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Astragalus (Astragalus spp); 2-6 grams of dried root/day; 1/2 teaspoon of fluid extract 3x/day.

Boosts the immune system; if taken regularly, may help prevent cancer.

Use cautiously if you're a transplant patient or have an autoimmune disease.

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) root; 10-15 drops tincture 3x/day, or drink tea mornings and evenings.

Improves liver function, which helps detoxify estrogen.

No known health hazards.

Green tea (Camellia sinensis); 300-400 mg of polyphenols/day; three cups of green tea contain roughly 240-320 mg.

Antioxidant properties help prevent cancer.

Contains tannin and may cause discomfort to those with sensitive stomachs; also contains caffeine.

Psyllium (Plantago ovata); 12-40 grams/day; mix powder with fruit juice or cool water and stir.

Aids in ridding body of excess estrogen.

Not recommended for those who have gastrointestinal problems, obstruction of the bowels, or difficulties regulating diabetes.

Turmeric extract (Curcuma domestica); 1.5-3 grams/day.

May have anticancer properties.

Can cause stomach distress if used for extended period of time; do not use during pregnancy or if you have obstructed biliary ducts; those with gallstones should take only under supervision of a physician.

Note: Larger doses may be necessary for disease management and prevention. Check with your health care practitioner for individualized recommendations.

Sources: Laurel Vukovic, an Ashland, Oregon-based herbalist and author of Herbal Healing Secrets for Women (Prentice Hall Press, 2000); PDR for Herbal Medicines (Medical Economics Co., 2000).