There are many conditions specific to women which affects the women’s health. These conditions include but not limited to irregular period, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), Polycystic Ovarian syndrome (PCOS), Perimenopause/menopause, Infertility, Yeast infection. Naturopathic doctors due to their holistic perspective have a good command on addressing these conditions. Noteworthy that Improving women’s health will uplift the health of their extended society as well.
How Naturopathy Helps With Women's Health?
There are many conditions specific to women which affects the women’s health. Improving women’s health directly uplifts the health of their extended society. These conditions include but not limited to irregular period, premenstrual syndrome (PMS),Polycystic Ovary syndrome (PCOS), Perimenopause/menopause, Infertility, Yeast infection.
Naturopathic doctors due to their holistic perspective has a good command in addressing these conditions.
Women's Health and Perimenstrual syndrome (PMS)
Are you a busy woman who has unbearable signs and symptoms before your periods such as too much pain, irritability, fatigue, mood swings, anxiety, poor concentration, depression, low energy, constipation, change in appetite and food craving? It might be pre-menstruation syndrome (PMS).
As the root cause of pre-menstruation syndrome (PMS) is considered as multi-factorial, the best approach to management of it should be individualized based on specific condition of that individual.
Women’ Health during perimenopause/ menopause
Are you a successful lady playing a vital role at your work with lots of responsibilities at home, but have mood swings, hot flashes, fatigue, restlessness, body pain, stomach gas and bloating, and no matter how tired you are, you cannot sleep smoothly? Is it the "normal" phase of Perimenopause?
I really don’t like when they say it is “normal” that women have to spend 10-15 years of their most productive years of their life suffering from physical and mental difficulties named menopause. Following are very few examples of my patients that I could recall.
Roxanne, a lady aged 51 is seeking help for her sleep issues. She has difficulty going to sleep and staying asleep. She wakes up many times during the night, tossing and turning until she become tired and get out of bed and do some errand around home instead of sleeping. Yvonne feels exhausted during the day and despite being tired at night, is not able to relax enough to sleep. She doesn’t know where this vague pain is muscle or bones of her legs come from at night. Jacqueline a 49 years of age lady wants to know the reason for her recent nonstop worries and overthinking all day long, and at night, it makes her unable to let it go and fall asleep. Katherine a 44-year-old professional has episodic shivering most of the nights without the room being cold at all. She feels helpless. Annett, a 53-year-old, lady, developed periodic abdominal discomfort due to digestive issue, especially after eating. She had the same fixed dietary habit whole her life but now she feels bloated most of the time. Steffanie a 47-year-old lady feels dryness and itchiness everywhere in her skin. She feels her skin is dull and lacks the luster. She hates the appearance of fine wrinkles and feels helpless about her own ideas of not feeling herself, not being as feminine and attractive as she used to be and how her self esteem and her confidence was negatively affected by the changes that she was seeing in her skin appearance.
I assume the well-known hot flashes was so common that these women even didn’t bother to mention!
Women Health, Infertility and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Are you a woman with irregular periods or no periods at all, thinning hair and hair loss on your head and growing excessive hair on the face and chin, having oily skin or acne, having difficulty getting pregnant (because of irregular ovulation or no ovulation)? Are you not able to conceive, diagnosed with Infertility and on your way for IVF? is this polycystic ovary Syndrome?
The incidence of Polycystic ovarian syndrome is 5-18% globally in women of reproductive age and is accounted as one of the most common reasons for female endocrinopathy and infertility. Being considered multifactorial, from insulin resistance to sex hormone imbalance and mineral abnormalities, makes a naturopath well suited in having a good capacity to find the root cause and work on them to uplift the health status of a woman and help alongside other healthcare provider to a young lady reaching her health and fertility goals. Naturopathic doctors are trained to look for the root causes. Their holistic perspective on chronic conditions and their access to wide array of natural methods and remedies make them quite helpful in assisting you to achieve your health goals.
How naturopathy helps with PCOS?
Naturopathy aims to support your body's natural healing abilities by emphasizing a holistic approach to health and wellness. There are many ways in which naturopathy may help with PCOS:
1. Lifestyle modifications: Naturopathic doctors has a good commend on lifestyle transformations that helps with PCOS improvement, such as regular exercise, a balanced diet, drinking enough water, stress reduction techniques, going out to the nature, and sufficient sleep. These lifestyle modifications can help improve insulin sensitivity, regulate menstrual cycles, and manage weight, which are all relevant factors in PCOS management.
2. Dietary and nutritional Guidance: Naturopathic Doctors often recommend dietary modifications to help manage PCOS symptoms. They may provide individualized dietary recommendations, considering the unique needs and symptoms of each person with PCOS. A balanced diet that focuses on whole foods, adequate protein, healthy fats, and low glycemic index carbohydrates may help regulate insulin levels and manage weight, which can positively impact PCOS symptoms. They may suggest a low-glycemic index (GI) diet that focuses on whole, unprocessed foods, high in fiber and low in refined carbohydrates. This can help regulate blood sugar levels, improve insulin sensitivity, and manage weight, which are important factors in PCOS management.
3. Herbal medicine: Naturopathy often employs the use of herbal medicines. Certain herbs, like saw palmetto, spearmint, cinnamon, and chasteberry, have been suggested to have potential benefits in managing PCOS symptoms. Or herbs like Vitex agnus-castus (chasteberry) might be recommended to help regulate menstrual cycles and balance hormones. However, more research supporting the herbal effectiveness is still needed, It is important to consult a to consult your naturopathic doctor before using any herbal remedies, as they can interact with medications and may not be suitable for everyone.
4. Stress management: Chronic stress can exacerbate PCOS symptoms. Naturopaths may recommend various stress reduction techniques such as relaxation exercises, meditation, deep breathing, yoga, or acupuncture to help manage stress levels and improve hormonal balance and overall well-being.
5. Exercise and physical activity: Regular physical activity is beneficial for women with PCOS. Naturopaths may provide guidance on appropriate exercise routines that can help with weight management, improve insulin sensitivity, and regulate menstrual cycles.
6. Acupuncture: This is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body. Some studies suggest that acupuncture may help regulate menstrual cycles, reduce insulin resistance, and alleviate certain PCOS symptoms. However, more research is needed to support its efficacy.
7. Nutritional supplements: Naturopaths may recommend certain nutritional supplements to support PCOS management. For instance, omega-3 fatty acids, inositol, and vitamin D are commonly suggested due to their potential benefits in reducing inflammation, improving insulin sensitivity, and supporting hormonal balance. However, it's crucial to consult a healthcare professional before starting any supplements, as they can interact with medications or have adverse effects in some individuals.
It's important to Remember that PCOS is a complex hormonal disorder, and its management requires a comprehensive approach that may involve a combination of conventional medical treatments, lifestyle modifications, and natural supportive therapies. It is important to consult with healthcare professionals, including medical doctors and naturopathic doctors, to develop an individualized treatment plan that best suits your needs.
Summary! How can we help with women’s health naturally?
My strategy to help with women specific signs and symptoms is holistic.
Identifying the root cause/s of your sign and symptom.
Hormonal tests and assessment to rule out other underlying diseases.
Functional tests and assessment for deficiency or excess in vitamins, macro /micronutrients, minerals and modulating them accordingly.
Adjusting lifestyle and exercise prescription
Diet and nutrition modulation to improve energy and feeling of wellbeing.
There are many more steps to take and these are only common examples of the tactics that I may consider in my strategy to help you out. Our final strategy for you may come out absolutely different, because the naturopathic approach to women’s health is as diverse as the patients are. My strategy is tailored for you as a unique individual.
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