It’s hard to keep up with your body’s wishes every time of the day, especially when they present some sort of imbalance. When the thyroid, pituitary, and adrenal glands are not properly balanced, we may experience various awkward side effects such as eating disorders and other health problems. The ghrelin that makes us hungry and other hormones that aren’t fully understood can always kick in, making us feel a strange sense of imbalance and energy loss.
However, over time, various plants have been discovered, which can aid in treating hormonal imbalances. Although we don’t really understand how they act, one thing is for certain: they work!
- American Ginseng
As compared to Chinese ginseng, American ginseng has a much more controlled and mild action. American Ginseng is a great support for the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis, thus maintaining a proper hormonal balance while not over-stimulating the endocrine system.
The American ginseng is also great for boosting the immune system, relieving stress, improving digestion and the absorption of nutrients from your diet.
Known as the ‘milk vetch,’ this herb can be used to treat a variety of problems such as heart disease, respiratory infections, liver problems, and asthma. Aside from that, it also has a strong anti-aging effect.
The hormone balancing effect in this herb is related to the fact that it regulates blood sugar levels and blood pressure. Counteracting the insulin resistance, this lowers the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
- Maca Root
Maca root has been used by Inca warriors to provide a stamina and strength boost when they went off to battle. Nowadays, it is used by athletes to increase their stamina and for stress relief. It is also great for women as it relieves premenstrual syndrome as well as menopause symptoms.
Ashwagandha is a great herb for people suffering from hyper and hypothyroidism. It has a balancing effect on the adrenal glands, and it also supports the thyroid. This herb can also be used to reduce elevated stress levels, prevent cases of premature aging and improve your blood circulation.
As the scientific name of it reveals, “Withania somnifera,” it is also a great herb to improve your sleep. Plus, it can help old people regain their vitality and vigor, by improving their memory.
This herb has been used for years to improve female reproductive health. This herb is generally used to dampen the libido and keep the woman chaste (as the name suggests). However, it is best that you use the actual plant since the extract can prove to have an opposite effect (due to the concentration differences). At the same time, an extract that has a lower concentration can increase the levels of prolactin while hormone levels can be reduced with a higher dose.
If you have any sort of hormonal imbalance, you should keep these herbs in mind. However, it is advised that you consult a specialist before undertaking a treatment since it can have a different effect on each person.