For Hormone Balance, A Root to the Rescue

There’s nothing quite like a hormonal out of body experience.  There you are in the middle of a normal day, a normal sentence and suddenly you find yourself having a totally out of place emotional reaction.  You witness yourself acting completely off the wall, you know this isn’t you at all, but what can you do?  Laugh about it later if you’re lucky!

There are the other symptoms of hormones out of balance; crying suddenly for no apparent reason, bloating, blemishes, swollen and sore breasts, yeast infections, digestive problems….the list goes on, and on.  Certainly there are underlying emotional triggers for any imbalance or illness, hormones included.  A great book on the subject that I think every woman should own and use as a reference is Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom by Christiane Northrup.  

As for remedying the immediate physical symptoms I recommend Dong Quai root.  I have been making and taking a tincture of Dong Quai for the past 2 years and it has made a dramatic difference in my hormone health.  I buy organic powdered root from Mountain Rose Herbs, tincture it in vodka and take 3-6 dropperfuls daily.

Dong Quai: ultimate women's tonic herb

“Dong quai is an aromatic herb that grows in China, Korea, and Japan. The reputation of Dong quai is second only to Ginseng and is considered the ultimate, all-purpose woman’s tonic herb. It is used for almost every gynecological complaint from regulating the menstrual cycle to treating menopausal symptoms caused by hormonal changes.

The herb is frequently used by the Chinese as a strengthening treatment for the heart, spleen, liver and kidneys. Both men and women use the herb as a general blood tonic.

It contains vitamins E, A and B12. Researchers have isolated at least six coumarin derivatives that exert antispasmodic and vasodilatory effects. Antispasmodics are a remedy for menstrual cramps. The essential oil in dong quai contains Ligustilide, butylphthalide and numerous other minor components. Ferulic acid and various polysaccharides are also found in dong quai’s root. These elements can prevent spasms, reduce blood clotting and relax peripheral blood vessels. Research has shown that dong quai produces a balancing effect on estrogen activity.

Modern treatments prescribe the herb to combat PMS and to help women resume normal menstruation after using birth control pills.

The flower of the Dong Quai plant.

The herb has been found useful in balancing and treating many female systems and cycles. Its constituents can act to stimulate the central nervous system which can remedy weakness and headaches associated with menstrual disorders. It strengthens internal reproductive organs, helps with endometriosis and internal bleeding or bruising. It relieves menopausal conditions such as vaginal dryness and hot flashes.

The plant has also been used as a blood purifier, to promote blood circulation and nourish the blood in both sexes. It is high in iron content and may help to prevent iron deficiency and anemia. Studies show that it can aid in regulating blood sugar and in lowering blood pressure.

It has a mild sedative effect which can relieve stress and calms the nerves. It has also be used to stimulate the uterus during childbirth, treat insomnia, alleviate constipation and for migraine headaches.

Parts Used: Whole root. Found in tea, herbal preparations, capsules, extract and recipes.

Common Use: The root has earned a reputation as the “ultimate herb” for women. It is used to restore balance to a woman’s hormones and cycles and is helpful in restoring menstrual regularity and for conditions of the reproductive system. It is not recommended during pregnancy, for women with excessive menstrual flow or for people taking blood thinning agents.”   Taken from: http://www.kcweb.com/herb/donquai.htm

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