You just want the hot flashes to go way, lose that stubborn weight and sleep through the night! That is not too much to ask, right? During peri-menopause and menopause, we are often told that hormone therapy will be the answer to our problems. You may believe that when you take synthetic or bio-identical hormone replacement, you are creating hormone balance. Many times, these treatments can relieve the symptoms of hot flashes or heavy bleeding, but then other symptoms may appear like weight gain, headaches or low libido. These are also signs of hormone imbalance.
The good news? We can find symptom relief and the source of imbalance, at the same time. From the perspective of Chinese Medicine, how well you take care of yourself after 35 years old, will dictate how smoothly you will transition through menopause and your quality of life beyond.
From a Functional medicine perspective, hormone imbalance (which includes thyroid, cortisol, insulin – as well as our sex hormones) can be caused from emotional or physical stress, poor diet, nutrient deficiencies, inflammation, poor sleep or any number of root causes. You may need more than just estrogen replacement to find your individual balance.
‘Hormone imbalance is often an appropriate response by the body to imbalances elsewhere, which is why treating the root imbalances often address the hormonal issue.’
As a Licensed Acupuncturist, Functional Medicine practitioner and Registered Nurse, with extensive experience in both Eastern and Western medicine, I believe we need to look at the whole person – as well as the symptoms she is experiencing – to find the root cause of imbalance.
Natural hormone replacement therapy is a personal choice for each women to consider, and for some cases, necessary. But indiscriminate use of hormones can carry health risks for some women, and these need to be considered as well.
Individual, personalized healthcare can improve your health, naturally.
For the last 15 years, I have been using the wisdom of Chinese Medicine along with evidence-based Functional Medicine approaches to improve the health and wellness of women, naturally.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of hormone imbalance, or other health condition affecting your life, and would like some experienced and compassionate guidance, contact me today to schedule your free 15-minute phone appointment to see if one of our natural wellness programs is right for you.
To your BEST health,
ReNee Greenberg, RN, MS, LAc