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Balancing Oestrogen

Written by Sebastian Pole

Elevated oestrogen dominance are some of the most common factors associated with breast, uterine and ovarian conditions in women. Find out how diet and herbs can help balance oestrogen.

Balancing oestrogen

Oestrogen is a catabolic sex hormone that has a large array of roles and influences including including reproduction, digestion, mood, fat-balance, fluid ratios, skin pigmentation, breaking down muscle mass that leads to an increase in body fat and aromatase. Testosterone, and to a slight degree progesterone, are anabolic sex hormones that promote lean body mass.

Aromatase is an enzyme that is found in oestrogen-producing cells located in the adrenal glands, ovaries, placenta, testicles, brain and fat tissue. Higher levels of aromatase in the body convert more testosterone and progesterone into oestrogen. With the increased prevalence of Environmental Endocrine Disruptors, we are exposed to multiple triggers for endocrine disruption.

Elevated aromatase activity and oestrogen dominance are some of the most common factors associated with breast, uterine and ovarian cancers in women. Prostate, colon and breast cancer in men are associated with oestrogen dominance. Other symptoms include PMS symptoms, cervical dysplasia, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, decreased libido, fatigue, fibrocystic breasts, headaches, infertility and weight gain.

Sebastian is a registered member of the Ayurvedic Practitioners Association, Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine and the Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners. He qualified as a herbalist with the aim of using the principles of Ayurveda (the ancient art of living wisely) to help transform health. He holds a Licentiate in Herbal Medicine, a Diploma in Oriental Herbal Medicine and is an Ayurvedic Health Counsellor.

Sebastian Pole runs his own herbal practice in Bath and has been in clinical practice since 1998. He is also an organic herb expert and is passionate about supporting the sustainable supply of organic herbs. Fluent in Hindi, a registered Yoga therapist and passionate about running a business that brings benefit to everyone it connects with, Sebastian is on a mission to bring the incredible power of plants into people’s life.

Sebastian lives on an amazing two acre forest garden farm in Somerset with his family, where he grows over 100 species of medicinal plants and trees. His favourites are licorice, chamomile, echinacea, motherwort, valerian, tulsi and marigolds.

Author of Ayurvedic Medicine, The Principles of Traditional Practice (Elsevier 2006).

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