Hormones are produced by the endocrine glands and they are chemical signaling agents that can regulate our biological functions. They are complex molecules and some of them with antagonistic pairs can have opposite effects.

For instance, the beta cells in the pancreas create insulin and the alpha cells in the pancreas produce glucagon. This represents an antagonistic pair.

After a meal the blood sugar levels are higher and the insulin helps the sugar to get absorbed in the liver and cells, and reduce the blood glucose levels. When the glucose levels are low in the blood, the glucagon becomes activated. It will convert the stored glycogen from the liver back in glucose and it will release it in the bloodstream.

In a similar way, the hormone ghrelin, which is the hunger hormone, has an antagonistic counterpart in the hormone leptin which is related to satiety. If we do not get food for long period the gherlin levels will increase and we will feel hunger.

Once we get food, the ghrelin levels will come down and the leptin levels will increase and suppress the hunger. The endocrine system helps to maintain a balance between all hormones and it works on biofeedback.

Thyroid, pituitary and adrenal glands, tested in men and ovaries in women secrete different hormones that have different actions. If they are balanced, we will be healthy and in good health. However, many factors such as diet changes, diseases, changes in the atmosphere can cause imbalances which can produce undesirable disorders and symptoms.

Because the actions of the hormones cannot be completely understood, it is hard to treat hormonal imbalances in the traditional way.

However, it was observed that some herbs can help to maintain the balance of the hormones, even though we do not now that they actually act. In some cases certain herbs can have a positive effect on the general health and the well-being of a person.

They are called adaptogens and they help our body to adapt to different changes in the environment and metabolic changes in the body. We present you some of the best herbs that can help with hormone balancing.

Key facts about hormoes:

– They are crucial for the chemistry of the body and the transfer messages between organs.
– They have an influence over the functions of our bodies, ranging from the sexual development to growth.
– Their balance is very important and they help our body to thrive. In some cases they can be very low or very high and their imbalance can lead to serious problems that will require additional medical management.

1. Astragalus

It is usually known as milk vetch and this herb is used in Chinese Medicine for treating different health problems, such as liver problems, heart disease, asthma and upper respiratory infections. People use it to stimulating the immune system and against aging as well.

The anti-age effect is because of the cycloastragenol that can be found in this herb and it activates the enzyme telomerase which protects the DNA of cells when they divide.

The Astragalus can balance the hormones and regulate the blood pressure and the blood sugar levels. It can protect the beta cells of the pancreas which produce insulin.

It can counteract with insulin resistance once the insulin receptors become progressively desensitized and this happens because of high levels of the circulating hormone. The main cause for type 2 diabetes is insulin.

2. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

It is a popular herb in the Indian system of Ayurveda medicine. It is amazing adaptogen because of its wide-ranging action on the endocrine system. Ashwagandha can help with balancing of the thyroid and adrenal glands. People who have hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism can experience benefits by taking Ashwagandha extract.

Ashwagandha is able to improve blood circulation, reduce stress and it can prevent premature aging. It is an aphrodisiac and it is used for treating erectile dysfunction in men, but it is able to reduce stress as well.

This herb can also improve sleep and it has rejuvenating effect on older people and it can help them to regain vitality and physical vigor. It is also good for memory improvement.

3. Maca Root (Lepidium meyenii)

The root of this plant is similar to turnip and it belongs to the cabbage family and it is called Peruvian ginseng. However, it is not related to the true ginseng. This root is used like a vegetable and it is widely used in the Andean cuisine. The most amazing effect is that it can boost energy and give stamina and strength as well.

It is used by athletes so they can increase their stamina. It can balance the hormones by relieving stress.
It has plant hormones and they can confer special benefits among women and they can reduce menopausal symptoms and premenstrual syndrome such as night sweats and hot flashes.

4. American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius)

This is the true ginseng, but it is more controlled and milder if you compare it with the Chinese ginseng. It can support the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and maintain correct hormonal balance.

American ginseng can strengthen the immune system and it can reduce stress. It can improve digestion, assimilation of nutrients and their absorption as well. This way it is able to improve general health and stamina. It has amazing benefits for the male reproductive health, because it can improve sexual performance and health.

5. Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens)

It is used for herbal medicine and treating benign prostatic hyperplasia. By taking this herb you can reduce chronic fatigue and increase sperm count.

It can reduce stress and improve the immune system.

This herb can balance the endocrine system, but it is mostly known for its beneficial action on both female and male reproductive system.

Women and men have the same sex hormones progesterone and estrogen, but the amount is different and this herb can be used for improving the libido and reproductive function in both sexes. Use just 10 to 20 drops and add them in your favorite drink.

6. Tribulus (Tribulus Terrestris)

It is known as a puncture vine and goat-head because it has spiny seeds. It is referred to as aphrodisiac, and it is used in Chinese and Indian medicine systems for treating male reproductive problems and low sperm count as well.

It can increase the production of testosterone and other male sex hormones and it can stimulate the androgen receptors in the brain that in the end can result in better utilization of these hormones.

It contains Protodioscin which can increase the DHEA levels among men, and can increase fertility and help with erectile dysfunction. Different studies have shown that it can also help for treating infertility among men because it has anti-sperm antibodies which are produced in the body.

7. Epimedium (Epimedium spp.)

This herb is used in Chinese medicine for treating different health problems including hypertension, osteoporosis, coronary heart disease, joint pain and memory loss.

The adaptogenic herbs have different mechanisms of action that can help to improve the overall health. It can help for treating irregular period among women and it also helps with sexual dysfunction as well.

It contains Epimedium, which is the active ingredient and it is identified as a flavonoid also called icariin. It can have a relaxing effect over the smooth muscle tissue. It can improve sexual performance and mimic the hormone testosterone.

8. Chasteberry (Vitex agnus-castus)

This bush has been used for the female reproductive health. In the past the extract of chasteberry in the leaf was used for decreasing libido and it helped women to remain chaste.

However, it has been discovered that the chasteberry extract can have the opposite effect, and this happens probably because of the differences in concentration.

The chasteberry extract can act on the pituitary gland and can help to regulate different hormones such as luteinizing hormone, estrogen, follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and prolactin. These days it is used for treating different health problems that can derive from a hormonal imbalance among women, such as uterine fibroids, polycystic ovary disease, premenstrual syndrome, cyclical breast pain, menopausal problems etc.

9. Suma Root (Pfaffia paniculata)

It is called the Brazilian Ginseng, but has no relation to the true ginseng. Its root can normalize the endocrine function, increase strength, and boost the immunity and performance as well. It is known that it can cure different ailments and it is used as a calming agent and general tonic as well.

Russian athletes were using the ergogenic compound that is called ecdysterone that it was extracted from the Suma plant so they can increase their sport performance. It does not have any side effects that are related to different anabolic steroids.

This herb can also be used for enhancing memory; balance blood sugar levels and stimulate appetite.
Some of the nutrients it contains are electrolytes, zinc, iron, magnesium, steroidal saponins, pfaffic acids, germanium etc. The best form to take it is to use organic raw powder form so you can get the full amount of nutrients. Also you can take a tincture form for a more powerful bio-available dose. You can use both.

10. Black Cohosh (Actaea racemosa)

Native Americans use this plant for treating different conditions that are related to female fertility. It was proven in certain studies that some of its components can act like estrogen in the brain and can have a similar effect on the reproductive system.

Actually, different women in menopause discovered that black cohosh can be highly beneficial for reducing symptoms linked with estrogen insufficiency.

This herb has amazing effects for balancing hormone and it is because of its estrogenic properties. This plant has anti-inflammatory properties, because of the isoferulic acids and it can reduce swelling and pain that are related with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Reference: Hormone.org