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Natural Herbs to Balance the Female Hormonal System

Natural herbs to balance the female hormonal system

In the female body there are several types of hormones, naturally produced and secreted by the glands of the endocrine system. There are a lot of very good herbs, plants that can help balance the hormonal system. 

List of symptoms associated with hormone imbalance:

  • Loss of bone density
  • Changes in muscle tone
  • Bloat
  • Weight changes
  • Skin changes, such as oily skin or acne
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Difficulty conceiving
  • Changes in hair growth and texture
  • Hot flashes
  • Menstrual changes
  • Mood instability
  • Low sex drive
  • Painful or fibrocystic breast tissue

Males and females have many of the same hormones, only in different ratios. Testosterone is the dominant sex hormone in men, of which most is produced by the testes. However, falling testosterone levels can lead to many of the same symptoms that women experience during menopause, such as:

  • Loss of bone density
  • Changes in muscle tone
  • Weight changes
  • Depression
  • Hot flashes
  • Mood instability
  • Low sex drive

Here are the main types of Female Hormones (There are many other hormones produced in glands throughout the body, all of which can become imbalanced at any stage of life).

Estrogen

Estrogen is the most well-known female sex hormone. This sex hormone is produced in the adrenal glands, ovaries and fatty tissue. It assists breast growth in puberty, help in the growth of uterus lining during the menstrual cycle and maintain the bones strength by joining force with vitamin D, calcium, and minerals.

Progesterone

Similar to estrogen, progesterone is also produced in the adrenal tissue and ovaries. The progesterone hormone, in the second half of the cycle, helps to form the uterus lining for the eggs to be implanted after ovulation. The production of progesterone diminishes after menopause in women. Low levels of progesterone could create some symptoms such as mood swings, irritability and depression; on the physical level, it could be responsible for weight gain, osteoporosis and other joint pains. Estrogen rises to be the primary sex hormone when progesterone is low and leads to estrogen dominance. This is why balancing estrogen and progesterone levels, is a good idea.

Testosterone

Testosterone is considered to be a male hormone, but a little amount of testosterone is also formed in women. This testosterone hormone is developed by other hormones namely DHEA and DHEA-S.

DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone)

DHEA is a kind of a steroid hormone produced in the adrenal glands. In females, it increases a woman’s energy level, bones, libido along with sexual responsiveness to stimulation.  

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5 very well-known and beneficial herbs to help balance female hormonal system.  All these herbs can be found in supplement forms or teas. Following the directions of the manufacturer is helpful and gives you a measure. As you go, you can increase or diminish the intake. Same with tea. It is a question of preferences.

Supplement forms may be more potent.

SAGE

Sage contains hormone-like substances that help to balance the production and levels of estrogen in your body. The essential oil extracted from this flowering herb is often used in aromatherapy to help calm, relax and induce a sense of wellbeing.  You can also use the sage leaf. You can use it in soups, or simply chew on a leaf. You can also get it as an herbal tablet.

VITEX

Vitex, also known as chasteberry, is used to treat a variety of different conditions, such as PMS, infertility, acne, and more. It is an ideal herb to balance female hormones. Vitex works by decreasing levels of prolactin, which in return balances out estrogen and progesterone. Chasteberry can be found in teas or supplements.

BLACK COHOSH

Well known by Native American women, Black cohosh is often used to treat menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, moodiness, excessive sweating, and more. It also has use in inducing labor in pregnant women, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and painful periods. Black cohosh is an excellent herb to balance female hormones because it is a phytoestrogen, which can help to lower elevated estrogen or raise low estrogen. Do not use this herb if pregnant or breastfeeding.

DONG QUAI

Dong quai, also known as female ginseng, is an herb typically used in traditional Chinese medicine. It has been used for centuries as an herb to balance female hormones and prevent symptoms of PMS. Dong quai has been shown to balance levels of estrogen, which in return alleviates common symptoms of menopause or PMS. Can increase libido.

ASHWAGANDHA

Ashwagandha is a powerful adaptogen that provides a quick natural way to help fight stress and negativity. Also known as withania somnifera, helps the body adapt to and handle mental, physical and emotional stress while also improving moods. Can also help with mental recall and alertness.

Ashwagandha enhances aerobic exercise capacity and increases muscle strength and endurance.

There are also several other wonderful herbs such as dandelion, raspberry leaves, St-John’s Worth, ginger et more.

Other ways to balance your hormones

Medicinal herbs are just one of many treatment options for hormonal imbalances.

The best treatment options for you depend on the cause of the imbalance, your lifestyle factors, and more.  Nutrition plays a very important role in balancing our system. Taking the time to be more physical helps. Just a 15-20 minutes’ walk can do wonders!

Herbs can also be used for balancing hormones paired with other evidence-based therapies.  It is all a question of preferences.

It is best to discuss options with your doctor or healthcare provider before taking medicinal herbs or starting any type of hormone therapy.