Hormonal imbalances are bound to crop up at some stage in a woman’s life. This could range from anything from Premenstrual Syndrome, to the inevitable Menopause. There is no need to suffer in silence, let us help! We have a range of remedies which can do a lot to ease these issues.Agnus castus is a commonly used and very valuable remedy which is used by women the world over to help alleviate a range of hormonal issues and imbalances. It works on the pituitary gland in the brain, helping to normalising Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), and Lutenising Hormone (LH) levels to raise progesterone levels which are commonly low in women with hormonal imbalances. It can help to alleviate the irritability, mood swings, fluid retention, sore breasts, and acne which often accompany the menstrual cycle. (However agnus castus is not recommended during pregnancy, or for use alongside the oral contraceptive pill).
As well as taking care of any nutritional deficiencies, it helps to take a holistic approach when you look at correcting hormonal imbalances. For example stress support and liver health are very much intertwined with the state of our hormones.
The liver is responsible for processing excess hormones such as oestrogen so that they can be excreted from the body. However if the liver is over-loaded, it can struggle to deal with this job and can result in symptoms of oestrogen overload such as Pre-menstrual syndrome. The herb Milk thistle is excellent for taking care of this. Also try including plenty of cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale, and cabbage in your diet. They have a high sulphur content which is a powerful liver detoxifier.
Similarly if we are living off our adrenal glands and generally living a stressful existence, this can divert the production of hormones away from the production of sex hormones and instead towards the production of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. This diversion deprives your body of the substances it needs to create a healthy level of sex hormones circulating, and can make both menopause and menstruation more of a struggle than it needs to be. Magnesium and B Vitamins are helpful nutrients for nervous system support.
For menopausal women, Black cohosh is the number one herb to use. It works to alleviate the many symptoms of menopause through its estrogenic compounds. Sage can be used for its cooling effects, helping to reduce hot flushes, and B Vitamins for their adrenal support. Adrenal support becomes even more vital as you reach menopause as once the ovaries stop producing estrogen, your body is dependent upon the adrenal glands for the production of estrogen.
Simple additions to your supplemental regime such as Milk Thistle as a tonic for the liver, and B Vitamins – especially B5 and B6 – for their stress support, happy neurotransmitter production, and nourishment of the adrenal glands, will do a lot to ease hormonal issues and bring you back into equilibrium again. Zinc is also essential for producing healthy neurotransmitters and hormonal balance.
Make sure you are exercising on a regular basis. Getting moving and working up a sweat helps to encourage the production of endorphins which are a necessity for helping us cope with the ups and downs of life (and hormones!)
As well as supplemental support, come and visit our busy clinic for therapies that help to complement your supplements and herbal remedies. Acupuncture is a popular ancient Chinese therapy which can help with all aspects of women’s health, and has a long history of use in this regard. Additionally,Aromatherapy Massage is wonderful way to relax and stimulate the release of endorphins which can help to alleviate PMS or menopausal symptoms, and the anxiety associated with hormonal imbalances.