FAQ - Introduction

Is Pueraria Mirifica Plus safe to take if (fill in your personal health concern here)?

Everyday we receive many questions about whether or not our product is appropriate in individual cases. And nothing would delight me more than to be able to answer these questions right here on this page.

But here’s the rub: If you are asking about a disease or condition that afflicts you, I can’t. Even when I have the right data and the science to back up my answer.

Why? Because Pueraria Mirifica Plus is a dietary supplement and this product is not intended for the cure, mitigation, or treatment of any disease. The only thing I can legally address here is the claim on our label, “For Relief of Menopausal Symptoms.”

And that is why, when you ask about a specific health concern, I have to advise you to “Please check with your doctor before starting this supplement if you have any health concerns.” Not the answer you were looking for, I know. But there you have it.

In Great Health!

Dr. Christiane Northrup

 

General FAQ’s

How do I learn more about Peuraria mirifica & Puresterol?

Is Puresterol safe?

Has any research been conducted concerning Pueraria mirifica?

I have a specific medical issue. Can you respond to my individual question?

Do you ship to Canada, Europe, and Other International Destinations?

What are my choices in shipping to Canada and Other International Destinations?

Will there be additional customs and brokerage fees?

Is there a way to minimize international shipping costs?

What is the Least Expensive International Shipping Method?

At checkout, my country is not shown in the choices.

Is Auto Ship available internationally?

When Can I Expect Delivery?

Can I purchase A-ma-ta products in retail stores?

Where are your products made?

What is, and how does Auto Ship work?

Do you charge sales tax?

What if I receive an error message indicating that my billing address is incorrect?

Where are your supplements manufactured?

Are the ingredients in your skin care products safe?


Product FAQ’s

Does Pueraria Mirifica Contain Estrogen?

What is a Phytoestrogen?

Has this product been tested on animals?

I’m now postmenopausal. Are there any benefits to taking these products?

I’m currently taking bioidentical hormones. Can I add Pueraria Mirifica Plus?

I’m on bioidentical hormones but would like to get off them and start on Pueraria Mirifica Plus. How should I do this?

I think my period started up again after being on Pueraria Mirifica Plus. Is this possible?

Does your product contain nano-particles?

Is Pueraria Mirifica Plus safe for me?

Does Pueraria Mirifica Plus have any side effects?

Where is the kelp in Pueraria Mirifica Plus sourced?

How much iodine is in the kelp used in your product?

Do your products contain gluten, soy, or yeast?

Do your products contain parabens?

I started with 2 capsules per day, and have noticed some unexpected changes as to how I feel.

Do your products contain phthalates or sulphates?

What is Panax ginseng?

What is Butea superba?

What is Gotu kola?

How can Pueraria mirifica help men?

I have a specific medical issue. Can you respond to my individual question?

We cannot respond to individual questions because every situation is unique. We strongly recommend seeking the advice of a medical professional before undertaking any health regimen.

Do you ship to Canada, Europe, and Other International Destinations?

A-ma-ta by Dr. Christiane Northrup ships packages to customers located in Canada, Central & South America, Europe, the Middle East, the Far East, and Australia & New Zealand, for their personal use.

Most countries will allow the import of supplements for personal use, and some countries limit such imports to a 90 day supply. We strictly follow all regulations regarding the shipment of products intended for personal use to countries outside the U.S.

We recommend that you contact your customs office to inquire about customs duty, import regulations, and any limits of quantities.

We strictly follow all regulations regarding the shipment of products intended for personal use to countries outside the U.S. We recommend that you contact your customs office to inquire about customs duty and import regulations.

What are my choices in shipping to Canada and Other International Destinations?

2 shipping methods are offered:

a) United States Postal Service Priority Mail International

b) UPS Worldwide International Expedited.

The cost of shipping is calculated based on the weight and destination of the package, and will display before you enter your credit card information. All orders must have a physical address and a local phone number.

Will there be additional customs and brokerage fees?

Customers are responsible for standard brokerage and customs fees, where applicable, which will vary, and which must be paid by you, and may be due prior to delivery. All packages will have a commercial invoice attached, including a detailed description of its contents. Local customs authorities will utilize this invoice to determine what duties and fees will be due from you.

If shipping via UPS, you will be notified by UPS of these fees once your shipment clears customs. UPS will not release your shipment until these fees are paid in full by you. UPS provides local tracking information to its final destination.

If shipping via USPS, local customs authorities will determine the amount of fees and duty that may be owed by you. USPS may not provide local tracking information to its final destination.

Please note that refunds will not be issued for any order that:

  • Is refused, or abandoned by the recipient due to nonpayment of duty or brokerage fees
  • Cannot be delivered due to an address error
  • Is not delivered due to an error by the local postal service
  • Is refused importation to a specific country.
  • Is there a way to minimize international shipping costs?

    International shipping is, due to distance, more costly. We have negotiated favorable rates, and pass along those costs to our customers. One method to reduce the cost per item is to order several months supply in one order. Each incremental item within the order costs only marginally more, and the result is that each item costs less on a per item basis.

    What is the Least Expensive International Shipping Method?

    USPS is typically less expensive than UPS. Also, there is no brokerage fee with this method, as there is with UPS. As a trade-off for lower fees, USPS usually cannot track the shipment to its final destination.

    At checkout, my country is not shown in the choices.

    There are a few countries where we do not ship, and if your country is not shown, then we do not ship there at this time.

    Is Auto Ship available internationally?

    Auto Ship is available for shipments to the above countries, but unfortunately due to higher international shipping costs, the free shipping option is not available. Auto Ship shipments to international destinations will incur normal shipping charges.

    When Can I Expect Delivery?

    We ship orders within 1 business day from order placement. Delivery times can vary greatly depending upon the shipment method chosen and the destination country. As an example, UPS expedited shipments to Canada typically will take 5-7 days. USPS orders, by contrast, are dependent upon a variety of factors, including your local postal delivery service, local customs, and may take several weeks.

    If you require a specific timetable for delivery of your order, we recommend UPS Expedited Service, which will provide tracking to your destination and also arrange for customs clearance.

    Can I purchase A-ma-ta products in retail stores?

    A-ma-ta products are available exclusively and only through our website.

    Where are your products made?

    All of our products are manufactured in the U.S.

    What is, and how does Auto Ship work?

    When you select Auto Ship for our capsules or liquid Pueraria Mirifica Plus products, we will automatically send a fresh supply (either every 30 or 60 days, depending upon the product ordered) to you. You will save because shipping is free with Auto Ship, and you will have the convenience of having product delivered to your door when you need it. Auto Ship can be cancelled at any time by simply contacting customer service.

    Do you charge sales tax?

    By law we are required to collect sales tax for shipments to Maine & South Dakota.

    What if I receive an error message indicating that my billing address is incorrect?

    Try re-entering your billing address information, and note that even a small error will cause the order to be rejected. To insure order security and avoid fraud, A-ma-ta requires that all billing addresses precisely match your bank or credit card issuer’s records through a system commonly known as address verification. Some banks outside of the U.S. do not subscribe to the address verification system, and therefore orders cannot be processed. If you receive such a message, we encourage you to utilize another credit card in the hopes that it will subscribe to the address verification system.

    Where are your supplements manufactured?

    Our supplements are made to our specifications here in the U.S. in a facility which is FDA registered, produces Pharmaceutical Quality supplements — the same standards used for pharmaceuticals, and complies with cPMG (Good Current Manufacturing Processes) standards.

    Are the ingredients in your skin care products safe?

    Great care has been taken to choose ingredients that are safe, useful, and beneficial to their intended purpose. For more information about individual ingredients, you may find the following site helpful: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

    How do I learn more about Peuraria mirifica& Puresterol? - Is Puresterol safe? - Has any research been conducted concerning Pueraria mirifica?

    There are many resources that can be found on the internet concerning Pueraria mirifica. The company that manufactures and owns the patent for Puresterol also has a website, by that name, that provides a great deal of information, as well as a large amount of research that has been conducted independently. Note that A-ma-ta does not own or take responsibility for the content on such sites, and is merely providing this information for the benefit of consumers and their medical professionals seeking more information.

    Does Pueraria Mirifica Contain Estrogen?

    No. Pueraria mirifica is a phytoestrogen that is natural and plant derived.

    What is a Phytoestrogen?

    Some medical professionals think that a phytoestrogen is the same as a mammalian estrogen. They are very different.  Phytoestrogens are natural occurring and plant derived. Pueraria mirifica is a plant sterol and as such, cannot act as a growth hormone in estrogen sensitive tissue. The phytoestrogen in the supplement does not require a counter-acting progestin because it doesn't act as a growth hormone as does mammalian estrogen. Pueraria mirifica acts as a SERM (selective estrogen receptor modulator) and sits on the beta estrogen receptor, not the alpha.

    Has this product been tested on animals?

    A-ma-ta products are not tested on animals.

    I’m now postmenopausal. Are there any benefits to taking these products?

    Our product is labeled: “For Relief of Menopausal Symptoms.” If you are still experiencing symptoms, then the answer is “yes.”

    I’m currently taking bioidentical hormones. Can I add Pueraria Mirifica Plus?

    In Dr. Northrup's book, The Wisdom of Menopause, there is an entire chapter on herbal approaches to menopause. In addition, there is a section on bioidentical hormones for those who require them. She states in the book that it is not "either / or", and the choice, as always resides with the individual. Pueraria Mirifica has a characteristic as a potent phytoestrogen, which works very well for many women. The choice as to what to do, and what to take, always resides with the individual, her physician, and what feels right to her. We advise you to check with your physician before making any changes in your hormonal regimen.

    I’m on bioidentical hormones but would like to get off them and start on Pueraria Mirifica Plus. How should I do this?

    We advise you to check with your physician before making any changes in your hormonal regimen.

    I think my period started up again after being on Pueraria Mirifica Plus. Is this possible?

    Until you have gone through a period of one year from the last menstrual period, you are not through with the menopausal transition. And unexpected bleeding and discharge, even after months or years of no bleeding is very common in the first few months of starting Pueraria mirifica. It often comes out of the blue as hormone levels rise and fall naturally. The herb Pueraria Mirifica is traditionally known to be moistening, revitalizing, and moisturizing to the uterine and vaginal tissue. It is also known as an adaptogen - and as such is moistening and nourishing to the hormonal system-- which can result in a change in menstrual patterns.

    Does your product contain nano-particles?

    There are no nano-particles in any of our products.

    Is Pueraria Mirifica Plus safe for me?

    We recommend you speak with your physician regarding this question because your personal health is known best by you and your doctor. Linked here is the summary of an article regarding Pueraria mirifica from the publication Menopause. When you reach this summary, you will also find links to other articles to the right of the summary. This link is made available for you to provide to your physician or other health care practitioner for their evaluation in providing advice to you. These articles are for professional use only and not represented or intended for any other purpose.

    Does Pueraria Mirifica Plus have any side effects?

    All of the ingredients in PM Plus have enjoyed many years of effective use. It is a nutritional supplement, not a drug.

    Where is the kelp in Pueraria Mirifica Plus sourced?

    The kelp is sourced from the Atlantic Kelp Company, and is sourced from the Atlantic Ocean.

    How much iodine is in the kelp used in your product?

    Each capsule, or single dose of Pueraria Mirifica Plus contains .05mg of iodine.

    Do your products contain gluten, soy, or yeast?

    Our products are gluten free and do not contain soy or yeast.

    Do your products contain parabens?

    No, our products do not contain parabens.

    I started with 2 capsules per day, and have noticed some unexpected changes as to how I feel.

    PM Plus contains a number of ingredients that have %DV established by the FDA, and are shown on our labels. It is possible that other supplements you are taking may also contains the same ingredients. Each person's body will ultimately communicate the correct dose for them, by how they feel. We recommend reducing the dose to once per day and see if that changes how you feel. As always, any regimen should be discussed with your personal physician.

    Do your products contain phthalates or sulphates?

    Our products do not contain phthalates or sulphate.

    What is Panax ginseng?

    Panax ginseng is a plant, and its root is used in the manufacture of herbal remedies. Ginseng has been used for more than two thousand years, and today, approximately 6 million Americans use it regularly. Panax ginseng is used by some to help cope with stress and as a general tonic for improving well-being. It is sometimes referred to as an “adaptogen” when used in this way.

    What is Butea superba?

    Butea superba is a vine grown throughout Southeast Asia. Its root is used in the manufacture of herbal remedies, and has for hundreds of years been viewed as an herb that can aid in maintaining sexual health.

    What is Gotu kola?

    Gotu kola is an herb grown in Asia, and its leaf has been used in traditional Chinese herbal remedies for hundreds of years, often helping improve lack of energy.

    How can Pueraria mirifica help men?

    The root of the Pueraria mirifica plant has been used for more than 700 years in Southeast Asia by both men and women. The root has long been known for its powers of “rejuvenation” and increased energy. It is well known that both men and women make the same sex hormones in their bodies— but at different levels that affect male and female tissues differently. Just as the potent phytoestrogens in Pueraria mirifica, miroestrol and deoxymiroestrol, can help relieve the many symptoms of menopause in women, those same substances can help protect prostate and over-all sexual health in men.

    Does Thor contain sildenafil, sulfosildenafil, tadalafil, or any other of the active ingredients commonly found in erectile dysfunction prescription drugs?

    Absolutely not! Other firms may contaminate their supplements illegally with these types of drugs, but Thor by A-ma-ta would never do so. Thor is a natural approach to men’s sexual health, and only contains the 4 quality herbal ingredients listed.