nodules, or cysts that usually occur in both breasts
of breast lumps
in breast pain, lumps, or nodules in the two weeks before menstrual flow
imbalance particularly estrogen dominance, in which the estrogen level is
relatively too high compared to the progesterone level
Poor function of
liver, which metabolizes hormones and plays a role in hormone balance
possibly due to reabsorption of hormones in the colon
particularly one deficient in fruits and vegetables, and excessive in caffeine
and omega-6 fatty acids
nutrients such as iodine, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin E
A high-fiber diet is
recommended because it promotes the elimination of excess estrogen.
A diet focused on plant
foods is most effective, including whole grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits,
nuts, seeds, olives and seaweed.
Essential fatty acid
balance is important. Cold-water fish,
such as salmon or sadines, is recommended twice weekly for
inflammation-reducing omega-3 fatty acids.
Olive oil is also recommended on salads.
Fermented soy foods (tofu,
natto, miso tempeh) have been shown to have a hormone-balancing effect on the
breasts. Consume two or more servings
A one to two week
detoxification program can be helpful to cleanse the colon and the liver. Also, a three day vegetable juice fast once a
month can be beneficial. You can
supplement your fast with plenty of green drinks and cleansing herbal teas.
Foods to Avoid
It is important to avoid
caffeine (coffee, soda and chocolate), because studies show such avoidance to
be helpful. We find that it makes some
difference for most women with this condition.
Prescription for Natural Cures by James F.
and Mark Stengler
Super Prescription # 1
progesterone cream – LifeSource Product Apply
¼ teaspoon (20 mg) to breasts and inner wrists one or two times daily from
ovulation until start of menses.
Super Prescription # 2 Vitex – LifeSource Product Take
160 ti 240 mg or 40 drops of the tincture every day of the month for at least
three months. This herb works to balance
a woman’s progesterone and prolactin levels.
Do not use if you are taking birth control pills.
Super Prescription # 3
E – LifeSource Product Some
studies show that this vitamin reduces breast tenderness. Part of this benefit may come as a result of
its role in estrogen metabolism. Take 800
to 1,200 IU daily for at least two months to see if it is helpful.
Super Prescription # 4
Gamma linolenic acid (GLA) Take
200 to 400 mg daily of GLA. It is
available by itself or as part of evening primrose oil, borage oil, or black
Super Prescription # 5
500 mg daily. Higher dosages and topical
application can be effective, too.
Consult a holistic doctor.
Super Prescription # 6
Diindolylmethane (DIM) Take 300 mg of I3C or 200 mg of DIM. These substances are extracts from cruciferous
vegetables that support detoxification of excess estrogen in the body.
Super Prescription # 7 Dandelion root
300 mg or 30 drops of tincture three times daily with meals for two
months. This improves the liver’s
detoxification of excess estrogen.
LifeSource Product Take as directed on the label. Provides friendly flora involved in estrogen
metabolism and excretion in the colon.
Thistle – LifeSource Product Take 200 mg three times daily for at
least two months. Promotes liver
and multi-mineral formula – LifeSource Product Take as directed on the label. Provides the nutrients required for hormone