Our Body’s Chemical Messengers
“Hormones work together like an ensemble in an orchestra. If each essential part works properly, then the result will be a beautiful and harmonious symphony. But even if one single part of the orchestra plays out of tune the whole melody will be out of balance.
Hormones are your body’s chemical messengers. Each of them has its own responsibility for fulfilling specific functions. Hormones are secreted from the endocrine glands in the body and travel in your bloodstream to organs and tissues. As they are very powerful, too much or too little of a certain hormone can cause big changes in your whole body.
What are hormones responsible for?○ Maintenance of body temperature and thirst
○ Growth and development
○ Metabolism - how your body gets energy from
○ The foods you eat
○ Sexual function and drive
○ Cognitive function and mood
What are the symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance?Hormonal imbalance can affect everybody from birth to death. The most common symptoms of hormonal imbalance are the following:
○ Hot flashes & night sweats
○ Persistent weight gain
○ Belly fat and loss of muscle mass
○ Insomnia & disturbed sleep
○ Fatigue & low energy
○ Low Libido
○ Vaginal dryness
○ Mood Swings
○ Anxiety & Depressions
○ Digestive Problems
○ Foggy Memory
What causes Hormonal Imbalance ?
Your body needs certain building blocks, made up of good fats and cholesterol, for the production of hormones. A lack of these important dietary factors can trigger hormonal imbalances, simply because the body doesn’t have enough of the right components to produce them. Many of us are unaware that the diet we eat can highly impact the effectiveness of our hormones. Some foods or chemicals even damage or mimic our hormones causing us to be lacking or to be dominant in certain hormones which causes imbalance. Furthermore, our increasing exposure to stress, worsening nutrition, lack of proper sleep and physical exercise result in declining levels of well functioning hormones in our bodies. Except of lifestyle factors there are other causes which can throw off our body’s natural chemistry like menopause, pregnancy, menstrual cycle or the contraceptive pill.
How can you treat Hormonal Imbalances?
During the past years hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has become a highly debated topic. Hormone deficiency is usually treated with synthetics and is highly effective in relieving some of the mentioned symptoms. But a major study in 2002 by the Women’s Health Initiative proved that the risks of HRT exceed the benefits for certain groups of women. Consequently, women are increasingly looking for natural alternatives.
Functional Medicine & Holistic Nutrition
Functional medicine is about getting to the root cause of a disease or dysfunction, by identifying the triggers, imbalances, pathogenic influences and toxicities. It combines the consultative expertise together with the appropriate diagnostic procedures, like laboratory tests, to help the patient regain balance, wellness and vitality. Diet, detoxication and supplementation are the key tools to correct any imbalance.
1. Conducting a thorough health, family history, lifestyle and diet evaluation
2. Evaluating blood tests and laboratory results
3. Prescribing specific dietary modifications, with supplemental detoxification support if needed
The benefits of this holistic approach combined with clinical support result in more energy, vitality, and elimination of symptoms.
Homeopathy dates back about 200 years ago when it was first invented in Germany. It is a system of traditional medicine which addresses the whole person: the physical, the mental and the emotional. It treats each patient individually with highly diluted natural substances with the aim of triggering the body’s natural self-healing abilities. Homeopathy not only restores the balance of your prevailing health condition, but also heals the underlying mental or emotional toll you might be suffering from.
A double-blinded, placebo-controlled study from the University of Glasgow, Europe’s largest medical school, showed that over 80 percent of the 24 asthma patients improved significantly after they were given homeopathic remedies.
How does a homeopathy consultation at Balance Health look like?
The first treatment with our homeopath Martin Mailaender is built up as follows:
1. First consultation: In-depth interview about medical report, symptoms, personality, and lifestyle factors (1-2 hours)
2. Analysis: evaluating body, mind and emotions
3. Medical application: prescribing customized remedies (within the first consultation or the day after)
4. Follow-up Consultation: observing the health condition and healing process (5-7 days later)
Hormone Imbalance Test
Test your hormonal level of testosterone, estradiol and progesterone easily at home or at our clinic. You will receive a report about your hormonal balance and easy actionable dietary and lifestyle interventions if needed.
Shiatsu is a form of traditional Japanese bodywork that aims to release tensions from body and mind. It stimulates the body’s natural healing ability by applying gentle pressure to specific points across the body.
Our Shiatsu practitioner aims to identify and correct imbalances in the body by means of physical stimulation, stretch and joint mobilization techniques. Shiatsu Massage helps to restore your hormonal balance in reducing stress and in correcting your cortisol levels, and is beneficial with the following:
○ Removes toxins from your body
○ Improves circulation
○ Stimulates reproductive glands
Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine
In terms of the holistic approach of TCM the interplay between kidney, spleen and liver are highly influencing the proper functioning of the endocrine system. When however the extremely sensitive balance between Yin and Yang gets distracted, e.g. because of a stressful lifestyle, unhealthy nutrition or toxics, the flow of energy becomes easily stagnant which in turn can cause hormonal imbalances.
Chinese herbs and Acupuncture have proven to be highly effective in dealing with hormonal disorders. It helps in reducing the key stress hormones and in reducing menopausal complaints. Acupuncture leverages specific points, such as muscle points or meridians closely linked to the human organs, to detox your body and restore your energy flow. Chinese herbal tea can also help to sooth your liver and strengthen your kidney reproductive system. Depending on your health condition and needs the complementary conjunction of herbal medicine and acupuncture can effectively restore your hormonal balance.
Balance Health’s Herbal Teas
Chinese Cinnamon Tea - Feel the Warmth!
By introducing our warming Chinese Cinnamon Tea to your daily life, you’ll immediately warm up whilst addressing the underlying imbalances that contribute towards blockages in the flow of blood and energy. Seems too easy? It’s easy because it’s natural, and utilizes the same ingredients prescribed in China for thousands of years. Take the first step towards your new balance.
○ Chinese Cinnamon (Cortex Cinnamomi)
○ Fox nut (Semen Euryales)
○ Raspberry (Fructus Rubi)
○ Rock candy
Shan Yao Tea - Power Up and Live Longer!
With the active ingredients in Shan Yao Tea, you can realize an energized and balanced state of being whilst nourishing the core of your body’s internal systems. Shan Yao Tea strengthens your immune and digestive system and restores your inner balance. Take the first step and contact Balance Health to start into a balanced future.
○ Shan Yao (Rhizoma Dioscoreae)
○ China root (Poria)
○ Citron (Citrus Medica)
○ Processed Licorice Root (Radix Clycyrrhizae Preparata)
“The more you worry, the more you throw off the delicate balance of hormones required for health."
– Andrew J. Bernstein
What can you do to boost your body’s ability to create and balance hormones?1. Reduce your body’s production of stress hormones
○ Learn to cope with stress in a healthy and balanced way
2. Avoid toxins occurring in household chemicals or plastics
○ Replace it with organic products whenever possible
3. Improve your daily sleep rhythm
○ Your body recovers most when you sleep before 11pm
4. Avoid extended cardio exercise
○ Focus on short bursts of heavy lifting (kettlebells)
5. Decrease your coffee consumption
○ Replace it with beneficial herbal teas
6. Avoid High omega-6 polyunsaturated fats, like vegetable or peanut oil, and margarine
○ Choose fats like coconut or olive oil, and real butter