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Hormone Replacement Therapy
A hormone, such as insulin or estrogen, is a substance released
by an organ or tissue that controls the activity of organs
or cells in another part of the body. The organs or glands
that release hormones are part of the endocrine system.
Hormones may also be taken as medications, such as birth control
pills or estrogen replacement therapy.
The body uses cholesterol to help build cells and produce
certain hormones. When there is too much cholesterol in the
blood, it and other substances may begin to build up along
the inside of the artery walls, forming what is known as plaque.
A large deposit of plaque may obstruct the flow of blood through
the artery, affecting blood flow to the heart, brain, or other
vital organs. If unstable plaque tears open, it may trigger
the formation of a blood clot in the artery, which can result
in a heart attack or stroke.
Hormone Imbalance and Bioidentical
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hormone Imbalance in most women today are the result of Estrogen
levels becoming excessive and / or Progesterone levels becoming
deficient. Problems can begin when the stored fat, fiber,
water, and nutrient buildup (produced by Estrogen) are not
regularly and sufficiently eliminated. Eventually, this can
lead to problems such as bloating, water retention, weight
gain, depression, fibroids, etc. This phenomenon, known as
Estrogen Dominance, has become widespread in recent decades
due to extreme changes in the lifestyle and environment of
women in the industrialized world.
As women of all ages become increasingly aware of these problems,
many are finding that they feel healthier, more energetic
and younger when they address their Hormone changes with gentle,
Natural Herbal Dietary Supplements.
Natural Progesterone can be produced in the Body by intake
of a Herbal Dietary Supplement called Wild Yam. Wild Yam contains
Diosgenin which when digested is converted by the Body into
Progesterone. Since the Body has its own intelligence and
knows how much Progesterone is required by it, there is no
chance of excessive Progesterone being produced and causing
any side effects in the Body. The use of Synthetic or Natural
Progesterone treatment is plagued by the problems of deciding
the correct dose for each day. Herbal Dietary Supplements
like Wild Yam and Chaste Berry do not have these problems
as the Body itself regulates the digestion and absorption
of these foods and takes from them exactly what ever it needs
and the rest gets eliminated from the Body as waste matter
in due course.
Natural Progesterone generated inside the Body can help to
decrease the symptoms and discomfort associated with Estrogen
Dominance (and / or Progesterone deficiency). Natural Progesterone
produced in our Body is bio-identical and hence better, safer,
and does not have the side effects associated with Synthetic
Hormones or Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). The biggest
risk of HRT (besides their Carcinogenic effect on the human
body) is that, whenever any Hormone is administered, the Endocrine
Glands which normally produce it; and which have their own
intelligence and regulatory mechanism; ceases of function
and atrophy with each passing month of HRT and finally die.
The downside being that once you start HRT or begin the external
application of Creams or Dermal Patches containing Hormones
- natural or synthetic, you will have to commit yourself to
life long therapy; like a Diabetic Patient on ever increasing
doses of Insulin with each passing year and suffer all the
side effects of these chemicals. Yet, because natural substances
cannot be patented, pharmaceutical companies choose to market
the synthetic Hormones and Hormone Replacement Therapies and
Biochemically, Natural Progesterone provides the raw materials
inside the Body from which all other Hormones are made. It
is the precursor for testosterone, DHEA, cortisone, estrogen
and aldosterone, etc. Natural Progesterone, therefore, has
a balancing effect on the entire body. As a precursor, it
gives the metabolism the flexibility it needs to create harmony
in the dynamic, fluctuating system of the body. Our metabolism
can synthesize from Natural Progesterone the other Hormones
it needs on a minute to minute basis. On the other hand, Synthetic
Progesterone cannot act with the flexibility of a precursor
and this is one reason they produce side effects. Furthermore,
because Natural Progesterone can convert into Estrogen, it
is often the only Hormones that many women will need.
Recommended Doses and use of Herbs
If you have a serious Estrogen deficiency, or have had a Hysterectomy,
you may find it beneficial to use Black
Cohash as it is helps to increase Estrogen levels. Introduce
this herb around the 8th week of the program. 1 capsule to
be taken once or twice (maximum) per day.
Recommended dose has been estimated to be 30-60 mg per day,
although optimal dose has not been determined yet. Due to
the low efficiency of DHEA absorption
through intestines, varying proportions of the orally taken
DHEA will not be delivered to bloodstream. On the average,
a 20 year old male produces approximately 30 mg of DHEA per
day, while an average female produces 20 mg DHEA per day.
Unless one takes excessively large amount of DHEA on a regular
basis, no side effect is expected. Strange things have been
reported to occur, although rarely, at large-dose intake of
DHEA: these include increased facial hair, acne, increase
perspiration, menstrual irregularity, and adverse influence
on prostate, etc.
Best is to begin experimenting with each Herb
and seeing how your body performs.