Hormonal imbalance seems to be the plague of the modern world – most women and men experience mild to severe symptoms of hormone imbalance at least once in a lifetime. And as nature and our own biology would want it, hormones are extremely important for the overall health, including fertility, thyroid and adrenal health, ovaries and testicles health.
When a delicate balance of estrogen, testosterone, insulin and cortisol gets upset, all kinds of strange, unpleasant and downright awful things start to happen, including:
- Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
- Anxiety and depression
- Low libido
- Hair thinning and hair loss
- Adult acne and overly oily skin
- Irregular periods and ovulations
But why does hormone imbalance happen in the first place? The reasons are many, but stress, bad diet, exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals and various environmental toxins all play a role. Whatever the reason for your hormone imbalance, the good news is that you can restore it back to normal naturally.
The Best Herbs for Hormone Imbalance
The following herbs have been researched and shown to help restore hormonal balance in people – some are better for women, and some are better for men. Read on to find out which herb is the best fit for you.
- Maca Root
Maca root or Peruvian Ginseng, is an adaptogenic herb that can help with various symptoms of hormonal balance, including irregular periods, hot flashes, high stress levels and infertility. Maca has also been shown to increase libido and fertility in both men and women.
Ashwagandha is a popular herb in Ayurveda that is mostly used for improving endocrine system’s function and for balancing hormones in women. This herb can help with menopausal symptoms, including night sweats, hot flashes, irritability and low libido. Ashwagandha is also known to help with high stress levels and depression.
- Saw Palmetto
Saw Palmetto has been shown to help with infertility, urinary problems, prostate health (especially enlargement of the prostate) and low sex drive. This herb works both for people with estrogen dominance, and testosterone dominance as it helps balance out the sex hormones and reduce their activity.
Chasteberry, or Vitex agnus-castus, is a popular herb among women with fertility issues and hormonal imbalances. Chasteberry works by affecting the pituitary gland, which regulates the production of hormones such as estrogen, FSH, LH and prolactin. Regularly using chasteberry can help improve the health of reproductive organs, regulate periods, treat PMS symptoms and increase fertility.
- Suma Root
Suma root helps balance sex hormones, reduce blood sugar and insulin and improve the function of the endocrine system. Suma has also been shown to improve libido, fertility and mood. In addition, this herb is known to increase energy levels.