The hormones are one of the more powerful components of the body’s makeup. Although the brain controls many of the activities of the body, the hormones make organs work and often they are at the heart of why an individual is suffering from illness or disease. In short, a hormone imbalance occurs when these all-important natural chemicals running through the body are not at the right levels. This causes a wide range of risk factors that increase the likelihood of illness and disease.
What Are the Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance?
Most people experience some type of symptoms due to hormone imbalance on a daily basis. Many people just do not realize that this is why they feel the way they do. For example, you may have skin problems, weight concerns, or even aches and pains. By working to recognize and then address these symptoms, it may be possible to improve your quality of life and overcome (or prevent) illness and disease.
- Weight gain, especially weight around the hips, thighs, and abdomen
- Decreased libido
- Decreased energy
- Mood swings
- Tenderness in the breasts
- Menstrual cramps
- Water retention
- Night Sweats
- Increased body or facial hair
- Brittle hair and nails
- Puffy eyes
- PMS and irregular menstrual cycles
- Headaches, migraines
- Stress and anxiety
- Panic attacks
- Difficulty concentrating
As you can see, this is a very long and extensive list. And, that is partially what is important to recognize here. Many of the symptoms you have that you struggle with on a daily basis are in fact related to a hormone imbalance.
Treatments for Hormone Imbalance
One of the most common misconceptions of a symptom due to hormone imbalance is that when it goes away, the problem is resolved. This is simply not the case. Rather, most traditional medicine focuses solely on just that – treating the symptoms. And, while that headache may go away with pain medications or the acne may clear up with a chemical treatment, it does not resolve the underlying cause of the problem – imbalanced hormones. For that, we turn to naturopathic treatments.
What Is Naturopathic Hormone balancing Treatments?
Naturopathic care for hormone imbalance is customized to meet the individual needs of the patient. That is, every person’s needs are very different from the next individual. In this type of care, the goal is to focus first on understanding the underlying cause of the imbalance. From there, it is possible to focus on treatments that help to encourage the body’s ability to self-heal.
This healing begins with comprehensive diagnostics. A naturopathic doctor can utilize blood, urine or saliva tests to identify hormonal imbalances. Through testing, it can become more clear where the imbalance comes from. A comprehensive approach, checking the majority of the hormones and their metabolites can lead to the best treatment. Checking only one hormone and trying to correct only that, without looking at the whole picture, can actually cause further imbalance in other hormones the body produces.
Another component to naturopathic treatment and approach is to focus on eating and sleeping patterns. A person’s body needs proper sleep and nutrients to work in an optimal manner. When a person does not receive adequate levels of these, hormone imbalances can occur.
Your naturopathic physician may also recommend liver detoxification, a way of getting rid of toxin buildup, or hormone buildup in your body. The liver metabolizes among other things your own hormones and excretes all excess and foreign hormones that enter your body. Reducing long-term stress may also be a key component to bring on hormonal balance since stress increases cortisol production, a hormone that helps stimulate the body’s “fight or flight” response. Too much of it, though, can cause many symptoms and it can stress out the same organs that produce it.
Other treatment options may be chosen to help bring the hormones back to a “healthier” level or better metabolism and excretion. Depending on your age, symptoms and test results, supplementing with a certain hormone might be necessary. Bio-identical hormones, (chemical structure identical to what your body is producing) might be recommended. Also, dietary supplements that help strengthen the organs that produce your own hormones might be used.
Always, treatments for hormone imbalance are customized to address your underlying cause. Unlike traditional medicine, naturopathic medicine provides a solution to the problem which leads to fewer hormone imbalance symptoms. This improves a person’s health and quality of life, and it is all done through natural, non-invasive methods. For many people, naturopathic medicine for hormone imbalance is one of the most promising methods of overcoming illness and chronic pain.