The subtle actions of hormones are quite powerful and affect every system in the body while operating quietly in the background. Hormonal balance is very important to maintain proper functioning and when an imbalance occurs, the effects can be quite disturbing. The adrenal, reproductive and thyroid glands, governed by sophisticated feedback systems, are most susceptible to hormonal changes. If things go awry, and excessive or insufficient levels of an hormone such as oestrogen are produced, it can result in problems with the menstrual cycle or result in fertility issues.
Adrenal function is critical to how we respond to and manage particularly stressful situations. If round-the-clock stimulation or stress becomes the norm, greater demands are placed on these glands. This will deplete the adrenal system and result in adrenal fatigue.
Herbs really come into their own in relation to hormonal imbalances as the normalising actions of what are often called ‘balancing’ or ‘adaptogenic’ herbs can address imbalances and restore proper function to the endocrinal system and by extension, affect related organs.
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