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There is some debate when I research the various recommended treatments for hormonal balance and attempts to fix our hormone levels. As we know the hormone levels within Endometriosis patients is out of wack. It is out of wack because we have livers that don’t work as well as they should and therefore our hormones increase to unusual levels. The increase in these hormones causes the pain and side-effects we experience with Endometriosis. They include nausea, headaches, bloating, sore breasts, PMS and all irregularities in our periods.
So, I looked at Western Medicine for healing Endometriosis and they use drugs and medicines which either inhibit hormone production or they reduce the amount of hormones that are released by the body. The most common use is the mini pill which reduces the amount of hormones we have and also provides period regulation and control of hormones. They are able to help Endometriosis sufferers while they are using these medications.
Well, my attempt was to then find natural methods to achieve the same result, without taking drugs and harsh chemicals which inevitably damage the liver further and the additional side-effects and risks.The natural approach is slightly more complicated to explain. I shall do my best.
I will use a simple explanation for us so this is easy to understand.Let’s imagine our woman cells are a boat. The boat has a few fishermen on it, we shall call these receptors. They are all sitting waiting to catch some Estrogens. They wait and wait and finally a whole lot come their way. There are heaps and the fisherman frantically try and catch them. Once they have caught all their Estrogens, they have filling up the boat and they cannot fish any more. What they discover once they sit down for a drink, the Estrogens they have caught vary from actual Estrogens and Isoflavones (also called Phytoestrogens). The real explanation is: We have our woman cells which have receptors. These receptors seek out Estrogens in the body. Once these receptors have gathered their Eostrogens, regardless of whether it is Estrogens or Isoflavones/phytoestrogens, it considers its job done.
So, what are Isoflavones/Phytoeostrogens and why does this process help the body?
Isoflavones are like “fake Estrogens”. They fake their way in and are actually beneficial to us Endo sufferers as we have too much “real Estrogens” causing us pain and discomfort. Many naturopaths and homeopaths will often recommend Phytoestrogens to alleviate the oestrogen dominance we have in our body.
Here is a list of some commonly used Isoflavones – also called Phytoestrogens:
- Dong Quai
- Royal Jelly
- Flaxseed Oil
- Red Clover
- Evening Primrose Oil
- Black Cohosh
- Soy in the form of soy nuts and tempeh
The idea behind providing these is to give the body extra phytoestrogens, thereby reducing the oversupply of oestrogen. By reducing the Oestrogen in the body, we will feel relief and feel better with Endo because all our symptoms and pain associated with endo comes from Estrogen Dominance. Sounds good?
Check out this article:Estrogen Dominance
One is supposed to take them in LARGE QUANTITIES. This means taking them as a supplement or eating them/drinking them in large quantities. Initially many women with Endometriosis actually feel much better when they start taking these in large quantities. The symptoms reduce and they don’t get as much bloating, pain and all the usual Endo symptoms. It feels like it is all working! It can take anywhere from 3months to 6months for symptoms to be alleviated. The problem comes in when the balance is thrown out from too many Phytoestrogens. This is the bit I am struggling with. Should we really be playing God with our hormones and determining what they need? This may sound like a good way of healing the imbalance of Oestrogen dominance but ultimately does it solve the problem? Eventually we simply throw the balance out again, the other way. Too little or too much? How do we decide where the body is at?
Personally, I have an issue with this way of approaching our imbalances. How does mucking around with imbalances actually get to the root cause of the problem? I prefer to rectify the source of the reason why we have an imbalance and target that, creating overall balance and allowing the body to determine what that should be. What right do we have to decide how much Oestrogen we need or how little? How do we know when the body has reached the right level? How do we know when to stop taking them? Do we really know the difference between Oestrogen and Progesterone and what they feel like?
I researched further and discovered that there is a way we can gain natural hormonal balance without taking Phytoestrogens which means we are not stuck trying to figure out when we have an oversupply, undersupply and when to stop or start????
It is called MACA. It is a root plant from Peru and is known to solve hormonal imbalance. It also contains heaps of other stuff which is also highly beneficial to us endo girls. Amino Acids, Minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc and Iron. It also has heaps of the Vitamin B group which is good for the stress levels in our body and it contains the hard to get to vitamin B, which is Vitamin B12. This one actually helps detoxify the liver. Maca aids hormonal function by helping the liver and stimulating the pituitory gland which is responsible for creating all our hormones. It increases the production of ALL hormones and then they can sort it out between themselves! This way the body can decide what hormones it needs and what levels it needs of what!
I have been using MacaFem for about 3months and I have noticed an improvement with my hormonal symptoms. You can buy Maca from a range of sources and forms. I found taking tablets a little easier and made sure I was taking it everyday. This is the company I ordered it from but you can also get it at health shops in powders. Always make sure it is Pure Maca Root and not any substitutes or any other ingredients are included.
It is known to improve vitality and has been used for centuries by the Peruvians. It also apparently helps with menopause symptoms and increases sex drive – never a bad thing! 🙂
Hope this all makes sense. It is a fair bit to absorb and explain so feel free to ask me any questions. Any questions or need clarification? Please feel free to ask in the comments or share your thoughts.