I work a lot with hormonal issues, specifically menstrual, fertility and menopausal problems. These all have their own symptoms and complications but they invariably stem from some kind of hormonal imbalance.
Working in natural health means helping the body sort itself out. When it comes to the endocrine system, (the incredibly complex and sophisticated glandular system that produces hormones and monitors its balance), it can be supported and regulated relatively simply.
The pituitary gland is often referred to as the grandfather or master gland as it sends out signals (hormones) that trigger the production of oestrogen, progesterone & testosterone (yes, women produce testosterone too). The balance of all 3 of these hormones is governed by the pituitary gland and the wrong balance can disrupt the menstrual cycle, cause premenstrual syndrome, lead to infertility and hormonal disorders like polycystic ovary syndrome.
By the way, it is not only the ovaries that produce our sex hormones, smaller amounts are also made in the liver, adrenal glands, breast tissue and abdominal fat cells.
So, rather than taking synthetic hormones that, in theory, trick the body in to believing hormonal levels are as they should be, the naturopathic view is to support the pituitary gland and all the other systems in the body that influence the endocrine system, to enable your own body regulate the production of your hormones naturally.
There are a number of ways to do this, with diet playing a large part. There are also some specific herbs and ‘super-foods’ that I use with my patients to great effect, which I will guide you through. So look out for my next few blogs where I will outline natural remedies for various hormonal problems, starting with the menopause.