Hormones are chemical messengers that influence the way our cells and organs function. Hormones are produced, stored and secreted via a network of glands, which make up our endocrine system. They regulate ourbody’s growth and development, reproduction, metabolism, our mood, sleep and digestion

There are many different hormones in the body. Through the feedback mechanism, each hormon influences and be influenced by other hormones. Although each hormon has its own function, all hormon are working closely in a harmony regime, which is called balance.

Hormonal balance is vital to a healthy physical and mental status. However,  this balance can be disrupted in many ways. The fact that hormone problems like diabetes, thyroid diseases, hyperprolactineamia, low testosterone,.. are affecting more and more people among us. It happends when there are overexcrete or underexcrete or absoluty missing of certain hormones. We call this hormon imbalance.

What can be the causes? Hormon imbalance can caused by  internal factors like genetic, or external factors such as too much stress, a poor diet, infection, unhealthy lifestyle, medicines and a toxic environment, etc.. Hormon imbalance is often noticed by uncomfortable symptoms such as bad mood, weight gain, digestive problems, acne, headaches, insomnia, anxiety, breast pain, menstrual irregularities in women, erectile problems in men, loss of libido and infertility in both sex.

Hormon imbalance according to Yin and Yang

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) hormonal balance is closely tied to the concept of Yin and Yang balance. Although Yin and Yang are opposite in nature, they work dependently and inseparable from eachother. According to TCM, hormonal balance is formed when Yin and Yang interchange and transform smoothly. For example, the balance ratio between estrogen and progesterone is how we see the Yin – Yang works in balanced. If there is too much (excessive) or too little (deficiency) Yin or Yang in the body, their function harmony is broken, which leads to hormona imbalance.

Deficiency Yin can caused by overwork, inadequate sleep and excercise, chronic diseases, heavy periods or surgery. Symtoms of Deficiency Yin are night sweating, dry mouth, hot flash, low back pain and light colored menstruation.

Excessive Yin relate to a sedentary lifestyle, obesity, digestive congestion, a unhealthy greasy diet. When Yang is not enough to move excessive Yin, then Dampness is accumulates in the lower abdomen. As a result, a normal blood  circulation in the reproductive organs is blocked. It is commonly seen in  women with PCOS problem or men with immorbility sperm. Symptoms are irregular menstrual cycle, tiredness, sleepy, loose stools.

Deficiency Yang is often caused by excessive physical work, early age abortion. Woman experience with frequent fatigue, cold limbs, frequent night urination, low libido, repeated miscarriage.

Excessive Yang happends by overconsumption of hot and spicy food, alkohol, frequent smoking.  It may cause excessive bleeding menstruation, early ovulation and also frequent miscarriage. The goal of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is to restore balance of Yin and Yang in the body, hencet to restore the hormon balance. As an important part of TCM, acupuncture can effectively help treating hormon imbalance. It can help regulate the menstrual cycle, improve blood flow to the uterus, reduce stress and promote reproductive organ function.

Please come to have consultation with Dr. Nguyen Hong about your problems and see how acupuncture can help.

Dr. Nguyen Hong, Tel: + 36 709431878. Vietkimhong Clinic, Budapest 1051 Arany János utca. 33, 1 floor, doorbell 127.

Reference: https://www.imi.com.hk/hormonal-imbalance-in-traditional-chines-medicine-perspective.html

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