July 15th, 2015Male Hormone Balancing

by: Jared Tropple, M.H.

Hormones affect pretty much all the vital functions of the body to some degree. Hormones help keep us physically and emotionally healthy. Hormonal imbalance can cause a wide range of symptoms that can greatly affect our health.

 

 

When discussing hormone imbalance, men are often forgotten about. If there is mention of hormones for men, it most often focuses only on their sex drive. This observation is further validated when browsing the selection of men’s hormone supplements available. Supplements that focus mainly on stimulating men’s sex drive often leave out many other important aspects of the male hormone system. Of course the major hormone associated with men is testosterone, but estrogen, along with several other hormones, also play important roles in men’s health. More testosterone isn’t always better. There is actually a delicate balance of testosterone and these other hormones that when increased or decreased, even slightly, can cause several unwanted symptoms.

 

So what are the symptoms of male hormone imbalance?

Many symptoms come on gradually, so often they go unnoticed. The symptoms include infertility, fatigue or lack of energy, decrease in muscle mass with increase in body fat, changes in cholesterol, reduced bone density, low libido, night sweats, mood swings or irritability, depression and anxiety, memory loss, and insomnia.

 

Do men have cycles like women do?

The short answer is, yes.

 

Men’s testosterone levels vary, and may go up and down four or five times in an hour. There are daily cycles, with testosterone being higher in the morning and lower at night. There are seasonal cycles, with testosterone being higher in November and lower in April. Men have hormonal cycles during adolescence and between the ages of 40 and 55, men have what is called Andropause. There are hormonal changes in men that can be related to stress in their life. Men have a monthly hormonal cycle that is unique to each man. Men who track their moods are able to recognize how they are related to hormonal changes throughout the month.

 

Which herbs may help with male hormone imbalance?

This is by no means a comprehensive list, however it is important to mention the following herbs. Terrestris Tribulus is most commonly associated with testosterone production. Ginseng, Eleuthero, and Maca are widely used to balance male hormones. Saw Palmetto helps with prostate issues but also helps balance out estrogen and other hormones in the body. Sarsaparilla works by stimulating hormone production in the body. Licorice helps heal the adrenal glands, which are affected by stress. Drinking plenty of water and adding good oils to your diet or supplement regimen is also important. Finding time to exercise is also key to balanced hormone levels.

 

Men’s hormones are more complex than just their sexual drive. Often, hormonal imbalances go unnoticed due to lack of social awareness of men’s hormonal issues. By recognizing possible symptoms, and by taking into account a fuller spectrum of men’s hormones, true balance and optimum health can be restored.

 

Jared Tropple has been a Master Herbalist for more than 8 years. He managed the Christopher’sHerb Shop, worked and taught at Dr. Christopher’s School of Natural Healing and created Ginger’s Garden Café. During this time he has been able to help countless people with their health. He is back working at Dr. Christopher’s Herb Shop making herbal preparations and consulting as needed.

August 25th, 2014Red Clover

Jo Francks MH

 

Red clover is an herb that is given to us as a blessing for many different ailments. It has been used for centuries and is well known as a treatment and prevention for cancer. It is also useful as a tonic for nerves and as a sedative for nervous exhaustion. It has been mentioned as a treatment for bronchial troubles and whooping cough. It is healing to wounds and can be made into an ointment for the treatment of wounds and skin problems like psoriasis and eczema.

Modern research has found that red clover blossoms contain isoflavones, plant based chemicals that produce estrogen-like effects in the body. Isoflavones have shown potential in the treatment of a number of conditions associated with menopause, such as hot flashes, cardiovascular health, and osteoporosis.

Dr. Christopher’s Blood Stream formula is based around red clover blossoms having 6 parts of the herb. Some women have found that taking the Blood Stream formula for other conditions has reduced their frequency of hot flashes. The Blood Stream formula is used along with the Lower Bowel, Kidney, and Liver Gallbladder formulas as an extended herbal cleanse. Start the herbal cleanse by taking 2 capsules of the Lower Bowel formula 3 times a day and 2 capsules of the kidney formula twice a day. These two formulas are taken for two weeks before adding the Liver Gallbladder formula, 2 capsules 3 times a day or a dropper-full of the extract 3 times a day. Stay on these 3 formulas for another week and then add the Bloodstream formula, 2 capsules 3 times a day. It is recommended that these formulas be taken for six weeks and up to six months always resting from the formulas on the seventh day.

 

Red Clover has a direct action in improving the nutrition of the brain. It is especially helpful when there is general mental failure, with loss of memory of words, or when there is confusion of ideas of functional causes. It is also useful when there is weakness of the lower extremities, or of the feet from deficient capillary circulation.

 

This is an herb that can be gathered when the blossoms are in full bloom and is safe to use for many ailments.

 

Jo Francks is a Master Herbalist graduate of The School of Natural Healing. She is also a Holistic Iridologist and Quantum Touch practitioner. 


June 30th, 2014Melasma

Tara Pierce H.

 

Melasma is a skin condition of hyperpigmentation. It is most commonly found in women, in fact 90% of cases belong to us hormone laden females. It is usually associated with estrogen and progesterone levels and can become more severe as these hormones rise and fall in excess, such as during pregnancy (Chloasma; mask of pregnancy), while taking birth control pills, and hormone replacement therapy during menopause or following a hysterectomy. Other less common causes are cosmetics, especially those with perfumes, stress, adrenal disorders, and some medications including some antibiotics, antiarrhythmics, and antimalarial drugs. Sun exposure will cause the patches to become darker making them much more noticeable during summer months and seem to fade in the winter months.

Medical treatments include Hydroquinone, Tretinoin, corticosteroids, azelaic acid or kojic acid to lighten the skin, usually found in cream, lotion, gel or liquid form. If the problem is severe and the creams do not give the desired result doctors may recommend a chemical peel, microdermabrasion, or dermabrasion. Of course these treatments can have serious side effects causing even more health problems in the long run. Hydroquinone alone has been linked to leukemia, thyroid problems and liver damage.

To treat this condition naturally I would recommend using Dr. Christopher’s Lower Bowel and Liver and Gallbladder formulas to support the liver in processing and eliminating excess estrogen in the body. To help in the removal of excess estrogen I would consume 1-3 Tbls of fresh ground flax and sunflower seeds daily, along with Dr. Christopher’s Hormonal Changese Formula to give the body what it needs to produce the correct levels of needed hormones. The seeds can be added to smoothies, raw cookies, granola bars or sprinkled over your whole grain cereal and salads. If you suspect struggling adrenals, I would also add Dr. Christopher’s Adrenal Formula and a good quality vitamin B supplement.

Externally, I have found that daily, gentle, exfoliation as well as a mask made from organic plain yogurt with fresh lime or lemon juice will lighten the patches effectively. Apply the mask 3-4 times per week for 20-30 minutes. Additionally I would watch your sun exposure. Avoid the hours between 10 and 2 when the sun’s rays are the harshest, and if you know you are going to be spending a lot of time in the sun this summer, a good natural sunscreen and a wide brimmed hat are essential.

 

Tara Pierce is a Master Herbalist student at The School of Natural Healing.



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