The reason I turned to herbs for balancing hormones now seems very obvious to me. The natural way is always the best way.
Just imagine there is something not quite right with your body on the inside. Knowing something is different, but you do not have a diagnosis or answer of what it could be. At the time, I had no ideal about herbs for balancing hormones.
At the age of 32 , I noticed my menstrual cycles weren’t consistent anymore. I started growing hair on my upper lip, arms, and legs. The hair on my upper lip was not really noticeable, but I noticed it.
I also started gaining weight year after year even though I workout 5 days a week. I ate healthy most of the time and drunk a gallon of water a day.
Many herbs contain flavonoids; nutrients widely available in fruits and vegetables to help prevent cancer and reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. During my research of herbs and their healing power, I come the belief that there is an herbal healing for every ailment that you have of the body.
As time past, I thought maybe this was part of getting older.
Around the age of 36, my face started breaking out really bad. It usually would break out a week before my menstrual cycle. I had mood swings that were so bad that I had to reach to my Gynecologist.
I told him all the symptoms and issues I was having, however he had no answers. I asked if it could be my hormones? He stated he did not know and that my issues with my body should pass.
I then made an appointment with my Dermatologist and she ran a slew of test. She asked me have I had any outburst of anger and unexplained feelings of anger? I said “Yes, How did you know?”
She said that my testosterone level were extremely high for a woman and it can cause aggression. She told me my androgen(male hormones)has increased. She advised me that it could be my Hormones or early menopause.
What are hormones ?
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Hormones are the body’s chemical messengers. The body has many different hormones and certain types have a bigger role to play in the body’s health and well-being.
Hormones are part of the endocrine system. The endocrine system regulates our heart rate, metabolism – how the body gets energy from the foods we eat – appetite, mood, sexual function, reproduction, growth and development, sleep cycles, and more.
Endocrine glands make hormones, which travel through the bloodstream to tissues and organs, and controls most of our body’s major systems.
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The major endocrine glands are the pituitary, pineal, thymus, thyroid, adrenal glands, pancreas, testes, and ovaries. In addition, men produce hormones in their testes and women produce them in their ovaries.
Pituitary, thyroid, and adrenal glands,[ovaries in women],and [testes in men] all secrete a number of hormones with different actions. They secrete hormone in microscopic amounts and it takes only very small amounts to bring about major changes in the body.
Even a very slight excess of hormone secretion can lead to disease states, as can the slightest deficiency in a hormone. When they are all perfectly balanced, they help the body thrive and we enjoy good health.
But several factors like diseases, changes in the atmosphere and in the body, diet changes etc., may result in imbalances that produce undesirable symptoms and disorders.
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Hormone imbalances can occur any time regardless of one’s age and cause serious health problems requiring ongoing management.
Back To My Story:
Well , my Dermatologist said that she was going to refer me to her Gynecologist because she specialize in hormones and menopause. So I made an appointment with her OB-GYN where she ran a slew of test on me. She determined it was not menopause, but it might be a hormonal issue.
She decided to prescribe me Progesterone and said that one of the side effects could be cancer. Did you all hear me “ CANCER ?”
She did say that it would help me sleep, regulate my menstrual cycle,stop facial hair growth which I was experiencing, and it might help lessen my aggression during my menstrual cycle. I felt unsatisfied and left feeling hopeless.
Then it happened. I saw an article titled “Poly-cystic Ovary Syndrome.” It is one of effects that occurs due to imbalanced hormones in the female body. I laid in bed crying tears of joy. My husband asked “Why the tears?” I told him I found what was ailing my body.
I started researching treatments for the issues I was having with my body. I found Herbs which did the same and even more as the progesterone, but without the side effects. “ NO CANCER”
All about Adaptogenic Herbs
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While most doctors agree that an approach to balancing hormones is many-layered, there are several herbs for balancing hormones available. I believe that one powerful approach to naturally balancing hormones is Adaptogens or adaptogenic herbs.
Adaptogens are a unique class of healing plants: They help balance, restore and protect the body. According to naturopath Edward Wallace, an adaptogen doesn’t have a specific action; it helps you respond to any influence or stressor, normalizing your physiological functions.
Unlike hormone therapy that floods the body with one kind of hormone (like estrogen) and produces undesirable side effects, adaptogenic herbs are a holistic, all-natural treatment.
As their name suggests, these will adapt to the needs of your body — increasing hormones you may be producing less of or lowering high levels of hormones that could be contributing towards an imbalance.
Restoring Balance to Your Body
Through this calming, stimulating, and nourishing mechanism, these adaptogens better-balance female hormones for optimum health and fertility .
Adaptogenic herbs supports overall endocrine function, balancing the thyroid and adrenal glands, aiding the pituitary – which are all involved in hormonal balance. Adaptogenic herbs safely and effectively improves resistance towards stress and thereby improves hormonal balance.
Adaptogenic herbs strengthens the HPA (Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal) axis to aid in hormonal balance and stress management. It is great for balancing out female hormones.
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And research has found that is can be a natural plant alternative to Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for early-postmenopausal women..
Studies find that adaptogenic herbs can promote vitality and increase resistance to stress and ageing. And it achieves all this without overstimulating the endocrine system.
Adaptogenic herb for hormonal balance have been used in ancient medicine as an adrenal balancer. Its exert a beneficial effect on the central nervous, sympathetic, endocrine, immune, respiratory, cardiovascular, and gastrointestinal systems.
All of these effects go a long way towards combating stress and promoting hormonal balance.
Adaptogenic herb can help relieve PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome), increase fertility, reduce uterine bleeding and alleviate menopausal symptoms.
As a natural aphrodisiac, it can also benefit those with low libido.
I am so pleased and happy with natural herbs. I could not wait to tell you the benefits of taking herbs.
Natural medicine has long appreciated the benefits of herbs and food as medicine. Eating well, getting proper rest, staying active, writing down what you’re grateful for and maintaining social connection all help protect the balancing of hormones.
Adding adaptogens herbs to your routine can make you even more resilient to the damaging effects of hormone imbalances.
I hope you found this article help ful! If you have any other questions, feel free to leave it in the comments below!