Use These 10 Chinese Herbs to Treat Your Hormonal Imbalance
When you hear “hormonal imbalance” the first thing that comes to your mind is probably some angry woman. Unfortunately, the ongoing unhealthy lifestyle habits and routines tend to increase its rate even more.
To balance the hormones over time, you should make some dietary and lifestyle changes, and the control will be in your hands.
If you experience some of these things, you probably need herbs to balance your hormones.
- Chronic or continual stress
- Overwork without the needed rest
- Unbalanced diet (processed foods, lack of proteins, vegetables, and healthy fats)
- Plenty of stimulants (caffeine, sugar, refined foods and medications)
- Irregular bowel patterns which cause a buildup of hormones, especially estrogen
- Products high in chemicals that the body has to process. The skin is the largest human organ that absorbs everything applied on it
- Inadequate sleep
- Suppression of emotions
Signs that You Need Herbs
- Menstrual irregularities (flow of cycle, time between cycles, cycle length)
- Painful periods
- PMS (irritability, moodiness, sadness)
- Skin breakouts
- Sleep irregularities
- Temperature fluctuations
- Digestive imbalances
- Weight gain
Traditional Chinese Medicine Patterns and Their Meaning
The Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) breaks everything into patterns to customize its treatments for any individual. In this way, the TCM practitioners can find the most suitable treatment for hormonal imbalance for anyone.
Here are some patterns that will help you:
1. Depleted Energy (Qi)
If you are sick all the time, feel constant urges to urinate, feelings of hot or cold, watery menstrual blood, a period that starts early, slow healing of bruises, scrapes, colds, frequent or loose bowel movements, lack of concentration, worrying and over-thinking.
2. Blood Deficiency
This condition is characterized by dry nails, eyes and cuticles, short period, floaters in the eyes, dull, dry hair, muscle spasms and cramps.
3. Stuck (Stagnation)
This pattern is marked by mood changes, breast tenderness, period clots and cramps, headaches in the neck or the temples, feeling of tightness in the ribcage and the shoulders, sighing, irritability and short temper.
4. Yin Deficiency
Signs of this pattern include the red peeled tongue, hot flash at night, constant feeling of thirst, adrenal burnout, nervousness, and anxiety.
5. Yang Deficiency
It is characterized by low progesterone, a feeling of lethargy and cold, constant urges to urinate, weight gain, edema or swelling, weak or sore low backs, loose bowels, pale face and lack of enthusiasm and energy.
Herbs for Hormonal Balance
The TCM rarely involves individual usage of certain herbs, but it combines different ingredients to create a balanced blend of herbs.
When different herbs and foods take part in our regular diet, they promote hormonal balance over time.
You can provide the best medicinal results if you consume the foods which are suited for your pattern. If you are not sure about your pattern, make sure you consult an expert.
Top Herbs for Hormonal Balance
1. Dang Gui
- Suitable for depleted energy (Qi) / Blood / Stuck / Yin.
- It nourishes and regulates blood.
- It is rich in phytoestrogen which builds blood, regulates cycles, promotes hormonal balance and reduces the symptoms of menopause.
- Add it to stocks or soups along with red dates or boil it in tea along with goji berries or other herbal teas.
2. Goji Berries
- Chinese term – Gou Qi Zi
- It is suitable for Yin and Blood.
- Rich in antioxidants.
- Improve liver blood, blurred vision, dry eyes, floaters, ridged and brittle nails and headaches.
- Goji berries are sold in most of the food stores, grocery stores, and local China
- Use them for tea, add them to cooked oatmeal or whenever you can use cranberries or raisins.
3. Longan Fruit
- Chinese term -Long Yan Rou
- It nourishes the blood and calms the mind.
- Excellent for insomnia, anxiety or palpitations as results from exhaustion.
- Sold both online and Chinese Herbal store.
- It can be used in the form of tea, combined with oatmeal or whenever cranberries and raisins can be used.
4. Astragalus Root
- Chinese term -Huang Qi
- Suitable for Qi, Yang and Blood deficiency.
- Improves the immune system and boosts the energy.
- It is sold in the Chinese Herbal stores and well-stocked food stores.
- Add it to broths or soups. It can be used for tea but make sure you broke it into pieces before you use it.
5. American Ginseng
- Chinese term -Xi Yang Shen
- Provides more controlled and milder action than the Chinese ginseng.
- Boosts the Qi, Ying and Yang energies as well as the immune system.
- It supports the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis thus promoting hormonal balance.
- Helps the body manage stress, improves the digestive system, promotes proper absorption of nutrients from the food.
- Provides benefits for the male reproductive system.
- Use it in the form of tea or add it to stews and soups.
- Practice using it in the mid-afternoon but make sure you avoid it at night because it can affect your sleep.
6. Chinese Wild Yam
- Chinese term -Shan Yao
- It’s perfect for Yang and Qi deficiency.
- Improves the digestion and the kidney system as well as balances hormones.
- The wonderful taste will enrich chicken soup or any other blended soup as well as tea.
- You can use it in the fresh or dried form.
7. Lotus Seed
- Chinese term -Lian Zi
- Supports the digestive system which in turn improves the blood and helps in the regulation of hormones.
- Improves the reproductive system in both women and men.
- Reduces the level of irritability, anxiety, and insomnia.
- Being a food herb, it can be combined with rice or some vegetables. You can add it to your snacks or baking or just combine it with nuts, some dried fruits or goji berries.
- Note: Make sure you do not use it in case you have constipation or abdominal bloating.
8. White Peony Root
- Chinese term -Bai Shao
- Calms the Yang, nourishes the Yin, supplements the blood and regulates the menstrual cycles.
- It can help you treat irritability, PMS, headaches due to periods, period cramps, brittle nails due to blood deficiency and dull complexion.
- It is an excellent base for soups, and it can be added to broth or tea.
9. Black Sesame Seeds
- Chinese term -Hei Zhi Ma
- Support the Yin and both the kidney and liver systems in TCM
- Great for dry skin, hair, bowels or eyes and darken the hair
- It can be combined with sautéed vegetables, cereals, baking, blended drinks or smoothies
10. Chinese Red Dates
- Chinese term -Da Zao
- They nourish the blood and build the Qi
- 1-2 dates a day will improve the blood and provide energy
- Make a tea with chrysanthemum, goji berries, rose and many others
- Add them to soups, broths or smoothies
Bear in mind that you may not need only one of these herbs to treat your hormonal imbalance.