Hormone imbalances are extremely common for both sexes but more so in women. There are many types of hormonal conditions, which lead to a lot of frustration and sometimes confusion as to how to fix them. Did you know there are a range of natural medicines that can help with hormonal imbalances and get you back on track?
There is more to hormonal conditions than just our hormones though. Other factors play a part in throwing out our normal hormone levels. Traditionally hormone imbalances are treated by manipulating sex hormones, recently however there have been research that shows hormone levels in women with conditions such as fibroids, endometriosis, menopause and PMS don’t often change, leading to the belief that there is more to our hormonal imbalances than just hormones being imbalanced.
Contributing factors to hormonal imbalances
Inflammation and mast cell activation, axis dysfunction caused by continuous stress, hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA), thyroid and pancreas function, excess fat, the microbiome endocrine disrupting chemicals and daily diet and lifestyle habits are all factors that can disrupt how your hormones are working. All these need to be assessed to come to correct conclusions as to how to assist you.
Fibroids and Endometriosis
There are around 10% of women who suffer from endometriosis which is an inflammatory disease consisting of endometrial type tissue developing outside the uterus. This tissue duplicates and becomes surrounded by immune defences which then forms cysts and lesions. These can be very painful and create scar tissue and adhesions. Fibroids affect around 50% of women by the age of 50. Both endometriosis and fibroids are caused by an excess of oestradiol or E2 excess which leads to fibroids in the myometrium. Soy isoflavones, turmeric, and rosemary are all good for helping these conditions.
There are around 80% of women who suffer from PMS which is caused by alterations in progesterone (normally the levels are to low). Symptoms are connected with increased inflammation and oxidative stress as well as epigenetics, HPA axis alterations and environmental factors. To help with PMS Vitex sticks to dopamine-2 receptors and opioid and oestrogen receptors which inhibits prolactin production and supports healthy progesterone function. This leads to less mood swings and lower other PMS symptoms. Withania also helps as it functions to decrease stress and anxiety, as zinc and vitamin E help when it comes to reducing oxidative stress.
Hot flushes are a common symptom of menopause. These are caused in part by declining oestrogen levels. When you are going through menopause, your body has a narrow thermoneutral zone, meaning that even the slightest change in temperature can trigger a hot flush. While low oestrogen is partially responsible, this response is also caused by increased sympathetic nervous system activity in the hypothalamus. Using Rehmannia Six may help to rise oestrogen levels and combining it with Sisyphus will help to control hot flushes as well as anxiety, insomnia and night sweats.
If you are suffering with a hormonal imbalance contact us to help you get on the right track to rebalancing your hormones, giving you better lifestyle tips to get you healthy and keep you healthy.