Herbal medicine has a long and honourable history and, after being absent from the scene in western cultures for many years, it is making a comeback as a popular alternative to risky pharmaceuticals and invasive surgeries.
The idea of using herbal preparations to enlarge and enhance your bustline isn’t new. Ancient traditions from Ayurvedic medicine to the Greek Dioscorides have recognized the effects of various herbs on the reproductive system, from increasing milk production in nursing mothers to relieving menstrual and menopausal symptoms. Breast enlargement has long been noted as a side effect with certain treatments.
The herbs most often mentioned for improving the bustline are those which contain phytoestrogens, or plant-based estrogen, which mimics the effect of the estrogen hormone naturally produced by the body. This hormone is most prevalent in the body during puberty and pregnancy and is the primary factor in initiating breast growth and development.
Many other herbs and combinations of herbs are marketed as enhancement products, including Mexican wild yam, fenugreek, saw palmetto, fennel, dong quai, blessed thistle, dandelion root, watercress leaf, kelp, damiana, hops flower, mother’s wort, black cohosh, oat grass, alfalfa, licorice root, onion juice, honey, tumeric and chaste tree berry (not a complete list).
Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of documentation available to back up the claims being made for many of these herbs. It’s up to potential users to perform “due diligence” and determine whether products contain sufficient quantities of the active ingredients to be effective, as well as to understand what side effects could occur with each one. Just because a product claims natural or organic ingredients doesn’t mean those ingredients are harmless; the majority of our most potent patent drugs are synthesized plant extracts.
Caution is advised in using herbal supplements if pregnant or nursing, on hormone replacement therapy or oral contraceptives, or for those with conditions such as endometriosis, gallbladder disease, cancer history or estrogen sensitivity.
In the end, the decision to use breast enhancement products is a very individual decision best made by becoming an informed consumer.
Note: Exercise and massage are also widely recommended to supplement an herbal regimen for enhancing the breasts; exercises such as push ups and incline dumbbell press can lift breasts by firming up pectoral muscles while massage improves circulation and lymphatic drainage and encourages prolactin production. Best of all, both are completely risk-free therapies.