Hormonal Balance

How does the reduced hormonal response affect women?

Ovulation, conception, implantation and pregnancy rely on hormones to make these processes happen. When our reproductive organs start to age, they are not as responsive to the hormonal messengers our brain sends to them, as they were when we were younger. If you have had underlying disease as well, like uterine fibroids or endometriosis, your reproductive organs may be less healthy and therefore less responsive to hormonal messages.

You may find you have trouble with:

Ovulation problems: Your menstrual cycles may shorten, possibly effecting ovulation. Sometimes you may not ovulate regularly, or not at all.

Womb lining problems: As women age their womb lining is less sensitive to the hormones that are responsible for thickening and proliferating it during the first half of the cycle. Without an adequately thick womb lining, a pregnancy may not progress past conception.

Luteal phase problems: Perhaps you have light bleeding from ovulation onwards, suggesting a problem in the second half of our cycle, called the luteal phase. This part of the cycle is indicitive of healthy progesterone levels, and without adequate amounts of this hormone, break through bleeding will occur, and inability to have good implantation of the embryo or early miscarriage is possible.

8 key nutrients are needed to improve hormonal responses:

  • L- Arginine. Improves ovarian response and womb lining receptivity 1
  • Vitamin A. Improves oestrogen pathways 2
  • Vitamin B6. Reduces Prolactin levels, helps prostoglandin synthesis 3
  • Vitamin C. Assists with luteal phase hormones4
  • Vitamin E. Provides hormonal support
  • Chromium. Improves glucose tolerance when infertility is a problem dur to insulin resistance and obesity
  • Zinc. Alters Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and Lutinising Hormone (LH) levels for better conception5
  • Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). Improves hormonal production

Herbal medicines are effective treatment for hormonal imbalances

Herbal medicines are extremely beneficial for treating female hormonal imbalances.

Fully qualified herbalists have years of training to expertly select the correct combination of herbs for your specific problem. Our Herbalists are specialists in the field of infertility and natural fertility management, and this means quality care for you.

Many of the herbal medicines that herbalists use today have scientific research to support their use as effective treatment. Other herbs have the benefit of many years of application in clinical settings by practitioners, and this is called anecdotal evidence. Traditional or folk use, is the historical use of herbal medicines and this type of evidence is also useful in helping practitioners and researchers gain better insight into how humans were instinctively drawn to plants for their healing properties, without the benefit of science to tell us what works and what doesn't.


Some of the useful herbal medicines to treat hormonal imbalances include:

Vitex agnus-castus, Wild Yam, Beth Root, Blue Cohosh, Ladies Mantle, Angelica, Shatavari, Licorice Root, Peony, Tribulus and True unicorn root.

Remember: Herbal medicines are potent medicines and should not be self-prescribed. Many interact with pharmaceutical medicine, or are only safe in specific doses. Consult with your trained herbal specialist to ensure safety and accuracy in your herbal prescription.



(1) Battaglia C., Salvatori M., Maxia N., et al. Journal of Human Reproduction (1999).14(7) 1690-1697.

(2) Lithgow DM, Politzer WM, South African Medical Journal (1977). 51(7) 191- 193.

(3) Vitamin B6 Berker, B., Kaya, C., Aytac, R., Satiroglu,H., (2009). Journal of Human Reproduction 24 (9) 2293- 2302.

(4) Luck M., Jeyaseelan I., Scholes R. Biology of Reproduction (1995). 52(2)262-266.

(5) Bedwal R., Bahuguna A. 1994 Zinc, copper and Selenium in reproduction Experientia 50 (7) 626-640.


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