Natural Hormone Therapy involves prescribing one or more bio-identical hormones to balance and correct conditions resulting from low hormone levels in the body. These natural, bio-identical hormones are highly preferable to the use of synthetic hormones because the human body has receptors for natural hormones and no such receptors exist for synthetic hormones.
What are hormones?
Hormones are bio-chemical messengers produced by glands in the body that circulate in the bloodstream and regulate the actions of nearly every bodily function. The body contains more than 100 different types of hormones. They are crucial to every single function of the human body, including sleeping and waking, blood pressure, growth, stimulation of the body to produce energy and heat, burning fat, controlling reproduction, sex drive, virility and fertility. They stimulate the brain, regulate mood and fight depression. As we age, our hormone levels decrease and signs of aging appear. Good health may begin to fade.
Some of the hormones most frequently used in Natural Hormone Therapy include: Thyroid, Cortisol, Testosterone, Estrogen, Progesterone, DHEA, Human Growth Hormone, Melatonin, and Pregnenolone.
It is rare to find only a single hormone deficiency, and treatment usually consists of "balancing" a number of hormones in the same patient. However, each individual hormone has a general clinical picture. Here are some examples:
Flabbiness, muscular weakness
Hair loss in women
Lack of energy and stamina
Loss of coordination and balance
Decreased sex drive
Sensitivity to cold
Fatigue, especially in the a.m.
Poor memory and concentration
Dry skin and brittle hair
Dry eyes, skin, and vagina
Headaches and migraines
Human Growth Hormone Deficiency
Poor general health
Loss of vitality and energy
Resistance to new ideas
Increased social isolation
More body fat
Reduced muscle mass and strength
An initial office visit for evaluation and examination
A follow-up visit a few weeks later may include diet suggestions, supplement recommendations, discussion of lifestyle factors, goals for the treatment program, and prescriptions for hormones to be carefully formulated by a compounding pharmacy.
A follow-up visit within 3 months for adjustments to the treatment plan. Additional laboratory testing may be necessary.
Visits scheduled 6-12 months thereafter for evaluation and maintenance of the treatment program.
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