Natural (bio-identical) hormone therapy involves restoring hormones that are “natural” to the human body. Our philosophy is to supplement only with natural hormones, and only in the dose necessary to restore hormones to their normal or optimal levels to achieve and maintain hormone balance.
Hormone dysfunctions can be subclinical in nature. Subclinical means an illness that stays below the surface of clinical detection. Traditional blood tests may appear normal and not uncover your hormone dysfunction.
Although low hormone dysfunctions are the most common, hormone illnesses can be caused by excess hormones as well. Consultation with a knowledgeable doctor will be necessary to start you on your healing process.
Our clinic treats hormone disorders based on individualized programs that may include natural hormone replacement, herbal and homeopathic protocols, acupuncture, nutrition, allergy and heavy metal elimination, energetic balancing, and detoxification.
Hormone Therapy is used to treat the following:
PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME (PMS)
PMS is estimated to affect close to half of all women in their reproductive years. There seems to be some controversy on what causes PMS, but some theories include poor nutrition, low levels of progesterone and/ or estrogens, and thyroid/adrenal disease. Some of the most common symptoms experienced are:
• Water retention
• Breast tenderness
• Mood changes
PMS diagnosis may be differentiated from other medical imbalances by the use of a menstrual diary, which would correlate symptoms with the menstrual cycle. Dr Jace will take the necessary medical history, exams and tests to rule out such diseases as endometriosis, cysts and dysmenorrhea. For treating PMS, there may be a combination of solutions used that best fits your unique situation, such as natural hormone therapy, herbal programs, acupuncture and changes in diet and lifestyle.
As women approach their late 40’s to early 50’s, menopause can become a vital healthcare issue. Menopause means the last menstrual period. Symptoms of perimenopause, the period prior to menopause, can begin as early as 35 yrs of age. Some of the symptoms that women experience are:
• Hot flashes
• Night sweats
• Vaginal dryness
• Mood changes
When perimenopause begins, the ovaries decrease the production of estrogen and progesterone causing irregular menstrual cycles. Eventually ovulation and menstruation stops and the production of estrogens and progesterone decline dramatically. In entering this transition of life, treatment may vary greatly. Options may include balanced diet, exercising, use of herbs, and possible “natural hormone” therapy.
Andropause or “Male Menopause”, is the decline of male hormonal function, which affects all men eventually. Changes typically begin after the age of 40: however, men can also experience hormonal changes sooner. The male hormones are called androgens, and include the most dominant hormone, testosterone, which is responsible for the structure of all body proteins. Some symptoms men may experience while going through andropause include:
• Decline in sexual function
• Decrease in muscle strength
• Loss of bone mass
• Aging of the face and neck
• Loss of hair on arms and legs
• Circulatory loss of major blood vessels
Treatment of andropause may vary from person to person and may include an exercise program, healthy eating, herbal and nutritional support and natural hormone therapy.
Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid is under active. There are various symptoms of low thyroid function with the most common being:
• Dry skin
• Weight gain
• Cold hands and feet
• Low basal temperature
The treatment may include bovine thyroid, “tailor” made T-3 and T4 therapy, herbal and homeopathic remedies, acupuncture and changes in diet and lifestyle.
Hypoadrenalism is low production of hormones from the adrenal glands or an imbalance among these hormones. The hormones primarily produced by the adrenal glands that cause dysfunction are cortisol, DHEA, and aldosterone. Some causes of hypoadrenalism may be immune system damage to the adrenal gland, physical and emotional stress, or insufficient amount of stimulation by pituitary and hypothalamic hormones. There are many symptoms associated with hypoadrenalism with the common ones being:
• Nervousness and irritability
• Salt and sweet craving
• Inability to concentrate
Treatment includes ruling out other illnesses, then treating with natural hormones, herbal therapy, homeopathic protocols, and nutrition.
After a birth of a child, postpartum depression (PPD) can occur. PPD is characterized by frequent teariness or more extreme feelings of being unable to cope, rage or the mother’s fear that she may hurt herself or her baby. Tense feelings can occur anytime within the first year following childbirth. PPD has different levels of severity ranging from the “baby blues” to psychosis. In the most severe case of PPD psychosis, mothers can experience extreme rage, severe depression, and delusions.
Infertility is the inability to conceive a child and could be due to many different factors. One cause of infertility is luteal phase defect. This is inadequate progesterone production in the luteal phase of the cycle. Progesterone prepares the uterine wall for the implantation of a fertilized egg and supports the egg throughout a full-term pregnancy. Research indicates that “natural progesterone” with optimum thyroid and adrenal function help women to conceive and carry a full-term pregnancy. Esp. when progesterone is low, there may be inadequate support for the fertilized egg and that can cause miscarriages.
Endometriosis is a condition where the endometrial tissue normally found inside the uterus has gone outside the uterus. These cells then implant themselves onto other organs in the pelvis, where they grow and cause pain, infertility, and other problems. There are various treatments for endometriosis, depending on the severity of the condition, where the endometriosis is located, and the age of the individual.
The reader is advised that varying and even conflicting views are held by other segments of the medical profession. The information presented in this web site is educational in nature and is not intended as a basis for diagnosis or treatment.