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Phytoestrogens in Foods and Herbs

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I have had three non pregnant patients recently with rather profuse vaginal bleeding not responsive to hormonal therapy, all of whom had elevated bleeding times with normal PT, PTT, and platelet count. One patient was using "Herbalife" which is a combination of various herbs sold as a weight loss regimen, one was taking ginseng regularly, and one consumed "green tea" daily. None had von Willibrandt's and all bleeding times normalized after discontinuing herbal preparations. Anyone else seen anything like this? Any words of wisdom in Kelly's herb book?

I have never 'seen' it, but I've read of quite a few herbs and what not that can act as phytoestrogens. Some articles on this phenomenon are,

Hopkins, M.P..; et al. 1988. "Ginseng Face Cream and Unexplained Vaginal Bleeding." Am J Obstet Gynecol 159:1121-2.

Pearce, P.T..; et al. 1982. "Panex Ginseng and Eleuthrococcus Senticosus Extracts - In Vitro Studies on Binding to Steroid Receptors." Endocrinol. Japon 29(5):567-73.

Also vitamin C, or ascorbic acid up to 1 g/d can significantly increase the efficacy of exogenous estrogens.

Soy protein, has also been known to have a 'moderate' or 'slight' estrogenic properties, which are 'thought' to help with osteopenia/osteoporosis.

A small list of phytoestrogens are:

Note that large toxic amounts of some of these substances would have to be consumed if the efficacy of some of phytoestrogens were to be comparable to that of estrone or estradiol!!! Anyways, it's quite a science, and I'm sure you could do a Ph.D dissertation on this topic.

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