Rejuvenation with Homeopathy
Hormone Rejuvenation System offers a gentler approach
to mid-life hormone balance than HRT--and works for
is continual debate about both conventional and natural hormone replacement
therapies (HRT). Conventional HRT uses synthetic hormones taken orally and,
among a number of adverse side effects, is known to cause ovarian and other
cancers in a small percentage of women. Natural HRT usually relies on wild
yam-derived progesterone and cofactors applied in a skin cream, but the
quality control of over-the-counter products and their effectiveness have
been called into question. There is a third option, however--do not attempt
to replace the hormones at all. Instead, restore balance by rejuvenating
the body's innate ability to produce the proper hormone levels.
third approach is the one taken by Theresa Dale, Ph.D., in developing
her NuFem Hormone Rejuvenation System. These are homeopathic remedies incorporating
time-tested principles of naturopathic and traditional Chinese medicine.
natural hormone replacement is many times safer and can be more effective
than synthetic HRT, "natural" bio-identical hormone preparations are still
synthesized from natural substances. The body knows the difference between
a wild yam and something synthesized from a wild yam. Further, the taking
of any externally-originated (exogenous) hormone, natural or synthetic,
can signal the body to stop, or at least to slow down, production of the
endogenous (the body's own) version of that hormone. The homeopathic approach
employs remedies made up of substances intended to support the body's self-healing
mechanisms. Successively diluted from 1/10th to only billionths of their
original strength, the minute amounts of these healing substances cannot
act to replace the body's hormones, but instead they serve as catalysts:
agents that in effect kick-start the body's own appropriate production of
NuFem Hormone Rejuvenation System has three aspects. It incorporates a proprietary
hormone saliva test and interpretation; remedies and support for individual
organs as indicated by the test; and one of three NuF em HRS formulas, corresponding
to the degree of overall hormonal imbalance.
problem with using over-the-counter creams, or any kind of prescribed HRT,
is that women tend to do so without first getting hormonal tests to establish
a baseline profile of their hormonal status. Dr. Dale recommends salivary
hormone testing as a baseline for every woman who is considering beginning
treatment for menopausal symptoms.
reputable laboratories around the country offer a saliva test kit by mail.
To be complete, the kits should test both the important sex and stress hormones,
including progesterone, estradiol (estrogen), testosterone, cortisol and
DHEA. Saliva collection can be performed at home and the sample sent by
mail to a laboratory. This is a simple, non-invasive process. The test should
be repeated periodically to re-evaluate hormone levels and adjust any supplements
is considered to be a better indicator than blood serum of biologically
active hormone levels and is therefore a more accurate reflection of the
body's functional hormonal status. Research has proven the effectiveness
of using saliva instead of serum or urine as a diagnostic medium to measure
bioavailable (biologically active) hormone fractions. Saliva testing measures
the levels of "free" (unbound) sex and stress hormones available to body
tissues, and hormone concentrations are independent of saliva flow rate.
Dale has developed her own NuFem HRS Saliva Test to determine whether hormone
levels are within expected normal ranges for one's gender and age. She says
that the test is "an accurate method of evaluating how hormone replacement
therapies, topical hormone creams and other therapies affect hormone levels,
and it allows one to periodically monitor how the NuFem formulas, along
with proper diet and exercise, are positively influencing hormone balance."
NuFem Saliva Test specifies saliva collection times to be performed according
to the "Body Clock" of traditional Chinese medicine (see illustration).
In this system, the functional states of body organs and glands are correlated
with the times of day, with seasons, emotions, substances and energies all
classified as belonging to one of five "Elements." These Elements (Fire,
Earth, Metal, Water and Wood) are classifications used to describe basic
principles of how members within each category behave, influence and interact
with each other. "The Five Element Theory is a key to identifying the core
energy pattern that anchors a disease and causes blocked meridians and thus
blocked hormones and neurotransmitters," says Dr. Dale. "The Body Clock
correlates the Elements with organ and endocrine functions to specific peak
times of the day and evening." Dr. Dale uses these peak times in the 24-hour
functional cycle in her test interpretations. Correlating the results with
Chinese medicine, she will recommend Neuro-Emotional Remedies to balance
the organs and glands that correspond with abnormal hormone levels, and
also make dietary recommendations.
comprehensive circadian endocrine profile will give results on hormone levels
in addition to profiling the health of corresponding organs and glands."
For example, if the test reveals that a person's cortisol level is high
at 2 AM, this is an indication of a liver imbalance. The health of the liver
is key: our body's largest internal organ plays a central role in nutrient
transportation and metabolic processes. If it is congested, the body will
not be able to detoxify properly and circulation will also be impaired,
severely inhibiting the body's ability to heal other organs.
Body Clock is a representation of an aspect of the Five Element Theory
of traditional Chinese medicine. Classic medical texts discussing
the Five Element Theory date back to at least 200 BCE. The Chinese
character we translate as "Elements" is also called "phases" or "movements."
Based on the idea that all things in the universe are interrelated,
the Five Element Theory shows the ways in which all things tend to
influence and give birth to each other.
Body Clock, twelve organs of the body, controlled by the twelve acupuncture
meridians, are associated with different times of the day. The particular
times of day at which saliva testing shows abnormal hormone levels
indicates which organs are being adversely affected by the imbalance.
(The Body Clock also makes it obvious how interrupted sleep patterns
can be caused by hormone imbalances.)
on the degree to which a patient's hormones are imbalanced, Dr. Dale
will recommend one of three NuFem formulas to address the overall
needs of the endocrine system. However, if, for example, cortisol
levels are low at 8 AM, Dr. Dale will also include a homeopathic Neuro-Emotional
Remedy specifically for the stomach; or if levels are also low at
4 PM, she will add a Remedy for the bladder. Dr. Dale's experience
is that including the whole body in the treatment plan results in
restoring hormone health more quickly and more permanently.
the saliva test measures levels of stress (adrenal steroid) hormones as
well as sex hormones. Adrenal stress is a major cause of hormonal problems.
As one ages, if the body becomes more stressed and limited in function,
the first system to be sacrificed is the reproductive system. Symptoms such
as decreased energy or libido often begin around the age of forty, and can
progress to serious endocrine dysfunctions within just a few years.
also experience significant health changes when sex and adrenal hormones
decrease with age. Almost all men over age fifty suffer from some degree
of prostatitis. This is an obvious symptom of male menopause, but, as with
women, "non-obvious" symptoms can also be occurring and leading to more
serious dysfunctions. Dr. Dale says, "Human hormones are affected by stress.
Conversely, hormones have a powerful influence over physical, intellectual
and emotional behavior. Prolonged exposure to stress may be devastating
to the body and mind. Repressed emotions and behavioral patterns have a
profound effect on hormonal production."
adaptation, maladaptation and exhaustion
there are the three NuFem HRS formulas themselves. "Each formula contains
a combination of remedies, and each remedy contains an imprint--an energetic
signature--of the molecular structure of the entire endocrine system, including
hypothalamus, pituitary, ovaries, uterus, cortisol, adrenal--all necessary
hormones and more," Dr. Dale explains. "The hypothalamus is the main nerve-hormone
link. Within seconds of receiving a remedy, it translates a picture of how
the specific healthy organ or gland normally functions directly to the organ
that you wish to stimulate. These imprints, or pictures, act as subtle amplifiers
of the natural function of an organ by giving off an electromagnetic signal
that attaches itself to a si milar signal and imprint."
formula #1 is indicated if NuFem HRS Saliva Test results indicate adrenal
adaptation, a phase in which the endocrine system is producing increased
amounts of hormones to compensate for the body's abnormal demands. Typical
symptoms include digestive problems, inability to calm down, increased serum
cholesterol, severe weight gain or loss, prostatitis, menstrual problems,
sleep disturbances, diarrhea and a decrease in sex drive. NuFem Formula
#1 is used to stimulate DHEA, cortisol and progesterone production in pre-
and post-menopausal women and men.
formula #2 is called for if saliva test results show adrenal maladaptation.
At this stage the overworked endocrine system is unable to supply the body's
demands and hormone production significantly decreases. Typical symptoms
might include chronic fatigue syndrome, loss of libido, impotence, bloating
and fluid retention, constipation, male or female hair loss, bone loss,
increased urination and low back or sciatica pain. NuFem Formula #2 is used
to stimulate cortisol, DHEA, estradiol, estrone, estriol and cortisol production
as well as stimulating progesterone production in postmenopausal women.
formula #3 is called for when saliva test results show adrenal exhaustion.
This is the state in which the endocrine system has broken down and is unable
to recuperate on its own. Typical symptoms might include fibromyalgia, chronic
nonspecific pain, heart arrhythmia, severe constipation, panic attacks or
anxiety, bile reflux and digestive problems, depression and mental frustration,
memory loss and inability to think, sensitivity to smells, light or sound,
difficulty breathing, inflammation and joint pain. Men might experience
various testicular conditions and pain in the spermatic cord. Formula #3
is used to stimulate DHEA, cortisol and testosterone production in women
formulas do not include fillers, colorings, artificial preservatives and
thickening gums which may have a neutralizing effect or keep homeopathic
remedies from penetrating deeply. Dr. Dale employs only transdermal gels
containing remedies suspended in a natural, 100% pure liposome base that
allows the NuFem formulas to be deeply absorbed--an effective way for the
body to utilize hormonal therapies. The gels can be applied to different
areas of the skin, such as the inside of the elbow.
homeopathic remedies can improve progesterone uptake and metabolism, yet
will not interfere with the normal shift from progesterone to estrogen dominance
that occurs during the monthly cycle. These formulas do not have any known
side effects. The homeopathic substances in the formulas are made from botanicals
and minerals, in addition to healthy tissue or secretions of the body such
testing of the NuFem Formulas began two years ago with 25 patients. According
to Dr. Dale, patients' symptoms abated completed or were reduced significantly
within 10 days.
of her recent patients was a 59-year-old female who had undergone a hysterectomy.
She was 20 pounds overweight, with a swollen abdomen, and had mood swings
and severe gastrointestinal problems. She had been attempting to follow
a protein-heavy "Blood Type O" diet, but she had also included alcohol,
sugar, dairy and occasional fast foods. She had been taking conventional
HRT (Estrotest) for one year. The drug itself had created a high normal
estradiol and low testosterone and exhausted her adrenal glands. According
to the NuFem HRS Saliva Test interpretation, her cortisol levels were very
low, causing adrenal exhaustion and low melatonin levels. The results were:
Testosterone 11.0 (20.0-50.0)
to the NuFem saliva testing times the following organs were affected by
the low cortisol levels and needed support through homeopathic Neuro-Emotional
Remedies taken five drops twice daily for one month: Stomach, heart, bladder,
circulation-sex meridian (endocrine) and lungs. She was started her on the
NuFem Formulas #2 and #3, which were topically applied twice daily.
Dale reports that the patient called on the first day and said she felt
better emotionally. Each day thereafter she reported an abatement in symptoms.
Within 10 days of starting the NuFem gels and the Neuro-Emotional Remedies
she reported all of her severe symptoms had abated. She had no more heart
palpitations, felt more balanced, had much less allergic response to foods
and allergens, experienced elimination of gastrointestinal problems and
felt, as she put it, "a clearer brighter me." After two months on the program
she was still symptom-free. Follow-up saliva tests will confirm improvements.
patient was a 44-year-old female, 10 pounds overweight, with hot flashes,
low energy, mood swings and painful periods. She was using a transdermal
U.S.P. progesterone natural cream, which she said was not working. She had
her saliva test performed at a lab without the entire range of cortisol
levels. Her Testosterone was 19.7 (normal range is 20.0-50.0) and DHEA was
0.4 (normal range is 2.0-10.0).
started on NuFem #1 (homeopathic adrenal support) and #3 (homeopathic testosterone
support). After one month she reported that her symptoms had completely
abated. She took another saliva test and it confirmed her subjective improvement:
her testosterone had increased to 26.0, and DHEA jumped four-fold to 1.9.
have been more or less left to view menopause as if it were a debilitating
condition rather than a life-cycle transition. From this perspective, menopausal
symptoms become pathologies rather than signals of imbalances that can be
corrected. As a result, women begin to feel that their health and hormone
production abilities are permanently lost. Many women diagnosed with menopause
are really in adrenal insufficiency or exhaustion, and once their cortisol
levels are balanced, the menstrual cycle begins. Women need to have faith
in their bodies' own healing abilities. Ideally, balance and health can
be achieved with gentle support.
with permission from the November 2000, issue # 38 of Alternative
Medicine Magazine. For subscription information call 800-333-HEAL
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