OK I don't really have a hormonal imbalance but I might in a few weeks. I have decided to once again stop my hormone replacement meds. I just don't want that synthetic crap. Instead I have purchased some herbal remedies that should help with the few menopausal symptoms I was not fond of (hot flashes, sleeplessness and vaginal dryness / tightness). On my list of purchased goods was:
Flax-seed: great source of omega-3 fatty acids which is vital for heart health. They help keep blood pressure and cholesterol down (I think I need to sneak some in the foods I make for P). They also contain lignans which may help fight colon (yay), breast, and skin cancers and can help with menopausal symptoms. They can also help clear up acne and help with mood. So its an all around win for me with this one.
Red clover: contains a large amount of isoflavones which acts like estrogen in mammals curtailing menopausal symptoms. It can also treat respiratory and skin problems. Again here, two birds, one stone.
Schizandra berries: a Chinese herb reputed to have health benefits such as improved sexual health, skin beautification, heightened mental activity, respiratory support and improved body functions. This one is mainly for my sexual health.
My goal is still to lose a few pounds and overall feel healthier. I am giving the herbs till Christmas to see if they work and if not then I have my meds I can go back on. But my fingers and toes are crossed that I don't need to!