Getting Your Hormones Back on Track With Herbs
By Stephen R. Farris
Have you ever felt as if your hormones were out of balance? Maybe you suffer from your hormones being out of balance at times. It might be time to add a few fresh herbs to your daily diet to help keep them in balance.
Recent studies have shown that certain herbs can help with hormone levels. Herbs have been used for centuries for a number of health-related conditions, as well as adding flavor to food dishes.
As with any changes to your diet and/or exercise regimen, check first with your doctor or chiropractor to hear their thoughts and suggestions before moving forward.
Nigella seeds come from Nigella sativa, also known as the fennel flower. The seeds are rich in antioxidants and contain thymoquinone, which has medicinal properties. Researchers have found that the seeds have done very well in animal studies to help regulate insulin, testosterone, luteinizing hormone, and react similarly to estrogen, which could help give women a therapeutic response during menopause. Nigella seeds can be used in breads, salads, and other dishes.
Ashwagandha goes by several other names, which include winter cherry, Indian ginseng, and is a member of the nightshade family of herbs. Ashwagandha -- according to herbal medicine -- is supposed to help alleviate stress, balance blood levels in cortisol and thyroid hormones.
Black Cohosh Root
Black cohosh root -- when taken in large doses -- acts in a similar way to estrogen. In some ways, it can relieve the effects of menopause according to studies that have been done.
Chasteberry can be taken either as a supplement or in abstract form. Studies have shown that chasteberry helps to relieve menopause, treat infertility issues, and certain symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) like breast pain.
Marjoram is an herb that has been used in herbal medicine as well as traditional medicine. Similar to oregano, studies using marjoram have shown that it helps reduce stress levels in people with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
These herbs have been studied and tested on both humans and animals. So far, they seem to help with a variety of conditions associated with out of balance hormones to help bring them back to as normal as possible.
If you have questions concerning the use of herbal medicine associated with the treatment of hormones, be sure to talk with your doctor or local chiropractor to hear some of the tips and suggestions they have to offer.
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Clarksville, Tenn.