March 31, 2011
At last, an illuminating guide that explains why hormones become unbalanced, and the lifestyle changes women can make to bring them back into harmony. Doctor of Oriental Medicine Claudia Welch applies her background in Eastern and Western medicine to the treatment of hormone imbalance. She begins with an analysis of the different types of hormones and their effects on our bodies, and explains how stress can increase or decrease their yin or yang qualities, causing symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, bloating, irregular cycles, weight gain, hot flashes, mood swings, and insomnia. Dr. Welch discusses the dangers of hormone replacement therapy, the pros and cons of bio-identical hormones, and Eastern medical treatments for breast health, menstrual or menopausal difficulties, heart health, and osteoporosis. Her approach of dietary and lifestyle changes, along with stress-busting practices, is her recommended first-line of treatment to bring our hormones, and our lives, back into balance.