side-balancingSafe and Effective Hormone Balancing

Do you have these symptoms?

  • Hot Flashes
  • Night Sweats
  • Insomnia
  • Memory loss
  • Mood Swings
  • Low sex drive
  • Fatigue
  • Irregular periods
  • Breast tenderness
  • Increased skin wrinkling
  • Weight gain
  • Anxiety

What is the best way to check your hormone levels?

Salivary hormone testing has been established as the best method for accurate analysis of your active hormone levels. Estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA and cortisol can be measured in saliva.

What are the advantages of saliva testing?

  • Measures active hormone levels
  • Easy and convenient collection
  • Exceptional specimen stability
  • Less expensive than blood testing
  • Four samples collected throughout the day give a more accurate picture of hormone levels
  • No needles

Which hormones should I test?

  • Estradiol
  • Progesterone
  • Testosterone
  • DHEA
  • Cortisol

Your hormones all work together to create an environment of balance and harmony. An imbalance of one can affect them all.

Balancing Your Hormones

Are you estrogen dominant?

The increasingly popular phrase “estrogen dominance” doesn’t mean you have too much estrogen, rather that you may have too little progesterone (Pg) relative to your estradiol (E2) level.

There is an ideal ratio between the tho hormones known as the Pg/E2 ratio. You can have normal, even low levels of estradiol, but when you also have diminished progesterone levels, estrogen dominance results.

Because estrogen is a proliferative (cell-growing) hormone, too much estrogen relative to progesterone can cause problems such as:

  • Fibrocystic breats
  • Foggy thinking
  • Migraines
  • Bone/mineral loss
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Water retention
  • Low thyroid symptoms
  • Heavy/irregular menses
  • Belly weight gain
  • Tearfulness

Your salivary hormone test results will report a ratio between the progesterone and estradiol levels (Pg/E2) ratio.

This ratio is very valuable because it allows your practitioner to treat any estrogen dominance and help your body return to optimal health.

The solution is here:

  • Salivary hormone testing
  • Bio-identical hormones and nutritional supplements tailored to fit your lifestyle needs
  • Lifestyle considerations including a whole foods diet, exercise, relaxation and enjoyment 

Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy:

At Lotus Path Wellness Center we closely monitor all aspects of the endocrine system. Because of the delicate balance of the many players in the endocrine system, it is important to monitor and adjust the hormone levels of the adrenals, thyroid, pancreas, pituitary, ovaries and testes. For example, if you are experiencing low energy, hair loss, dry skin and depression, we would look at how well both adrenal and thyroid are functioning. Since these symptoms can occur from a dysfunction in both glands, the investigation could include a complete blood test for thyroid function and a saliva test to evaluate cortisol and DHEA levels. Through data collected we can then formulate a treatment plan to nourish and support the endocrine glands.

Treatment can come from a myriad of paradigms. Dr. Belluccio can choose from several different protocols depending a patients particular needs or desires. If a patient desires only herbal therapy, she can incorporate both Chinese and western herbal therapy into a treatment plan to correct for imbalances. Some patients request treatment especially for peri-menopausal and menopausal symptoms using Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). This treatment will only be prescribed after collecting data on hormone levels for both men and women. Due to the delicate balancing act of hormone therapy it’s imperative to monitor either saliva or urine for hormone levels never to exceed physiological ranges. A third option for treatment is using homeopathic preparations. Many patients do very well on sublingual remedies that work on an energetic level to increase vitality and youthfulness.

With the advent of “anti-aging” medicine, we now have the knowledge and tools to stay healthier longer and delay the ravages of aging for years. Of course, no single therapy takes the place of a healthy lifestyle including exercise, wise food choices and stress reduction.