Women's health issues - very important link! by Ocean .....

Female imbalances: The fight with ongoing progesterone, estrogen, liver, pms, swollen breast and other monthy issues.

Date:   4/21/2005 12:12:41 PM ( 17 y ago)

i am very excited cause i found an incredible link:

i am once again retaining water and even tho i've done 16 liver flushes feel the onset of pms! but the good news is i'm narrowing down my problem...it seems like a hormonal imbalance!
too much estrogen! this also playes a factor in my low thyroid symptoms, cold extremities, sluggishness, dry skin, etc.

i've also been drawn intuitively to vitex again, and that is exactly what i need.

below is a cut and paste i extracted the most important into, for me, from the link above, i hope not to infringe on copyrights so i posted the link too. it in itself is a goldmine!


Liver herbs such as burdock and dandelion often help women with hard-to-treat health problems. This is because the liver deactivates estrogen, especially the carcinogenic form, which tends to settle in breast and uterine tissue

You can treat the problem cells and at the same time stimulate your immune system with a tea or tincture of echinacea, calendula and false indigo, an immune system herb with properties similar to echinacea. While most people may not think of calendula (which is known to gardeners as pot marigold) as more than a pretty garden flower, it is a potent immunity builder that seems to have a special affinity for healing the cervix.

You can also put herbs directly on your cervix—as Nancy did—by using vaginal suppositories or a tampon soak of goldenseal, calendula and tea tree.

Folic acid, which is not an herb per se but is found in green, leafy vegetables, can also play a role in treating cervical dysplasia. Many women with cervical dysplasia have a folic acid deficiency, especially if they take birth control pills. According to one study of women on the Pill, three weeks of folic acid supplements reversed the risk of cervical cancer for a significant number of women. Joseph E. Pizzorno, N.D., and Michael T. Murray, N.D., authors of A Textbook of Natural Medicine, a natural healing reference commonly used by naturopathic doctors and medical doctors who use natural methods, suggest that women who have cervical dysplasia take 2 milligrams of folic acid a day for three months, then reduce the dose to 0.5 milligram a day. Along with your herbal therapy, vitamins A, C and the B-complex can be extremely helpful.

take these herbs once a day for one week every month to prevent the dysplasia from returning.

Cervical Dysplasia Tea

2 teaspoons vitex berries

1 teaspoon each burdock root and false indigo root

½ teaspoon each calendula flowers and echinacea root

5 cups water

Bring herbs and water to a boil in an uncovered pot, then simmer gently for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, cover pot and let steep for 20 minutes. Strain out herbs. This can also be taken as a tincture or in pill form.

Tampon Soak

1 heaping teaspoon dried calendula flowers

½ teaspoon goldenseal rhizome powder

1 cup water

5 drops tea tree essential oil

Put herbs and water in a pot, place on stove and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and let steep for about 30 minutes. Strain and add essential oil. Soak tampon in mixture, stirring well to distribute the oil. (Be sure to use a tampon that comes enclosed in a cylinder inserter or the soaking will expand it too much.)

Among the most important herbs for treating gynecological problems are the berries from vitex, an attractive tree from the Mediterranean. Vitex is one of the few herbs known to balance a woman's hormones, and so has become invaluable for many different formulas. To help keep excessive estrogen in line, you should also take herbs that are good for the liver, such as burdock.


For the most stubborn cases of fibrocystic breasts, try using treatments of prickly ash bark, which also increases blood circulation, and burdock, calendula, cleavers, mullein and dandelion, which improve lymph drainage. Each of these herbs can be taken as a tea, as a tincture or in pill form. Too much estrogen is the most common cause of breast cysts, but it is not the only one. One of the functions of estrogen is to control another hormone called prolactin, whose job is to prepare a woman's body, specifically her breasts, for possible pregnancy. When prolactin levels rise too high, problems occur: breast tenderness and cysts, as well as water retention. Prolactin is also stimulated by stress, lots of fat or protein in the diet, alcohol, marijuana and prolonged pain.

Breast Cyst Tea

1 teaspoon each burdock root, mullein leaves and dandelion root

½ teaspoon each prickly ash bark and cleavers leaves

1 quart water

Combine ingredients. As soon as your breasts begin to feel uncomfortable, try to drink at least 2 cups daily. This formula can also be taken as a tincture or in pill form.

Breast Compress

½ teaspoon tincture of calendula flower

10 drops . essential oil

3 drops each ginger and chamomile essential oils

1 cup warm water

2 cloths

Combine ingredients in a shallow bowl. Swish a small, soft cloth in the solution. Wring cloth out over the bowl and fold it into several layers. Place over swollen breast while the cloth is still warm and leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes. Run another cloth under cold water and wring it out. Exchange the warm compress for the cold one, and leave on about 2 minutes. If you have the time, alternate the cloths a few times.



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