Simply put, hormones are chemicals that carry messages to cells that tell them what they need to do.
They stimulate or inhibit growth, control our immune system and regulate our metabolism.
They arouse us, let us know when we’re hungry and prepare us to fight or flee. In our early years they begin puberty. In our later years, they signal menopause and aging.
When our hormones are in sync and delivering the right messages to the right cells at the right time we experience improved mood, better muscle to fat ratio and just generally feel better.
When our hormones are out of balance, it can impact our cognitive, cardiovascular and sexual functioning, as well as a host of other symptoms.
“Hormones work in concert together to create a cascade of effects through our entire body. Balance them is like conducting a finely tuned orchestra.”Dr. Lawrence Chan, N.D., D.C., R.Ac.
Some of the common concerns we respond to that are often associated with hormone imbalance include:
- Menopause with hot flashes, anxiety and insomnia
- Menstrual problems
- Difficulty with fertility and conception
- Loss of confidence, energy and drive
- Reduction in libido
- Memory loss, disorientation and loss of mental acuity
Many people interpret these problems as “normal” but they may be a sign of underlying hormonal imbalance.
If we have reason to believe that you have a hormone imbalance, we can use an extensive array of tests drawn from blood, urine and saliva. We will also examine your lifestyle and clinical history.
Once our analysis is complete, we create a detailed and personalized program to help you attain optimal hormonal balance. Treating hormone imbalances can be done in a gentle, supportive way, potentially using natural nutritional supplementation, dietary modification, herbal and botanical medicines and acupuncture as well as safe Bio-identical hormone replacement.