Herbal Remedies for Hormone Imbalance

Updated February 21, 2017

Hormonal imbalance can cause many symptoms that may be relieved with herbal treatments. An imbalance of hormones might be responsible for fatigue and depression. There is a balance in hormones in a woman's body between oestrogen and progesterone. A slight change in the balance between these two hormones can wreak havoc on your health and mental state.

Phytoestrogenic Herbs

Phytoestrogenic herbs introduce plant-based hormones into the body to treat a hormonal imbalance. Herbal medicine uses black cohosh to treat gynaecological problems and depression. Black cohosh can help women who are suffering from hot flushes and irritability that is common during menopause.

Dong quai or angelica treats hormonal imbalances that cause menopause and menstrual symptoms.

Red clover is a rich source of phytoestrogens and is an herbal medicine that treats menopausal symptoms.

Using phytoestrogenic herbs to treat hormonal imbalance over a long period may decrease the ability of the body to create its own oestrogen. Consider this when deciding on any herbal hormone treatment. Always discuss the use of herbs with your doctor before beginning a treatment plan. Some herbs can cause some prescription medications to be ineffective.

Non-oestrogenic Herbs

This type of herb does not contain any oestrogen at all. This herbal treatment will encourage the body to produce its own natural hormones on its own. The herbs supply nutrients to the endocrine and pituitary glands that produce oestrogen and progesterone. This naturally restores balance between oestrogen and progesterone when the body is not producing enough of either of these hormones.

This type of herbal treatment does not cause the same problems as phytoestrogenic herbs and decreases the ability of the body to produce its own natural hormones. Instead, it creates an environment in the body that enhances the natural ability to produce the correct balance of hormones.

Macafem is a natural non-oestrogenic herb that can help with an imbalance in hormones for women suffering from menopausal symptoms. These types of herbs offer more safety than phytoestrogenic herbs. The herb creates hormones in the body naturally instead of introducing them to the body from an outside source.

Finding the Balance

Non-oestrogenic herbs and phytoestrogenic herbs can both be helpful in restoring balance to the level of hormones in the body. Finding the right balance of herbal hormone treatments will require some trial and error. Herbal treatments take longer than traditional hormone replacement therapy and it may be several weeks before you notice any relief.

Have your hormone levels tested at the doctor's office with a blood or saliva test.

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Luanne Kelchner works out of Daytona Beach, Florida and has been freelance writing full time since 2008. Her ghostwriting work has covered a variety of topics but mainly focuses on health and home improvement articles. Kelchner has a degree from Southern New Hampshire University in English language and literature.