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Ayurveda takes a holistic approach considering the whole body, mind and spirit.

Hormonal health: An Ayurvedic perspective

Understanding hormonal health

The word “hormone” often conjures up negative images for women’s menstrual health, but it isn’t just women who are affected by the hormone system (also called the endocrine system). Hormonal balance for men is important too. This article focuses more so on stress hormones, the HPA axis and the nervous system.

Ayurveda takes a holistic approach considering the whole body, mind and spirit understanding that good health arises through balance of the doshas, dhatus (tissues) and strotas (channels) rather than focussing on individual organs or glands as modern science does. In classical Ayurveda the organs and glands do have names with locations but as their health is dependent on the correct metabolic functioning of the dhatu and not independent of, they are considered part of the dhatu (2).

Many herbs are suitable for self-care. However if a health condition does not resolve with home remedies we recommend using the information in Herbal Reality along with your health advisors, especially herbal practitioners from the professional associations listed in our Resources page (‘If you want to find a herbalist”). When buying any herbal products, you should choose responsible manufacturers with independently assured quality standards and sustainability practices. Check the label carefully for the appropriate safety and sustainability information.

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