10 Ancient Chinese Herbs That Are Used To Balance Hormones And That Actually Work

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Generally speaking, when we have the knowledge of what`s going on with our bodies, we are better prepared to make certain changes need to balance thing.  This rule applies to hormone imbalance as well, which is very common these days.

The symptoms of hormone imbalance are wide-ranging, including menstrual irregularities like cycle length, painful periods, PMS, and time between cycles; spotting after the cycle, headaches; digestive imbalances; sleep irregularities; depression; weight gain; and temperature fluctuation.

TOP HOUSEHOLD HERBS FOR HORMONE BALANCE:

Goji berries (Gou Qi Zi)

-It is packed with antioxidants
-It nourishes the blood and yin
-It is beneficial for blurred vision and dry eyes, ridged or brittle nail, headaches after a cycle, and hang nails
-Can be made as tea, added to oatmeal, or anything else in which you typically use cranberries or raisins
-Easily accessible and found in most grocery stores and health food stores

Dang Gui

-It nourishes blood and is great for blood or yin deficient
-It is a natural phytoestrogen which regulates cycles, builds blood, and helps with hormone imbalanc
-It is added to soaps or stocks like chicken soups. It can be also made as tea and consumed during the day with blood builders like goji berries

Astragalus Root (Huang qi)

-It is great for blood deficiency and can help build yang energy, as long as used properly and as long as possible
-It boosts energy levels and strengthens the immune system
-It can be found in Chinese Herbal store or in health food store
-It can be added to soups or made into a tea and sipped daily

Longan Fruit (Long Yan Rou)

-It works wonders for insomnia, palpitations from exhaustion, and anxiety
-It nourishes the blood and calms the mind at the same time
-It can be found online or in Chinese Herbal store
-This tasty fruit can be added to oatmeal or desserts in which you typically use cranberries or made into tea and consumed daily

Chinese Wild Yam  (Shan Yao)

-It is good for both Yang and Qi deficiency
-It improves digestion, strengthens the kidney system, and acts as powerful hormone balancer
-It is delicious and highly versatile! It can be made into tea, added to chicken soup, or ued in blends
-You can buy it fresh at the grocery store or get a dried version online

American Ginseng (Xi Yang Shen)

-It is much milder than Chinese ginseng
-It nourishes yang and yin energies, boosting immunity and improving Qi
-It maintains hormone balance by supporting the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis
-It improves sex drive and performance
-It is an adaptogen which helps the body deal with stress better
-Boosts the digestive system and improves the absorption and use of nutrients from food
-Can be made into tea and sipped during the day or added to soups and stews
-Avoid it late at night as it may affect your sleep pattern

White Peony Root (Bai shao)

-It regulates menses, nourish Yin, calms the liver Yang, and builds the blood
-It can help with headaches associated with periods, improve dull complexion and brittle nails, help with PMS,  and  treat irritability
-It can be found in Chinese Herbal markets
-Can be made into tea or added to broth and base for soups

Lotus Seed (Lian Zi)

-Regulates the hormones and builds blood due to its ability to strengthen the digestive system
-Supports the reproductive system in both women and men, by treating bleeding and discharge in women and treating premature ejaculation in men
-Can help with insomnia, anxiety, and irritability
-It can be combined with rice and vegetable dishes or added to baking or snacks
-Don’t use the lotus seed in case you have constipation, bloating, or dry stool

Black Sesame Seeds (Hei Zhi Ma)

-It is beneficial for the liver and the kidney system
-It is known to darken hair and treat dryness of hair, skin, eyes, and bowels
-Easily accessible and typically found in grocery stores
-Can be added to sautéed vegetables and cereals

Chinese Red Dates (Da Zao)

-These nourish the blood and build the Qi
-Eating one or two of these dates helps promote energy
-It can be found in well-stocked food stores and in an Asian market
-It can be made into tea with rose, goji berries,and chrysanthemum,
-It can be also added to soups, broths, and smoothies

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