Menstrual and Hormonal Health

How to Balance Hormones Naturally

A natural path to restoring hormonal balance and finding internal harmony.

Internal Balance for Overall Health

Our bodies are a wonderfully complex system that involve many different hormones that impact many functions. From our reproductive health to our mood and energy levels – our hormones play a major role in the regulation of our major bodily processes. When there is a hormonal imbalance, either too much or too little of a particular hormone, we can feel the negative effects.

Women experience normal hormone fluctuations during menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause, but sometimes these changes are outside of the range of typical and can cause disruptions of everyday life. We’ll work with you, whether you need help with hormones related to menstrual health or another area of your health, to reset your system and achieve hormone balance.

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Our Holistic Approach to Hormone Imbalance

There are many factors that can contribute to hormonal imbalance. Natural changes such as menstrual cycles, pregnancy, and aging can affect hormone balance for women. However, lifestyle habits and changes such as diet, sleep health, and stress level can also create an imbalance in certain hormones. To make it more complicated, signs of hormonal imbalance in women can look different from woman to woman. We appreciate the complexities when it comes to treating hormonal health and work closely with you to ensure we create a comprehensive plan that will address any and all of your hormone issues.

Natural Remedies for Hormonal Imbalance in Females

Hormonal imbalances can be treated in a number of ways. Although prescription medications can be a valid treatment option, acupuncture and herbal medicine are an effective path to natural hormone balance. Many women choose to treat hormone imbalances with natural remedies due to the lack of side effects and the preference of choosing a method that treats the whole body.

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Acupuncture

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Herbal Medicine

Acupuncture For Hormone Balance

Hormones control systems throughout the entire body, affecting quality of sleep, mood, energy level, response to stress, growth rate, immunity, reproduction, and many more areas. This is why a hormone imbalance can show up differently from woman to woman and also what makes acupuncture an effective treatment for rebalancing hormones. Acupuncture addresses the root causes and treats the whole body. This therapy removes any blockages of qi and reestablishes energy flow, making it possible to regain balance.

During treatment, patients can expect to have acupuncture needles placed on the arms and legs, or elsewhere on the body, such as the head, chest, and/or abdomen. Results can vary based on a number of factors, however, most patients may begin to feel results within 8-12 weeks and experience sustained results in 3-6 months.

Herbal Medicine for Hormonal Imbalance

There is no one formula for herbs that balance hormones, rather Chinese herbs and herb formulas are unique to each woman and customized based on the specific issue and severity of issue. However, all formulas work to stimulate the flow of qi, remove any blockages and rebalance hormones throughout the body. Many patients choose herbs for hormonal imbalance as a natural method for treatment.

To maximize the effectiveness of a patient’s treatment for hormonal imbalance, it is recommended that Chinese herbal medicine be combined with acupuncture treatments. Those that take this approach typically experience increased improvement of their symptoms, quicker results, and more sustained results.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Know if You Have a Hormonal Imbalance?

A hormonal imbalance can present itself as a number of different health issues. There are over 50 different hormones that impact everything from sleep patterns to menstrual cycles. Think about the specific issues you are having and also note any changes to your life, such as diet, stress levels, exercise regime, and any other big changes that could impact your health. We’ll discuss all of this with you when you come in to see us so we can create a treatment plan specific to your needs.

What Can Cause Hormonal Imbalance?

Hormonal imbalance can be caused by a number of factors, some natural and some caused by outside factors. Hormone therapy, cancer treatments, or even medications can cause a hormonal imbalance. Outside factors contributing to imbalance could be stress or injury related. Be sure to note your symptoms, track your cycle, and write down any lifestyle changes when talking to a medical professional about a possible hormone imbalance.

Although it is natural to experience hormone fluctuations, especially during the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and menopause, some women experiencing PMS, heavy flow, irregular periods, and other issues related to a hormone imbalance may wish to seek treatment to help regulate those symptoms.

How Hormones Influence Women’s Mental Health

The hormones estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone all have important roles in a woman’s physical, mental, and emotional health. If these hormones become unbalanced, it can contribute to or worsen existing mental health issues. Women may feel more anxious, depressed, and/or stressed if one or more of these hormones is out of balance. Issues with hormones in the thyroid can also cause feelings of anxiety or depression.

How to Balance Hormones During Menstruation

Hormone changes during menstruation are natural, but sometimes a significant imbalance can cause negative symptoms that affect physical and mental health. Birth control and other prescription medications can be useful when seeking a way to reduce or eliminate negative symptoms associated with menstrual cycles. Natural methods, such as acupuncture and Chinese herbs, are highly effective, natural treatments for balancing hormones.

What Hormone is Released During Menstruation?

There are several hormones that fluctuate during the menstrual cycle. During menstruation, estrogen and progesterone are at low levels. These low levels can cause women to experience cramps, irritability, bloating, mood swings, headaches, and/or tiredness during this stage of the cycle.

Can Hormonal Imbalance Cause Irregular Periods?

A hormone imbalance could contribute to irregular periods. Common reasons women experience irregular periods include breastfeeding, menopause, hyperthyroidism, and Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Be sure to track your cycle and note any changes in health or lifestyle that may be contributing to hormone changes when consulting with a healthcare professional.

Can Hormonal Imbalance Cause Heavy Periods?

Heavy blood flow, or Menorrhagia, can be caused by a number of conditions, including a hormone imbalance. Hormone imbalances cause the lining of the uterus to build up and shed to an excessive amount during menstruation and can be caused by a number of conditions.

Does Menopause Cause Hormonal Imbalance?

Hormones produced by the ovaries – estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone—all change during menopause. The decrease in these hormone levels can cause women to experience a number of side effects, including hot flashes, insomnia, fatigue, vaginal dryness, and/or night sweats. Although menopause is a natural period in a woman’s life, we can help find natural ways to lessen symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Can You Have Hormone Imbalance After Menopause?

Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone (hormones produced by the ovaries) all decrease during menopause. Unlike a menstrual cycle, when hormone levels increase and decrease, menopause signals the end of that production cycle. However, the body produces over 50 hormones that affect many aspects of health, so yes, you can experience hormone imbalances after menopause.

Can Hormone Imbalance Cause Anxiety?

Hormone production is linked to health systems throughout the body and can influence both physical and mental health. An imbalance in certain hormones, particularly estrogen and progesterone in women, can cause increased levels of anxiety.

Can Pregnancy Hormones Cause Anxiety?

Many hormone levels change during pregnancy to ensure a healthy pregnancy. While these changes are good, they can cause some unwanted side effects, such as nausea, insomnia, or fatigue, that can contribute to higher levels of anxiety. It is also common to experience anxiety during pregnancy due to normal concerns for the upcoming birth, all the preparations, and other fears that accompany parenthood. Consult your physician if anxiety levels become unmanageable.

Can Insomnia Be Caused by Hormonal Imbalance?

Yes, a hormone imbalance could lead to sleep issues and insomnia. There are several hormones that impact the circadian rhythm that dictate the production of hormones that control bodily functions. An imbalance to one of those could impact tiredness level, reaction to stress, reaction to pain, or other factors that could impact sleep quality.

Can Hormones Cause Migraines?

Yes, changes in hormone levels can cause both men and women to experience migraines. For women, the low level of estrogen experienced during the menstruation cycle might contribute to headaches. Many women with migraines report headaches before or during menstruation.

Can Hormonal Imbalance Cause Headaches?

Yes, certain hormones being out of balance can contribute to headaches. Low estrogen levels, experienced during the menstruation cycle, is a common reason women experience headaches.

Can Acupuncture Help Hormonal Headaches?

Yes, acupuncture can help bring relief to those that experience headaches linked to an imbalance of hormone levels. Acupuncture helps ease hormonal headaches by restoring balance to hormone levels and by lowering overall pain receptors by increasing endorphins.

Can Acupuncture Balance Hormones?

Yes, acupuncture treatments are a very effective way to balance hormones. Our practitioners find the areas where qi is stagnate or blocked and place acupuncture needles along the body’s meridians to restore the flow so the body can return to a state of balance. Restoring balance to hormone levels can have a positive impact on many aspects of health, both physical and mental.

What To Expect

You can expect to find a partner in your health journey.

At Transformational Acupuncture, we strive to provide a welcoming environment to each and every patient. We understand traditional healthcare can make some wary of seeking help, even if it’s for the betterment of their health. That’s why we take a holistic approach when treating each person. You will be listened to, treated with respect, and be seen as a true partner in your own health journey.

At the beginning of your treatment you’ll be asked some basic questions so we can establish a good baseline. From there we’ll discuss your specific needs and issues. After hearing from you, we’ll create a holistic plan that is designed to help you live the balanced, healthy life you deserve.

Your Patient Journey

At the beginning of your treatment, you’ll be asked some basic questions so we can establish a good baseline. From there we will discuss your specific needs and issues. After hearing from you, we will create a holistic plan that is designed to help you live the balanced, healthy life you deserve. 

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