Understanding hormones

4 Herbs to Boost Your Natural Hormone Levels

Natural hormones are the hormones that are produced naturally in the body. In women, three key natural hormones are estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. These hormones are transported around the body in the bloodstream, and instigate various changes that take place in the body. Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are responsible for the reproductive system, and for all the changes that take place in puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause.

Hormonal imbalance is responsible for physical and emotional changes during menopause.

However, at certain points in a woman’s life, during puberty, menopause, or as a result of certain medical conditions, the body’s natural hormones can fall into a state of imbalance. Hormonal imbalances can have uncomfortable physical and emotional effects, including hot flashes, fatigue, breast tenderness, mood swings, irritability, and depression.

There are many ways to treat the symptoms of an imbalance in the body’s levels of natural hormones. An increasingly popular way to combat the symptoms of hormonal imbalance is by using herbal medicines. Read on to find out about four herbal medicines that can help stabilize your natural hormone levels.

1. Black Cohosh

Black cohosh is a relatively newly-discovered herbal medicine for hormonal imbalances. It is native to North America, and is famed for its estrogen-like properties. When introduced into the body, black cohosh can help balance irregular levels of naturally-produced estrogen in the body. It is available in the form of capsules, tinctures, and teas.

2. Ginseng

Ginseng can also be used to treat hormonal imbalances. Like black cohosh, it behaves in a similar way to the human hormone estrogen. It is found in America, China, and Korea, and has been used traditionally as an alternative medicine for centuries. As well as treating hormonal imbalances, it has energizing properties.

3. Dong Quai

Dong quai is commonly used for gynecological problems.Dong quai is commonly used for gynecological problems, and is useful in addressing issues in the female reproductive system. It is sourced in Japan, China, and Korea. However, dong quai has one drawback in that it acts as an anticoagulant; it has blood-thinning properties, and should not be used alongside other anticoagulant medicines.

4. Macafem

Macafem is an increasingly popular herbal supplement, native to Latin America. Unlike the above herbal supplements, Macafem does not have estrogen-like properties, but works instead to stimulate hormone production, causing the body to produce greater quantities of its natural hormones.

Herbal medicine can be an easy and effective way to treat imbalances in your body’s natural hormones, and to avoid the unpleasant side effects. However, there are many other treatments available. Click on the following link for more information about treatments for hormone imbalances.

Reviewed on Friday, May 17th, 2013