An easily absorbed "body cream"
containing plant-based progesterone,
helpful in relieving the symptoms of
menopause and PMS Reforma
is made from all-natural ingredients (not synthetic hormones) so it helps a woman's body reestablish its hormonal balance naturally.
Code 265 -- 1.95 oz. -- $19.95
his easily absorbed transdermal cream is a complex combination of herbal extracts, nutraceuticals, vitamins, and minerals that work together as a feminine intervention formula to address menopause and PMS, as well as assisting in relieving symptoms associated with osteoporosis. Reforma relieves menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, emotional instability, and induces menses.
We do not make this particular formula -- it is the creation of American nutraceutical formulator, Dr. Donal Joseph Carter, and it has received broad praise from clinicals we have spoken with who have used the product with their patients.
Although a complete list of ingredients is displayed in the right column, special mention of the more active components should be helpful. Central to this formula is the inclusion of natural progesterone, derived from Mexican Wild Yam. (Other competing products claim the exclusive use of Mexican Wild Yam -- diascorea mexicana, not to be confused with diascorea villosa). Progesterone helps relax the muscles and promote glandular balance in women, but primary reason for its inclusion is that during menopause, progesterone levels gradually drop to almost zero, while estrogen, with which it works in concert, drops to about 40%. This creates an imbalance that generates many of the symptoms of menopause. (John R. Lee, M.D., a noted pioneer in the field of progesterone therapy, says that taking natural progesterone lowers the risk of osteoporosis, PMS, fibrocystic breast conditions, ovarian cysts, miscarriage, menopausal symptoms, and breast and endometrial cancers). Note that this product contains no synthetic progestin, important to note since the latest research shows that "estrogen plus progestin, a common feature of hormone replacement therapy, doesn't protect women against postmenopausal CHD (coronary heart disease). In fact, recent studies show that this therapy actually increases cardiac risk." 1
How to Use This Product / Warnings
As a transdermal, you simply apply Reforma after bathing to any number of soft epithelial tissue areas of the body: face, breasts, stomach, or inner thighs. If you are pregnant or think you may become pregnant, consult your physician before using this or similar products. For external use only. Keep out of reach of children.
On the estrogen side, the use of soy beverages with a high isoflavone count, have been shown to be quite helpful. (Read the scientific study review on soy and estrogen replacement therapy by Dr. Suzanne Paxton). A soy isolate product, such as Ketozyne, can additionally provide weight loss benefits, in addition to the nutraceutical benefits of its soy-based components.
Women who suffer from PMS should also reflect on the make-up of their dietary fat, a subject we cover more fully in our discussion of essential fatty acids (EFA's). (See flax seed). In addition to utilizing products, such as flax, that provide the body with sufficient EFA's, women should be careful to avoid trans-fatty acids, from sources such as shortening and margarine. Remember, too, that even if you are conscientious at home in this regard, you negate much of the benefit of sticking to your regimen if you eat out and the restaurants you frequent cook with trans-fatty acids. You're the paying customer -- never feel afraid to ask.
When Should You Use
What's in Reforma?
There are several components to Dr. Carter's Reforma. The first is his herbal precursor extract, which contains the following: (1) Dong Quai -- adaptagenic help that regulars formulation of specific female hormones for menopause symptoms; female ginseng - phytoestrogen; (2) Chaste Tree Berries -- Helps to normalize menstrual cycles and treats fibroids. (phyto/progesterone); (3) Mexican Wild Yam -- (see left panel); (4) Black Cohosh -- Phyto/estrogen; uterine tonic, for hot flashes, depression & anxiety; (5) Red Raspberry Leaves -- For PMS; relieves menstrual cramps. (Checks hemorrhaging/nausea); (6) Alfalfa -- Phyto/estrogen; furnishes calcium, magnesium and potassium. Relieves bloating; (7) Ginkgo Biloba -- Anti-oxidant flavonoids; for PMS, balances emotional state, reduces leg cramps and heaviness; (8) Gotu Kola -- Anti-inflammatory; calming effect, for PMS; (9) Hops -- Phyto/estrogen; relieves cramps; (10) Roman Chamomile -- For PMS; calms menstrual cramps. (Anti-inflammatory); (11) Squaw Vine -- For PMS; (12) Shepherd's Purse -- Manages gynecological hemorrhaging; (13) Suma -- Fights fatigue; an energy tonifier (stimulates estrogen); (14) Fennel -- Phyto/estrogen; relieves arthritic symptoms; (15) Passion Flower -- For PMS; natural transquilizer; (16) Uva Ursi -- For PMS; eliminates bloating due to water retention; (17) Oat Straw (Avina Sativa) -- Aids in restoring natural sexual feelings. (18) Nettle Root -- Protects against osteoporosis; (19) Yellow Dock -- Protects against cysts; iron deficiency; (20) Horsetail -- Maintains bone density.
In addition to the herbal precursor extract, Reforma contains natural progesterone (see column at left), pomegranate seed extract (an additional, natural form of plant estrogen), Vitamin B-6 (helps with mood swings), tocopherol acetate (a form of Vitamin E -- acts as a natural free radical scavenger and all-around suppressor of menopausal symptoms, hot flashes, breast tenderness and vaginal dryiness), folic acid (aids in proliferation of new bone marrow cells; retinol palmitate (Vit. D-3 free radical neutralizer, works to balance menstral flow); and Vitamin K.