Many men and women in today’s society complain of symptoms caused by hormonal imbalance. These symptoms may include fatigue, unexplained weight gain, sleeplessness, hot flashes, low sex drive, emotional instability, excessive worry and depression. Symptoms like these may result from imbalances in the thyroid, adrenal glands, and/or ovaries/testes. Hormone imbalances often arise after prolonged periods of stress, poor nutrition, use of synthetic hormones, pregnancy, or at menopause.
Our Naturopathic physicians offer both blood and saliva hormone testing to identify the cause “hormonal” symptoms. The goal of testing is to understand which deficiencies and/or excesses in hormone levels exist. Most medical doctors prescribe hormones without testing baseline hormone status. These prescriptions can effectively erase symptoms, but generally do not bring the body back into hormonal balance. They can even aggravate hormone imbalances and set the patient up for the development of breast cancer, heart disease, or other more serious diseases. Balancing hormones relieves symptoms, brings the body back into a state of health, and can even reverse disease processes.
To treat hormone imbalance, Dr. Baker and Dr. Livengood use drugless alternative therapies first. Most hormone imbalance can be corrected with gentle treatments such as lifestyle modification, nutrition, and herbal remedies. If hormone supplementation is necessary, our doctors prescribe bioidentical hormones (those that are structurally identical to natural hormones made by the body).