Country: India

Continent: Asia

Treatment for: Female Hormonal Imbalance

Secret ingredient: Holy basil (Ocimum sanctum), crucifers

It’s no secret that women experience mood swings, cramps, bloating, hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, and dozens of other symptoms throughout their lives as a result of hormonal cycles, and this can go on for 60 or more years of their adult lives, from their first menses to the end of menopause and beyond. Yet hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which attempts to restore estrogen, progesterone and/or testosterone levels, is a controversial subject.

Another approach – symptom management – uses pharmaceuticals to control each symptom, often with results that lead to other health issues.

Many women I talk to are seeking natural alternatives, and they think that hormones labeled as “bio-identical” are natural. If you’re among them, think again. Outside of a woman’s body, there is nothing found in nature that’s bio-identical.

So called bio-identical hormones must be synthesized in a lab, typically from soy or yams. Other types are made from conjugated equine estrogen from pregnant mare urine (Premarin), medroxyprogesterone acetate (Provera), or a combination of the two (PremPro). None of these have been shown to be better than the former conventional treatment for hormone replacement.

In most cases, the risks outweigh the benefits.

Adaptogens may be the most important compounds under research today. Not only can these unique healing plants balance stressors caused by disease and boost our immune function, but I’ve seen a lot of research that shows that they can improve thyroid function, lower cholesterol, reduce anxiety, alleviate depression, reduce brain cell degeneration, stabilize blood sugar, and support the adrenal glands – all of which work to balance female hormones.

The time of girlhood to womanhood and the transition from the reproductive years to later age are times to listen to and address underlying imbalances. Any ongoing discomfort is the body’s way of communicating its needs. Don’t mask symptoms with medications or remedies that are less than natural.

In the Female Hormonal Holy Basil and Crucifers Protocol, you will use the adaptogen Holy Basil and cruciferous vegetables to restore balance in the body.

How It Works

I’ve visited many countries around the world, both for the cultural experience and in my quest to uncover natural homeopathic remedies for common maladies that plague (mostly Western) society. What I’ve discovered is that there are pockets of women who do not suffer from hot flashes, PMS, and other symptoms related to loss of estrogen or hormonal imbalance.

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India is overcrowded and many locations offer less-than-ideal living conditions, yet women of all ages don’t present the same symptoms as Western women, and it has to do with their diet.

During the Female Hormonal Holy Basil and Crucifers Protocol, you will introduce the adaptogen Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum) into your lifestyle to balance the hormone estrogen, the chemical messenger that regulates hair loss and thinning, fatigue, fertility cycles, weight, sleep and libido. Its flavor is spicy; sort of a blend of mint, licorice and clove, with non-nutritive protective compounds.

In addition, you’ll introduce large amounts of indole-3-carbinol into your diet, a substance that helps modulate estrogens and has the added effect of protecting against some cancers (it’s the reason researchers believe crucifers to be beneficial in preventing breast cancer).

Did you know?

  • Holy Basil, also called Tulsi, is highly regarded in Ayurvedic medicine and can be traced back at least 3,000 years.
  • Ocimum sanctum is a distant cousin to Ocimum basilicum or culinary basil.

The numerous benefits of holy basil