I've been reading about maca powder. It seems to support hormone balance and address estrogen dominance. What is the Wisewoman opinion on maca?
Also, can mugwort be estrogenic?
Thanks for your help
From what I have seen, maca works much like vitex, in that it supports the pituitary function, encouraging the body's natural hormonal production. The difference between using whole herbs and many pharmaceutical medicines, is that they are able to address whatever is out of balance, whether it is estrogen or progesterone. This is why sometimes, it seems an herb has contrary uses. It is not just helping with one issue but is addresses the entire body, taking care of whatever needs to be shifted.
For where most of us live, maca is an exotic plant. The Wise Woman Tradition focuses on using local plants whenever possible as you will usually find a deeper resonance to that which is close by. Does it work any better than vitex? That I cannot say, but certainly you can give it a try and see what your body tells you. It is a dried root, so at least not processed beyond that from my understanding and another part of the Wise Woman Tradition is using whole foods. So, it's possible it can be a good ally for you. Another thing to look at, is what form does it come in? In nearly any circumstance, capsules and tablets are nearly useless. How much strength is there in a few capsules of dried maca? Can't be much. I would look into other ways that you can incorporate it. Maybe you can add powder to food, drinks. Can you get whole dried root or even fresh to make tinctures, etc.
As for mugwort, I am not aware of any sources stating that phytoestrogens are an active constituent, but have seen it listed as supporting both estrogen and progesterone.
Wise Woman Team
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