Program on Bio-identical hormone on Oprah Winfrey created great awareness about Bio-identical hormones. As the term implies, Bio-identical hormones have chemical structure and biological actions identical to hormones naturally produced by the human body.
Dr. Virender Sodhi has been in practice for more than 30 years and has been using Bio-identical hormones with Ayurvedic herbs and been able to use very less doses of Bio-identical hormones. His motto for prescription of Bio-identical hormones is to use the minimum doses needed for creating balance. First line of treatment is with Ayurvedic herbs, nutrition, exercise, yoga, breathing exercises and supplements. If the patient is not getting the desired results then Bio-identical hormones are added. Bio-identical hormones follow the body's natural metabolic pathways and therefore are utilized by the body more effectively then their synthetic counterparts. Bio-identical hormones used for female hormonal disorders (including menopause, peri-menopause, premenstrual syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome and infertility) are:
- Estrogens (estriol, estradiol)
Overall health of the person is very important, which include digestive system, endocrine system, elimination system, and status of minerals in the body. If there is not a balance, even if you are given the bio-identical hormones, you may not have the positive results.
Symptoms of hormonal imbalance may include:
Hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, reduced libido, vaginal dryness, insomnia, memory problems, depression, weight gain, osteoporosis, arteriosclerotic heart disease, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), dysmenorrheal, and fibrocystic breast disease.
Similarly in male, they can have Andropause due to hormonal deficiency: Symptoms of male Andropause may include lethargy or decreased energy, decreased libido or interest in sex, erectile dysfunction with loss of erections, muscle weakness and aches, inability to sleep, hot flashes, night sweats, depression, infertility and thinning of bones or bone loss. When there is less testosterone available to do its work, the testosterone target-organ response decreases, bringing about many changes.
Research on Bio-identical Hormones:
A 2006 literature review concluded that BHRT is "well tolerated, provides symptom relief, and can address many of the health needs as well as the individual preferences of menopausal and peri-menopausal women". A subsequent review (2009) assessed 200 studies and concluded that there was evidence to suggest bio-identical hormones were safer and more effective than synthetic hormones.