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Estrogenic Herbs


          Estrogenic: Herbs that have Estrogen-like Actions
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                   *If you have an estrogen-based cancer, you do not want to include
                                  any of these herbs in your health regimen*
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Plants do not contain estrogen, however many herbs do contain isoflavones like formononetin, which mimic hormonal activity. This makes these herbs useful for hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and even the depression sometimes associated with menopause. Dong Quai is considered one of the premium herbs used as a female tonic because of its effectiveness and safety.

Both phytoestrogenic herbs and non-estrogenic herbs can be used to alleviate the discomfort experienced during menopause.  Phytoestrogenic herbs contain the compound phytoestrogen - which is a lot similar to the estrogen produced by the human body - while, as their name suggests, non-estrogenic herbs are devoid of this component.



Alfalfa 

Properties: Anodyne, Anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial, Anti-Cancer, Antioxidant, Antirheumatic, Depurative, Diruetic, Emmenagogue, Estrogenic, Galactagogue

Parts Used: dried leaves, stems, unopened flowers, sprouts 

Constituents: beta-carotene and vitamins c, e, and k

Alfalfa leaf contains a broad spectrum of nutrients, including considerable quantities of protein, trace mineral and vitamins, dietary fiber and chlorophyll, which serves as an antioxidant in the bloodstream. Alfalfa sprouts are a staple of salads and contain nutrients, but the leaves hold the best healing potential and contain phytoestrogens that could be beneficial in menopause and breast feeding women. Chemicals in alfalfa called saponins can help lower blood cholesterol (by impeding intestinal absorption) without affecting heart-healthy HDL cholesterol. Alfalfa may help counteract side effects of chemotherapy used to treat cancer by increasing white blood cells, which are important to fighting off infections.



Black Cohosh 

Medicinal Uses: Female Hormones, Lupus, Menopause, PMS

Properties: Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Estrogenic, Expectorant, Vermifuge

Parts Used: root

Constituents: cimicifugin, racemosin, resins, astringent

BBBlack cohosh contains numerous chemical constituents, among them isoflavones which mimic hormonal activity. This makes this herb useful for hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and even the depression sometimes associated with menopause. Though black and blue cohosh are unrelated botanically they are often used together in formulas to support the female reproductive system.

Blue cohosh acts primarily as a uterine stimulant, while black cohosh effects estrogen levels.
· (Gladstar, Rosemary) It appears to provide that relief without having adverse estrogenic effects on mammary gland or uterine tissue.

Black cohosh is mainly known as a woman's botanical but has some additional uses according to older herbalists who praised it as a calming cough remedy. (Grieve, Maud) ,(Millspaugh, Charles F. 37[11-2]) , who studies its use among the American Indians in the late 1880's. Add the tincture to your cough remedy, or drink black cohosh tea to quiet a nighttime cough.

In addition to its estrogenic properties, black cohosh has pain relieving and anti-inflammatory actions that makes it useful for arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a common affliction among women, and can be aggravated by the hormonal imbalances during menopause. Emerging research suggests the estrogen levels may be implicated in many conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease, though the relationship is still unclear.



Cramp Bark  Black Haw

Related Species: Cramp Bark (viburnum opulus) and Black Haw (viburnum prunifolium)  are so similar in properties and uses, they are sometimes used in place of or in addition to each other.

Medicinal Uses: Dysmenorrhea, Menopause, Menorrhagia, Pregnancy/Childbirth 

Properties: Antispasmodic, Astringent, Estrogenic, Hypotensive, Nervine, Uterine tonic 

Parts Used: Bark  

Constituents: scopoletin, bitter principle (viburnin), triterpenoid saponins, salicosides, resin, plant acids (including valeric acid), tannin, arbutin. 

    Black haw Viburnum prunifolum and cramp bark V. opulus act in similar ways and both have a long history of use by Native and pioneer women. These herbs help to relax the uterus which can help prevent miscarriages in · pregnancy, and to relieve · uterine cramps and painful periods. · (Gladstar, Rosemary) When a threatened miscarriage is due to uterine irritability, anti-spasmodic herbs such as Jamaican dogwood (Piscidia erythrina) and crampbark (Viburnum opulus) may be useful, as may tonic herbs such as raspberry (Rubus idaeus) leaf and star grass (Aletris farinosa) root. (ABC) These traditional uses are born out with modern chemical analysis, both viburnums contain phytochemicals that facilitate uterine relaxation, two of which (aesculetin and scopoletin) also work against muscle spasms, and the pain-relieving salicin in the herb is also closely related to aspirin.


Cramp Bark Side Effects: Some evidence suggests cramp bark may aggravate tinnitus. Not recommended for use for those with kidney stones.

Dong Quai 

Medicinal Uses: Amenorrhea, aphrodisiac, bruises/sprains, cancer prevention; dysmenorrhea, female hormones, immune system, liver, longevity tonics, menopause, menorrhagia, nerve/back pain, PMS

Properties: Adaptogens, Antispasmodic, antiViral, aphrodisiac, depurative, estrogenic, hepatic, stimulant

Parts Used: root 

Constituents: butylidene phhtalide, ligustilide, n-butylidene-phthalide, sequiterpenes, carvacrol, dihyrophthalic anhydride, sucrose, b vitamins, beta-sitosterol

    In traditional Chinese medicine, only ginseng is more esteemed. The name dong quai means proper order and for thousands of years the dried roots have been used to restore a healthy order to the body. Since ancient times, dang-quai has been an important herb for women. The phytoestrogens in dong quai work to bring the body's natural estrogen into balance. · (Duke,James, Ph.D.) Historically, it has been prescribed for uterine bleeding, painful menses, and other abnormalities of the menstrual cycle. For menopausal women it addresses symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings. · (Gladstar, Rosemary) .

A decoction of the whole root is considered diuretic and strongly antibacterial. Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antispasmodic activity have been confirmed in experiments. Considered the most important Chinese herb for menstrual disorders, its blood tonic, circulation-enhancing, pain-relieving, tranquilizing, and liver protecting qualities are sometimes overlooked. Dong quai contains many nutrients, from metals like cobalt, copper and manganese, to plant sterols, which have similar chemical structures to human hormones like estrogen. Among the active medicinal ingredients are coumarins, essential oils, and various flavonoids. Dong quai strengthens the immune system by increasing production of white blood cells, assisting the liver in ridding the body of toxins. This immune enhancement may come into play in cancer prevention and as an adjunct to debilitating effects of treatment.



False Unicorn Root 

Medicinal Uses: Amenorrhea, female hormones

Properties: Emetic, estrogenic, vermifuge

Parts Used: root

Constituents: calcium oxalate, diosgenin, and helonin

    A treasured woman's botanical, false unicorn's gently curved root, which resembles a unicorn's horn, may be the source of its most common name. Used by Native American women to deter miscarriage, it is still widely used to treat a variety of problems unique to the female reproductive system. The root contains steroidal saponins which are precursors of estrogen. Steroidal saponin-containing herbs may normalize the luteal phase in women, making them useful for infertility which is associated with failure to ovulate.







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