Without getting a lot of bloodwork done, I only have a couple of ways to measure progress since I started taking the herbs about six weeks ago: 1) libido and 2) lifting strength, particularly in the chest and shoulders where the androgen receptors are most dense.
As for libido, it definitely increases when I'm on the herbs. So that's a sign that something's happening. But is it improving my overall T output or just spiking it here and there? I don't think spikes would do too much for body recomposition.
As for my strength, it was really messed up from being sick for a few weeks, when I lost a bunch of weight (the bad way) and couldn't train. I'm still a few reps behind where I started the herbs. I have high hopes for today, though. Really blasted the chest last week and am praying to see some improvement in today's pressing workout. If I were to achieve 165x6 on the bench, that would break a five-month plateau and I would be extremely happy.
In short, I don't think I have enough data yet. I need about six more weeks of not being sick to see where my lifts go. If I can't make significant progress in that time frame, I'm going to drop the herbs and return to au naturale.