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Herbal Hormone Replacement Therapy

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are alternatives to horomone therapy after hystorectomy?
    I just underwent a complete hystorecomy. Due to illness, everything was taken, including my ovaries. I am looking for alternatives to hormone therapy because of the risks involved with this therapy, such as bloodclots and stroke. What are the alternatives available to me, besides hormone replacement therapy?

    • ANSWER:
      You should see a Homeopathic Doctor......but I know FOR A FACT that the herbal supplement combo of Soy and Black Cohash works. I work at an OBGYN office and the doc prescribes that all the time. Its why you never see many Asian women with hairy faces or excessive wrinkles after menopause - soy is a heavy part of their diet.
      Plus the progestin in Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is know to cause blood clots in some women.

  2. QUESTION:
    My best friend is menopausal and has been attacking me. Please help?
    We are right on the verge of stopping the relationship and I will be devastated if it does. I can't get through to her though.
    I read online that I should be extra caring with her but NOTHING explains how to deal with her making baseless (and vicious) attacks on me.

    I am virtually begging her to get hormone replacement therapy (and/or herbal remedies) but at least now nothing is getting through.

    The situation is REALLY bad right now and I'm feeling very sad and uncomfortable.

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  3. QUESTION:
    My best friend is menopausal and has been attacking me. Please help?
    We are right on the verge of stopping the relationship and I will be devastated if it does. I can't get through to her though.
    I read online that I should be extra caring with her but NOTHING explains how to deal with her making baseless (and vicious) attacks on me.

    I am virtually begging her to get hormone replacement therapy (and/or herbal remedies) but at least now nothing is getting through.

    The situation is REALLY bad right now and I'm feeling very sad and uncomfortable.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to get your friend psychiatric help if she is being mean to you for no reason, it could be a mental problem...

  4. QUESTION:
    My best friend is menopausal and has been attacking me. Please help?
    We are right on the verge of stopping the relationship and I will be devastated if it does. I can't get through to her though.
    I read online that I should be extra caring with her but NOTHING explains how to deal with her making baseless (and vicious) attacks on me.

    I am virtually begging her to get hormone replacement therapy (and/or herbal remedies) but at least now nothing is getting through.

    The situation is REALLY bad right now and I'm feeling very sad and uncomfortable.

    • ANSWER:
      Can you get one of her female friends to intervene on this? Perhaps a woman will listen to another woman on this matter.

  5. QUESTION:
    Women only...does anyone know of a homeopathic remedy to ease the frequency and intensity of hot flashes?
    I am not a good candidate for surgery or hormone replacement therapy due to my family history of ovarian cancer. I have tried all the standard herbal cures, Dong Quai, Black Cohosh, Wild Yam, etc. Yesterday I did a little research online and tried Motherwort and Basil oil as aromatherapy. I was awake all night and had a hot flash that lasted nearly two hours. This is starting to drive me a little crazy. Any suggestions? How about an online support group?

    • ANSWER:
      Apple cider vinegar cures everything from asthma to hot flashes. Just type in uses for apple cider vinegar...you'll be glad you did.

  6. QUESTION:
    Natural Herbal Remedy for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?
    My teenage daughter has just been diagnosed with it. I don't want to put her on hormone replacement therapy to bring on her periods (which occur about twice per year). We have extensive breast cancer in the family, and hormone therapy is frightening. Does anyone know of any natural remedies that are safe? Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Medicines & Treatment for Ovarian Cysts, Ovary Pain Neuralgia, Ovaritis

      #Apis mellifica. [Apis]
      Few remedies cause as many ovarian symptoms as Apis. It has an active congestion of the right ovary going on to ovaritis, with soreness in the inguinal region, burning, stinging and tumefaction. Ovarian cysts in their incipiency have been arrested by this remedy; here one of the indicating features is numbness down the thigh. It has also proved useful in affections of the left ovary. Tightness of the chest may also be present, with the occurrence of a reflex cough and urging to urinate. Mercurius corrosivus. Hughes prefers this remedy in ovarian neuralgia. Peritoneal complications also indicate it. Bovista has also cured ovarian tumors.

      #Belladonna. [Bell]
      As this remedy is one particularly adapted to glandular growths it is especially useful in acute ovaritis, and more so if the peritoneum be involved. The pains are clutching and throbbing, worse on the right side, the slightest jar is painful, and the patient is extremely sensitive. The symptoms appear suddenly; flushed face and other Belladonna symptoms are present. Platinum. Ovaries sensitive, burning pains in them, bearing down, chronic ovarian irritation with sexual excitement. Much ovarian induration is present. Palladium. Swelling and induration of right ovary. It lacks the mental symptoms of Platinum, such as mental egotism and excitement. Aurum. Ovarian induration. Lilium. Ovarian neuralgias. Burning pains from ovary up into abdomen and down into thighs, shooting pains from left ovary across the pubes, or up to the mammary gland. Staphisagria. Very useful in ovarian irritation in nervous, irritable women. Hypochondriacal moods.

      #Lachesis. [Lach]
      Pain in left ovary relieved by a discharge from the uterus; can bear nothing heavy on region. Hughes and Guernsey seem to think that Lachesis acts even more prominently on the right ovary; others believe the opposite, the tendency of affections being, however, to move from the left toward the right side. Suppuration and chronic enlargements of ovary may call for Lachesis. Zincum. Boring in the left ovary relieved by the flow, somewhat better from pressure; fidgety feet. Graphites. Swelling and induration of the left ovary; also pains in the right ovarian region with delayed scanty menses. Argentum metallicum. Bruised pain in left ovary and sensation as if ovary were growing large. Naja. Violent crampy pain in left ovary. Dr. Hughes valued it in obscure ovarian pains not inflammatory in nature.

      #Arsenicum. [Ars]
      Burning tensive pains in the ovaries, especially in the right. Ovaritis relieved by hot applications. Patient thirsty, irritable and restless. Colocynth. Ovarian colic; griping pains, relieved by bending double; stitching pains deep in right ovarian region. It is also a useful remedy,according to Southwick, in ovaritis of left ovary with colicky pains. A dropsical condition may be present. Hamamelis. Ovaritis and ovarian neuralgia. Ludlam praises this remedy in the sub-acute form of gonorrhoeal ovaritis; it allays the pain and averts the menstrual derangement. Ovaritis after a blow. There is agonizing soreness all over the abdomen. An external application of hot extract of Hamamelis acts marvelously in subduing the distress and pain consequent to ovaritis. Iodine. Congestion or dropsy of the right ovary. Dwindling of the mammae; dull, pressing, wedge-like pain, extending from right ovary to uterus like a plug, worse during menstruation. Thuja. Left-sided ovaritis, with suspicion of veneral taint, calls for Thuja. Grumbling pains in the ovaries all the time, with mental irritability, call for Thuja. Podophyllum has a pain in the right ovary, running down the thigh of that side. Numbness may be an attending symptom.

      http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/ovary-sym...
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      Homeopathy treats the patient not the disease, complete symptoms of the patient(Mental and Physical) are taken into consideration to find the appropriate remedy which is the most similar to the patients symptoms. When prescribed according to the patients symptoms Homeopathic medicine are known to work very fast and without any side effects or complications of any kind and once cured there are no relapse or comebacks 100% cure. For more either post your complete symptoms or better to consult a reputable Homeopathic Practitioner for the successful treat ment of your ailment. Giving just the name of the disease or disorder is showing someone the tip of the iceberg what lays underneath is what you have to treat and cure. And that is the key to the success of Homeopathic Medicine.

      I hope the provided information proves to be of help. Wishing you the best of health.

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  7. QUESTION:
    Can lack or hormones and progesterone cause pain/swelling in hands and feet in someone with a total hysterecto?
    My sister had a total hysterectomy and since then has had pain and swelling in her hands and feet. She didn't have this problem before her surgery. She has seen a rheumotologist and checked for arthritis, lupus etc. everything was negative. Could this be hormonal? And can she take a hormonal replacement therapy such as herbal over the counter to see if this will help her. Any suggestions please.

    • ANSWER:
      My wife had a partial and was left with one ovary. Years later she got Graves disease ( hyperthyroidism) they killed off her thyroid with radioactive Iodine.After that she went hypOthyroid and had to have her syn-thyroid adjusted. In this period she had swelling of her lower legs. During this period she was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy as well.Have a thyroid function test done to be sure.

  8. QUESTION:
    I have Hypothyroidism what vitamins do I need to take to increase my energy levels?
    I always feel tired and never have any energy. I feel like I have been in a triathlon on no sleep.

    I am on a hormone replacement med which has been adjusted several times but I still feel the same.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Dandy Lyons

      Cause:
      Hypothyroidism can be caused by food allergies, excess stress, environmental toxins, insufficient exercise, B vitamin deficiencies, lack of iron, lack of digestive enzymes, liver disease, hormone imbalances, and/or parasites. All of these factors need to be screened for and addressed before lasting relief can be achieved.

      Sulfa drugs, lithium, synthetic estrogen, and antihistamines can exacerbate hypothyroidism symptoms. In addition, if you are on thyroid medication, increase calcium supplementation to reduce the risk of bone loss.

      Low thyroid function may also be due to Hashimoto`s disease, a condition in which the body becomes allergic to its own thyroid gland and forms antibodies that attack it, thus lowering thyroid hormone output.

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      Natural Cures

      Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet, emphasizing foods that are naturally high in iodine such as fish, kelp, vegetables, and root vegetables (such as potatoes). Also, increase your daily consumption of foods rich in vitamin B complex, such as whole grains and raw nuts and seeds, and foods rich in vitamin A, such as dark green and yellow vegetables. But avoid foods that slow down production of thyroid hormone, such as cabbage, Brussels sprouts, mustard greens, broccoli, turnips, kale, spinach, peaches, and pears.

      Herbs: Mild cases of hypothyroidism can be helped by herbal bitters such as gentian or mugwort, while constipation due to low thyroid function can be improved by yellowdock, butternut, or cascara sagrada. St. John`s wort can also be helpful.

      Homeopathy: Calc carb. in a dose of 1M once a day is very useful for treating hypothyroidism and improving overall thyroid function.

      Lifestyle: Regular aerobic exercise can play an important role in helping to regulate thyroid hormone production.

      Nutritional Supplementation: Organic thyroid glandular extracts can help restore normal thyroid function, but should only be used under the supervision of your physician. Other useful nutrients include vitamin A, vitamin B complex, essential fatty acids, iodine, kelp, calcium, magnesium, and zinc.

      Alternative Professional Care: If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating hypothyroidism include: Acupuncture, Biofeedback Training, Cell Therapy, Detoxification Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Homeopathy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Osteopathy, Qigong, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Yoga.

      Best of health to you

  9. QUESTION:
    Has anyone taken herbal oestrogens do they work?
    I am getting symptoms of menopause like night sweats, aches fuzzy head dizzy spells etc, that point to a drop in oestrogen levels, I thought about trying the natural herbal oestrogen replacements, but there are so many. Has anyone taken them and did they actually work?

    • ANSWER:
      No.

      In the UK, a recent national guideline from Clinical Knowledge Summaries states that "CKS does not recommend the use of complementary therapies". The reasons include:

      * They have not been shown convincingly to work very well.
      * There is very little control over the quality of the products available, which may vary.
      * Some of these treatments (ginseng, black cohosh, and red clover) have oestrogenic properties and should not be used in women who should not take oestrogen (for example, women with breast cancer).
      * Long-term safety (for example, effects on the breast and lining of the uterus) have not been assessed.
      * Some may have serious side-effects. For example, severe liver damage has been reported with black cohosh and Java. Kava has been withdrawn from the UK market because of concerns over safety.
      * Dong quai and some species of red clover contain chemicals called coumarins, which make them unsuitable if you take anticoagulants (such as warfarin).

      A consensus statement from the British Menopause Society also states ...

      "This guidance regarding alternative and complementary therapies is in response to the increased use of these strategies by women who believe them to be safer and more ‘natural’. The choice is confusing. Evidence from randomised trials that alternative and complementary therapies improve menopausal symptoms or have the same benefits as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is poor. A major concern is interaction with other treatments, with potentially fatal consequences. Some preparations may contain estrogenic compounds, and this is a concern for women with hormone-dependent diseases, such as breast cancer. Concern also exists about the quality control of production."

      For night sweats you could try Clonidine. You need to have a chat with your GP really.

  10. QUESTION:
    What kinds of hormone replacement therapy is there other than Premarin?
    I just can no longer take it now that I have learned how they get it
    I want something that is not taken from animals under torturous conditions

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know if your in the States, but in Canada we have wonder herbal alturnatives to the pharmasutical companies pills. I would suggest that you pull out the phone book and look for your local health food store that can sit with you and give you a free consultation. Good luck!!!

  11. QUESTION:
    Is there any way other than hormone therapy for a transgender girl to develop breasts?
    I've just started doing breast massages but I want to know what I can do with my diet to help the process. When I search the web I just get sites trying to sell me pills which I'm not comfortable taking without even knowing what's in them.

    Also if anyone has experience with breast massage could you tell me how long it takes to notice results? Not expecting D's or anything but I'm hoping to have A's within a couple months.

    • ANSWER:
      To physically transition you need to effectively reverse the hormone levels in your body. And that's not going to happen without HRT (hormone replacement therapy). Certain foods, herbals or junk they sell on TV ain't gonna work.

      I'm sorry, but that's the truth.
      .

  12. QUESTION:
    Menopausal acne oral treatments: HRT, BC pill, herbal supplements. Does any work?
    Has anyone tried hormone replacement therapy ( natural synthetic or herbal) or birth control pill to combat menopausal acne? Which brand/name? Did it work? Please tell your experience. Your input is highly appreciated. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I've been in that situation and there is really nothing you can do about it. There are things you can do to try to reduce the blemishes and get rid of acne/pimples temporarily but you will always be finding yourself cleaning your face or your body depending on where it's at.

      I mean of course your acne should go away eventually but for some this is the case their whole life.

      I'm 29 years old and have been suffering from these little pests since I was a teenager. I tried all sorts of face washes from the local grocery store and what not, but nothing seemed to work. If anything it would just make my skin dry and itchy.

      Literally the best acne face wash I've ever used has been this stuff called clearpores. It has got rid of the acne to quickest and has been a success ever since I got it. It's unique cause of it's herbal supplement you take a long with it that helps your skin from the inside out. I saved money on it at skincleansingsystem.com at the time which was helpful.

      You should really look into this stuff and if you can to assure the best results, get the 3 month supply because if it doesn't work it will still save you butt on the return policy.

      Well good luck and best wishes.

  13. QUESTION:
    What can I do naturally to treat secondary amenorhea?
    I took cycloprogynova and my period, but when i stopped it my period stopped. I need something natural.

    • ANSWER:
      The main causes of amenorrhea are generally emotional stress,
      weight loss, and excessive physical exercise.

      Do you know the cause of your amenorrhea? There are several other causes but they are not common and DO require medical treatment. After menarche did you suffer from anovulation?

      As always, check with your doctor. You may be allergic to some of the herbal remedies.

      There was an over the counter progesterone creme made from yams. I don't know if it is still on the marked. It was made by AllVia and was called Progensa. You applied it for 25 days, stopped for 5 days then repeated.

      There is also an herb called Blue Cohosh that supposedly brings on menstruation.

      DO NOT confuse this with Black Cohosh which is supposedly for hot flashes and menopausal women. Women who are thinking about any form of hormone-replacement therapy should consult their doctor before taking black cohosh!

      Here is a site to read up on Blue Cohosh: http://www.viable-herbal.com/herbdesc/1bluecoh.htm

      Have you checked in with a homeopathic physician? Sometimes they can help.

      As always check with your Doctor, I can't repeat this often enough.

      Good Luck I hope this helps.

  14. QUESTION:
    why do I find it so hard to get an erection is it illness or confidence?
    I am a 21 year old, and I have a terrible time getting an erection when it matters.

    Sometimes when I see a cute lady on tv, or on a website I get one, but when I actually going to have sex or fun. It won't go up for love or money.

    Could it be a confidence issue or do I have erectile dysfunction?

    • ANSWER:
      I just answered a similar question, will try to sum it up! Basically how to best deal with impotence or erectile dysfunction depends quite a bit on the underpinning factors and as such they need to be considered.

      So far as physical issues go: medication, medical conditions, or even damage from surgery are often factors, though perhaps not for a 21 year old! Similar I guess is low testosterone level as a result of aging. This can be determined by a simple blood test. Some options for treatment here are hormone replacement therapy, or even natural supplements (Herbal Ignite is one) that stimulate your body to produce it's own testosterone naturally. Again though at your age this is less likely.

      Then there's the mind, which is especially with erectile dysfunction in younger guys. Easy ways to deal with this: try and remove or reduce as many sources of anxiety and stress in your life as possible, e.g. better work/life balance, taking the time out to relax a bit each week, even better diet and exercise! You could even consider seeing a counselor/therapist specialised in this area.

      Porn is another thing to consider. Unfortunately 'occupational overuse' of porn leads to a big preference for novelty when it comes to sexual stimulation. As a result you may end up always on the look for new or more novel stimulation or porn, and soon even what used to work out for you doesn't really seem to cut it anymore.

      Given your age I'd say no doubt it's a variety of psychological factors. Think about which might apply to you, and see what helps I guess!

  15. QUESTION:
    Any helpful tricks to dealing with hot flashes?
    Can little tricks to help deal with hot flashes. Like when you get one , something that can help you cool off.

    • ANSWER:
      The only thing I know of immediately is if you stand in front of a fan or have one of those little personal fans. I've also heard (my primary provider) that Black Cohosh may help before. I've read that St John's Wort can help too. Even though these are herbal remedies, check with your provider if you're taking any prescription meds. You might consider hormone replacement therapy as well. You have to do this through your primary or OB/GYN.

  16. QUESTION:
    thyroidectomy, and want to stop medication and start herbal therapy can anyone help?

    • ANSWER:
      No, nobody can help you with this. It would be assisted suicide. Your body can not live without thyroid hormone. The thyroid hormones are necessary to control everything your body does.

      If you don't have a thyroid, you have to take prescription replacement thyroid hormones. There is no alternative.

  17. QUESTION:
    Anyone out there that can not work, or on disablity, due to anxiety?
    I was just pulled from work for the next week by my dr. for severe anxiety. I am having trouble coping with the stresses of everyday life. I feel as though I can not tread water anymore and I am sinking. I work full time, as a mortgage loan officer, I have 3 boys aunder age of 8. My stress from home and work are piling up so that I can not seem to do anything right! I would love to stop working all together as that seems as though it would help me function much better, however, we just cannot afford it as I carry the health insurance, etc.. for the family. Any suggestions as to how I can somehow remain on disabilty until my life gets back in order?

    • ANSWER:
      My anxiety was so debilitating that i took vacation after vacation leave until i ran out. Then i took sick leave and compensatory leave, man i worked the system until they all ran out. I tried anxiety medication Effexor, after the 4th day of taking it my anxiety attacks got worse, much worse. I immediately refused to take Prescriptions and opted for natural remedies that work. After i tried it i am much better and back out to work, i know i won't have to worry about anxiety again. This is what i did. After reading the book "Natural Cures They Don't Want You To Know About" by Kevin Trudeau i gained much insight into how to take care of your body and never get sick again. This is what i did to get rid of my anxiety.

      A colon cleanse
      Parasite cleanse (most ppl dont know that worms and parasites causes severe anxiety)
      Candida cleanse
      Liver/gallbladder cleanse
      Kidney cleanse
      P.S. Take the colon and parasite cleanse together so that while flushing the colon worms and parasites will be expelled along with them.

      Now while i took the cleanses one by one i supplemented my body with something that brings the body back into balance. It's called Maca Root. It is anti anxiety as well. Here is a list of what Maca Root is good for. What doctors won't tell you is that if you cleanse your body you will basically get rid of many ailments, like anxiety, depression, constipation, dizziness, insomnia, stomach problems, acne, hair loss etc. If they tell you these things then you won't need them and their pockets will be empty. Cleansing simply gets rid of built up toxins in the body that is making you sick.

      Benefits for Men

      1. Maca increases Aphrodisiac activity.

      2. Enhances libido.

      3. Increases energy, stamina and endurance.

      4. Improvement of male potency.

      5. Helps overcome depression.

      6. Found to produce a "general sense of well-being".

      7. DHEA level increases significantly in a majority of the males treated with it.

      8. Helps in stress treatment.

      9. Increases sperm count (oligospermia), count of mobile spermatozoids and mobility, formation of spermatozoids (spermatogenesis)

      10. Athletic Performance.

      11. Hormone Balancing.

      12. Increased Testosterone Levels.

      13. It helps with Erectile Dysfunction.

      14. Fertility Enhancement

      15. Helps fight acne resulted from hormonal unbalances.

      Benefits for Women

      1. Maca increases Aphrodisiac Activity.

      2. Enhances Libido.

      3. Increases Energy.

      4. It increases Sexual Stimulation

      5. Helps to overcomes depression.

      6. Found to produce a "general sense of well-being".

      7. Helps in Stress Treatment.

      8. Helps fight menopause symptoms.

      9. It reduces Hot Flashes.

      10. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HTR).

      11. Hormone balancing.

      12. Athletic Performance.

      13. PMS Associated Problems.

      14. Maca helps alleviate Menstrual Pain

      15. Corrects Menstrual Irregularity

      16. Helps with acne resulted from hormonal unbalances.

      17. Helps hormonal related skin problems

      18. It decreases stress

      19. Maca Decreases Anxiety

      And last but not least, i took Super Greens. This Greens is full of antioxidants and super powers the body, giving it maximum supplementation. When the body is acidic you develop all sorts of problems like acid reflux, heartburn, constipation, irregular periods, PMS, Insomnia, dizziness, fatigue and extreme fatigue, weakness etc. Super Green turns the body from acidic to alkaline, which is the way it is supposed to be in order to never be sick. You will never suffer from anxiety once your body's PH is Alkaline and your hormones are balance. I know this seems long but the bottom line is...

      Cleanse the body (herbal cleanses)
      Balance the body's hormones with Maca Root
      Supercharge your body with Super Greens which in turn gives you energy like never before. Below is where you can get these things. I am a proud anxiety survivor using natural methods. Smile, you will get better and conquer anxiety.

  18. QUESTION:
    What are some remedies for hot flashes?
    My daughter is 41 years old and has been suffering with hot flashes for years. She has several other conditions and is on a lot of medications. She needs something that wont impact her current medication.

    • ANSWER:
      Hot flashes and night sweats are two symptoms of menopause that can really affect a woman's quality of life as the natural levels of estrogen decline. And, Senay says, there's no question that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is an effective way to provide relief. The problem is that the symptoms of menopause often recur if the treatment is stopped. More evidence suggests that the commonly-prescribed combination hormone therapy is not a good idea for long periods of time.

      See the resource also

      Of course, as with all therapies, there are some risks involved. The public usually takes herbal therapies in the form of supplement pills, not as a preparation made directly from the herb by a trained herbalist. Keep in mind that herbal supplements are not as closely regulated as prescription drugs. The amount of herbal product, quality, safety, and purity may vary between brands or even between batches of the same brand.

  19. QUESTION:
    Should the US Government and the FDA be allowed to regulate Alternative Medicines?
    I say No. And if you feel the same you should state your thoughts by going to: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/oc/dockets/comments/COMMENTSMain.CFM?EC_DOCUMENT_ID=1451&SUBTYP=CONTINUE&CID=&AGENCY=FDA

    And also contact your local Senate: www.congress.org

    Please read below: A re-print from HSI:

    Dear Reader,

    This might be the most important e-Alert I'll ever send you.

    Your healthcare freedom is constantly under attack. And as we've just discovered, that freedom has suddenly come under fire as never before.

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    Most HSI members won't be surprised to learn that the FDA has launched a plan to impose new regulations on alternative healthcare - regulations that are far more severe than existing regs.

    Attempts like this aren't new, of course. Over the years we've diligently monitored such actions so that we can keep you informed through the e-Alert, the HSI Members Alert, and our web site.

    Just last month I told you about a new senate bill called the Safe Drug Compounding Act that would limit the freedom of women to choose a safe alternative to synthetic hormone replacement therapy. So far, there's no further news about the progress of that completely unnecessary act, but now a much larger threat looms.

    This past December, the FDA quietly put a document on its web site titled "Draft Guidance for Industry on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Products and Their Regulation by the Food and Drug Administration." This document is open to public comments until April 30, 2007 - just a few days from now.

    After that, FDA officials will evaluate the comments and decide if they dare proceed with a regulation that might actually make it a crime to take vitamin C for a cold without a prescription.

    Sound extreme? Absolutely! This is the most extreme attempt to control the sale and use of dietary supplements I've ever seen.

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    The cards are stacked
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    The FDA document is 14 pages long, but here's what it boils down to: If you use an herbal or dietary supplement to stay healthy or to help prevent an ailment, that's fine. But if any supplement is used to treat a symptom, then it's a medicine and will be regulated by the FDA, just like any prescription drug.

    And there's a qualifying statement to that second part: The supplement will be exempted if it is "generally recognized, among experts qualified by scientific training and experience to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of drugs, as safe and effective for use under the conditions prescribed, recommended, or suggested in the labeling."

    In other words, the freedom to use a supplement to treat a condition will be at the discretion of FDA experts. And given the track record of FDA experts, this is really bad news.

    With this spacious latitude, there's no telling just how far the FDA might go to restrict access to supplements. For instance, they could take a widely used supplement off the market if the label states a benefit; such as using lutein to reduce the damage from age-related macular degeneration, or using chondroitin and glucosamine to reduce joint pain, or using probiotics to address digestive problems - the list goes on and on.

    As HSI Panelist Jon Barron points out on his web site (jonbarron.org), under the proposed FDA guidelines even bottled water might be considered a drug if used to alleviate severe dehydration, which is an emergency medical condition.

    • ANSWER:
      I say yes, here is why - if the FDA approves various herbal remedies, etc then doctors can then legally prescribe them if needed for one thing. Another thing is that Herbs ARE DRUGS. For example, the primary ingredient in most prescription drugs is an herb of some kind. Like Viagra is basically nothing more than an herb in a pill packaging. The problem with the FDA regulating this is that if it isn't approved they can take it off the shelves for a while. I wonder if this is a conspiracy by the drug companies so that only the drug companies can sell herbs. I don't know. But FDA approval will give these items the same testing as our drugs and that testing is needed. And it gives one standard by which to measure by. If you get Enzymes from your pharmacy they use one measurement system to measure how many units it is and if you go to your health food store they use another measurement system,a nd nobody knows how many of one = how many of the other one.

      Right now you have doctors who make you buy a 00 medicine when they could tell you to try the herb, but the doctor can't tell you to take the herb without FDA approval legally, so if these are approved your doctor can now tell you to take the herb and they can do it legally. It might be good for everyone, but then it might not be either.
      I really dont' know.

      I think it's been frustrating for me that the herbs haven't had FDA regulation.

      But that doesn't necessarily make it good

  20. QUESTION:
    Anyone out there tired of these awful menopause symptoms?
    Hate these (blankity-blank) Hot flashes. Feels like my head is on fire. Ugh!!!!

    I hate getting old, but I guess considering the alternative, I guess it's ok.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Roz. I'm answering from the male perspective (I've had night sweats), and from an empathetic perspective - I have 5 sisters in various stages of menopause and a partner (Sassy) who just came off hormone replacement therapy and into the pit called menopause after a cervical cancer scare. And before going any further - I'm not a doctor. I'm able to diagnose and fix machines. People? Not so much.
      Sassy found a silver bullet for her hot flashes - venlafaxine (a generic substitute for Effexor) - although it did cause a dry mouth as a side effect. It was originally a prescription drug used to treat depression, but recently it was approved for use in treating menopause symptoms; many doctors aren't even aware of that use for the drug. If you're OK with drugs, and your doctor will write the prescription, the venlafaxine may work for you too. Keep in mind that your side effects may vary - or it may not work at all.
      Regardless, Sassy and I put together a web page (below) with comments about diet, herbal remedies, and some other ways to get relief from night sweats, hot flashes, etc. Keep in mind that herbal treatments for night sweats and hot flashes can be broken down into two categories: phytoestrogen and non-estrogenic herbs, and each has their proponents. Hope this helps.

  21. QUESTION:
    So what can I expect during menopause?
    I just got my test results today to say I am in my menopause. I am 49. So far I've had no symptoms or discomfort. Is this a sign that I might skip all the uncomfortable side effects, or is it too soon to say? Also what kinds of supplements are best for calcium and what kinds of exercise can I motivate myself to do, as I really hate it?

    • ANSWER:
      During the perimenopausal transition, a woman's estrogen levels decrease, leading to the typical symptoms associated with menopause: hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, problems with concentration or mood, vaginal dryness...the list goes on. Some options for relief include hormone replacement therapy (HRT), an alternative medical therapy, or herbal remedies

  22. QUESTION:
    When do women start metopause?
    I honestly don't even know how to spell it but isn't metopause when a woman stops her period and ability to have children?

    • ANSWER:
      MENOpause. Based on the word menstruation+pause

      Your hormones can start to shift anywhere from early 40's to early 50's. Talk to older female relatives--you will often find your body does about what your mom's did. Unfortunately, a lot of women have had hysterectomies and artificial menopause.

      DO NOT stop using birth control. I know someone who got pregnant at 52.. she was going in for a hysterectomy (back before ultrasound) and wound up going back home because she was 3 months pregnant.

      Here's one link - there are lots of others. But your best bet is to talk to older women. I got through the whole thing drinking chocolate soymilk for the phytoestrogen and using herbal support occasionally. There are risks in hormone replacement therapy, which to me is obvious because the minute a woman gets breast cancer she's taken off HRT...

      Do research for yourself. Google "menopause" and you will be knee-deep in info.

  23. QUESTION:
    Is there a herbal medicine that can help cure Pituarity Tumor ( Adenoma )and reduce lactating?
    hormones unbalanced, and Pituitary being able to shrink

    • ANSWER:
      From my source: "There is currently insufficient available evidence on the safety and effectiveness of integrative therapies for the treatment or prevention of pituitary disorders. The integrative therapies listed below should be used only under the supervision of a qualified health care provider, and should not be used in replacement of other proven therapies or preventive measures."

      The first two listed are as follows:

      Arginine (L-arginine)
      Probiotics

      ----------
      Since you specifically mentioned a pituitary tumor, I'm going to go ahead and assume that you have in fact have already been diagnosed with this, but I would be remiss is I didn't point out that there are a number of herbs which can actually cause Galactorrhea (lactation) as well:

      Anise
      Blessed thistle
      Fennel
      Fenugreek seed
      Marshmallow
      Nettle
      Red clover
      Red raspberry
      --------

      I hope the information I found helps you out with what you are looking for; good luck! :)

  24. QUESTION:
    are there any types of safe natural testosterone supplements i can take for hormone replacement therapy?
    something my mom would approve of or anything you can find, that works,if there is any, and this is for transgender

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry, but NO, there isn't,

      There is no herbal supplement that will have ANY significant hormonal effect on the human body.

      If you want hormone therapy for GID, you'll have to do it with a prescription from your doctor.

  25. QUESTION:
    what is the reason for the women having bleeding at the age of 56years, after menopause ,?
    My wife is having slight bleeding at the age of 56 years , but after menopause she don't having any bleeding for more than 10 years, is it possible and normal, or any other reason ?

    • ANSWER:
      Bleeding After Menopause

      Menopause is the transition phase in the life of a woman in which her ovaries stop producing eggs, body produces less progesterone, and estrogen, menstrual cycle becomes less frequent, and her period stopping altogether. Early Menopause symptoms also known as Premature menopause symptoms, may include irregular menstrual cycles, hot flashes, irritability, night sweats, and sleep deprivation. There are treatments for Menopause which includes hormone replace therapy, and herbal remedies. Herbal remedies may include natural supplements and foods made from soy.

      If you have bleeding after menopause, make sure to call your Doctor!
      A woman will be fully menopausal if she has gone at least 1 year or 365 days without having her period. If bleeding continues after being fully menopausal, it may be only confined to spotting, this is also known as post menopausal bleeding. It is not considered unusual for this to happen. There are situations when post menopausal bleeding maybe a sign of a more serious condition.
      Spotting may occur if you are undergoing therapy for hormone replacement HRT but it can also occur if you aren’t. Generally, spotting occurs due to the hormonal balances persisting after menopause. Breast tenderness in addition to spotting can be a sign that you’re experiencing an actual menstrual period. If this occurs, you will need to wait 1 full year from your last menstrual cycle to be fully menopausal.

      Estrogen levels need to remain stable or it can cause spotting. Having low estrogen levels can cause irregular spotting and high estrogen levels may cause a heavy menstrual cycle. Progesterone levels may also rise because the endometrial lining is atrophying.

      There are women who may develop Type II diabetes after experiencing menopause. Women who are insulin resistant have higher estrogen levels than women who aren’t diabetic. A woman who is insulin resistant can experience progesterone converting into estrogen, which can result in post menopausal bleeding that is unusual.

      Rapid weight loss can cause you to spot or bleed after experiencing menopause. Estrogen is stored in fat tissue in a woman’s body so when rapid weight loss occurs, the estrogen goes into her bloodstream, her hormones are disrupted, and she may spot or bleed.

      Although it maybe a benign condition, post menopausal bleeding should not be ignored. Make sure to bring this to your Physician’s attention due to the fact that it maybe a serious health issue. Post menopause bleeding may originate from the vagina which may have dried up and atrophied from lack of estrogen. May also come from lesions and cracks on the vulva, and can also occur from intercourse. Upper reproductive system bleeding can come from endometrial cancer, hormone replacement, cervical cancer or lesions, endometrial polyps, ovarian cancer, uterine tumors or from tumors that secret estrogen. Most common reason for post menopause bleeding is hormone replacement therapy also known as HRT.
      There are good remedies in Homeopathy too.

  26. QUESTION:
    What herbal supplements would help balance out hormones?

    • ANSWER:
      I would suggest Autumn Balance from Healthychoicenaturals.com it is a Safe and Effective Alternative to HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) which can Eliminate Hot Flashes, Night Sweats, Depressed Feelings and other Menopausal Symptoms.

  27. QUESTION:
    Non steroidal Hormone replacement therapy?
    is there any way to have herbal Hormone replacement therapy
    i mean for transgendered person
    than why do they work for menopause gist as good as normal steroids

    • ANSWER:
      If you want to take 'herbal hormones' you're welcome to; but if you really have money to throw away, wouldn't it be better to give it to a charity?

      'Herbal hormones' are snake-oil; they DON'T WORK.
      They're a scam, designed to make money from the desperate and the gullible.

      The ONLY way for a trans person to achieve the effects they desire is with a properly prescribed and monitored hormone regimen from a Doctor.
      Believe me, if there were a cheaper and easier way, we'd ALL be doing it.

  28. QUESTION:
    I think im going through the menopause i have had a metal taste in my mouth and very moody cant sleep?
    Had a period for the first time in 2 years

    • ANSWER:
      It is unusual to have a period after 2 years, but it can happen. Menopause is usually identified when you have been period free for 12 months. There are things you can do to help with the symptoms.

      Exercise and eat right. Use personal lubricants during sexual activity. Keep cool - wear loose clothing, carry a small personal fan, use bedclothes and sleepwear that wicks moisture away from the body.

      Sleep disorders and problems are relatively common during menopause. Practices that may ease sleep problems during menopause include:

      Maintain a regular bedtime schedule, including going to bed at the same time every night
      Exercise regularly but not right before sleep
      Avoid excessive caffeine
      Avoid naps during the day, which can prevent you from sleeping well at night
      Talk to your doctor about prescription medications that can help you sleep
      Consider taking melatonin supplements
      Investigate herbal sleep aids such as black cohosh

      Talk to your doctor if you want to consider hormone replacement therapy.

      http://www.ehow.com/how_5512450_cope-menopause-symptoms.html
      http://www.webmd.com/menopause/guide/menopause-symptoms-types

  29. QUESTION:
    Do those pills/creams for breast enlargement really work? Which one is best?
    I would never have surgery, but wouldn't mind having slightly larger breasts with a bit more firmness. Has anybody tried anything non-surgical that really worked? DO TELL!!!

    • ANSWER:
      If you are tempted to try natural breast enhancement pills, you could be jeopardizing your health, not to mention your pocketbook.

      Natural breast enhancement pills are advertised all over the Internet, on television, and in women's magazines. The ads prey on women's insecurities about their breasts, especially after childbirth, weight loss, and removal of breast implants.

      Women in search of an alternative to breast enlargement surgery are trying these herbal pills, without realizing that there is little-to-no evidence and that there are potential side effects (most pill websites deny there are side effects or potential risks).

      Could they work? Natural breast enhancement pills could theoretically increase breast size because some of them contain herbs that have known estrogen-like effects on the body.

      Birth control pills are thought to temporarily increase breast size in the same way--estrogen causes fluid retention in the breasts and may have an effect on breast tissue.

      But if they do work, they may be harmful.

      Estrogen must be combined with progesterone to counter its uterine cancer-causing effect, which is why birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy contain both estrogen and progesterone.

      Natural breast enhancement pills don't necessarily have this protective effect. They can also cause infertility, menstrual problems, or decreased effectiveness of birth control pills.

      So, buyer beware. In the meantime, here is some information about the most common ingredients in natural breast enhancement pills.

      Blessed Thistle
      The herb blessed thistle is used for digestive problems. It was used historically by women to increase the flow of milk after having a baby.

      There have been no published clinical trials on blessed thistle for natural breast enhancement, so we don't know whether it works and whether it's safe.

      Blessed thistle stimulates the production of stomach acid, so it can cause mild irritation of the digestive tract lining. It should not be used by people with gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD), ulcers, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome.

      Blessed thistle should not be used by pregnant women, as it can increase the risk of birth defects and spontaneous abortion.

      People who are allergic to ragweed, chrysanthemums, or daisies may be allergic to blessed thistle, because they belong to the same plant family.

      Dong Quai
      Dong quai is a Chinese herb used primarily to relieve menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, reduce menstrual cramps, and regulate menstrual cycles.

      The only published study on dong quai and breast enlargement was a case report of a man who took a combination herbal pill and had temporary breast enlargement. The pill was thought to have been contaminated. There are no other published clinical trials on dong quai for breast enhancement.

      One potential risk is that dong quai has been found to stimulate the growth of breast cancer cells (estrogen receptor-positive and negative) in test tube studies.

      Dong quai can increase the sensitivity of skin to the sun's rays. Sunscreen should always be used before any exposure to the sun. Dong quai should not be used by pregnant women.

      Dong quai contains chemicals called coumarins, which slow blood clotting, particularly in patients taking the antiplatelet or antocoagulant drugs such as warfarin.

      Fennel Seed
      There are no published studies examining the use of fennel seed for breast enhancement in humans. In the 1930s, there was some interest in fennel in the development of synthetic estrogens, due to compounds called dianethole and photoanethole.

      One study found that after consuming fennel seed for 10 days, the weight of breast tissue in female rats increased. Higher doses increased the weight of the uterus, evidence of fennel's unopposed estrogenic effect.

      Fenugreek
      Although there is an unsubstantiated claim that women in harems were fed fenugreek seeds to increase their breast size, no studies confirm fenugreek can result in breast enlargement.

      Fenugreek contains a compound called diosgenin. In laboratories, it can be converted to estrogen and progesterone but that same conversion doesn't occur naturally in the body.

      People who are allergic to peanuts or soybeans may also be allergic to fenugreek. Side effects from oral fenugreek supplements include diarrhea and gas. Fenugreek may cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). It should not be combined with hypoglycemic drugs used to treat diabetes.

      Hops
      Used in the brewing of beer, hops contain a potent phytoestrogen called 8-prenylnaringenin which has 0.2-20% the potency of estradiol, the main human estrogen.

      Hops are sedating and are used for anxiety and insomnia. They can cause excess drowsiness, so people who are driving or who otherwise need to stay alert should use it with caution. Hops should not be used by people with depression.

      Hops can affect the metabolism of prescription drugs in the liver, such as drugs for allergies, fungal infections, cancer, high cholesterol or oral contraceptives.

      Bottom line? Although it may seem like there is no harm in trying natural breast enhancement pills for one or two months to see if they'll work, we know far to little about how they work. They are potentially unsafe and should be avoided.

  30. QUESTION:
    Why are synthetic hormones in the environment good?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are talking about taking synthetic or bio-identical hormones in cases of humans then it is not so good acc. to latest research.

      In today’s common usage, “synthetic” has come to mean “artificial,” but this is not always correct. Synthetic simply means “produced by synthesis”, or “made.” Synthroid and Estrace are “synthetic” in that they have been made in the laboratory rather than within a biological organism, but they are “natural” in that they’re the exact molecules made by the thyroid and ovary, respectively. Other examples of exact copies of our bodies hormones synthesized in the laboratory are Humulin® (insulin) and cortisone (cortisol).

      So “natural” or bioidentical hormones are made in the laboratory, and the process is called “synthesizing.” Usually, the source of these “natural” human forms of ovarian hormones are the building blocks found in wild yams and soybeans. The laboratory converts these plant compounds into chemical molecules identical to those made in the human body for 17-beta estradiol, progesterone, or testosterone, which can then be fashioned into standardized tablets, patches, creams, gels and injectables for our prescriptions. Thus, we’re able to synthesize a natural, bioidentical compound to replace what our body no longer makes.

      The flip side of this coin is that something “natural” may be foreign or “supernatural” for the human body. Consider Premarin: a “natural” mixture of estrogens made by a biological organism, the pregnant mare. But Premarin contains types of estrogen that are never found naturally in the human body. These estrogen types are more potent and more persistent than human 17-beta estradiol. In effect, Premarin is a “supernatural” estrogen for women that has some very undesirable consequences.

      Another example is the “natural” estrogen-type compounds (genistein and others) found in soy and red clover and many other plants. These are “natural” substances, since they come from biological plant sources. These compounds are unnatural for our bodies, however, since we don’t make these same compounds and don’t have the enzymes to change the genistein or clover isoflavones into 17-beta estradiol.

      These molecules act very differently at our body’s estrogen receptors, and don’t have the full protective effects of 17-beta estradiol on the heart, brain and bone. Furthermore, if you try to get enough active hormone from plant/herbal sources alone, it’s hard to determine how much you are taking and whether the amount is right for you, because plant/herbal sources aren’t standardized.

      There have been increasingly frequent complaints of breast tenderness, weight gain, breakthrough bleeding, insomnia, fluid retention, depression, and even more recently, increase in risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke and pulmonary embolism.

      Last year the NIH (National Institute of Health) abruptly stopped their major study of synthetic hormone replacement therapy after results showed an increase in the risks listed above.

      Even the FDA sent out a notice (featured in the New York Times on January 9, 2003) ordering warning labels on ALL synthetic estrogens. The warning states that the drugs may slightly increase the risk of breast cancer, strokes, blood clots, and heart attacks. It also stated that they believed the risks did not outweigh the minor benefits of the hormones.

      Most of the side effects result from the fact that synthetic hormones are not chemically identical to the natural hormones in your body. Trust me, your body can tell the difference!

  31. QUESTION:
    My best friend is menopausal and has been attacking me. Please help?
    We are right on the verge of stopping the relationship and I will be devastated if it does. I can't get through to her though.
    I read online that I should be extra caring with her but NOTHING explains how to deal with her making baseless (and vicious) attacks on me.

    I am virtually begging her to get hormone replacement therapy (and/or herbal remedies) but at least now nothing is getting through.

    The situation is REALLY bad right now and I'm feel very sad and uncomfortable.
    *feeling

    • ANSWER:
      Oh god. I think you should just keep quiet and sit back. Let her attack you if she is .

  32. QUESTION:
    What to do if your erection got weaker?
    I'm only 16, but I noticed that I started having weaker erections?
    What could've caused it? How to fix it?
    I'm panicking!! What to do?! Please Help!!!

    • ANSWER:
      May Be That You are Suffering From Erectile Dysfunction.Dont Panic & Worry At All.Please Follow These Steps For A proper Solution To Your Problem.

      For most men having this sexual health problem, just simply by adopting a healthier lifestyle, such as quitting smoking, exercising regularly, quitting alcohol consumption, losing weight if you are obese and reducing stress may be all that is needed to cure their impotency.

      Quitting Smoking can be very difficult for most hardcore smokers and there is no single best way to quit that works for all people. One of the most effective ways to quit smoking is to get nicotine replacement therapies such as with the aid of nicotine gums and patches. Others use quit smoking hypnosis or even acupunture treatment to help them stop smoking.

      Regular exercise not only can improve your physical health, it can improve your mental and sexual health too. Along with improving erectile function, exercise can, strengthen the heart and lungs, improve the flow of oxygen in the blood, build stamina, lower blood pressure, strengthen muscle and bones, help you lose weight and reduce stress plus many other helpful health benefits including being a natural treament for erectile dysfunction as it involves good blood circulation.

      Nest, go get enoungh sleep. Your body rejuvenates itself during deep slumber and you should sleep at least 7 or more hours a day. A night of restful sleep can rejuvenate your mind, body and banish away your stress and anxiety. You will feel great and even sexually healthy.

      Stress is one of the common causes of erectile dysfunction. Our bodies are designed to feel stress and react to it. It keeps us alert and ready to avoid or confront danger. But it is not always possible to avoid or change events that may cause stress and it is easy to feel trapped and depressed.

      When stress accumulates, our body begins to break down and illnesses such as having erectile dysfunction and other disease can occur. The good thing is regular exercises and having enough sleep can reduce stress significantly. You can even try coping with stress through meditation, yoga and even picking up a new hobby.

      In order for your impotency treatment to be even more successful, try natural herbal impotency supplements such as Herbal Viagra. These erectile dysfunction pills are made from natural traditional herb extracts and are used by physicians for centuries from many different cultures. Because of its natural herbal ingredients, you don't need a prescription to get them because there are no known side effects.

      Why not change your lifestyle to correct your impotency problems instead of relying on prescription pills.

      More Effective Treatments Of ED Is Only Possible Through Herbal Medicines Which I Have Listed Below.
      Gingko is known to be one of the most effective remedies in fixing erectile dysfunction. Gingko helps in the improvement of blood flow in the penis, which results to the improvement in erection. Erection problems are commonly caused by limited supply of blood and the narrowing arteries.
      Ginseng is another herbal medicine that can enhance penile erection. Researches show that the use of ginseng results to an improved nitric oxide production, which helps in the enhancement of erection for men.

      Another herbal remedy for erectile dysfunction is Tongkat Ali or Eurycoma longfolia. This herbal medicine is commonly produced in the countries of Malaysia and Indonesia and was proven to be a strong aphrodisiac. Tongkat Ali is also known to enhance the levels of testosterone and increase libido.

      Epimedium or Horny Goat weed is another herbal remedy that has been proven by studies in helping with sexual performance. Horny goat weed works as adaptogen that can increase the level of numerous hormones that includes dopamine, epinephrine, norepinephrine and serotonin. The use of this herbal medicine results to higher levels of energy as well as the reduction of stress hormones or cortisol, which can greatly affect sex drive.

      Flavonoids are plant compounds, which are usually found in various green plants are present in horny goat weed. One type of flavonoids is icariin, which can directly help in erection problems. Icariin is known as a cGMP-specific PDE5 inhibitor in medical terms that is an active ingredient in prescription medicines such as Cialis, Levitra and Viagra.

  33. QUESTION:
    My best friend is menopausal and has been attacking me. Please help?
    We are right on the verge of stopping the relationship and I will be devastated if it does. I can't get through to her though.
    I read online that I should be extra caring with her but NOTHING explains how to deal with her making baseless (and vicious) attacks on me.

    I am virtually begging her to get hormone replacement therapy (and/or herbal remedies) but at least now nothing is getting through.

    The situation is REALLY bad right now and I'm feeling very sad and uncomfortable.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't pressure her into anything. Be calm about it and tell her you want to have a serious conversation. Be patient with her because this might be uncomfortable for her to talk about.
      If you are having a bad time yourself you might need to talk to a councilor to make you feel better.

  34. QUESTION:
    My friend is going through the menopause and I'd like to help....?
    A friend is going through the menopause and I'd really like to find some herbal or natural alternatives to try and help, does anyone have any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, there are wonderful herbal remedies to ease her through the transition and minimize her hot flashes, mood swings, etc. Wild yam, black cohosh, dong quai, soy, licorice root and many others have been proven to be just as effective as estrogen medications without the nasty side effects. Most health food stores will sell a supplement that contains a combination of many herbs, so you don't have to spend a fortune buying dozens of different, individual bottles.

      I've placed a few links for you below. My mother breezed through menopause using herbals, and is now very healthy at 75 years old (never used hormone replacement therapy). Her skin looks amazing. Unless it's absolutely necessary, I would avoid HRT (it has been shown to increase your odds of getting certain cancers).

      Hope your mother finds the info below useful... send her my best wishes.

  35. QUESTION:
    can you take agnus castus with eltroxin?
    I would imagine that a herbal specialist or Doctor could answer this one!

    • ANSWER:
      You did not say why you are taking either of these medications.
      however, Agnus Castus is normally used in treating women's conditions, requiring hormone regulation, Caution; do not use Agnus Castus if taking hormone replacement therapy or birth control pills.
      Eltroxin or Thyroxine Sodium, marketed in the UK as Eltroxin and, in the US, as Synth
      In the US, the food and drug administration is seriously considering a withdrawal of the drug because it has "a history of problems" and cannot be recognised as "safe and effective".
      The drug treats Hypothyroidism when the thyroid under performs by drip feeding exact amounts synthetic thyroxine. Its a delicate balance and one that often goes askew, when it does, the thyroid will not do all that it should or go into overdrive. The FDA noted that "Synthroid has not been reliably potent and stable". As a result, "patients receive tablets that are filled with a product of unpredictable potency" and so "therapy with Thyroxine Sodium is neither safe nor effective".

  36. QUESTION:
    what herbal remedies are best for male breast growth instead of hormone replacement therapy?
    best alternatives to hormone replacement

    • ANSWER:
      more androgens will not remove mammery tissue. The only thing you can do it surgically remove it I'm afraide. but you re certainly not the only man with this problems

  37. QUESTION:
    are there women who are doing hormone replacement therapy?
    has the therapy helped in saving their marriage?
    judi, thank you for the honest answer. i appreciate your input.
    can you email me the info for the supplements that worked for you? my wife is in a bad way and i want to help her, but she insists nothing is wrong... although she has all the signs of menopause...

    • ANSWER:
      I chose to go the natural route (OTC and herbal supplements) and had great success. MY marriage was never in jeopardy, as my spouse was very kind in understanding what was going on. THAT proved to be the most important element of all.

  38. QUESTION:
    Menopause, HRT and Weight Loss?
    I'm 35, and in surgical menopause. I've always had a bit of a weight challenge - typically about 20 pounds or so - but now I need to lose 40 pounds! I've done Weight Watchers and Atkins in the past, and they've worked like a charm. I'm working out and staying physically active, but ever since I've been on the Premarin since last February, I absolutely CANNOT drop the weight. I've only lost 5# since April. What gives?

    I'm considering an over-the-counter herbal hormone replacement therapy, rather than the Premarin (I would prefer to wait until the end of the summer to avoid the oppressive hot flashes!). Has anyone else experienced weight loss challenges thanks to hormones, and what did you do?

    • ANSWER:
      Definately go with a natural remedy as HRT is not actually that good for you in the long run and alot of people end up worse of and with other issues., weight is just one of them. I not actually sure why you are having problems but i do suggest you get onto a natural way of assisting you and just eat healthy and exercise on a regualr basis and see what happens x o

  39. QUESTION:
    Is it OK to take St Johns Wort pills together with HRT?
    I am taking Trisequens and St. Johns Wort and I would like to know if this is OK.

    • ANSWER:
      First off, the best way to find out about drug/supplement interactions is to ask your pharmacist. They have the most current and accurate information about such things.

      This sould be okay for you to take them together.

      Be aware that HRT is an excellent way to combat mood swings and depression so make sure you let that modality have some time to take effect before adding anything else to the mix.

      Saint Johns Wort is an herbal supplement used by people to fight the symptoms of depression. It has an effect on the chemistry of the brain associated to the chemical Serotonin. As far as I know, it is counter indicated for people who are on the class of drugs known as MAOI's and SUI's or Mono-amine Oxidase Inhibitors, Serotonin Uptake (re-uptake) inhibitors. They are given for depression, mood, and anxiety and include medications such as: Zoloft, Paxil, Anafranil, Prozac, Serzone, etc.

      Your medication is a combination of estrogin and progesterone which are common female hormones and you are recieving Hormone replacement therapy to replace or boost your normal levels. You already know why.

      A good source of information about this medication is a package insert (which you can request from the pharmacy) or a information printout which pharmacies also provide.

      Here is a link for you to find out a little more.

      http://www.novonordisk.com.au/Images/HRT_CMI_AUST/Tricmi3.pdf

  40. QUESTION:
    how do i fix erectile dysfunction?
    I have been watching way to much porn, and it has fucked up my body
    after reading this article: http://www.reuniting.info/how_i_recovered_from_porn_related_erectile_dysfunction

    i realized how serious this is, and people seem to ignore, but it's true.

    it seems few have aknowledge of it, and i seek more advice on yahoo.

    • ANSWER:
      The best fix for erectile dysfunction of course depends on the underling cause.

      For some men, certain medications, medical conditions (such as diabetes, hypotension, atherosclerosis) or even damage following surgery may be significant causal factors. In this situation, the best bet is to consult with your doctor and work out what your options are, what alternatives exist.

      Otherwise, simple aging and the associated drop in your 'testosterone tank' are likely culprits. Fixes for this include patches, hormone replacement therapy, or natural health shop supplements (such as Herbal Ignite for one) which work to restore your body's natural production over time. If you do go down the latter path, a herbal supplement, check what herbs are included. A good amount of Tribulus Terrestris in particular is important.

      Psychological factors can also contribute, and with younger guys in particular it's likely these are at root, e.g anxiety, stress, depression etc. Some easy natural ways to deal with this are improving work/life balance, getting regular recreation and relaxation time, improving diet/exercise habits, maybe even seeing a counselor or therapist.

      And yes, some people think too much porn may cause ED. The argument being, that porn trains you to respond sexually to novel stimuli, and soon even porn that did it for you in the first place loses its appeal. Obviously it's not hard to see how this may then go on to impact your sex life with a regular partner. Whether or not porn is causing this much disturbance in your own life, I guess the best judge of that would be you or maybe a sexual therapist.

      Anyway, hope that helps!

  41. QUESTION:
    Why am I so cold and everyone else is hot?
    I had a baby almost 3 weeks ago...emergency C section... Now I stay cold all the time! I will be freezing to death and everyone else will be hot. Last night it was 80 in my house and I was chivering cold.. My husband and newborn was sweating and im cold. I dont understand this.. Should I go to the doctor? What could have caused this? Also, I am breastfeeding if that could affect this any. Thanks:)

    • ANSWER:
      I have 5 sisters, all in various stages of menopause, a partner Sassy who recently came off hormone replacement therapy, and personal experience wrestling with night sweats - so we've tried a few remedies. Just to clarify - I'm not a doctor. I'm able to diagnose and fix machines, but people? Not so much.
      All it takes is hormonal imbalance - and certainly delivering a baby must qualify. Another possible cause is head trauma, as reflected in a somewhat humorous story linked in the web page below. Thankfully we have humor to provide some relief in situations that are otherwise purely aggravating.
      This answer is already getting a bit long, so rather than copying and pasting the entire bit, I'll just refer you to the web site below. There's also information there about treating hot flashes with small fans (regular and misting), wicking pajamas & bedsheets for night sweats, etc; best bet for being cold is dressing in layers.
      We put some information about herbal remedies there too. Note that herbs come in two flavors when it comes to treating the symptoms of menopause, phytoestrogenic and non-estrogenic. More on that on the web site too. Hope you find relief!

  42. QUESTION:
    Why am I so cold and everyone else is hot?
    I had a baby almost 3 weeks ago...emergency C section... Now I stay cold all the time! I will be freezing to death and everyone else will be hot. Last night it was 80 in my house and I was chivering cold.. My husband and newborn was sweating and im cold. I dont understand this.. Should I go to the doctor? What could have caused this? Also, I am breastfeeding if that could affect this any. Thanks:)

    • ANSWER:
      I have 5 sisters, all in various stages of menopause, a partner Sassy who recently came off hormone replacement therapy, and personal experience wrestling with night sweats - so we've tried a few remedies. Just to clarify - I'm not a doctor. I'm able to diagnose and fix machines, but people? Not so much.
      All it takes is hormonal imbalance - and certainly delivering a baby must qualify. Another possible cause is head trauma, as reflected in a somewhat humorous story linked in the web page below. Thankfully we have humor to provide some relief in situations that are otherwise purely aggravating.
      This answer is already getting a bit long, so rather than copying and pasting the entire bit, I'll just refer you to the web site below. There's also information there about treating hot flashes with small fans (regular and misting), wicking pajamas & bedsheets for night sweats, etc; best bet for being cold is dressing in layers.
      We put some information about herbal remedies there too. Note that herbs come in two flavors when it comes to treating the symptoms of menopause, phytoestrogenic and non-estrogenic. More on that on the web site too. Hope you find relief!

  43. QUESTION:
    How can you mak the female breast hard and erect without surgery ?any herbal or food habits ?

    • ANSWER:
      Recently, there has been a rise in the number of Internet ads promoting herbal breast enlargement. The ads are enticing, offering a non-surgical, "natural" way to increase breast size and firmness. They cite health experts and scientific research.

      Does it sound too good to be true? Let's examine the issue:

      1. What are some of the claims?

      "Our formula is based on scientific research and has been proven to be effective."
      "...a fuller, firmer, more beautiful bust-line, with no adverse side effects."

      "By balancing and regulating hormones, this herbal formula works with your own body to safely regenerate real tissue growth internally, producing larger, fuller, firmer, and healthier breasts."

      "This mastogenic effect has long been known and used in various cultures throughout the world dating back to the harem girls in the middle east."

      "When you want a natural breast enlargement formula for a fuller, firmer, more beautiful bust line hormone balancing is the first step every woman should take."

      "Within eight weeks, busts became firmer; fuller and increased at least one bra cup size."

      "Let's be honest -- appearance is much more important today than many people would like to believe."

      What research has been done on these products?

      There are very few published research studies examining the side effects and risks of using these herbs. Some companies claim to have conducted their own research, however, this information has not been published in medical journals so the quality and details of the studies are not known.

      4. What are the side effects and risks?

      We know that excess exposure to hormones such as estrogen promotes cancer. Although plants with hormone-like effects often protect against cancer, the herbs in these products have not been shown to be safe at the doses that these companies are recommending.

      One study found that after consuming fennel seed for 10 days, the mammary gland weight of female rats increased. Higher doses increased the weight of the uterus.

      So it is not known whether these products taken at their recommended doses can promote endometrial tissue growth or increase the risk of breast or endometrial cancer. If so, women with endometriosis, gallbladder disease, fibrocystic breasts, women who are pregnant, nursing, at risk of breast cancer or taking oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy may have an even greater risk.

  44. QUESTION:
    Biomedical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
    Does anyone on here around my age (I am 19 years old) use this form of therapy to treat PMS symptoms?

    I don't believe in birth control, biomedical hormone replacement is said to be entirely different as there is a significant difference in the way the hormones are metabolized. I have done some research on it and it is mostly targeted toward women going through menopause.

    A question to doctors: Is it possible that biomedical hormone replacement therapy could affect fertility levels in my future years? I do not want to engage in any form of therapy that is not healthy for my body. I am considering the biomedical HRT because I have been having fainting spells and severe migraines when I PMS.

    Thank you--
    Poor wording--not fertility "levels" per say, but rather could the therapy affect my ability to become pregnant in the future?

    • ANSWER:
      Managing PMS Naturally

      You can manage or sometimes reduce the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome by making changes in the way you eat, exercise and approach daily life. Try these approaches:

      * Modify your diet
      * Eat smaller, more frequent meals each day to reduce bloating and the sensation of fullness.
      * Limit salt and salty foods to reduce bloating and fluid retention.
      * Do not eat any type of sugar, and of course sweeteners. Modify your diet
      * Substitute garlic powder or onion powder for salt when cooking.
      * Choose foods high in complex carbohydrates, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
      * Choose non-dairy foods rich in calcium and perhaps a daily calcium supplement.
      * Take a daily multivitamin supplement and a good source of plant derived trace minerals.
      * Avoid caffeine.
      * Avoid alcohol.
      * Incorporate exercise into your regular routine
      * Engage in brisk walking, cycling, swimming or other aerobic activity most days of the week. Regular daily exercise can help improve your overall health and alleviate symptoms such as fatigue and a depressed mood.
      * Reduce stress - EFT is wonderful for reducing stress (See A Quick Lesson In Emotional Freedom Technique).
      * Get plenty of sleep.
      * Practice progressive muscle relaxation or deep-breathing exercises to help reduce headaches, anxiety or trouble sleeping (insomnia).
      * Record your symptoms for a few months
      * Keep a record to identify the triggers and timing of your symptoms. This will allow you to intervene with strategies that may help to lessen them.

      Natural Products for PMS

      Here's what's known about the effectiveness of some of the more common natural products and remedies used to soothe the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome:

      * Calcium. Consuming 1,000 milligrams (mg) of dietary and supplemental calcium daily, such as chewable calcium carbonate (Tums, Rolaids, others), may reduce the physical and psychological symptoms of PMS. Regular, long-term use of calcium carbonate also reduces your risk of osteoporosis.
      * Magnesium. Taking 400 mg of supplemental magnesium daily may help to reduce fluid retention, breast tenderness and bloating in women with premenstrual syndrome.
      * Vitamin B-6. A daily dose of 50 to 100 mg of vitamin B-6 may help some women with troublesome PMS symptoms.
      * Vitamin E. This vitamin, taken in 400 international units daily, may ease PMS symptoms by reducing the production of prostaglandin, hormone-like substances that cause cramps and breast tenderness.
      * Herbal remedies. Many women report relief of PMS symptoms with the use of herbs such as black cohosh, ginger, raspberry leaf, dandelion, chasteberry, St. John's Wort and evening primrose oil.
      * Colloidal Gold. Colloidal gold is one of the least known yet most effective mood and mental enhancers.
      * Natural progesterone creams. These are derived from wild yams and soybeans. Some women report that these creams relieve symptoms. Combine one handful of chamomile and one handful of dried orange flowers in a cheesecloth or muslin bag and hang from the bathtub faucet. The warm water will release the fragrant oils and relieve PMS discomfort.

      Other natural remedy topics that may be helpful:

      Cramping

      * Pumpkin Seeds. Eat pumpkin seeds about a week before your menstrual period (a handful--1/4 of a cup a day) and your cramps should be non-existent. Also eat them as a snack during the period.
      * Hot water and ginger. Boil the water and stir in two to three tablespoons of ginger and drink it up. You should feel better in 30-45 minutes.
      * Dill pickle juice. Drink a half cup when you feel a cramp coming or as soon as it strikes.
      One heaping teaspoon of salt in water (1 to 2 to one glass) may also do the trick if you have no pickle juice handy.
      * Yogurt or calcium. Eat two cups of yogurt a day in the days or week leading up to your period and you should not be moody or have cramps when your monthly period comes. If you don’t like yogurt, take a calcium supplement. .Continue during the period. With either one, you should see a big difference in your time of the month.
      * Oregano and water. Take three tablespoons of oregano and mix with one liter of water, then bring to boiling and continue to boil for five minutes. Strain and drink as tea. You should feel better soon and continue to feel well for an entire day.

      Menstrual Cramps

      * It should be no surprise that an herb named cramp bark (Viburnum opulus) would work wonders for menstrual pain. It contains at least six compounds that relax muscles, as well as salicin, the pain-relieving compound from which aspirin is derived. Take one teaspoon of the liquid extract every hour until your cramps subside. If they don't ease within 48 hours, stop taking cramp bark.
      * Supplements. Take 1,000 mg calcium and 500 mg magnesium daily. Calcium and magnesium work together to regulate muscle contractions and the conduction of nerve impulses.
      * Ginger tea (for cramps). Grate two to three teaspoons of fresh ging

  45. QUESTION:
    When someone asks about depression, why do so many people respond with "hormones"?
    I see so many times when someone is looking for help or advice on a situation that causes them depression in a situation, people say basically say "it's hormones. it'll pass. deal with it."

    isn't that stupid? i mean, yes, maybe it is hormones, and it will pass, and you do have to deal with it, but it just bothers me that they're that insensitive to just blow someone off with "hormones," instead of giving actual help

    • ANSWER:
      true but hormones have alot to do with depression! they need hormone replacement therapy and get it checked out. If they on pill, theyd have to come off for atleast 4-5 mnths to show the real result in blood test. it could be low or high thyroid levels that is a major cause of depressiona nd again hormoens are involved! thats why depression is caused. There are 2 types, one that is caused naturally like if it in the family gene etc and the other where depression is caused by something or someone i.e. a death of a loved one, masisve debt, divorce etc. The 1st one could be all the above i mentioned about throid levels and hormones. the 2nd type has to be dealt woth medication so it wouldnt be hormones naturally! St Johns Wort is herbal remedy for depression and stuff and alot of ppl say it works. No horrible side effects. If u have problems then anti depressants and anti psycotics etc are given and u could get hypnotherapy and counselling etc.

  46. QUESTION:
    Can the symptoms of menopause be treated by herbs?
    Thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      The following list of herbs include those that herbalists recommend to treat menopausal symptoms.
      Yes, research has proven that herbal supplements are safe and effective as they do not have side effects compared to HRT(Hormone Replacement Therapy) and Bio Identical Therapy. One such supplement that I know of is Femestra that contains natural Rice Bran Oil and Rice Bran helps in mitigating menopausal symptoms.

  47. QUESTION:
    Is there any other treatment for perimenopause symptom other than hormone replacement therapy?
    I have been experiencing spotting for about 8 weeks now. It started after having irregular periods. I was thinking that reaching menopause would be a breeze for me. I started when I was 12 years old. I'm now over 50. I've been having a very irregular period, very light, with spotting in between periods. Last month, I was very normal. I talked to my health care professional and she said that if the progesterone treatment didn't work that I would need to start hormone replacement therapy or even birth control pills. I am very reluctant to start birth control pills and especially HRT (hormone replacement therapy) because of the serious health risks. I don't bleed heavily nor am I experiencing any pain from the bleeding. I am very aware of the health risks concerning cancer. My mother died from cervical cancer 20 years ago. My parents divorced because of my father cheating on my mother. The oncologist believed my mother had HPV complications. This is before the research confirming the link between cervical cancer and HPV. He said that she had an STD at some point and the scarring from the disease brought on my mother's cancer. My father had been having numerous affairs with other women. My mother was faithful to my dad. She had post menopause bleeding and lost dramatic amounts of weight.
    This is why I don't want to risk my health to an HRT. I know the links between heart disease, strokes and other female cancers. I don't want to be tortured by the menopause symptoms either. Is there a safe alternative to HRT? Why do conventional doctors only know one therapy for menopause? They should know the serious risks to this kind of therapy but yet still adhere to it. I'm very irritated. I'm trying to do my best with everything. Has anyone had similar experiences with perimenopause? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I went to the health food store and got some herbals.
      Unfortunately, I don't remember the names. They actually have menopause blends, just ask.
      I'm done now, but other than some hot flashes, it just went away.
      No mood swings, no stupidity (any more than usual), the hot flashes were rare and didn't last long.
      Having spent many years in the medical field, I can tell you that no doctor will tell you to try the natural way first.
      Best of luck to you!

  48. QUESTION:
    Do you know a good herbal supplement as replacement for hormone pills in post-menopausal women?
    My mother had a hysterectomy several years ago and is on hormone replacement therapy. Unfortunately, she does not take them daily as she is afraid of the causal link between the medication and breast cancer. She's not a hypochondriac, but breast cancer is alarmingly common in our family; her mother, maternal aunt and one of her sisters were survivors.
    Anyway, her mood is negatively affected when she doesn't take the hormones. She's normally a very warm, friendly and cheerful person. But without them, she is irritable and tired. Being irritable and hurting someone's feelings then makes her depressed! I would never want her to take the hormone pills if they could make her sick, but her quality of life is poor without them!
    Now to my question -- I've heard good things about herbal supplements. Can anyone recommend a specific brand?
    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      You should check with a Chinese Herbalist. There is a Chinese herb called Tang Kei (pronounced Don Ky) which is called 'the Queen of Herbs' which can be very helpful for womens problems. It has a balancing effect on femal hormones

  49. QUESTION:
    How to Treat Oligomenorrhea?
    We want to get pregnant! How can we treat my wife's Oligomenorrhea without fertility drugs?

    • ANSWER:
      What is the treatment?
      Treatment of oligomenorrhea depends on the cause. Oligomenorrhea in teenagers and women near menopause requires no treatment at all. Serious athletes may need to vary their training routine and improve their eating habits in order to resume a regular menstrual cycle. Oligomenorrhea is often treated with birth control pills to improve the woman's hormonal balance. Women with polycystic ovary syndrome also are treated with hormones. Anorexia nervosa is a complicated eating disorder that affects the patient's physical and mental health. If an eating disorder is causing the symptoms, the disorder must be addressed through a combination of medical treatment and psychotherapy. If symptoms are caused by a tumor, the tumor may need to be surgically removed. Alternative treatments for oligomenorrhea include natural hormone replacement therapy, glandular therapy, acupuncture, herbal therapy, and meditation. Your doctor can help find the right combination of treatments for you. Most women who follow a treatment plan that results in more frequent periods find that they are able to conceive a child when they are ready.

      Self-care tips
      Always check with your doctor if you miss more than one menstrual period, especially if you are sexually active and have not used birth control. If you are overweight, avoid extreme diets that deprive you of the calories you need to stay active and maintain a normal energy level. If you have an irregular cycle, try keeping a record of when your period starts and stops each month. This information will be helpful if you need to see your doctor about your symptoms. Avoid cigarette smoking, recreational drugs, and excessive use of alcohol. Also avoid situations that you know cause extreme stress. If you are involved in strenuous physical activity, you may need to cut back on your program to help your periods become regular again.

  50. QUESTION:
    Are there herbal supplements for hormone replacement therapy? ?

    • ANSWER:
      Herbal supplements do not contain enough estrogen to do any feminization. If you are not already on a prescribed hormone already, you need to see a gender therapist who will refer you to an Endocrinologist after diagnosing you as a transsexual woman.

      A list of Gender Therapist can be found at this web site . . .

      http://www.DrBecky.com/therapists.html

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