Evidence based herbal and nutritional medicine offers a range of nutrients and herbs that are effective at balancing hormones throughout the life stages including pre-conception, pregnancy and menopause.
1. Hormone balancing
Naturopathy modulates certain aspects of the body so that the body can balance and heal itself. Eating a balanced diet is crucial for hormone balance as is a healthy lifestyle with minimal stress. When the body isn't quite working at its best and hormones are out of balance, nutritional supplementation and herbal medicine can be very effective. For example, a herb called Vitex angus-castus may be helpful at regulating your cycle and vitamin B6 can alleviate PMS symptoms. During your consultation, we'll discuss your general health as well as your history and your family history. That way, we'll be able to find the root cause of the problem and assess if you might be susceptible to genetic health conditions. You will receive a holistic treatment approach, which includes dietary advice, lifestyle advice and supplementation.
It is so important to ensure that you're on top of your general health before you start trying to conceive. This will be the first thing to address within your naturopathic treatment. Pre-conception care is more than just taking folate (folic acid). All the vitamins and minerals as well as specialist supplements work in synergy, playing their part in increasing your chances for a successful and healthy pregnancy. For example, antioxidants such as vitamins E, C and Co-enzyme Q10 protect follicles from damage. They also enhance egg, sperm and embryo quality and growth. Herbal medicine can also be useful for reducing worry and anxiety around fertility, enhancing sperm and egg quality and helping to reduce the risk of miscarriage.
Optimal nutrition is just so important for yours and your growing baby's health and wellbeing. We all know how important folate (folic acid) is for early embryonic development. But did you know, vitamin D is responsible for regulating over 200 genes and is required for hormone synthesis; zinc is important for progesterone production and early embryonic development; and low levels of vitamin E is associated with miscarriage.
Often it is difficult to obtain adequate nutrition from food, so as a bare minimum a good multi and fish oil supplement is almost always required. Often, I’ll suggest other supplements and super-foods to help enhance your nutritional status as you go through this transformational life stage. Nutritional, herbal and energetic medicine can also be helpful at reducing morning sickness and increasing your energy levels.
The naturopathic perspective is to address symptom relief as well as support the body systems to prevent any future complications such as osteoporosis, breast cancer and cardiovascular disease. Nutritional, herbal and energetic medicine can help your transition through peri-menopause and beyond be as smooth and symptom-free as possible.
As a part of your naturopathic treatment we'll look at your diet and make small adjustments to help reduce the symptoms of menopause such as hot flushes and night sweats. For example, by consuming Phyto-oestrogen foods such as flaxseeds and alfalfa, you are supporting your body in detoxifying oestrogen.
You'll also be given advice on how to protect your bones by consuming foods rich in calcium, D and magnesium. You may also be asked to consider taking a D3 supplement or a multi vitamin to help provide your body with essential nutrients.
Herbal medicine such as Wild yam, Hops and Motherwort can be useful at relieving menopausal symptoms including hot flushes, headaches, insomnia, palpitations and anxiety.
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