Fueling a Women's Hormonal Wellbeing

By Dr. Chris D. Meletis, N.D.

August 2016

Living in today’s often chaotic and hectic world can be a real challenge.  Women experience the effects of stress at both the adrenal and ovarian hormonal level. With 24-years of clinical practice and lecturing across North America on the science supporting the use of botanicals, I make it a point to emphasize to my patients and to medical professionals a very important fact: You can't truly treat sex hormone imbalances without addressing the adrenal glands.

I share with my patients that your adrenal glands, which deal with both short term and chronic stress, can take a licking and keep on ticking to the best of their ability. With each year that passes, ovarian hormone production of estrogen and progesterone drop.

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It is essential to remember that your adrenals are the buffers for diminishing sex hormones when one enters peri-menopause and menopause. After all your, adrenals produce Pregnenolone and DHEA that can be converted into your very own natural sex bio-identical hormones.

My patients will incorporate both adrenal support and classical female supportive herbs.

Maca, often called "Peruvian Ginseng”, is referred to as a Adaptogenic herb that can support the body’s ability to adapt to stress. My patients report positive changes with energy, a sense of wellness and when needed, a bump in libido. 

Black Cohosh is studied and used throughout Europe for classical menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats and the other discomforts.  Important to remember is that this amazing herb is also used to help with irritability, menstrual cramps, mood swings and sleep disturbances. I find it helpful for women in their 20’s throughout the menopausal transition.  

Other important herbals to help support female well-being include DamianaChaste Tree and Holy Basil. And, for nursing moms, Fenugreek is also often a very popular go-to natural helper. 

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Dr. Chris Meletis, N.D.Dr. Chris Meletis, N.D., has 24-years of experience practicing as a Naturopathic Doctor in Portland, Oregon.  He is dedicated to using his vast knowledge about alternative medicine to help his patients and generously give to those in need. He has written over a dozen books and 100's of national articles, and was named Naturopathic Physician of the Year in 2003 by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.  Read more about Dr. Meletis here.  Or, visit our "Ask Dr. Meletis, N.D." page for additional articles. 

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