Hormone imbalances are very common among women, and for premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and menopause, imbalances are expected. During PMS and menopause, your hormones are fluctuating and that can take a tole on the body. Too little or too much of a certain hormone can affect your day-to-day life and even have harmful side effects.
More and more, people are turning to the most natural ways to regulate their hormones, and one of these ways is herbs. Herbs are a great way to assist and even supplement the body when it needs a little help. Below we discuss 5 herbs that help balance hormones specific to PMS and menopausal symptoms.
Chaste Tree Berry
This herb is often used for endometriosis, infertility, PMS, and menopausal symptoms. Chaste tree berry contains hormone-like compounds that react with the pituitary gland. This may help stimulate progesterone, ideal for PMS and menopause. This herb is a common additive in women’s PMS vitamin blends and can also be taken alone.
Ashwaganda is a very popular herbal medicine, commonly found in the form of supplements, teas, and root powders. This medicinal herb helps your body handle stress by regulating the brain’s hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. The HPA axis produces and releases multiple hormones that initiate your body’s response to stress. Ashwaganda is a popular choice for women going through menopause who are having trouble sleeping and is not recommended for those with hyperthyroidism.
This herb is a very popular herb for a multitude of conditions as it supports the liver. The liver regulates the balance of sex hormones, thyroid hormones, cortisone and other adrenal hormones. Many women have excess estrogen and this estrogen gets filtered out of the body through the liver. Your liver processes toxins before hormones, so it’s important to support your liver when your hormones are heightened. Milk thistle helps reduce hot flashes and night sweats, particularly during the later stages of menopause.
Maca stimulates the pituitary and hypothalamus glands of your endocrine system, responsible for regulating all the other hormone producing glands. Maca is known as an adaptogenic herb, meaning it adapts to each body and balances hormones based on individual need. This herb is widely used for fertility, cycle regulation, hormone imbalance, libido and endurance.
Women who experience PMS often have an imbalance of estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen also fluctuates towards the beginning of menopause, and black cohosh helps balance estrogen levels. In addition, black cohosh is recommended for women with menstrual irregularities.
At Arapahoe Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center, we like to encourage our patients to rely on the most natural treatment methods possible. For more natural treatment methods for PMS and menopausal symptoms, please check out our articles below.
- Chiropractic for PMS and Menopause
- Acupuncture for Menstrual Cramping Relief
- 5 Natural Remedies for Menopausal Symptoms
- 8 Natural Remedies for PMS Symptoms
- Massage Therapy for PMS Symptoms
If you are interested in learning more about herbs for PMS and menopause in the Denver Metro Area, contact us today! The specialists at Arapahoe Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center would be happy to talk to you about your options and help you throughout your journey. Contact us to learn more or request an appointment today.
BY: Dr. Friedman
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