The Yin and Yang of Female Hormones

Monday, August 22, 2011 by Dr. Susan Lark
In traditional Asian medicine, health and well-being are believed to be a balance of two equally important, but opposing, principles—yin and yang. Yin is associated with attributes such as femininity, receptivity, calmness, coolness, and moisture. Yin also regulates the fluids, blood, and tissues of your body, as well as its structural components, including flesh, tendons, and bones.

Yang, on the other hand, is associated with masculinity, aggression, heat, and dryness. It also regulates your body’s energy, which acts as the spark plug to your structural elements.

In younger women, this balance seems to be maintained almost effortlessly. But maintaining an optimal yin-yang balance becomes much more difficult once you reach middle age and menopause and menopause symptoms set in. 

To restore your yin—and, as a result, balance your estrogen levels—you can take a variety of yin-supportive herbs.

One such supplement is royal jelly, which has been used for centuries to balance female hormones. Take 1/4 teaspoon of the liquid form of organic royal jelly twice a day. Royal jelly is available at most health food stores.
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Comments for The Yin and Yang of Female Hormones

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 by A. Buie:
I have never had any menopause symtoms but now that I am 70, I have vaginal itchies....will your Harmony product help me or what would you suggest:
Please advise, thank you.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 by Vickie:
I have vaginal dryness so bad it hurts to even try to have intercourse. What can I do?
Friday, November 4, 2011 by Dr. Lark:
Hi Vickie,
For alleviating vaginal dryness, include plenty of foods in your diet that are rich in naturally lubricating essential fatty acids, such as wild-caught salmon and mackerel, raw sesame seeds and sunflower seeds, raw nuts, and flax.

Flax is also good because it’s a phytoestrogen—meaning it’s chemically and functionally similar to estradiol, a woman’s most prominent natural estrogen. Therefore, phytoestrogens have estrogenic and estrogen-balancing effects. Another phytoestrogen I highly recommend for menopausal women is soy. In a recent study of 187 women, vaginal samples showed that a diet rich in soy significantly improved the strength and moisture of vaginal epithelium within six to eight weeks (August 2003, Maturitas). I recommend two to three servings per day of whole soy foods, and/or 50–150 mg of soy isoflavones (available at most health food stores and pharmacies). If you prefer flax, I suggest 4–6 tablespoons of ground flaxseed once or twice a day.

Black cohosh is another supplement that many of my patients have found can help naturally boost vaginal moisture. In fact, several clinical studies show that black cohosh supports vaginal integrity in menopausal women. I suggest taking 40–80 mg of a standardized extract of black cohosh twice a day. This dose should contain 2–4 mg of the active component triterpenes, calculated as 27-deoxyacteine.

I hope that helps,
Dr. Lark
Monday, November 14, 2011 by dawn:
Dear Dr. Lark,
I have suffered for years with Menopause symptoms. I have not slept through the night in over 5 years due to hot flashes. I also have everyother symptom as well. I have tried everything from bio identical hormone replacement, black cohash, vitamin regiments, to Premarin. Premarin was all that worked but I was so concerned of the side effects I stopped taking yeas ago, plus I gained over 10lbs. I have litterally spent hundreds to try and get relief and don't have a great deal of money to waste. What makes harmony a product I should take when others have not worked? Is there a money back guarantee? Thank you
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 by Wendy:
I went through menopause 10 years ago. I also had my gall bladder removed at the time as well. I have suffered with hot flashes and poor sleep since that time. I was on bio-identicals for a few years as well, but due to the loss of my compounding pharmacy was unable to continue. 2 years ago I had an MI and recently had another stent implanted. I am of course on Plavix and beta blockers and an ARB and low dose Crestor. Are the herbs etc. in the Harmony supplement able to be taken with these drugs? I really would like to feel better and was consider a hormone replacement patch as it bypasses the liver so does not cause the heart problems that were shown in the Framingham study.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 by Tamsin Lewis:
Should one's body be acid or alkaline? I am sure I read something you wrote saying one should eat vinegar and then I read somewhere that acidic foods cause the calcium to be leeched out of our bones and teeth. Would like this clarified. Thanks
Saturday, April 21, 2012 by Sooknam:
I am a 56yr old Asian woman and I reached menopause a few years ago. I never had any symptoms except vaginal dryness. My doctor prescribed Estrace creame. Is that safe? Are there any natural creames to treat vaginal atrophy and dryness? Thanks.

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