Many of us have heard of phytoestrogen – female hormones derived from plants – and its revolutionary use as an alternative to traditional hormone therapy. However,
fewer are aware of phytoandrogens, which are male hormones derived from plants. Just as women experience menopause, men also go through a change known as andropause, and this occurs for both sexes around the age of 40 or older. The introduction section of The Natural Testosterone Plan explains that humans have numerous hormone changes during their lifetime from conception to death. These changes can sometimes be difficult for the individual and, in some cases, medical intervention is required. The author encourages
seeking out natural alternatives to traditional hormone treatments, to work with our systems rather then fighting or suppressing them.
The Natural Testosterone Plan is composed of eight intensive chapters that cover natural hormone support, phytoandrogens, supplements, things to avoid and tips for enhancing both sexual and prostrate health. The book closes with an Appendix that includes a 10-week cleansing diet and a list of books that have a related topic for readers who might want to find more information. There is also an extensive bibliography listing pages of resources. Interestingly, the author chooses to list suppliers of the suggested treatments in the book.
Healing Arts Press (a division of Inner Traditions International) published The Natural Testosterone Plan in 2007. Peri Champine designed the eye-catching cover with a close-up image of glossy green plant leaves. This book is written as an informational guide only; author Stephen Harrod Buhner, recommends that readers always consult a health professional. This 184-page paperback health manual is one of a dozen other health books that
Buhner has written. Buhner currently resides in New Mexico and is a well-known lecturer throughout the U.S. on herbal medicine, plants and nature.
This book is very educational, informative and well-organized. If the reader has little understanding of hormone changes, this book explains it in terms anyone can understand. On the other hand, if the reader is a health professional looking for alternatives for their patients, the book also speaks to them. This is a good reference book to keep alongside the health and gardening
volumes on your bookshelves.