Throughout history, women have handed down information from mother to daughter on how herbs can remedy some of the common maladies of life. Women, like the moon, change in cycles. Through menarche (the first menses), menstrual cycles, pregnancy, nursing, and menopause, herbs have been a common denominator for the wise woman and those she comforts.
Plants are sometimes referred to as being phytoestrogenic or phytoprogesteronic. This is because some plants have molecular structures similar to the hormones estrogen (phytoestrogenic) and progesterone (phytoprogesteronic). They can occupy the receptor sites in the body that would normally be taken up by these hormones. Plants can therefore, in some cases, both increase or decrease hormonal levels in the body.