Sunday, February 1, 2009

Bioidentical Hormones

Bioidentical Hormones Replacement Therapy

Bioidentical hormones (BIH) mean the hormones that are exactly the same structure as the hormones naturally found in our bodies.

Most of us have abundant hormones to keep our bodies functioning at their peak when we are young. However, hormone levels decline as time goes by and result in many aging signs .The most well-known period of our hormones’ sharp decline is called menopause for women and andropause for men. Symptoms may include anxiety, fatigue, migraines, depression, mood swings, hot flashes, GI discomfort , weight gains and sleep problems, etc.

Many of us would like to have our hormone levels restored in our mature age to achieve optimal health; but to make them work best for us, we want to make sure the hormones are bioidentical because non-bioidentical hormones have many unwanted side effects.

We also need BIH to be manufactured properly to make sure they are delivered, without harmed, to our body. In view of this, I want my patients to have their BIH prescriptions filled only at few selected pharmacies, for which I have already examined their product efficacy by documenting the hormone level changes for many of my previous patients.

The routes of hormone delivery are also very critical. Hormones are naturally secreted from our endocrine systems and circulated through the blood and other body fluids. They never go through our digestive systems. Taking hormones through our mouth is not just ineffective, but put burdens on our livers as well. Hormones should be delivered transdermally, sublingually or transmucosally (with the exception of human growth hormones).

The schedule on which we take BIH is also very important. We want to take BIH the way as our bodies naturally secrete them, i.e., in a rhythmic dosing. Women have their estrogen peak during the first part of their cycle ,and progesterone peak during the second. Static hormones dosing is not physiological and may not serve our bodies best.

I also believe our bodies and souls are parts of our bigger universe. I would dose BIH of post-menopausal women cycle with the moon and men with the sun as I found our bodies function best this way,with every patient’s dose and schedule customized to his or her need.

I also draw patients’ blood hormonal levels before and after treatment to scientifically document their hormonal levels and adjust the dosage accordingly, making sure all hormones are checked, and not just the sex hormones only, because every hormone interacts with each otherr. Since each hormone plays a certain role in our body, only when every hormone hums its happy tune will our life become a song of joy and harmony.

Though BIH is a wonderful anti-aging tool, it is not a cure-all panacea. Before I give patients BIH, I examine their diet, lifestyle, mental health, and dietary supplements to make sure their other health issues are well taken care of. Many patients will also benefit from acupuncture treatments to balance their meridians. To be healthy, we need every part of our body to function well. Have a wonderful day.

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