Naturopathic Treatment for Hormone Imbalances

I have found that over the years I go through time periods when I have multiple patients who come to see me for very similar complaints.  2013 has been the year of hormones.  Patient after patient complaining of irregular periods, infertility, severe PMS,weight gains,  anxiety, loss of libido and umpteen other complaints correlating with hormonal imbalances.  Each and every one was sent for blood work to test levels of sex hormones as well as thyroid hormones.  Low and behold, each and every one came back with some sort of imbalance.  Progesterone was too low.  Testosterone was too high.  Thyroid hormones were out of whack.  The good news is, these types of complaints tend to be an easy fix once you know the root of the complaints.  We as naturopaths have the ability to manipulate hormones without the potential side effects of synthetic hormone replacement.

The frustration comes from the lack of acknowledgement of these types of symptoms from family physicians.  They see a woman with hormonal complaints and they offer two possible treatments; oral contraceptives or anti depressants. Neither of which are a solution to the problem, instead offer a temporary band-aid that is likely cause further imbalances down the road.  The idea of testing hormones never seems to cross their minds.  Some in fact go so far as to suggest they are unable to test hormones.  Or if a woman is getting a period then the hormones must be fine…..even if those periods are 40 days apart.

I am in no way anti pharmaceutical.  I anxiously await the day NDs have prescribing rights.  Pharmaceuticals have an important place in modern medicine if they address the fundamental cause of illness. Otherwise, they can contribute to the [...]


Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting needles at very precise acupuncture points.


The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up in others.

The meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points; the acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams, and re-establish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians.

The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system.

The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being

While acupuncture is often associated with pain control, in the hands of a well-trained practitioner it has much broader applications. Acupuncture can be effective as the only treatment used, or as the support or adjunct to other medical treatment forms in many medical and surgical disorders. The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems, including:

Digestive disorders: gastritis and hyperacidity, spastic colon, constipation, [...]