Hormonal imbalance in women is the root cause of their major ailments be it stress, depression, post partum blues, thyroid associated problems, PCOS, infertility and more. A hormonal imbalance is created in the body either due to use of birth control pills or due to menopause, nutritional deficiencies or use of drugs.
Herbal tonic prepared from black cohosh is popularly used as a female supplement and is known to help deal with menopause symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings. Many women also use this for reducing the intensity of menstrual cramps.
The recommended dosage of black cohosh is between 40-80 mg every day but it should not be used by pregnant women as it is known to induce uterine contractions.
Dong quai is a Chinese herb and is also known as Chinese angelica. The herb has been used since ages now to treat menopause, irregular periods and painful abdominal cramps during menstruation. Tonic prepared from dong quai is also given to new mothers to help them recover from the rigors of child birth and to strengthen their weak bodies. The herb acts by balancing the levels of hormones in a woman’s body. Take 3-15 g of dong quai daily or as recommended by a doctor.
Chasteberry also balances the female hormones and is especially given for treatment during the second half of a woman’s menstrual cycle. The herb helps stimulate the secretion of progesterone thereby cancelling the negative effects of estrogen.
There have been no side effects of Chasteberry so far though it is known to cause mild gastrointestinal pain. Consume 30-40 mg of Chasteberry supplements daily to treat hormonal imbalance. The herb is not for use by pregnant women and for those suffering from breast cancer.
Kudzu is populary known as Japanese arrowroot and is used primarily for treating menopausal symptoms. The herb contains rich amounts of isoflavones that are the phytoestrogens also found in soybeans. Phytostrogens are known to mimic the functions of progesterone and are much better for treatment than the synthetic hormones.
Check with your doctor to know more about the herb and how to use it for treating hormonal imbalance in women. The herb is not be mixed with OTC and prescription medications and should not be given to diabetics for treatment.
Macafem is a not a well known herb but it is used for treating hormonal imbalance caused due to poor functioning of the pituitary gland. The herb directly affects the pituitary gland and stimulates it to produce required levels of estrogen and progesterone by the body.
Herbal creams prepared using macafem have been used for treating vaginal dryness and hot flashes in menopausal women. Your doctor will give you more information on the herb, its supplements and the recommended doses.