Correct a Hormonal Imbalance Naturally!

| Modified on Aug 09, 2022

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.


Posted by Angela (Bloomfield, Nj) on 06/27/2012

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?

Replied by Timh
(Louisville, Ky, Usa)
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Angela, does not your endocrinologist have any treatment options or suggestions??? I think age is also a factor, it seems you've escaped this condition in your developmental stage, yes?

From the other end of the problem, I take natural supplements to help stimulate Growth Hormone production. So, logically you should avoid foods high in Arginine, Ornithine, and limit protein intake to only necessary levels while keeping sugars and carbs intake up ---candy bar before bed if it doesn't keep you awake. High protein low carbohydrate stimulates the hypothalamus to produce HGH particularly during sleep and in the early morning. The neuroinhibitory amino acid GABA also stimulates HGH release from the Pituitary Gland, so logically supplementing it's opposite, the stimulatory amino L-Tyrosine should help as T would antagonize GABA. If this diet could work, I would definitely supplement Chromium and Cinnamon for help in the burning of sugars.

Hope this helps.

Replied by Angela
(Bloomfield, Nj)

Thanks from Kentucky. My doctor and I have not yet discussed treatment options. I am doing a sugar tolerance test on Monday and take it from there. I have always thought I was hypoglycemic and have been plagued with yeast overgrowth--don't know if they are connected. I recently started taking GABA because it helps me to sleep. Incidentally, my son suffers from severe anxiety and takes GABA which helps tremendously. That's how I got introduced to it. I now wonder if his illness is as a result of mine. Let me know your thought. Angela

Replied by Timh
(Louisville, Ky, USA)
2063 posts

Angela, Discontinuing GABA alone will help much as it can boost the pituitary gland to produce up to 40% MORE HGH than normal. HGH is converted to Insulin Growth Factor (a hormone) in the liver where it is released into the bloodstream. IGF signals the body to burn fat and ignore glucose for fuel in each cell.

Drop the GABA and replace it w/ Melatonin and/or 5HTP and maybe even some Valerian will be necessary. The Chromium and Cinnamon will help the burning of the sugars.

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Posted by Chantal (Kingston, Jamaica) on 07/29/2017

Good day, I did a lot of hormones testing but everything seems to be normal but I have all the symptoms of having imbalance hormones. I don't know but I just started the blackstrap molasses and apple cider vinegar to see if something can be regulated naturally

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Joni (Grafton, ON) on 09/30/2006

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!

Replied by Suzy
(Pembroke, Bermuda)

can you tell me, how much apple cider vinegar is used to balance your hormones? Could not find how much to take. Thank you

Replied by Neha
(Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)

Hi, how much Apple Cider Vinegar and how much honey I have to drink? Please reply me. I'm really pissed of with my mood fluctuations. thanx

Replied by Ambrielle
(Jamestown Ny)

I have always been one to preach about Apple cider vinager. (usually only about weight loss or how it helps digestive and detox issues.) I had no clue that it helps with so much more. I can't say I that always practice what I preach, and my vineger days became weeks and months apart. I'm 30, and I was forced to have a ovary removed about 9 months ago, due to a cyst that became so heavy it twisted until the ovary removed itself. Now, of course, this didn't just happen over night. So I endured pain, and passed it off as something I ate. (Had to be.) As I felt my body change, depression, mood swings, horrible periods, And pushing people away. I never realized my real issues until I dropped in pain, (on my favorite holiday to boot) and was off to the hospital.

To make a long story even longer.(haha) I had 100% of support for my physical healing. I had great home support and love and prayers from all. But, my depression, anxiety, mood swings and negative thoughts didn't improve. My self worth ate me alive. Never thought it be hormones. Then it was clear to me, why wouldn't it be. So now recently, I've been trying to put all my issues togethe r( my hateful days and crying nights) And take in all information. And fix a problem that, if I didn't stop taking vinegar in the first place, wouldn't of been there. (Because vineger help dissolve cysts too.) So now, today, after reading this I am going start taking my vinager again and bring myself back to a place I once was. Thank you for this information!

(Fort Davis, Tx)

ACV! Well that's awesome! I was given progesterone to keep my twin pregnancy healthy. Which will cause a body to stop producing its own. Soy increass estrogen which then lowers progesterone. A balance between the two is important. Too much estrogen will cause cancer & cyst.. I look at labels before I buy.. Increasing HGH can be done also by skipping breakfast and by exercise HIIT..look up Sprint 8.. A big difference has occurred once I made these changes.. But I'm getting heavy periods again.. I need to avoid sugar too.. Thx for advice on ACV! I should know better..


Soy doesn't actually increase estrogen in the body in reality. That is a myth that has no basis in reality. Phytoestrogens (what is in soy) actually is beneficial to our hormonal systems, balances excess estrogens in the body, and prevents cancers/other issues associated with estrogen dominance. As a woman of the US, your breast cancer risk is 5x higher than a Japanese woman for good reason! Soy products are readily consumed there and very little dairy is consumed (lactating mother cows are flooded with ACTUAL ESTROGEN.) Whole food soy (tofu, soymilk, edamame, natto) is so amazing for us. The only one you should be avoiding is soy protein isolate but you really should be avoiding any processed foods as they're all toxic. If you want to reduce your risk of estrogen dominance related disease, eat organic non-gmo soy everyday and avoid all animal products.


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Posted by Eileen (Exton) on 10/24/2021

B6 helped me! I had a meningioma tumor in my pituitary area. High prolactin caused my period to stop so I had to take a medication to get my periods back. It worked but I found out this drug was very harmful and banned in Europe so I stopped taking it right away and did some research for natural cures. What I found was that B6 helps to lower prolactin. So I started taking that instead. I can't tell you how thrilled I was when I got my period back by simply taking B6! Hope it works for someone else with high prolactin levels and loss of period. To me it was a miracle.

Blackstrap Molasses

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Posted by P (San Diego, CA) on 08/28/2007

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. :)

Replied by Karla
(Utica Mi)

What is the blackstrap molasses drink?

Book Recommendation

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Posted by Kristi (Cleburne, Texas) on 01/19/2009

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.

Replied by Jane

Hi I just want I ask you about the sinus issue. I too have a hormonal imbalance having had insomnia etc, I was taking Agnus cactus and that helped but now out of the blue I have sinus issues and can't breath. How much progesterone cream where you using abc for how long until it cleared up? I am going to test my blood hormone level soon but the sinus issue is upsetting me!!!

Replied by Beth
(Vista, Ca)

FYI - I've read in the book, Hormone Balance Made Simple, by Dr. John Lee, that blood tests are not effective for testing hormone levels. A saliva test is the only way to get accurate results.


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Posted by Jewels (Fullerton, CA) on 08/09/2022

I have a couple of questions about using borax for arthritis. I know it raises estradiol in women. I use natural progesterone, estriol, and estradiol creams. I have lessened the doses of estriol and estradiol since using the borax but worry it may still be raising estrogen too high. Maybe the progesterone helps offset that. I also wonder if taking borax without natural progesterone could raise the chance of getting breast cancer in women.

Posted by Judy_aus (Australia) on 11/09/2014

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!

Replied by Leila


I was wondering if anyone has had a good result using borax for hormone imbalance? More precisely estrogene deficiency as I seem to be experiencing. Your feed-back would be greatly appreciated!


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Posted by Self (Ny) on 12/17/2010


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

Check Ingredients in Face Cream

Posted by Robert (Ca) on 09/26/2016

I just read some important info regards hormones from a woman RN, ND (licensed naturopath). She was having emotional, physical, problems. She suspected hormones & her lab tests showed off the scale results. She was not taking any hormone supplements or replacement therapy & found her face cream was suspect. She discontinued the face cream, waited 2-months & found relief. Her conclusion from research was that the FDA does not require any face cream manufacturers to list hormones in their products & the suppliers are not required to reveal other non-listed ingredients as they are proprietary, not for ingestion where it is required. This would be a good 'rule-out' for women searching for possible sources of their hormonal problems.

Chinese Herbs

Posted by Barbara (Port Harcourt, Rivers Stata, Nigeria) on 05/20/2013

How can I get chinese herbs to treate unbalanced hormone, blocked fallopia tube and fibroid?

Cushing's Syndrome

Posted by Carla (Quincy, Illinois) on 08/04/2013

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

Replied by Carly
(Pacific Northwest, Usa)

Hi Carla, when you are urinating that much you want to make sure you are getting enough potassium. Melatonin is good, you might also want to look at taking Co-Q10 and a high quality fish oil, omega 3 type supplement. Just some things to consider. Good luck to you.

Replied by Dee

You may want to check out this amazing Naturopath Dr. Robert Morse, he has lots of info on YouTube also.

Cushing's Syndrome
Posted by Traveler (San Antonio, Tx) on 11/10/2010

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?

Replied by Faithinhealing
(Forest Park, Ohio)

Unrefined coconut oil... Kelp... And unsulphured blackstrap molasses. Build up to three tablespoons of each a day. She also should include vitamin c and echinacea to rebuild the immune system. Milk thistle to detox the liver. Probiotics preferably homemade kefir to rebuild the good bacteria in the body!

Replied by Lou
(Tyler, Tx)

I think I found this recipe on E.C. This may be a good way to get in the BSM and EVCO. I did it today. Milk Thistle supplementation is good if it has artichokes in it. Artichokes scrub the liver. B vitamins are good too, I hear as well as C. Olive leaf extract capsules are good too. Check out the dog websites - they give good hints. Super digestive enzymes. I would rotate the supplements and not take them all at once.

ONE TBSP EVCO [Extra Virgin Coconut Oil]



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Posted by Faithinhealing (Forest Park, Ohio, Usa) on 02/27/2010

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.

Replied by Steph
(Toronto, Ontario)

A good way to detox estrogen from the body is with DIM and Calcium D-Glucarate. These supplements metabolize the bad estrogen and allow your body to eliminate it, as well as balance the hormones. Research is also being done on DIM, in California, for its benefits on treating hormonal cancers.

Dried Apricots With Honey

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Posted by Snowy (J, SA) on 04/24/2009

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.

Replied by Faithinhealing
(Cincinnati, Ohio)

Say no to fertility treatments because as you can see that is causing the unending bleeding! The fertility treatments are hormones that are making your body more out of balance. The infertility issues stem from too much environmental estrogens from food and toxic chemicals we put on our bodies and use at home. Learn about them and go organic and use unsulphured blackstrap molasses and kelp and unrefined coconut oil to add progesterone to your body to balance all the extra estrogen.

Also go organic too get rid of the environmental estrogens in the food you eat and ALKALIZE YOUR BODY! Your body cannot get pregnant and we cannot sustain a pregnancy without progesterone... Google estrogenic substances/compounds and switch to NATURAL products with ONE INGREDIENT and no chemicals and detoxify your liver to better handle them with milk thistle!

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