Hormones are a group of chemicals produced by hormonal or endocrine glands, which regulate various functions in the body by coordinating hormone production and excretion to physiologic control of the body.
The hormonal glands include adrenal, thyroid and parathyroid, ovaries, testicles, and the pancreas. The pituitary gland, just below the brain in the head, is the master gland, which, to a large extent, regulates the excretion of all hormones from the hormonal or endocrine glands.
Normal physiologic function depends greatly on correct hormone function, a complex medical specialty in itself.
There are several basic functions that should be considered when detecting hormone balance. These include basic metabolism, calcium metabolism, sugar metabolism, sexual and reproduction function, and stress management.
When hormone balance and poor hormone coordination is compromised or lacking, physiologic dysfunction and disease will occur. Resultant diseases and dysfunctions are many and varied-they range from head to toe and involve every tissue of the body. Causal factors that relate to hormone imbalances are also many and varied.
Diseases/Dysfunctions Related to Hormone Imbalances
- Premenstrual Syndrome
- Accelerated Aging
- Hair Loss
- Weakened Immune System
- Cognitive Impairment
- Microbial Overgrowth
- Decreased Libido
- Skin Problems
- Appetite Loss
- Sleep Disorders
Common Causal Factors
- Normal Aging
- Poor Diet
- Emotional Trauma
- Side Effects from Medication
- Structural Imbalances
- Chronic Pain
- Remove underlying cause(s) of the problem. For example, removing toxins to eliminate an infection or providing a nutrient that is deficient in the patient.
- Run tests to determine the exact imbalance. This may include blood, urine and saliva tests, and should always include a thorough history and physical. Muscle testing and electrodermal screening might also be used to determine the source and extent of the imbalance.
- Balance the hormones themselves by administering glandulars, supplements or hormones to get the hormone glands functioning correctly.
- After imbalances are corrected, one of two approaches (sometimes both) are taken: homeopathic hormones are given to stimulate endocrine glands to function correctly and/or bio-identical hormones are given to replace the low or missing hormones.
Hormone imbalances are very common, especially as we age. Hormone balancing therapy is imperative for good health and the prevention of poor health. Prime candidates for hormonal balancing therapy: people of all ages and both sexes.