Is there such a thing as Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men?
Stephen Harrod Buhner, author of ‘The Natural Testosterone Plan” writes a compelling backdrop of the use of herbs for men to restore their hormones.
Phytoestogens, herbs that stimulate estrogen production, have long been known of and used by women. These herbs go by names such as black cohosh and donq quai.
Phytoandrogens, herbs that stimulate androgenic activity in men is relatively new. Phytoandrogens do the same things that phytoandrogens do, except they do it for men and they do not supply estrogen, they provide androgens. Phytoandrogens increase the body’s level of free testosterone, and they shift the androgen/estrogen balance more toward the androgen side of the equation.
Pine pollen, eleutherococcus, and tribulus are some of the examples of plants that can stimulate the production of androgens in the body. Though these are not to be seen as ‘testosterone’ replacement as stand alone’s, here are some numbers to think about:
Black pine pollen contains the following androgens: androstenedione (0.7 – 0.8 mcg per 10 g), testosterone (0.7 mcg per 10 grams), DHEA (0.1 mcg per 10 grams), and androsterone (0.2 mcg per 10 grams).
Although these amounts might seem small, recall that it takes as little as four nanograms (one-thousandth of a microgram) to change the sex to male while developing in the womb. That can be represented as 0.004 micrograms.
There is and can be used herbs for many uses, and from what emerging research, and ancient use of herbs is showing, there may just be such a thing as natural hormone replacement therapy for men, when done right.