Last Modified on Jul 01, 2015
What Are Hormones?
Hormones are chemicals released by the body that affect the way cells function, and they are the way one part of your body sends messages to another to stimulate metabolism, growth, moods, reproduction, sexual arousal, hunger, puberty, menopause, and even parenting. Hormones help with reactive situations, and send signals to allow the body to perform better during a crisis (e.g. the classic "fight or flight" response).
A hormone imbalance can affect your every day activities; from waking up, to eating, to attitudes, to exercising, and even back to sleeping. In one commonly understood example, menopausal symptoms are caused by the reduction of female reductive hormones as the body shifts into a non-reproductive state. Pharma companies have created synthetic hormones to manage menopause, but these increase the risk of breast cancer and heart disease and come from strange sources (synthetic estrogen is made from pregnant mares' urine). Bioidentical hormones created from plants are chemically indistinguishable from the hormones our bodies create, but are still synthetic and still being evaluated for risks.
Natural Hormone Therapy
On this page you can find a number of user-submitted remedies in complementary and alternative medicine to help balance your hormone levels. Some of our Earth Clinic reader favorites are apple cider vinegar, blackstrap molasses, garlic, and Kundalini Yoga. In addition to our cures we have a number of ongoing discussions with helpful information and other related topics such as acromegaly. Let us know what you try from Earth Clinic to help balance your hormones; and if you know of a cure that we do not have listed here, please don't hesitate to share it with us.
I just found out that I have a disease called Acromegaly (excessive growth hormone levels) Does anyone know of any natural treatment for this disease?
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[YEA] I started taking ACV about 3 weeks ago after finding this awesome website. This month, I had a short, productive period minus cramps, bloating, lethargy and moodiness!!! Hallelujah!! Also no more mood swings during the rest of the month. Been quite happy, actually, no negative thoughts or despair at all. I attribute this with the ACV. Actually I just realized how calm I've been... but this may be also due to the honey I take with it. Also has been great for my skin!! And I feel like I digest my food better and have tons of energy. What a great website!! Thanks Earth Clinic!
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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[YEA] I don't which is working, but the the blackstrap molasses drink seems to have removed my sugar cravings. I tend to snack less, don't peruse the refrigerator as much (like every 20 min or so) to find something to eat. I used to snack on yoghurt a lot, and that's not happening anymore. I think the nutrients in the BSM are dense enough to keep me balanced and are probably filling my nutritional deficiencies. Also, I've been painting with iodine, I'm sure that's helping. I also started fenugreek two days ago, which I've read also helps with sugar imbalances. Diabetes is in my family, so I'm very happy about getting information from your website. What I thought may have been mostly hormonal imbalances may have been sugar imbalances. I feel so alert these days, I notice tiny details and make the bed much faster and neater - a chore that I was never really good at. :)
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[YEA] Thanks to Earth Clinic for the natural remedies. I have had much better results with healing my body than with conventional medicine and drugs.
HORMONES: I wanted to share with ALL the women out there about my journey to hormonal happiness. Hormones are such a basic building block of our health.
Somehow I came across the book, What Your Dr. Might Not Tell You about Premenopause. (Got a used copy on Amazon.) WOW, it was fascinating and changed my life. The premise of this book is balancing your hormones and how most of the time it can be achieved with NATURAL Progesterone cream, not synthetic hormones.
My biggest help came with clearing my sinuses. I almost could not breathe through my nose and never knew hormones could affect this. Many things on Earth Clinic's site helped me, but the progesterone finished it off. Within 1 month, I could breathe again. There have been many other benefits as well.
EVERY women needs to read this book -- even those in their 20s. It will help you understand what is happening in your body with your hormones.
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Hi, I have read different things of Borax and how it effects hormones. (I started drinking 1/8 tsp in water for candida and it has helped improve it a fair bit within a week. Fabulous! )
On one site it states Borax stimulates the production of hormones, stabilises estrogen, assists with insulin use and blood glucose control, triglyceride use and production of reactive oxygen.
On another I found Boron affects the metabolism of steroid hormones, and especially of sex hormones. It increases low testosterone levels in men and oestrogen levels in menopausal women.
My question is will it affect my estrogen levels (I am 36 and trying for a baby). My hormones are pretty all over the place and I don't want them to get more confused.
Would you advise to take the Borax one day on and one day off throughout a week or rather five days in a row and a two day break.
Thank you - I greatly appreciate your time and effort to clarify questions and bring natural remedies to people. I have spent thousands in the last years on medications for thrush and candida. Borax has made a significant change in one week!
[WARNING!] BPA is disrupts hormones and has been linked to cancer and infertility. From the paper receipts you get from stores to paper money, the BPA can easily transfer through the skin. Usually we worry about BPA in plastic baby or water bottles and canned food linings. "receipts
By Janet Raloff
Web edition : Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
What's the charge?Some but not all cash-register and credit-card receipts can be rich sources of exposure to BPA, a hormone-mimicking pollutant. Christopher Baker while working at Polaroid Corp. For more than a decade, John C. Warner learned about the chemistry behind some carbonless copy papers (now used for most credit card receipts) and the thermal imaging papers that are spit out by most modern cash registers. Both relied on bisphenol-A. Manufacturers would coat a powdery layer of this BPA onto one side of a piece of paper together with an invisible ink, he says. "Later, when you applied pressure or heat, they would merge together and you'd get color. "
At the time, back in the '90s, he thought little about the technology other than it was clever. But when BPA exploded into the news, about a decade ago, Warner began to develop some doubts. Research was demonstrating that this estrogen-mimicking chemical was leaching out of polycarbonate plastics, out of the resins used to line most food cans and out of dental sealants. In the womb, this chemical could disrupt the normal development of a rodent's gonads — or evoke changes that predisposed animals to later develop cancer. Warner recalls that these reports piqued his curiosity about whether the color-changing papers that were increasingly proliferating throughout urban commerce still used BPA. By this time, the organic chemist was teaching green chemistry at the University of Massachusetts. "So I'd send my students out to local stores to get their cash register receipts. " Back in the lab, they'd dissolve the paper, run it through a mass spectrometer and look for a telltale spike in the readout that signaled the presence of BPA. And they'd find it, Warner says. Not in every receipt. But in plenty. And the paper used in the receipts that contained BPA looked no different than papers that didn't. But that was then, before he co-founded the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, an organization that works with industry to develop safer products and production processes. So earlier this week I asked Warner whether he had evidence BPA might still be present in those papers. Yep. He turned up BPA-based receipts in use the last time he looked. Which was last month. And the amount receipts carry isn't trivial. "When people talk about polycarbonate bottles, they talk about nanogram quantities of BPA [leaching out, " Warner observes. "The average cash register receipt that's out there and uses the BPA technology will have 60 to 100 milligrams of free BPA. " By free, he explains, it's not bound into a polymer, like the BPA in polycarbonates. It's just the individual molecules loose and ready for uptake. "... "At least pregnant women would know to wash their hands after picking up a BPA-laced receipt. And we'd all know to keep such paper out of hands of kids. We might also want to store those receipts in some zip-it-closed plastic baggie, not our wallets. " -- By Janet Raloff
Dollar bills and receipts tainted with Bisphenol A, report finds
Concerned about your BPA: Check your receipts
How can I get chinese herbs to treate unbalanced hormone, blocked fallopia tube and fibroid?
I refuse steroid treatment for Cushing's syndrome. It causes anxiety and depressive episodes. My condition is caused by my body being hyper productive. I take no medications of any kind except a daily vitamin supplement and melatonin. Stress triggers immediate swelling of my upper back at the base of my neck so terribly I look like a hunch back. It is very painful to carry that kind of pressure sometimes for days. I also urinate constantly at night during periods of high stress which disrupts my sleep and only aggravates my ability to lower stress levels. Please help with any natural remedies that will help me. I need help I'm not finding outside big pharma. Sincerely, Carla
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Pacific Northwest, Usa
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I need something to try for Cushing's. My friend has the moonface, the weight gain, the purple scarring, and the long stretch marks, and maybe a few other symptoms of Cushing's. What can we try? Or where can we look for answers?
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Forest Park, Ohio
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[YEA] I'm suffering from an extreme imbalance and I can tell you that detoxing your body can help balance out the hormones. The problem is that certain chemicals and foods act just like estrogen in the body causing an imbalance, too much estrogen, not enough progesterone. The liver becomes congested resulting in the estrogens/toxins recirculating instead of being eliminated in the waste. This includes toxins rubbed on the skin, eaten in the food, etc. and you have to clean up the liver to be able for the liver to excrete them. I started with 1/2 lemon twice a day, first thing in the morning and before bed. You also need to do other detox methods, including cleaning up your diet. You also need to add good bacteria to your body so that it can function better.
If you are having a hormonal imbalance, that includes eliminating meats that contain hormones because those are making it worse! Purchase organic or eat more vegan meals. You can find many cheap liver cleansing methods that just require stuff from the grocery store!
By the way, hormone therapy is just a bandaid approach, it does work for some, but eliminating the toxic burden on the liver is the best method. Hormone therapy only ADDS TO the toxic burden on the liver.
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[YEA] dried apricots with honey cured my excessive bleeding
i had been taking fertility medication and had stopped due to some side effects and the had bleeding and spotting continuously for one month. the doctor prescribed iron tablets coz i didn't want more medication.. my hormones were already out of control. well i just had this dessert made of around 100 grams of apricots with 2 tablespoons honey and water, boiled it for 20-30 minutes on sim and blended the mixture and had a cup. next day my bleeding completely stopped and now its been 2 weeks with no bleeding.
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[YEA] I have been taking flax seed oil for my skin. However, one additional benefit I have noticed is that flax oil is very helpful during those hormonal fluctuations in my cycle (ie., PMS!). I take more or less depending on how I feel. I take up to 3 tablespoons a day starting a week before I get my period. It takes about an hour, but has an immediate calming effect. I would say the effect lasts about 8 hours before I need to take more. I have also noticed that on day 5 of my period, something shifts in my brain chemistry again (ie., emotional, easily triggered) and I up my flax seed oil dosage again. I am going to keep experimenting with the dosages and will let you all know. I am guessing this could be one of the best remedies to get through perimenopause and menopause. Any else had the same results as me?
Garlic and raw food diets are supposed to balance hormones.
I just received a letter that the FDA has determined the effects of estriol to be unknown, so my insurance, of course, will no longer cover my bio-denticals. Is this one more push for the use of Hormone Replacement therapy (HRT) as opposed to something natural? Bio-denticals have been fabulous for me. Any other info out there on this? Thanks!
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My husband and I are trying to get pregnant and I received a bottle of Vitex from a friend who has already had a baby; she said it helped her conceive. I have done a BIT of online research and it seems to be very helpful to balance out the hormones, assist with PMS symptoms and increase fertility. I would love to get some feed back and more info about this herbal extract from anyone who has tried it or knows more about it. Recommended dosage is ambiguous; it doesn't say anything on the bottle and online info seems to vary. I was hoping EarthClinic (my "go-to" website) would have more info on it.
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