The Problem of Hormone Imbalances
Chinese medicine believes that the foundation of good health lies in the correct balance of Yin and Yang. The symptoms of PMS and menopause that many women experience today is not normal.
The Kidney organ has powerful endocrine influence including the adrenals, thyroid, parathyroid as well as the reproductive functions. In Chinese medicine this is known as the Jing or life essence. It is a treasure to be guarded carefully. When we live a life out of balance with too much stress, our hormones tend to follow suit.
Prolonged stress, drugs or prolonged illness drains the kidney essence leading to poor brain performance, memory loss and mental disturbances.
In Western medicine this is known as adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue manifests as a constellation of symptoms, such as insomnia, anxiety, low energy, and poor memory. These symptoms are your body’s way of letting you know that there is an imbalance. In many cases it may not be serious enough to send you to the hospital but it will certainly impact the quality of your life and rob you of the radiant health and happiness that are your birth right. There is relief for hormone imbalances!
Natural Treatment of Hormone Imbalances
In Chinese medicine low thyroid function is seen as kidney essence exhaustion. Menopause and/or chronic stress can use up the body's hormone reserve leading to depletion of Jing or Kidney essence. Chinese adaptogenic herbal tonics can help to nourish the kidney system and regulate the endocrine system without the potential harmful side effects of hormone replacement.
Yin and Yang energies also need to be balanced and stress levels reduced. This is where acupuncture plays an important role in resetting the yin-yang balance, and balancing the relationship between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. (The sympathetic nervous system is the part that handles the body's quick responses to external stimuli, such as the “fight or flight” response in dangerous situations, while the parasympathetic is responsible for processes while the body is at rest)
Without a way to reset the automatic fight or flight response to chronic stress it is very difficult to make progress with hormone imbalance conditions. A program of acupuncture, nourishing herbal tonics and nutritional therapies is recommended along with blood chemistry lab tests to track progress.
Symptoms of Hormone Imbalances
low energy and lack of sexual libido
Breast tenderness and PMS
hot flashes and night sweats
Irritability or emotional disturbances