posted 07-09-2008 11:29 AM
Thanks for writing.
You may be having what we in TCM term as excessive Yang
There are several factors to consider when you have a high testosterone level. In females testosterone is produced by the ovaries, and high levels can be influenced by eating a diet with a lot of red meats, by drinking a lot of coffee or caffeine loaded drinks, or by eating and drinking a lot of dairy products.
So we strongly suggest you avoid these, as well avoid pork, white sugar, sodas or colas and all fried foods.
Researchers have recently demonstrated that doses of licorice root extract can rapidly and significantly lower levels of circulating testosterone.
There are basically two types of herbs for treating unbalanced hormonal levels: phytoestrogen and non-estrogenic herbs. The phytoestrogen herbs (e.g. Black Cohosh, Dong Quai) contain estrogenic components produced by plants. Though, these herbs are good for treating low hormone levels, because they replace some of the missing estrogen hormones, they aren't the best solution for treating hormonal imbalance. As a result of adding hormones from outside, your body will become less responsive to produce estrogen on its own. This causes a further decrease of body-own hormone levels.
Unlike phytoestrogen herbs, non-estrogenic herbs, as its name suggests, don't contain any estrogen. These herbs nourish your hormonal glands into producing more efficiently your own natural hormones. This ultimately ends up in balancing not only estrogen, but also progesterone and testosterone. In other words, non-estrogenic herbs stimulate your own hormone production, by inducing the optimal functioning of the pituitary and endocrine glands. Due to this, non-estrogenic herbs, like Maca, can be considered as the safest way to treat hormonal imbalance naturally.
Saw Palmetto is really not recommended to treat this.
What we suggest is that you begin by drinking infusions of Green tea, adding 15 drops of extract of Maca and 10 drops of extract of Licorice root. Sweeten with honey and drink 3xs day.
We hope this helps.
Good luck! H.
[This message has been edited by Herbalist (edited 07-09-2008).]