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Happy sexy hormones


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A chat for Valentine's Day about our bodies, our hormones and staying healthy for the one's you love.

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Happy sexy hormones

  2. 2. 2 23/02/2012 Who am I?oI am a Medical Herbalist practising in downtown Toronto treating a variety of disease and specialising in cancer and pre cancerous conditions. Most of which start with hormone imbalances ©
  3. 3. 3 23/02/2012 HOW AM I TRAINED? I did 6 years of training in University, Hospital and Clinic settings Training in the Western bio-chemical physician model ( like an MD ) Additional training in pharmacology, biochemistry, phytochemistry, to treat medical conditions with plant medicine and to work with conventional drugs/MD’s ©
  4. 4. 4 23/02/2012 WHAT IS A MEDICAL HERBALIST? We use a wholistic approach to disease A specialist in the use of medicinal plants to resolve disease Practice is based on internationally accepted scientific evidence We can treat in combination with orthodox drugs We treat individually & compound ©
  5. 5. 5 23/02/2012 EVIDENCE BASE MD’s and Medical Herbalists apply their skills using the same internationally accepted evidence base Composed of peer reviewed journals, trials, studies, observation, in vivo and in vitro evidence most of which can be found on the database known as Pubmed. ©
  6. 6. 6 23/02/2012  My patient contract contains the words:  “I may recommend walks, movies, laughter as well as specific herbs and nutritional therapies. “ This is apparently now acceptable - It is evidence based!!! “ Laughter & therapy could go a long way for the heart” European Society of Cardiology 20ll study on endothelial function & laughter ©
  7. 7. 7 23/02/2012 HOMEOSTASIS Thisis the term for the body to be in perfect equilibrium to undertake its functions. UNHAPPY Hormones indicate the body is not in equilibrium – whatever the causeA herbalist always approaches resolving disease by considering homeostasis ©
  8. 8. 8 23/02/2012 WHAT IS A HORMONEA substance produced in the body from a gland Thyroid e.g. TSH They are broadly divided into 2 groups – fat or water soluble And carried to other parts of the body to elicit a response from a tissue, structure or chemical receptor e.g. T4
  9. 9. 9 23/02/2012WHERE DO WE FIND THEM ? Hormones are found in : Brain & HPA & Pineal glands Thyroid/parathyroid/kidney Adrenal glands/pancreas/liver Ovaries/breast/uterus Prostate/breast Fat ©
  10. 10. 10 23/02/2012 EACH LOCATION HAS AN ACTION Pineal gland stores and releases melatonin The Adrenal gland syntheses and releases cortisol, oestrogen The parathyroid gland stores and releases calcitonin ©
  11. 11. 11 23/02/2012 THYROID This is one of the most important glands In Ontario subclinical hypothyroidism is endemic Affects all metabolic functions Affects the liver, immunity, sex hormones, energy hormones, bone health Principal hormones are TSH, free T3 free T4 Thyroid peroxidase No conventional treatment for subclinical disorder But I have lots of plants for this problem ©
  12. 12. 12 23/02/2012 LIVER The most important organ of the body It makes cholesterol and other hormones Itclears and breaks down for removal steroid hormones. (sexual and energy) Liver health is the key to happy hormones ©
  13. 13. 13 23/02/2012 7 AGES OF MAN Hormones change as we change Men every 24hrs in women every 28 days If music be the food of love play on 12th Night & Apologies to Shakespeare! And change again as we age ©
  14. 14. 14 23/02/2012 Which ones change? Hormones that do not tend to change significantly with age are: TSH, Cortisol, Insulin, Oestrogen in men, Unless there is a lifestyle or disease problem ©
  15. 15. 15 23/02/2012 Hormones that change With age are: ACTH, FSH, SHBG, DHEA - the sexy hormones Adrenaline/noradrenaline, parathyroid, ANP, digestive hormones, melatonin - The energy hormones ©
  16. 16. 16 23/02/2012 FEED BACK LOOP Hormones operate in a feedback loop mechanism Problems occur when this feed back loop is altered/inhibited in any way. And creates disease Known as the endocrine axes = endocrinology ©
  17. 17. 17 23/02/2012FEMALE CYCLEFeed back loop HPA hcg THYROID PROGE STERON E OESTRO GEN FSH/LH ©
  18. 18. 18 23/02/2012 WORK IN PARTNERSHIP hormones do not work in isolation They respond to other physiological signals The whole body is a jigsaw of interconnectedness and when one aspect is out sync then it causes dis-ease Adequate levels of zinc, selenium, chromium ©
  19. 19. 19 23/02/2012 CONSEQUENCES OF UNHAPPY HORMONES Cancer – chronic endocrine disease Diabetes – insulin resistance Cushings - stress Hashimoto’s , Graves (thyroid) Infertility, women’s problems PMS etc., PCOS Osteoporosis, Insomnia ©
  20. 20. 20 23/02/2012 CANCER The most common cancers, breast, prostate are hormone driven The next most common cancers colon/lung and driven secondarily by hormones The approach of cut, burn, poison cannot control hormones and does not address the cause of the cancer. Plants can!! ©
  21. 21. 21 23/02/2012 MALE VS FEMALE HORMONES OESTROGEN (3) PROGESTERONEFsh, Lh, prolactin, oxytocin, androgenso TESTOSTERONE, OESTROGEN, Lh, Fsh, androgens ©
  22. 22. 22 23/02/2012 LIBIDO PCOS MENOPAUSE Problems with these conditions can be caused by hormones Libido– lack of LH, oestrogen PCOS – imbalance Fsh/LH, insulin Menopause – imbalance oestrogen/progesterone ALL AFFECTED BY THYROID HORMONES
  23. 23. 23 23/02/2012 BPH MALE INFERTILITY ANDROPAUSE Benign Prostatic hyperplasia – DHT, testosterone, oestrogen Infertility – LH, testosterone Andropause – all male hormones ALL AFFECTED BY THYROID HORMONES
  24. 24. 24 23/02/2012 PLANTS A huge variety of plants have applications for hormonal control – some are Black cohorsh, Chaste berry, Dong Quai, Red Clover, St John’s wort, Saw palmetto, nettle each addressing various aspects of the hormonal cycle with different parts of the plant having a specific effect ©
  25. 25. 25 23/02/2012
  26. 26. 26 23/02/2012 Hormonal plants VITEX – Agnus Castus A member of the verbenaceae genus traditionally used for menopause, fertility, dysmenorrhea, BPH, cancer, hyperprolactaemia, PCOS, acne etc. It has the capacity to balance hormones at the HPA, and is antimicrobial inhibits arachinadonic acid metabolism helps to block tumour growth cox/lox pathways anti emetic effect thru blocking 5HTT receptors releases substance P potential use in anti anxiolytic and anti inflammatory mechanisms 2009 Chen. Chinese double blind trial shows effectiveness in PMS use 2009 Mesaick. Casticin a potent anti inflammatory and immodulatory flavonoid © BMJ. 2001 January 20; 322(7279): 134–137. PMCID: PMC26589 Treatment for the premenstrual syndrome
  27. 27. 27 23/02/2012 Synergy Plants have survived by adapting to hostile environments which has resulted in the production of secondary metabolites which we use in plant medicine. Plants when used together have a greater result than the sum of their parts. Unlike conventional medicine which is reliant on a single action/pathway Fitoterapia. 2011 Apr;82(3):474-80. Pharmacological studies in an herbal drug combination of St. Johns although now some Wort (Hypericum perforatum) recognition of multi drug and Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata): in vitro and in vivo evidence of synergy between Hypericum and therapies. © Passiflora . Fiebich BL et al . University of Freiburg Medical School,
  28. 28. 28 23/02/2012 STEROID HORMONES HORMONES: ARE STEROID COMPOUNDS DERIVED INITIALLY FROM CHOLESTEROL. Progestins, corticosteroids, oestrogens, androgens DRUGS SUCH AS STATINS & HRT interfere with hormones and vitamin absorption ©
  29. 29. 29 23/02/2012 CHOLESTROL/STATINS An artificially low level of cholesterol in the body can cause significant problems -including diabetes; auto immuneconditions, raised pain levelsHappy hormones are hormones producedin balanced quantities for their function inthe body ©
  30. 30. 30 23/02/2012 Hormonal resolution The only solution that has successfully been shown to support hormonal changes without further issues is plants Synthetic hormones are not plants Dietary restriction. ( Fat is totally relevant) Drugs produce severe side effects in many cases leading to further disease E.g. HRT, Avandia, statins, bisphosphonates ©
  31. 31. 31 23/02/2012 Hormonal plants Red CloverA lovely sweet tasting plant which can be used for both upper respiratory conditions and women’s problems. Traditionally used for skin complaints. Its phytoestrogens have agonist and antagonist properties & lymphatic actions ©
  32. 32. 32 23/02/2012 CAUTIONS The compounds that I give do not come from over the counter products Only registered herbalists may compound and use these products which are made under the same regulations as drugs If you self treat, you may cause further problems Please do not confuse these plants/medicine with supplements which by law cannot have medically therapeutic effects. ©
  33. 33. 33 23/02/2012 REFERENCES For a complete copy of all references used in this presentation (@15 pages), please email: Please note that many peer reviewed articles are based on supplements not whole plant extracts e.g. Canmat 2009 All reference material is available on Pubmed/Science Direct ©
  34. 34. 34 23/02/2012 THANKYOU Morwenna GivenRegistered Medical Herbalist ©