The use of herbal medicine to balance hormones and endocrine symptoms goes back centuries. We know today that the way plants interact with the endocrine system is via plant compounds, also called 'phytochemcials' - chemicals that can act directly on the hormone itself, or by interacting with their receptors, thus having the potential to affect the adrenals, thyroid and sex hormones in the body.
ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS
Omega 3 and Omega 6 fats are essential fatty acids that we need to consume in our daily diet.
Omega 3 fats are important for local hormone regulation which control inflammation, dilation and circulation to the reproductive organs and increased intake of Omega 3 has been found to reduce period pain and improve fertility Ref.
Acupuncture is commonly used for a variety of gynaecological conditions. It is often employed more specifically to help women with conditions related to hormone imbalance such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, painful periods and menopausal symptoms.
Hormones are chemical messengers that are involved in energy metabolism, growth and development, muscle and fat distribution, fluid and electrolyte balance, and sexual development including
Hormone regulation can be very effectively supported through diet, no matter what stage of life cycle you are in - from puberty to menopause.
Medical Herablists often work with women who suffer from endometriosis. Generally a full consultation is advised to assess which herbs would be most suited to each patient, however there are a few herbs that are often found to be useful and can be tried before seeing a practitioner:
A common therapeutic approach for oestrogen dependent conditions, such as fibroids and endometriosis is to reduce inflammation - but what does inflammation have to do with oestrogen excess you may ask- here are a few of the mechanisms explained.
Endometriosis is a gynaecological condition in which cells from the endometrium (the lining of the uterus), are found outside the uterine cavity – most commonly in the pelvis, fallopian tubes, ovaries, bowel and bladder, and sometimes in the lungs, heart, eyes, knees and armpits.
Wherever it grows, the uterine tissue responds to female hormones by growing during every cycle and bleeding during menstruation. The fluid in the tissue results in pain, inflammation, cysts and scar tissue. This can be a serious and very debilitating condition.