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Hormonal imbalances may be to blame for a range of unwanted symptoms. None of them is pain so it is usually ignored.Hormones are chemicals produced by glands in the endocrine system and released into the bloodstream. An imbalance occurs when there is too much or too little of a hormone. Considering the connection between hormones, when one is usually low another is high. Therefore it’s never a one-way scenario.Nobody speaks enough about the hormones but they are important for regulating many different processes in the body including appetite and metabolism, sleep cycles, reproductive cycles and sexual function, body temperature and mood. No surprise then that even the slightest imbalance may have a noticeable effect on your overall health and wellbeing. The days when you feel fatigue even after sleeping your 8 recommended hours, feeling constant appetite, upset for no apparent reason or feeling cold even when wrapped up have something to do with hormonal imbalance.Levels of hormones naturally fluctuate at various life stages and during the day, most noticeably during puberty and in women during the menstrual cycle, pregnancy and the menopause. They can also be affected by lifestyle and certain medical conditions.If you sleep less than 7h a day, your hair doesn’t gain or retain enough moisture, your nails are splitting, brain fog, fertility issues or overweigh, you most likely have hormone unbalance, which is treatable.Based on Chinese Medicine, those hormonal changes happen every 7 years on women and 8 on men. In TCM, a lot of the focus is to balance the communication between the hypothalamus and pituitary, located in the brain, and the organs that secrete potent hormones like the adrenal glands, thyroid, breasts, ovaries, uterus, testicles, and prostate. … These powerful hormones are called Jing Qi and housed in the Kidney. Therefore we know that hormonal unbalances are related to excesses or deficiencies on your Spleen-Stomach is attacking your Kidney’s Essence. What is important is to notice any symptoms and get them checked out, whether that involves using prescribed medication or complementary therapies, or making lifestyle changes, to restore the balance and your good health.Acupuncture can be used to restore hormonal balance, regulate energy levels, smooth emotions, and help manage sleep and menstrual problems. A healthy endocrine system that continues to secrete adequate amounts of hormones will slow the aging process and keep you vibrant and healthy as you age.

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