Hormones are signalling messengers that tell our cells what to do. When they're not working properly they can have huge impacts on our metabolism, mood, skin, sexual functioning, menstrual cycle, blood sugar, sleep, and a host of other symptoms. When they're delivering messages correctly our mood improves, metabolism regulates, and we feel better!.
Many women struggle with period problems: irregular menstrual cycles, menstrual pain, heavy menstrual bleeding, and premenstrual symptoms. The cause might be PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), endometriosis, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, uterine fibroids, hyperandrogenism, weight concerns, or other. Sometimes these conditions manifest as menstrual concerns, but other times they show up in our skin, sleep, and mental health. Whatever the case is, we work to understand why you are experiencing these things and how we can improve and find balance. Rather than taking additional hormones, we work to get your body creating and processing hormones properly through dietary changes, acupuncture, nutritional supplements, and homeopathics.
Menopausal changes comes with significant physical and emotional discomfort for many women. The hormonal changes that are occurring are a normal and natural process, but the hot flashes, night sweats, depression, anxiety, sleep concerns, decreased libido and vaginal dryness significantly affect quality of life.
There are several ways to improve these symptoms. We ensure that the adrenal or stress glands are functioning well as they contribute to the production of new hormone if needed by the body. We ensure that the liver is functioning well as it breaks down hormone and also contributes to manufacturing of new hormones. In addition, we work to balance neurotransmitters (particularly serotonin, melatonin, and dopamine), by ensuring that the building blocks for their creation are in place.
Addressing these factors through dietary changes, nutritional supplementation, lifestyle changes and acupuncture can make a huge difference in quality of life in these transformational years.
The thyroid gland is the powerhouse in the body for metabolism and energy, affecting every cell in the body. Thyroid concerns like hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Grave's Disease, goiters, thyroid nodules and Hashimoto’s disease are increasingly common. We work to understand exactly how the thyroid is functioning by looking at your symptoms, TSH levels, active thyroid hormone, and thyroid antibodies so we can address the concerns accurately.
Whether you're already taking medication for your thyroid concern, or whether your wondering if it might be a concern despite normal lab results, we'll work to optimize thyroid function by ensuring the building blocks for thyroid hormone creation are in place, the immune system is balanced, other hormones are functioning properly, stress is managed and nutritional deficiencies are addressed.