Do you feel bloated, nervous and very listless? These symptoms may be related to hormonal imbalances , which can affect your overall health and well-being. The hormonal imbalance is related to a number of changes in the body, with impact on weight and mood among many other problems.

Plants to balance your hormones

Hormones play an essential role in the performance of the body, both physical and mental. Hormones help control metabolic rate, digestion, inhalation and exhalation, tissue function, emotions, stress, and performance, among others.

Therefore, when hormonal stability is disturbed in some way, the body will undergo changes, as well as emotional well-being. Weight gain can also occur despite leading a correct and energetic life.

Symptoms of hormonal imbalance

  • Hair loss
  • Fatigue
  • Epidermis problems, for example acne
  • Overweight
  • Irregular periods
  • Sleeping problems
  • Memory loss
  • Mood swings and depressive disorders
  • Headaches
  • Lack of sexual desire
  • Delicate nails, as well as brittle and fragile hair
  • Dry eyes
  • Night sweats
  • Hunger
  • Low physical performance

There are different traditional methods to restore hormonal balance , such as alternative artificial hormone production treatments, thyroid gland medications, and so on, however, you can help hormonal regulation, using various natural herbs that we will mention below.

The most effective plants to regulate hormones

1. Astragalus

Commonly known as milk vetch, this herb is used in Chinese medicine to treat a wide variety of health problems, including heart disease, liver problems, upper respiratory infections, and asthma. It is now commonly used for its immunostimulating action and for its anti-aging effect. The latter is attributed to the compound cycloastragenol in the herb that activates the telomerase enzyme that protects cells’ DNA during cell division.

The balancing property of the hormone in Astragalus helps regulate blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Astragalus has a protective effect on the beta cells of the pancreas that secrete insulin. It fights insulin resistance, where insulin receptors are progressively desensitized due to high levels of the circulating hormone. Insulin resistance is the leading cause of type 2 diabetes.

2. Maca root

The root of this turnip plant that belongs to the cabbage family is called Peruvian ginseng after its native place. However, it is not a relative of true ginseng. The highly nutritious root is used as a vegetable, and is consumed in Andean cuisine. But what made it popular is its energy-enhancing effect that is believed to have provided strength and stamina to Inca warriors of yesteryear.

Athletes now use Maca Root powder to increase endurance. The hormone balancing effect of this root provides additional benefits such as stress relief. It has plant hormones that give women special benefits, such as alleviating PMS and menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats.

3. Red raspberry leaf

It has a pleasant tea-like taste and is a dense, nutrient-dense herb for women. This herb is best known for its uterine strengthening properties. This wonderful herb is a rich source of vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin C.

The red raspberry leaf has many benefits in addition to being a uterine tonic. It is known to help increase fertility in both men and women, prevent miscarriage and bleeding, and help decrease heavy blood flow and painful menstrual cramps. It can relieve nausea associated with pregnancy, reduce pain during and after delivery, and help stimulate milk production.

4. Milk thistle

This is one of my all-time favorite herbs for a multitude of health conditions. Milk thistle is one of the best liver cleansing herbs and a healthy liver is vital for hormonal balance. Many women have an excess of estrogen and a deficiency of progesterone due to this. What many people don’t know is that excess estrogen leaks into the body through the liver.

If the liver is congested and stagnant, the body cannot eliminate these excess estrogens and they re-enter the body. The liver is also the processing plant for our body’s toxic waste, such as chemicals, heavy metals, fungi, and other toxins. Many of these toxins can act to mimic the hormones in our body and lead to further hormonal imbalance.

5. Vitex

A panacea for women’s health, vitex is a powerful but slow-acting tonic. The herb vitex can address most of the problems associated with PMS (menstrual cramps, headaches, depression, fluid retention, constipation, acne, breast tenderness, irritability, and irregular cycles), as well as problems associated with menopause (hot flashes, mood swings, excessive sweating, irregular cycles, and migraines).

Clinical studies and popular wisdom show it to be a successful remedy for endometriosis and uterine fibroids, and women in the United States have found it helpful in balancing their cycles after they have stopped using birth control pills. Do not take it if you are pregnant or taking birth control pills (as they can make the pills less effective).

6. Dandelion root

The liver plays an important role in the regulation of hormones , especially estrogens. Not only does it metabolize this important hormone, but it also helps eliminate it, whether the estrogen comes from natural sources or comes from artificial sources.

Dandelion root, often thought of as a weed, is one of the most powerful liver tonics available. You can consume dandelion root regularly as a decoction, simmered for 15 minutes, or as a tincture.

Hormonal imbalance affects massive numbers of individuals around the world, and natural treatment involves correctly consuming omega-3s, eating an excellent anti-inflammatory diet regimen, controlling pressure, getting enough sleep, exercising, and using these types of herbs.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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