Hormone Balancing and Herbal Medicine
Many women experience hormonal imbalances at different times of their lives. This can be very challenging, especially when accompanied by symptoms such as mood swings, acne and weight gain. Women have used herbs for thousands of years to help them maintain healthy hormones.
Plants have a unique ability to help modulate body functions. Many herbs have the capacity to both raise or lower different hormones depending on what an individual specifically needs.
An example of this is the herb Chaste Tree Berry, one of the most common hormone-balancing herbs used in Western herbalism. According to clinical herbal practitioners, Kerry Bone and Simon Mills who co-wrote the evidence-based book, Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy: Modern Herbal Medicine, Chaste Tree Berry is very effective at regulating a women’s menstrual cycle and libido. The herb works by balancing two pituitary hormones: luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). Chaste Tree Berry also helps stabilize and lift mood.
Because of the regulating aspect of herbs, they can be much more effective at decreasing symptoms in a sustainable way with minimal side effects, as noted in the botanical research monographs of the Southwest College of Natural Medicine. For women who do not respond well to hormonal forms of treatment, herbs can be a powerful way to help them feel balanced and healthy.
Erin Gattuso is a naturopathic doctor at Health By Choice Education and Research, a natural wellness facility located at 15 Market Sq., in Manheim. For more information, call 814-766-2182 or visit DrErinGattusoND.com.