Hormone Replacement Therapy vs. Phytotherapy
There are findings and conflicting research regarding the safety and potential risks associated with hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Studies have shown hormone replacement therapy for women over sixty may result in an increased risk of breast cancer, blood clotting, heart disease and impaired cognitive functions.
On the other hand, research has also shown there are fewer health risks among younger women receiving HRT and for women whose hormone levels have not yet declined precipitously. Every woman is different, therefore risk factors may vary and hormonal imbalance symptoms can be minimal to severe. One may be able to live with fluctuations in hormone levels and suffer through the process without medical intervention.
Thankfully, there are natural alternatives to HRT that are both safe and effective. Phytotherapy uses plant-based extracts to naturally encourage the body to produce hormones it needs to function properly. Other extracts calm symptoms by shutting down hormone receptors that are stimulating over-production of hormones the body does not need any longer. The outcome is a natural balancing of hormones that result in a better quality of life without the health risks associated with HRT.
More physicians and healthcare professionals are recommending all-natural, non-hormone therapies for their patients who are seeking a natural remedy and healthy alternative to hormone replacement therapy. Although women whose physicians have recommended they stop HRT, women are still asking to resume the treatments. Unfortunately, due to the possible negative side effects, this may not be a good time for women to return to HRT despite their acute symptoms. For women who seek a natural remedy for hormonal imbalances or who would like to resume some form of hormonal treatment, phytotherapy is a healthy alternative.
A plant-based diet and herbal supplements work naturally with the body and do not shock the system like artificial or synthetic replacement hormone treatments. Natural treatments are safe and can offer effective alternatives to hormone replacement therapy. If natural alternatives are effective for a patient, the patient can then prevent and protect themselves from years of discomfort, mental anguish and avoid a number of life-threatening side effects that may have resulted from undergoing hormone replacement therapy.
If you are considering treatments for hormone replacement therapy, be sure you make the decision that’s right for you. Remember, it’s your body and your life.