Natural hormone therapy is also called Bio-identical Hormone Replacement - and it is a hormone therapy which is based on plants. Some plants like the soybean plant, yam plant and the Barbasco plant contain natural hormones. These hormones are bio chemically identical to the human hormone. In the laboratory they are altered so that they get the same chemical structure to that of the hormones the ovaries produce.
Hormone therapy is being used to balance and correct conditions that are caused by low hormone levels in the body. The reason why natural hormone therapy is preferred by many, is the fact that the human body can more easily accept the natural hormones as part of the body and thus they have greater effect on the body. The synthetic hormones are not as welcome in the body, so to speak. Hormones regulate the actions of almost all the bodily functions, but as we age our hormone levels decrease and this can result in for instance energy loss, lower fat burning, decreased sex drive, depression and mood swings. This is where the natural hormone therapy comes in. It is a welcome alternative to the current controversy surrounding the synthetic hormone therapy, which is still being used all over the country. Apart from that you should be aware that the synthetic hormones are also being used in the pill.
Hormones in Natural Hormone Therapy:
One of the hormones that are often used in natural hormone therapy is estrogen. As women age and reach their menopause, estrogen is often used as a supplement against Premenstrual Syndrome. But you should be aware of the side effects and risks that are involved with natural hormone therapy. Negative estrogen effects range from "annoying" side effects like headaches, nausea and breast pain to the more serious, though less common, risks of vein clots in the legs and blood clots in the lungs, uterine cancer, heart disease, abnormal vaginal bleeding, stroke and even breast cancer. Recent studies have also indicated that women taking estrogen alone or estrogen together with progestin have a higher risk of gallbladder disease or surgery. The risk was 67 percent higher by using estrogen alone and a 59 percent increased risk with the combination treatment. Further more it is a fact that estrogen has many bodily effects that are not yet fully known. In fact estrogen has physiological effects on almost every organ and system of the human body.
Facts and Miscellaneous:
According to the Top Ten Cancer Cases Reported by the American Cancer Society for Year 2004, 25 percent of cancer patients that were reported in 2004 had breast cancer. Breast cancer is growing in about two thirds of the cases, caused by the use of estrogen. This is the reason why many cancer treatments are mainly focused on blocking and lowering the person's estrogen levels. When choosing a treatment method you should be aware of the estrogen effects, and what risks you could be taking. You might want to consider another kind of natural hormone therapy. Your doctor will help you every step of the way.