old female who had taken birth
control pills for years. Last year I went off the pill. I
still have all my parts. I have found that my libido and some
off my strength have gone. I am currently
taking progonol ( a creme made up from women's international
phamacy) which is a form of progestrone.
I also started taking black cohash (3 capsules of 40mg of standardised
a day. I am finding myself a little
nausea, and not a lot of increase in my libido. Any suggestions?
ANSWER: Black Cohosh can cause this side effect, take it
with meals to alleviate it.
For a great herbal/sexual combination we have a blend called Replenish
Compound. This formula helps to increase vaginal lubrication,
balance endocrine system (hormones), increase sexually activity and
longing, as well as help the nervous system as a sexual tonic.
QUESTION: I AM ATTEMPTING TO SHRINK MY UTERINE FIBROIDS SO
AS TO AVOID SURGICAL REMOVAL/HYSTERECTOMY. I DON'T HAVE UTERINE CYSTS.
WHAT WOULD BE GOOD HERB(S), VITS, MINERALS? I AM 45 Y.O.
ANSWER: These herbs have been traditionally used of
Plant Name: Sheperd's Purse, Latin Name: Capsella burse-pastoris,
stops bleeding, reduces fibroids, to shrink fibroids use with
White Pond Lily, Raspberry Leaf. For prolapsed uterus or with
heavy bleeding use with Lady's Mantle.
Bai shao yao \BaZhow\, White Peony root, Latin Name: Paeonia
albifloria or P. lactiflora: also good for pain and to build
blood after loss
Dan shen, Red Root Sage, Latin Name: Salvia miltiorrhiza: good for
cysts and fibroids, good for pain
Chuan xiong, Chinese parsley root, Latin Name:
Ligusticum wallachii: good for pelvic congestion
Gui pi, Cinnamon, Latin Name: Cinnamonium cassia, C. quizhi (use cinn
twigs), C. rouqui(use thin young bark): Chinese cinnamon not Ceylon
also good for cysts, chills or feeling cold
Dang Qui, Tangkuei, Dong Quai, Latin Name: Angelica sinesis:
stagnant conditioins such as fibroids and cysts of uterus, nourishes
Shi di huang, Chinese Foxglove, Processed Rehmannia, Latin Name:
Rehmannia glutinosa good for bleeding fibroids
Mu dan pi, "cinnabar skin", Tree Peony, Latin Name: Paeonia
suffruticosa used for profuse bleeding stops bleeding but moves stuck
Black Cohosh, Latin Name: Cimicifuga racemosa: good
for uterine pain and pain associated with fibroids
Saw palmetto , Latin Name: Serona repens: its
not just a man's herb good for uterine fibroids and cysts
Angelica, Latin Name: Angelica archangelica, A atropurpurea:
stagnant conditioins such as fibroids and cysts of uterus
Chaste Tree, Latin Name: Vitex agnus-castus: Does not contain
phytoestrogens works via the pituitary balancing FSH (folicle
stimulating hormone) and LH (lutenizing hormone). Use for
elevated estrogen and normal to low progesterone OR normal estrogen
and low progesterone. Elevated estrogen due to exogenous
estrogens (in meat, dairy, plastics, pollutants) which lead to
PMS-anxiety (use with motherwort and blue vervain), Menstrual
irregularities, polymennoraghia, fibroids, ovarian cysts especially
functional cysts, menstrual headaches, swelling painful breasts (with
red clover and maybe a diuretic), part of a protocol for
Raspberry Leaves, Latin Name: Rubus idaeus: great for
tonification of the uterus, good for excessive bleeding.
Lady's Mantle, Latin Name Alchemillia vulgaris, A. Mollis
good for week atonic uterus, increased bleeding or spotting
QUESTION: My wife recently had her last ovary removed, due to
endomitriosis. she was on estratest also. the doctor has
told her to stop the Estratest, and given her a depoprevera shot to
help burn away any small remains of the endo. She is having
major hot flashes and night sweats. is there anything herbal
that she can take, without possibly agrivating the endo.
ANSWER: These are the herbs normally given for Hot
Flashes and other post menopause issues, such as night sweats, vaginal
dryness, palpitations etc.
Dang Qui, Latin Named: Angelica sinensis combines well with
Chaste Tree & Black Cohosh for hot flashes
Black Cohosh, Latin Named: Cimicifuga racemosa
Chaste Tree, Latin Named: Vitex agnus-castus works well with
sage and ox-eyed daisy for night sweats. It would also be an
herb used in an endometriosis formula.
I would probably start out with the Chaste Tree berry, this herb works
better with long-term use, so wait 4-6 weeks before evaluating its
QUESTION: I would like to have some info on herbs for
menopause and irritability
I would suggest
1. Black Cohosh, Latin Named Cimicifuga racemosa, is great for
Menopause and Depression, good as freshly dry tea/tincture or best as
2. Motherwort, Latin Named Leonurus cardiaca is great for
Menopause and stress/irritability/anxiety/female sensitivities
associated with hormonal changes/disturbed Shen/physical or emotional
problems with the heart. Best as fresh tincture the tea is less
We carry both in our store if you cannot find them locally, please
give a call we mail order everyday.
QUESTION: I have an ovarian cyst which is getting quit
large and my dr. wants to have it removed. This option doesn't
excite me to much so I'm looking to herbs to possibly help. I
read black cohosh and false unicorn root are good for this. The
cyst seems to be giving me irratal bowl syndrome as well. I have
just begun taking black cohosh in 1000 mg capsules, I am 120lbs and
26. Is this a good amount to take and approx how long would I
have to take for minimal results if any. Any suggestions and advice is
ANSWER: Here are some herbs which have
traditionally been used for ovarian cysts.
Chuan xiong, Chinese parsley root, Latin Named: Ligusticum
It is part of a great Chinese formula called Female 4 herb tea or
Womens 4 herb tea, the other ingredients are Rhuemania, Dong Quai,
Gui pi, Cinnamon (Chinese cinnamon not Ceylon),
Latin Named: Cinnamonium cassia
Dan shen, Red Root Sage, Latin Named: Salvia miltiorrhiza
Dang Qui, Tangkuei, Dong Quai, Latin Named: Angelica
Mu dan pi, Cinnabar skin, Tree Peony, Latin Named: Paeonia
Frankincense, Ru Xiang, Pharmecuetical Named: Gummi Olibanum,
Latin Named: Boswellia carterii
Figwort, Latin Named: Sacrophularia nodosa / S.
Saw palmetto, Latin Named: Serona repens - not just a man's herb
Chaste Tree, Latin Named: Vitex agnus-castus
Red Clover, Latin Named: Trifolium pratense
Thuja, Flat cedar, Latin Named: Thuja occidentalis
QUESTION: Is there an herb or combination of herbs that can shrink
Someone recommended trying Red Root (Ceanothus Americanus) since it
for her. Is it safe or is there another herb or combination?
ANSWER: Red Root, Latin Named: Ceanothus Americanus is normally
used for Cysts and
Lymphatic Congestion not Fibroids, do you have fibroids or cysts on
I HAVE BEEN TAKING A TINCTURE OF RED RASPBERRY FOR ABOUT A WEEK NOW TO TONE THE UTERUS. IT MADE ME START SPOTTING. IS THIS NORMAL? IS THAT ONE OF THE WAYS YOU KNOW IT IS WORKING?
ANSWER: Raspberry leaf is normally astringing to the uterus, to stop over bleeding and spotting or tone uterus during and after pregnancy. Is there any other ingredients in this tincture, are you sure it is Red Raspberry leaf? What are the Latin names on the ingredients list?
QUESTION: Can you suggest herbs for dealing with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?
ANSWER: For Cystic conditions try the following herbs:
Dan shen, Red Root Sage, Latin Name: Salvia miltiorrhiza
Chuan xiong, Chinese parsley root, Latin Name: Ligusticum wallachii or
Gui pi, Cinnamon (Chinese cinnamon not Ceylon), Latin Name: Cinnamonium cassia
Dang Qui, Tangkuei, Dong Quai, Latin Name: Angelica sinensis
Mu dan pi, cinnabar skin, Tree Peony, Latin Name: Paeonia suffruticosa
Xuan shen, purple majestic figwort, Latin Name: Scrophularia ningpoensis, S. murilandic, S. oldama
Xiang fu , Nut sedge, Chufa grass, Latin Name: Cyperus spp
Xia ku cao, Self Heal, All Heal, Heal -all, Latin Name: Prunella vulgarus
Frankincense, Latin Name: Boswellia carterii
Blue Cohosh, Latin Name: Caulophyllum thalictroides
Figwort, Carpenter square, Latin Name: Sacrophularia nodosa, S. marylandica
Saw palmetto, Latin Name: Serona repens
Chaparrel, Latin Name: Larrea divaricata, L. Mexicana, L. tridentata
Red Root, New Jersey Tea, Latin Name: Ceanothus americanus
Angelica, Latin Name: Angelica archangelica, A atropurpurea
Chaste Tree, Monks pepper, Latin Name: Vitex agnus-castus
Red Clover, Latin Name: Trifolium pratense
Violet, Latin Name: Viola odorata, V. papillonacea, V. xeodensis
Thuja, Flat cedar, Latin Name: Thuja occidentalis
See my other answer on cysts for more information.
QUESTION: I am a 19 year old female who has a flat chest and I don't want to go through surgery for bigger breast. So.....I started using an herbal breast enhancer system. That system includes pure Wild Yam, Saw Palmetto, Fennel, and Fenugreek in powder form. I take about 18 of these capsules a day and drink about 1 ounce of Fenugreek and Fennel in tea form a day, I also massage my chest with Fenugreek and Fennel powder mixed with lotion everyday. I've been on this system for 2 months now and have not seen any results........Do these herbs actually increase bust size or not and if so what can i do to speed up the results?????
Why do you need larger breasts? I would suggest you do not!
As to the methods you have employed so far to increase your breast size, my thought would be you are wasting your time.
Why do women in today's society feel the need to increase the size of their breasts, is it the commercials which show large breasted women as successful, beautiful and lavishly given riches? Is it the men in your lives, who cannot except you for who you are?
Why would you want to change yourself, you are unique in every way. Artificial or natural approaches to increase breast size are simply there to sucker in people who are injured by today's society and the images we project as perfect. These methods are simply out to take your money, waste your time and let you down.
I would suggest that you take that money and talk to a counselor about self image, keep the person you are on the inside and increase the beauty within you. Exterior beauty is fleeting, a man should love you for who you are inside, personality, mind, spirit. If he does not get rid of him, there is someone out there who is good and will accept you for who you are and he is meant for you.
Question yourself, is there a rational reason to think you need larger breasts, will the size of your breasts matter in 5, 10 or 20 years. Plastic surgery to increase breast size is a ridiculous thought. Read the following:
QUESTION: Thank you so much for making this available -- i have a client who recently had breast surgery -- she had implants -- she has developed severe scar tissue or keloids, in her right breast -- not the left -- this is her second breast surgery - she developed severe scar tissue around both implants after the first surgery -- her second surgery was necessary for the purposes of removing the scare tissue -- this causes her a great deal of discomfort -- her breast is very hard -- what can she do to prevent having surgery a third time -- she is extremely open to alternative treatments --
I am not sure I can help, any surgery is dangerous, using implant surgery to cosmetically enhance one's body by enlarging the breast is not safe and poor judgment. I would have advised against it from the beginning. I think the damage is done and may be non-reversable. Many women bow to the pressures from our society to look perfect, this surgery or any other non necessary cosmetic surgery should be avoided. Here are some things to think about, I can only offer the following.
In Tradition Chinese Medicine
--Violet, Latin Named: Viola odorata, V. papillonacea, V. xeodensis this herb was used to resolve hardness, it has an affinity for lymph and breast tissue. It is a great Alterative, you may want to employ other Alteratives or lymph drainage herbs such as cleavers, poke, red root, red clover and others. The violet leaves need to be fresh juiced or fresh herb leaf tincture.
--Xuan shen, Purple Majestic Figwort, Latin Name: Scrophularia ningpoensis, S. murilandic, S. oldama this herb was again used to soften hardness, lymph congestion, heat problems, cysts. Combines well with Prunella vulgarus
--Xia ku cao, Self Heal, All Heal, Heal-all, Latin Name: Prunella vulgarus softens hardness such as cysts, can be used internally and topically.
Sorry I could not help more!
BLEEDING DURING PERIODS
QUESTION: A friend has heavy menstrual bleeding and I recommended Shepard's Purse - is there any
precautions she should know? She also has Migraines during her period and feels there must be something lacking or excessive in her diet and would like to correct this or take something to trigger her body to balance itself. Any suggestions?
ANSWER: For your friend I would need more information to really help completely, has she had children, is she anemic any other issues going on?
The simple answer to your question is Shepherd's Purse, Latin Named Capsella burse-pastoris is appropriately used for menorrhagia, which is excessive bleeding during menses, The cautions would be not to use if pregnant or if the person has high blood pressure because it is a vasoconstrictor. To be effective you need a fresh tincture of the plant.
Other herbs which stop bleeding are Tienchi Ginseng and Yarrow on a scale from strongest to less strong
The number one blood stopper is Tienchi Ginseng, Latin Named: Panax Psuedoginseng
The number two blood stopper is Shepherd's Purse, Latin Named: Capsella
The number three blood stopper is Yarrow, Latin Named: Achillea millefolium
I would also suggest herbs to build blood for a short term, get Cherry,
Blackberry, Parsley, Beets, Watercress (find as fresh organic clean source) in her diet, use the Chinese herb Dang Qui, Tangkuei, Dong Quai, Latin Name: Angelica sinensis root in a soups.
Use the Chinese herb, Bai shao yao \BaZhow\, White Peony root, Latin Named:
Paeonia albifloria or P. lactiflora as a tincture or tea.
If atonic uterus is the cause, use
Raspberry leaf, Latin Named: Rubus Idaeus
Partridgeberry (squaw vine) Latin Named: Michella repens
Lady's Mantle, Latin Named: Alchemillia vulgaris or A. Mollis
COHOSH FOR MENOPAUSE
QUESTION: What is a safe amount of Black cohesh to take to help relieve menapausal systoms?
ANSWER: Black Cohosh, Latin Name: Cimicifuga racemosa
suggested preparation and dose of this herb are 10 - 30 drops, 3 to 4 times a day of a fresh or dry alcohol extract or you can try a making a tea daily of 1/2 to 1 teaspoons of recently ground dried herb to 12 ounces of water, boil herb in water for 15 - 30 minutes keep lid on pot, let herbs in water and cool for at least 1 hour, drink 4 ounces of tea 3 or 4 times a day.
I would suggest the tincture more convenient.
Dosage and preparation methods differ among herbalists, the standard joke among is us if you have 12 herbalists in a room, you will get 13 opinions.
You will be able to fine tune the dose for yourself increase a few drops at a time until you see results. Give it a couple weeks to see effects. Most suggested doses are low to begin with and can be increased most of the time, but guidance of a local herbalist would help.
The caution with Black Cohosh is not to take while pregnant except under the guidance of a qualified herbalist or healthcare provider and it should be taken with food, because it can cause GI mucousal irritation.
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ON BLACK COHOSH
QUESTION: Could black cohosh cause a spontaneous abortion?
ANSWER: Here is the short answer for your question. The uses and contraindications for Black Cohosh, Latin Named Cimicifuga racemosa are the following:
Use: It is useful for spasms, pain in muscles, muscular arthritis, FM and uterus, menopause issues such as hot flashes, anxiety and depression.
Contraindications: 1.) Do not take if pregnant except in the last 2 weeks, helps to bring on delivery and ease labor by stimulating the uterus. 2.) This herb has been known to increase or decrease blood pressure depending on the person, 3.) this herb is very strong and is not for kids or weak people such as elderly or sick. 4.) This herb should be taken with food because it could cause irritation of the gastric mucousal of your digestive tract.
To answer your question yes, it is possible for Black Cohosh to cause abortion, but if someone were pregnant and aborted; I would not jump to the conclusion that this herb was the cause. In today's society 25% of all pregnancy end in the first trimester, there could be many causes, Black Cohosh would only be one possible causitive factor.
My question for you is why are you asking about Black Cohosh and pregnancy? I would avoid its use during pregnancy except at the guidance of a qualified healthcare provider such as midwife or herbalist. I would not use it as an herbal abortifacient for intentional planned abortion, this is not its primary or inherit medicinal use and would be dishonoring to the plant.
Have had hysterectomy take estrogen would like to know if there is
substitute for it .
If this were happening to my sister this is what I would tell her.
Once and organ is removed it is tough to use an herb to bring back or replace structure or function. There are no herbs, I don't care what anyone has written or says that contain Estrogen. Some herbs have chemicals which have a similar structure or effect as estrogen. The herbal constituents are called
phytoestrogens. Here is a list of herbs which have a phytoestrogen constituent or effect.
Beans, Soybeans, or any other legume, make soups get as many in to your daily diet as possible.
Plant Name: Gan Cao or Licorice Root Latin Name: Glycorrhiza
uralensis, Licorice is a Phytoestrogen and Harmonize reproductive problems, menopausal hotflashes & vaginal dryness in comb w/ other things.
Plant Name: Ge gen /googun/ or Kudzu Latin Name: Pueraria pseudo-hirsuta, P.
pseudo-harsisa, P. thunbergii, Kudzu is a really good source of diadzin an isoflavone -
phytoestrogen. Reduces menopausal symptoms.
Plant Name: Alfalfa or "King of Herbs" Latin Name: Medicago sativa, Alfalfa is nutrative herb- it is used as the nucleus of bone formula along w/ Horsetail, nettles to help strengthens integrity & density. It is good for osteoporosis, degeneration of jaw, vertebrae, hips, weak teeth, broken bones & hard to heal fractures, osteoarthritis w/ osseous changes. This herb is rich in
caritonoids, B Complex, Vit D,E,K , flavanoids, K+(potassium), CA+ (Calcium), Phosphorus,
Mg+(magnesium) , & trace elements, Fe+ (Iron) and folic acid. It also contains a substantial amts of
phytosterols, phytoestrogens or Isofavones. It is somewhat amphoteric to FRS- i.e. it regulates estrogen levels/effects (in estrogen deficiency it mimics estrogen/ In excess it takes up receptor sites).
Plant Name: Anise Seed Latin Name: Pimpinella anisium, Anise is a mild, good tasting herb which can be used as a flavoring agent in formulas. It is carminative (cramps, tummy aches, gas) so it would be good to alleviate the gas from the beans along use along with fennel, coriander, caraway and cumin. It contains a mild
Plant Name: Fennel Latin Name: Foeniculum vulgarus, Fennel does contain some mild
phytoestrogens- how it works and the role that it plays in its use is undetermined.
Plant Name:Solomon's Seal Latin Name: Polygonatum biflorium, P. odoratum
(Uuzhu), P. commutatum (Wang jing), P. siberium, Solomon Seal is primarily used externally, but it can be used internally as a women's tonic - it contains diostenin a
phytoestrogen, use for menopause discomfort, vaginal dryness and PMS.
Plant Name: Nu Zhen zi, Shiny Privet or Ligustrum fruit Latin Name: Ligustrum
lucidum, LIgustrum helps with problems of FRS - menopause symptoms, symptoms due to deficient Estrogen. such as weak libido, perimenopausal symptoms it is also an immune tonic it strengthens and stimulates WBC count. It is good for the eyes and works through the liver, also has a lot of EFAs &
carotinoids. Cataracts, retinitis, mac. degen, poor night vision, dry, irritated, red eyes
Plant Name: Aletris , Unicorn Root, Star Grass Latin Name: Aletris
farinosa, Aletris has some phytoestrogen activity and also helps for nausea.
Plant Name: Chaste Tree, Monks pepper Latin Name: Vitex agnus-castus, Chaste Tree does not contain phytoestrogens it works via the pituitary balancing FSH
(folicle stimulating hormone) and LH (lutenizing hormone). Good for vaginal dryness with oats and
shatavari. The herb to use for menopause: regulation of hot flashes especially night sweats with sage and ox-eye daisy. menopausal anxiety, irritation skin
crawling (formacation). Works best long term.
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