A woman's body is always changing due to hormones, how our hormones change throughout our cycles and how they are influenced by internal and external factors. Our Practitioners specialise in treating women's health conditions such as PCOS, endometriosis, period problems, perimenopause, menopause, stress, anxiety and beyond.

Hormone imbalances can occur 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.

Treatments may involve a combination of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Naturopathy and Nutritional Medicine.

Imbalances may occur from the time of puberty with conditions such as PCOS and endometriosis, or begin at a later stage of your life with known causes such as coming off the pill, following an IVF drug cycle, after the birth of a child or suffering a miscarriage.

Most people believe that stress is affecting their hormones but are not sure how.

Long term activation of the stress-hormone system can occur in some men and women and so too can the over production of cortisol and other stress hormones. The prolonged stress state may affect may cause other health issues including:

- Mood swings
- Feeling down and melancholy
- Anxiety
- Digestive problems
- Heart problems, palpitations, tight chest
- Sleep problems
- Weight gain
- Memory and concentration issues
- Acne
- Irregular menstrual cycles

It is extremely important to address all forms of stress and treat the nervous system when balancing hormones, because any overstimulated or prolonged stressors on the body, could throw out the balance and cause unwanted side-effects physically and emotionally.

A natural approach is appealing to many and treatment methods such as Acupuncture, Chinese herbs and Naturopathic medicine may help support stress adaptation and the nervous systems.

The difference between perimenopause and menopause is that perimenopause is the transition phase before permanent infertility (menopause), which can take up to ten years before a woman is no longer menstruating.

Women can start perimenopause at any age and may notice symptoms somewhere in their 40s, but depending on a women’s egg reserve, this may happen as early as their mid-30’s.

A fluctuation or uneven rise and fall of hormones is responsible for the symptoms associated with perimenopause. The cycle may become irregular, by initially shortening or later extending, as a woman reaches the end stage of perimenopause and transitions to becoming menopausal.

Acupuncture, Chinese herbs and Naturopathy may offer a complementary approach aimed at alleviating the symptoms of perimenopause naturally.

Many people live most of their lives dieting and trying all sorts of programs, sachets and gimmicks to lose weight. Sometimes losing weight isn’t as hard as keeping it off.

Cravings, stress, emotional factors, hectic work schedule, poor diet choices, fatigue and hormone imbalance can all play a part in the battle to feel comfortable in your own skin.

For most people it’s not about being an unrealistic weight for your height, shape or genetics but losing weight to get back that healthy feeling, one that brings back your endurance for doing the things you love and motivation to cook healthy meals and exercise. By using a natural approach to weight loss, you can not only lose weight without the side effects but learn about food, nutrition and keeping your sugar levels balanced to avoid cravings and keep the weight off.

Initially a patient will be assessed to see why they are not able to lose weight and the metabolic factors that could be standing in the way. Sandra will explore whether there could be any additional hormone or detoxification issues that could be hindering your efforts in losing weight and keeping it off.