Hormones are the chemical messengers in the body that travel the bloodstream to the organs and tissues. They slowly work and affect many of the body’s processes over time.
Endocrine glands, which are special groups of cells make hormones. There are many endocrine glands in the body with the main ones being the pituitary gland, thyroid, thymus, adrenal glands, and the pancreas.
If hormone imbalance is left untreated it can result in serious medical conditions. An imbalance of hormones is experienced at different times during life. As the body changes from childhood to adulthood, puberty is experienced by both male and females. Women will then again experience a change later in life after their childbearing years have been passed.
Hormonal imbalance is defined as chemical messengers which regulate our body’s systems and that are no longer functioning properly. This dysfunction can be an overproduction or an underproduction of specific hormones.
It only requires a small amount of hormonal imbalance to cause significant health changes throughout the body.
Our naturopathic approach to hormone rebalancing is mostly achieved through the effects of herbal, homoeopathic and phyto hormone compositions.
The Clinic has available over fifty different compositions covering a wide variety of hormonal imbalances such as PMT, menopause, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, heavy periods, painful periods, infertility, habitual miscarriage, general blood deficiency, fatigue, low libido, and scanty irregular periods.
The treatment programs although treating hormonal imbalances, are holistic in their treatment effect and address the overall imbalances of the body.
Other related test procedures and subsequent treatments associated with hormonal imbalances may include: chiropractic assessment of back and pelvis, acupuncture, allergy and food sensitivity evaluation, amino acid, fatty acid, and bio mineral profiles.
These further procedures may be necessary to enable the practitioner to develop an appropriate and individual treatment program for each patient.
Progesterone – The mother of all hormones is a natural antidepressant, normal levels support libido and help to control premenstrual tension.
The correct ratio of progesterone to oestradiol is essential for fertility
Oestradiol – The most bioactive of the oestrogens in the body, it protects against osteoporosis, reduces risk of heart disease, has beneficial effects on lowering cholesterol.
DHEA – The anti-aging hormone, low levels may indicate adrenal stress, normal levels have an antidepressant action, and may help to protest egg reserves.
Testosterone – The female needs adequate testosterone levels for body and muscle tone. High levels may indicate PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome) Low levels may be associated with low libido..
Free Thyroxine (F T4) – Low levels associated with weight gain, hair loss, depression, fatigue, and memory and concentration impairment.
Follicle Stimulating Hormone ( FSH) – low levels found in amenorrhoea (no periods) and infertility, or with the onset of menopause. Normal levels help control the menstrual cycle and the production of eggs by the ovaries.
Luteinizing Hormone (LH) – Stimulates the ovaries to produce and release eggs and the production of progesterone.
Prolactin – High levels may be associated low thyroid function, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), irregular periods and infertility, anorexia, and kidney dysfunction and low adrenal output.
Low levels may be associated with underactive pituitary function, delayed puberty, infertility, side effect of certain prescription drugs.
Anti- Mullarian Hormone (AMH) – Indicates a woman’s egg reserves. High levels may indicate PCOS. Low levels may be associated with infertility.