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Old 02-08-2006, 07:11 PM
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Whatever it does exactly, it must have an effect on FSH or something to do with semen volume as it definitely works to improve that, and also seems to have a positive effect on libido that is completely separate from any testosterone effect. Is it working on brain chemistry directly, which has the other positive effects, or is it mimicking FSH which somehow has the positive effects.

It is the one herb I have had luck on hrt, on cycle, off cycle, pct everything, it really helps, and relatively quickly too, results within a week.
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Old 02-08-2006, 08:24 PM
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Yes dam it it works dam good for me to I take 1/2 a tsp full 2 x's a day. Here is some info.


The following is some info I sent someone recently. Maca was shown
not to increase T in scientific experiments.


Maca stimulates the adrenals to produce it's own cortisol and DHEA
and probably a few other hormones as well. Since Maca is a food, it
has to be taken in much larger doses than what is recommended on some
products found in Health Food stores. I was doing great on 3
compacted level teaspoons(using a measuring teaspoon), which is the
approximate dose that most people find benefit at. Maca is expensive
at this dosage if purchased from a health food store and so it is
best to purchase it in bulk 1kg packages, which actually turns out to
be quite cheap.

This is a website by a lady that uses Maca and she provides good
information and dosing instructions as well:
http://allaboutmaca.dreamstation.com/

This website sells Maca in bulk at the best prices I've seen:
http://www.therootofthematter.ca/cgi-bin/itsmy/go.exe?
page=1&domain=12&webdir=therootofthematter

The following is an excerpt from a doctor that personally uses Maca
for adrenal function:

"Henry Campanile, MD., offers Adrenal Balancing Maca root
In keeping with its mode of acting through the hypothalamus and
pituitary, maca has a balancing and nourishing effect on the adrenal
glands. Henry Campanile, MD, a 50-year old specialist in internal and
family/complementary medicine practising in Florida states: "I happen
to have been born with only one adrenal gland just like my father. I
started taking cortisone in my late twenties to relieve the fatigue
which I was already feeling. Knowing the dangers of long term
cortisone use, I looked around for an alternative, and this
circumstance is what got me interested in complementary medicine. I
started using pregnenelone about 10 years ago and it has been fairly
satisfactory. But one of my patients told me about Maca and I started
taking it about a month ago.

It is phenomenal! I haven't felt this good since I was 20 years old.
I have so much energy and look so well, my patients have remarked on
it and told me how rested I seem. I've got so much energy now, that
I've started an exercise program". After trying it on himself, Dr
Campanile began using maca with his patients. My first patient to
take maca capsules was experiencing hot flashes and other menopausal
symptoms. She started feeling much better after using this herb for
only four days. I'm also employing it with patients who have a low
adrenal function." "

The following are informational links for Maca:

http://www.imperialgoldmaca.com/nutritional_value.htm
http://www.medicine-plants.com/articles/145/
http://health.discovery.com/centers/...bido/maca.html
http://www.rain-tree.com/maca.htm
http://www.maca-miracle.com/maca_composition.html
http://www.macaroot.com/science/hormone.html
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thanks pmgamer, you were actually the one that inspired me to revisit this herb, and it has made a world of difference, interesting about cortisol, I didn't think that would be a mode of action in regards to improving mine (or your) libido... it works whether one is on HCG or test or natural, which makes it seem like it has nothing to do with those LH or testosterone pathways
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Whatever it does exactly, it must have an effect on FSH or something to do with semen volume as it definitely works to improve that, and also seems to have a positive effect on libido that is completely separate from any testosterone effect. Is it working on brain chemistry directly, which has the other positive effects, or is it mimicking FSH which somehow has the positive effects.

It is the one herb I have had luck on hrt, on cycle, off cycle, pct everything, it really helps, and relatively quickly too, results within a week.
Chap, how long have used the maca for? Does it have a strong effect for a couple of weeks and then drop off like a lot of herbal products?

If it were mimicking FSH you would think that it may increase the size of your testes?

In regard to semen volume how much of a difference did it make to that?
As you were talking about that "full feeling" in another post in relation to FSH, has the maca helped recharge that feeling sooner.. if you know what I mean? If so, perhaps it has some stimulatory action on the seminal vesicles..
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Does maca cause any overstimulation or anxiety effects? It sounds very interesting. I am wondering how safe over the long run it is to use. I did read a few of the links.
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I am curious if anyone has given Long Jack (Tongkat Ali) or Horny Goat weed a try, and if so did you notice any improvement in libido?
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Does maca cause any overstimulation or anxiety effects? It sounds very interesting. I am wondering how safe over the long run it is to use. I did read a few of the links.
I have used Maca for over 4 yrs. I have anxiety problems and it seams to help it. It has lowered my BP not a lot but enough to see a difference. My hormones stay more leveled not going up and down fast. My seamen is a lot more went from a drop to a full load. If your on Thyroid meds Maca will change your levels so be care full 2 guys I talk to went hyper and had to lower there meds. I buy it by the KG.
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I have used Maca for over 4 yrs. I have anxiety problems and it seams to help it. It has lowered my BP not a lot but enough to see a difference. My hormones stay more leveled not going up and down fast. My seamen is a lot more went from a drop to a full load. If your on Thyroid meds Maca will change your levels so be care full 2 guys I talk to went hyper and had to lower there meds. I buy it by the KG.
Thanks Phil that is good info since I am on Armour for thyroid. I ordered a pound of the powder this morning. What is a recommended dose? 1.5 tablespoons?
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Thanks Phil that is good info since I am on Armour for thyroid. I ordered a pound of the powder this morning. What is a recommended dose? 1.5 tablespoons?
If you read the links in the thread it tells you how to start. I take 1/2 a tsp 2 x's a day in the morning I mix it in my sugar free 4oz apple sauce and then at lunch I mix it into my fat free yogurt. I think you should start with one 1/2 a tsp to start.
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I am curious if anyone has given Long Jack (Tongkat Ali) or Horny Goat weed a try, and if so did you notice any improvement in libido?

i tried HGW once for about 2 weeks. mildly kicked my libido up but i started bloating and my endurance got cut way down.

last i looked for it, longjack was expensive.
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