Hormones communicate with our bodies, sending our cells signals and messages. From the hormones that communicate with our brain when we are hungry to the sex hormones that regulates the menstrual cycle and the sex drive, there are many hormones in the body. All hormones play an important part in our bodies, by establishing important communication pathways and enabling cells to do their jobs.
Dr. Swalah, ND believes in the importance of determining the hormonal connection. Female hormones play a huge role in all menstrual related issues. “Don’t guess, let’s test to address!” is the mentality and perspective Dr. Swalah brings to the table. By understanding how the hormones are working, if it is underactive or overactive, can provide unique insight and determine what treatment options are available. Learn more about hormone testing here >>
The goal of therapy is to determine the underlying hormonal imbalances. Correcting and balancing hormones will simultaneously address the root and signs and symptoms.
Here are a few hormonal issues Dr. Swalah, ND treats:
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is characterized by mood changes, irritability, water retention, breast tenderness, cramping pain which usually begins to 7 to 10 days before menses. There are many causes of PMS, ranging from hormonal imbalances, genetic predisposition and nutrition deficiencies. The goal of therapy is to determine the underlying hormonal imbalances. Correcting and balancing hormones will simultaneously address the root and signs and symptoms. By using this approach, Dr. Swalah ND makes PMS much more manageable and tolerable.
Hormonal Imbalances is a vast umbrella term for many endocrine associated disorders like hypo or hyperthyroidism, diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome, female hormone irregularities, male hormone irregularities, adrenal fatigue/burn out and more. Hormones are also implicated in many other disease processes, like issues related to mood changes and menses. Dr.Swalah, ND curates a custom treatment plan of evidence-based natural remedies, with the use of diet, lifestyle, botanical medicine and nutriceuticals to address the issue.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome<br /> Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a complex, multifactorial disorder that has genetic, environmental, hormonal, dietary and metabolic factors at play. The major sign of PCOS is irregular menstrual cycles, sometimes even longer than 45 days. Other signs and symptoms include weight gain, increased facial hair, infertility, and mood changes. After Dr. Swalah has thoroughly assessed and investigated the degree of hormonal imbalances and does a full patient assessment she curates a custom treatment plan of evidence-based natural remedies including diet, botanical medicine, nutraceuticals.
Post Birth Control Syndrome
Birth control is an important and life-changing drug for many women. It is 99% effective in preventing unwanted pregnancies and is also used for many female reproductive health issues, like PCOS, as the treatment goal is to regulate hormones. However, some women may experience unwanted symptoms after coming off of birth control, as it can take some time for the ovaries and natural hormone cycle to kick in. After Dr. Swalah has thoroughly assessed and investigated the degree of hormonal imbalances and does a full patient assessment she curates a custom treatment plan of evidence-based natural remedies including diet, nutriceuticals, botanical medicine and more.
Thyroid hormones influence the reproductive, cardiovascular, digestive, and nervous system along with skin, hair and nails. Optimal thyroid hormones ensure that all cells in the body are working when it needs to and resting appropriately. If thyroid hormones are not working optimally, Dr. Swalah utilizes evidence-based treatments, ranging from diet, supplementation, herbal support, and lifestyle changes to support the thyroid gland and thyroid hormones.
Adrenal Glands are responsible for secreting important steroid hormones, like cortisol, when we are stressed. However, chronic stress can overstimulate the adrenal gland and decrease its optimal function. The goal of therapy is enabling positive lifestyle changes to decrease stress and help manage the stressors that do appear. Diet, lifestyle modification, nutriceuticals, and botanical medicine are other ways to calm, nourish and rebalance the body and it’s response to everyday stressors.