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Maca Root Hormone Balance
A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from ...Read more
Probably not: That's sort of like asking if a potato is similar to a vitamin supplement. Neither maca root nor fertility blend are single items (several manufacturers put those words on their labels). Neither maca root nor fertility blend are medications. They are over-the-counter supplements, which means little or no testing has been done, and nobody really knows for sure what the effects or side effects are. ...Read more
No: Neither one does either. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or internet scams. ...Read more
Doubtful: The iud you reference has a dual mode of action. A word of caution - many herbal medicines are just that, medicines, with little know safety on the human physiology. ...Read more
For some yes: Estroven is an over the counter herbal supplement to improve hormonal imbalance during perimenopause. It can help women who have mild symptoms and are good candidates for hormone use. (a poor candidate are women with heart disease, diabetes, cancers, blood clots). If you have severe symptoms, this will not help and you can consider bio identical hormone replacement. ...Read more
Black cohosh or bio-identical estrogen/progesterone cream to help balance hormones in perimenopause?
No data.: Bio-identical hormones is a topic vastly argued in our field. As it stands now, you should be cautious using bio-identical hormones because there is no control over how they are mixed and produced, and there is no data about what is a safe and efficacious formulation and dosage. Speak with your doctor about this for a more in depth conversation and to determine if it is actually needed for you. ...Read more
Does the product maca/maca root enhances the breast, butt, regulate hormone, and help with irregular periods? Also do female hormone pills work
Without researching: this in greater detail I can't give you much, but I can say this... If it did, would there be a single woman on Earth not taking it? Natural miracle drugs just don't exist. If they did, no one would get breast augmentation, diet or exercise, or have menstrual problems. ...Read more
Can the anti-depressant, cymbalta, (duloxetine) affect testosterone, LH, FSH, PRL or TSH levels in any way?
Here are some ..: The causes for low-T are many, can be primary or secondary. Over the last decade, more awareness in drug-induced HPG axis dysfunction has emerged leading to low-T. Now, it is increasingly known all drugs exerting their effects on CNS will in time affect HPG axis, notably the opiate-related drugs. For cymbalta (duloxetine), up to present, it does cause low-T in few patients, but reported at 0.07%. ...Read more
Taking supplements for adrenal functions but need blood test..How long does siberian ginsing, licorice root and bovine stay in system?
Adrenal Fatigue: First off, in addition to dr. James wilson's af site, this guy has a good article on af, causes, treatment etc. http://tinyurl.com/b8x5rvr as to how long things are in the system...We look at what doc's call "half-life"..This is the time it takes to get 1/2 of it gone. They say it takes 5 half lives to totally clear it. The half lives are- sg .8-7.4 hrs lr 5 hours (what do you mean bovine?). ...Read more
Is gingko biloba and maca root safe supplements to take fot ssri induced sexual dysfunction? Currently on 30mg fluoxetine/day. Dosages? Other herbs?
Probably safe but...: There are some concerns gingko with fluoxetine might increase risk of seizures but it's unlikely. There are no known interactions with maca. BUT these are unlikely to help. The best solution is to stop fluoxetine and try different treatments but this should only be done with help of a doctor. Other antidepressants such as bupropion cause less dysfunction. Consider non-pharmacologic Rx-see comment: ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Use cautiously.: Maca has not been studied in women. Studies in men have not shown maca to induce changes in luteinizing hormone, follicle stimulating hormone, prolactin, testosterone and estradiol. It should be used cautiously in birth control pill users, due to potential effects of maca on sex hormone regulation. ...Read more