Friday, January 30, 2009
FemMed - Hormonal balance
A friend found this online and sent it to me today. Seemed worthy of a posting. Personally I've never tried this product but I'd love to hear from anyone who has. It's by FemMEd and it's called Hormonal Balance.
Says its effective Solution For...
* Mood Swings
* Breast Tenderness
* Irregular Periods
Here is the manufactures description: (Note that I'm not endorsing this product, but merely putting it out there for information purposes).
Hormonal Balance is specially formulated to help relieve the symptoms associated with PMS and Pre-Menopause.
Suggested Usage: Adults – take 2 capsules twice daily on an empty stomach. If you suffer from gastrointestinal difficulties, take capsules with food, or as directed by your health care practitioner.
Caution: Do not take if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you have a pre-existing medical condition, or are taking prescription medications, consult a health care practitioner prior to use. Do not use with oral contraceptives.
Drug Interactions | FAQs | Product Information
(Serenoa repens berry)
(Silybum marianum seed)
(Scutellaria lateriflora herb)
(Rubus idaeus leaf extract, 4:1)
(Dioscorea composite root)
Saw Palmetto has been shown to improve reproductivity
Saw palmetto berries are a reproductive remedy for various male and female conditions, including atrophy of the breasts, dysmenorrheal, aphrodisiac and sexual vigor. Modern herbalists recognize the anabolic nutritive properties that extend beyond the limited view as a BPH remedy for men. Ellingwood and Lloyd. The American Materia Medica: Therapeutics and Pharmacognosy Eclectic Medical Pub. Portland Ore 1983 ed. Cincinnati; 1919. Felter, The Eclectic Materia Medica: Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Eclectic Med Pub, Portland, Oregon; 1985 ed. Cincinatti; 1922:628 Winston, David. Saw Palmetto for Men and Women. Storey Books, Pownal, Vt, 1999.
Chastetree Berry has been shown to reduce mood swings
Chastetree Berry shows efficacy in PMS and peri-menopausal conditions. It typically takes three menstrual cycles to achieve a stable situation. The herb shows efficacy in treating premenstrual and menopausal mood swings in DB PC human trials. Lauritzen et al, Phytomed 1997 4:3. Schildge, E. Rigelh Biol Umsch 1964 19:2. Dittmar et al, Therapiewoche Gynakol 1992:5. Peteres-Welte & Albrecht. Thera Gyna 1994:7. Christie et al, Eur J Herbal Medicine 1997:3. Berger et al, Arch Gynecol Obstet 2000:264.
Milk Thistle has been shown to inhibit ovarian and breast cancer growth
Silybin, a constituent of the seed, inhibited the growth of human ovarian and breast cancer cell lines in vitro. Scambia et al, Eur J Cancer 1996 32A:5.
Scullcap has been shown to reduce anxiety
Scullcap (S. laterifolia) contains scuttelarin and baicalin that bind to GABA receptors and have a calming influence. Hui-KwokMin et al, Planta Medica 2000 66:1. In a double blind, placebo controlled studies, the anxiety reducing effects of scullcap in human volunteers were noted. Wolfson et al, Altern Ther Health Med 2003 9:2. It also contains wogonin that inhibits tumors associated with estrogen positive and negative breast cancer cell lines, especially the more aggressive latter. Chung et al, Int J Cancer 2008 112:4.
Red Raspberry has been shown to reduce mid-cycle and excessive bleeding
Red Raspberry leaf contains sanquin H6, a condensed tannin that tones uterine tissue. It contains easily assimilated organic iron that helps reduce in between period and excessive menstrual bleeding. The leaf has a higher ORAC, or anti-oxidant value than the fruit. Wang et al, J Ag Food Chem 2000:48. Burn & Witchell, Lancet 1941 2:1-3
Wild Yam has been shown to relieve menstrual cramps
Wild Yam relieves dysmenorrhea, ovarian and uterine pain and cramping. The root contains steroidal saponins that may form diosgenin after interaction with bowel flora, but this is not proven.
These saponins or their metabolites may exert influence on estrogenic receptors of the hypothalamus. In pre-menopausal women, interactions with receptors in this gland or pituitary displace estrogen from receptors and block estrogen feedback. In turn, the body thinks the estrogen levels are lower than they really are and increases FSH and hence estrogen. In the low estrogen environment of peri-menopause, wild yam may help alleviate symptoms through the binding of steroidal compounds to vacant receptors in the hypothalamus. Estrogenic activity for wild yam has been shown in vitro, enhancing estradiol binding to estrogen receptors. Eagon et al, 91st Annual meeting of the Am Assoc for Cancer Research, San Francisco abstract 893, April 1-5 2000.