Hormones serve as a major form of communication between different organs and tissues. Hormones regulate a variety of physiological and behavioral activities, including digestion, metabolism, respiration, tissue function, sensory perception, sleep, excretion, lactation, stress, growth and development, movement, reproduction, and mood.
Hormonal Imbalances and the Endocrine System
The Hormones are the directing system of the body. In proper amount and in right relationship to each other the hormones communicate with every cell in your body giving your body the correct prompts and signals for what function your body performs and in what order and to what degree.
Unfortunately, due to stressors including emotional, dietary, and chemical from our environment, processed foods and water almost everyone's hormones are chronically disrupted. The disruption of our hormonal balance causes the systems of our bodies to function irregularly.
Over time these hormonal imbalances can create decreased vitality and numerous medical conditions leading to a shortened life span and decreased quality of life.
Acupuncture addresses the physical, mental, and emotional imbalances that give way to symptoms.
Hormone Imbalances In Women
Women often notice hormone imbalances at earlier ages then men do because of the more complicated hormonal cycles involved in reproduction. Premenstrual syndrome, peri-menopause, and menopausal symptoms are all indicators of hormonal imbalances and are not normal for women to have; although, most woman do have them to some degree. They signal that there is an imbalance going on and if significant corrections are not made early on, the symptoms sometimes get much worse and cause serious illness. Female hormone imbalances cause illnesses such as: fibroids, endometriosis, hot flashes, night sweats, adrenal fatigue, weight gain, digestive problems, irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, diabetes, and joint pain. Cancer has also been linked to hormonal imbalance.
Andrea Ford, L. Ac. uses Chinese Medicine in conjunction with Functional Endocrinology, a medical system focused on naturally balancing both the male and female hormonal system. She has studied with internationally known teachers and researchers in the field of natural hormone balancing Dr. Janet R. Lang, D.C., and Dr. Datis Kharrahzian, D.C., since 2006. She Specializes in natural hormone balancing with Chinese Herbal Formulas, acupuncture, organic whole food supplements, and bio-identical hormones. Simple non-invasive saliva testing and hair analysis are available and may be recommended to determine the patient's exact hormonal imbalance and track their progress in the process of balancing.