Acupuncture and Chinese Herb Treat Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance

Hormonal imbalance affects the health and quality of life of many people. It is not uncommon for many, if not most, people to experience some difficulties with hormonal imbalance throughout life. Hormonal imbalance is not a problem isolated to women, as both men and women commonly experience hormonal imbalances. The signs and symptoms may vary, but hormonal imbalances may occur at any age.

Common signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance may include fatigue, craving for sweets or carbohydrates, weight gain or weight loss, puffiness or edema, hot or cold flashes, night sweats, feeling depressed or overwhelmed, mood swings or irritability, insomnia or restless sleep, headache, vertigo, fuzzy thinking, digestive issues, joint pain and stiffness, anxiety, depression, heart palpitation, breast pain, urinary dysfunction, hair loss, dry skin, PMS, irregular periods, ovarian failure, uterine bleeding, vaginal dryness or vaginal discharge, fibroids, low libido, sexual dysfunction, impotence, prostate problems, infertility.

It is possible that people with these symptoms will not show hormonal imbalances in standard blood tests. This does not necessarily mean that these people have normally balanced hormone levels. Clinical observation has shown that these people may still have a potential for hormonal imbalance, and without proper diagnosis and treatment these people are at risk of developing “real hormonal balance problems”.

Hormonal replacement therapy is a very common treatment, and helps many patients with aspects of the above signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance. Unfortunately, these therapies are not without possible side effects, and may have to be used long-term to remain effective. Because of the powerful action of hormones in the body, there is a wide array of side effects that may take place. These side effects may vary depending on the particular hormonal treatment used. Common problems of side effects due to hormonal replacement treatment include: hot flashes, bone and joint problems, uterine bleeding, and vaginal dryness and discharge.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have a long history of treating the signs and symptoms of “hormonal imbalance”. For treatment of the above signs and symptoms, a physician trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine can make use of single herbs such as Dang Gui (Angelica), Shan Yao (Chinese yam), Rou Gui (Cinnamon) and Gou Qi (Chinese wolfberry). Even lay-people in China are familiar with Dang Gui (Angelica) as a common herbal treatment for irregular periods, PMS, infertility and menopause. In addition to single herbs, there are many effective formulas to treat patients presenting with signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance. For example Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan (Kidney Qi Pill from the Golden Cabinet) was made two thousand five hundred yeas ago and is still used today. Well-defined acupuncture protocols have also been developed throughout the history of Chinese medicine to address hormonal imbalance, and are regularly used in association with herbal treatments.

Chinese herbs and acupuncture have stood the “test of time”, and are proven to be safe and effective for “hormonal imbalance”. In clinical observation, herbal formulas are more effective then single herbs. The herbal formulas for “hormonal imbalance” are made for the specific needs of each patient and modified as needed, as having a correct clinical diagnosis is vital for ensuring that the best formula for your individual needs is selected.