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Hormone Balancing Treatments

Did you know that we offer hormone balancing treatments? Hormone imbalances can occur for both women and men and at any age. Essence of Health offers natural treatments which may assist in treating the symptoms of many hormone imbalances. Focus is based on improving the overall health and well-being of patients using individualised treatments, natural supplementation, dietary and lifestyle changes, including stress management which may help with hormone balancing. The principle treatment at the clinic is Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, however, the incorporation of Naturopathy and Nutritional medicine is also used on an ongoing basis through your acupuncture treatments. Interested in booking an appointment? Please call 08 2296 4333 or email us...

Adenomyosis Awareness Month

April is Adenomyosis Awareness Month. Adenomyosis is sometimes confused with Endometriosis as it involves the endometrial lining of the uterus growing where it shouldn’t. However, unlike endometriosis where endometrial cells grow on the outside of the uterus and other internal organs, in adenomyosis, the cells grow in the uterine wall itself. This can lead to symptoms of heavy and prolonged bleeding, severe period pain, clotting, nausea, stabbing pain at any time of the month and bowel issues just to name a few. Acupuncture and Naturopathy may help to address some of the symptoms of adenomyosis. So if you think this condition may affect you or you have been recently diagnosed,...

Weird Period Symptoms – Clumsy and forgetful

Did you know that you are clumsier and more forgetful during your period? This is our last weird period symptom and could help in explaining why we get to the shops and get everything except for what we came for, or we trip over our own feet! It is thought that the fall in progesterone just before your period affects production of serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps to stabilise our mood and helps us retain information. Research has shown that the production of serotonin decreases meaning that our memory (and our mood) can be impacted. Cortisol, the stress hormone also increases just before the period which can lead...

Weird Period Symptoms – Voice changes

This week we are talking about a menstrual cycle symptom that is a little bit weird. Now we all know that the voice changes in puberty, but did you know that your voice changes weekly throughout your cycle? For some the change may be more subtle, but for others it can be very noticeable if only to themselves. In the first week of your cycle, your voice tends to start off deep and husky. But by the end of your period, it becomes higher pitched. In the week leading up to your period, your voice will stay higher pitched and is thought to be more attractive. After ovulation, your voice...

Weird Period Symptoms – Period Flu

Period flu. It's not really the flu, but it certainly feels like it. Sore throat, headache, joint pain, digestive issues, fatigue, temperature, night sweats and generally feeling blah. Some women actually experience what feels like the onset of the flu in the few days leading up to their period. What causes these symptoms? Once again, there is no agreed upon reason. It could be hormones. Some say the drop in oestrogen and progesterone in the luteal phase before your period begins could cause symptoms similar to the flu. Oestrogen is thought to be the main culprit. It could be inflammation. When we get our periods, a chemical called prostaglandin is released. These hormones are...

Weird Period Symptoms – Mittelschmerz

Periods! That monthly (or less regularly, or missing) friend In an ideal world, your period would turn up without the fanfare of PMS Symptoms. It would be not too heavy and not too light. And definitely would not bring with it any pain. After 5 days it would disappear, not to be seen again for another 21 days. Unfortunately, only a lucky few experience cycles like this. Most of us have a number of symptoms which range from mild to extreme. And some of these symptoms are a little weird! Over the next few Fridays, we are going to delve into these weird and somewhat annoying cycle symptoms. Mittelschmerz - Ovulation...

Simple tips to reduce toxins in your home

Many chemicals in fragrances, cleaning products and endotoxins may disrupt the endocrine system and have an impact on our bodies hormone functioning. This is because their chemical composition is structurally similar therefore may have an affinity for the receptor site. Eliminating these toxins with a few simple tricks may help decrease the toxic load and give your body a rest. Simple tips to reduce toxins in your home: *Indoor plants – natural detoxifiers great for reducing VOC’s and carbon dioxide 👟 Take your shoes off when entering the home- reducing the risk of bringing pesticides and other chemicals into your home. 🧽 Multi purpose spray 250 ml white vinegar 250ml water ½ tsp eucalyptus of...

Wellbeing Weekend: Yoga & hormones

Stress management is key factor that needs to be addressed when tackling hormonal imbalances of any sort. Our stress response can occur within seconds of encountering a stressful situation. When this happens, our hypothalamus secretes corticotropin releasing hormone. This then tells the anterior pituitary to produce adrenocorticotropic hormone which then gives the adrenals a little nudge to produce cortisol. Cortisol and melotonin play a crucial role in regulating your sleep and the quality of sleep. At night cortisol is lower and melatonin peaks, as the morning comes the cortisol should spike and awaken you to feel fresh to take on the day. With chronic stress this becomes all out of whack...

Weekend Wellness: Sunlight

We all know that sunlight helps us to get enough Vitamin D. But did you know that sunlight can also affect our mood? Research shows that we produce more serotonin - the happy hormone - on sunny days than we do on cloudy days. The temperature didn't seem to have an affect. Therefore, a sunny day in any season can boost a person's mood and make them calm and focused. Sunlight may be especially beneficial for anyone suffering anxiety and depression, including pregnancy and postnatal depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). So what does this mean? Try to make sure you get some sun for at least a few minutes on any...

What’s messing with your hormones?

A number of  internal and external factors can mess with our hormones causing them to become unbalanced. In this blog post we talk about how diet, stress, endocrine disrupting chemicals, genetics and inactivity can cause our hormones to become imbalanced. Diet - Highly processed foods, preservatives and growth hormones in animal products including dairy, pesticides sprayed on fruit and vegetables and alcohol can negatively affect hormones. Phytoestrogens found in foods like soy, citrus and wheat can have a positive or negative effect depending on what stage of life you are at.  Stress - Stress in the short term is likely to have a positive effect on the body. It signals...