hormones

Quoted in mindbodygreen: Black Cohosh: The Plant That Herbalists Call On For Treating Period Cramps, Sleep Issues & More

“The deeper you dive into the world of herbalism, the more you come to realize that nature has already come up a cure for almost every ailment out there—from headaches to fatigue and beyond. One natural remedy that many herbalists have turned to for centuries is a medicinal plant known as black cohosh. While it hasn't quite gone mainstream in the wellness world, black cohosh has shown potential to help women during their cycle and through menopause and also offer some relief to those struggling with PCOS. Here's everything you need to know about adding it to your plant-powered health arsenal.

What is black cohosh?

“Native to North America, black cohosh (actaea racemosa or cimicufuga racemosa) is also known as bugbane, rattleroot, and black snakeroot. The medicinal plant grows in the Eastern deciduous forest and is wild harvested in the Appalachian and the Ozarks, and its power is packed in its roots and underground stems.

“Black cohosh has been used across the world as a natural remedy for centuries. Algonquins took the herb internally to remedy kidney programs, while the Iroquois used it topically for achy joints to ease pain. In the case of the Cherokees, it was used as a diuretic and treatment for tuberculous and fatigue.”

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“And remember that pairing black cohosh with other healthy lifestyle changes will always yield the best results. "Black cohosh can be really helpful for some menopausal symptoms, as well as protecting bones. I'd first suggest a very high-quality (nutrient-dense) plant-based diet for either state, and then consider including black cohosh additionally," shared Rachelle Robinett, holistic health practitioner and founder of Supernatural. Herbs are a powerful tool that can be a part of your overall health journey.”

How to Rebalance Your Hormones - Chalkboard Mag

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This is a great, quick reference for how to rebalance your hormones. The how-tos will give you a good idea of what affects our hormones which is not, I imagine, what you'd expect. (Food, naturally, but not simply non-organic meat and dairy though of course that's on the list.) Via Chalkboard Mag, who recently did a short series with Dr. Sara Gottfried, author of The Hormone Reset Diet. (Note: Her info for CBM is very female-focused. Hormone balance is, of course, gender neutral.)

  • ESTROGEN: Go meatless: Reset your estrogen by excluding red meat and alcohol from your diet. (Note that this reset is essential for everyone, whether you’re a meat eater or not.)
  • INSULIN: Go sugar free: Banish your cravings for sugar and reset your insulin.
  • LEPTIN: Go fruitless: Reset your hunger hormone, leptin.
  • CORTISOL: Go caffeine free: Reset your relationship to stress and cortisol.
  • THYROID: Go grain free: Activate your thyroid hormone in a powerful new way and reset insulin and leptin.
  • GROWTH HORMONE: Go dairy free: Reset your growth hormone, which also improves insulin.
  • TESTOSTERONE: Go toxin free: Redirect your testosterone level to normal, and support the reset of estrogen, insulin, leptin and thyroid.

Btw: Basic hormone-imbalance symptoms (persistent weight gain, fatigue, cravings - to name a few) via MindBodyGreen.