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Estrogenic: Herbs That Have Estrogen-like Actions

Herbs that have traditionally been used to treat obesity have many different actions that help the body use and burn calories from food more effectively. Some like Oolong tea and fucus help to keep appetite in check

See Also: Plants do not contain estrogen, however many herbs do contain isoflavones like formononetin, which mimic hormonal activity. This makes these herbs useful for hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and even the depression sometimes associated with menopause. Dong Quai, is considered one of the premium herbs used as a female tonic because of its effectiveness and safety.

See Also: * Hormonal Balance * Herbals for Women * Low Libido * Menopause Remedies


  • Alfalfa Alfalfa Medicago sativa L.
    Perennial Plant : Alfalfa is not recommended as primary treatment for any condition, alfalfa is a tonic herb, one that supports health by nourishing the body. Alfalfa is of special interest to women because of its estrogenic activity....
  • Black Cohosh root Black Cohosh root Cimicifuga racemosa Black snake root, Squaw Root, Bugbane
    Perennial Herb : Black cohosh contains numerous chemical constituents; among them isoflavones which mimic hormonal activity. Black cohosh cools hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause...
  • Cramp Bark Cramp Bark Viburnum opulus Stagbush, sweet viburnum, guelder-rose, water elder, arrowwood
    deciduous shrub : Black haw and cramp bark act in similar ways and both have a long history of use by Native and pioneer women to prevent threaten miscarriage, relieve uterine cramps, and painful periods...
  • Dong Quai Dong Quai Angelica sinensis Chinese Angelica, Dang-gui
    Herbaceous perennial : Since ancient times, dang-quai has been an important herb for women. For menopausal women it addresses symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings...
  • False Unicorn Root False Unicorn Root Chamaelirium luteum
    Perennial herb : A treasured woman's botanical, false unicorn is widely used to treat a variety of problems unique to the female reproductive system...
  • Fo-Ti Root Fo-Ti Root Polygonum multiflorum He-shou-wu
    Vine : Fo-ti, as it is known here in the west is most famous for its reputed ability to restore color to gray hair and as a fertility tonic. ...
  • Licorice Root Licorice Root Glycyrrhiza glabra Liquorice, Gan-cao
    Perennial herb : Many herbalists regard licorice as a natural alternative to hydrocortisone and it is used in many formulations to activate and increase the effects of other herbs....
  • Maca root Maca root Lepidium peruvianum Maca, Peruvian ginseng, maka
    herbaceous biennial plant : Maca root is being effectively administered to both men and women to help increase libido, men's sperm activity, and to assist both sexes with issues regarding their physical endurance and threshold....
  • Red Clover Red Clover Trifolium pratense
    Perennial Herb : Red Clover of most interest in menopause and in the prevention of breast cancer because of its strong concentration of natural plant estrogen...
  • Wild Yam Root Wild Yam Root Dioscorea villosa Colic root, rheumatism root
    Perennial Vine : Wild yam root is a potent source of diosgenin that was used in the manufacture of the first oral contraceptives...

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