Hormonal Imbalance: Detecting It, Treating It, & Clocking It

How Hormonal Imbalance affects…well, everything!

Feeling like you’re system is a little out-of-whack? Your hormones just might be the cause!

Hormonal imbalances are fairly common, and can affect any part of your endocrine system. It can cause a wide range of symptoms, such as:

  • Insomnia
  • Digestive Issues
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Irregular Menstrual cycles
  • Low sex-drive
  • Loss of appetite
  • Inability to gain or lose weight
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Acne
  • Hot/Cold Flashes
  • Rapid changes in mood
  • Energy depletion or fatigue
  • Arrhythmia or irregular heart beats

The list goes on. The causes can also be quite manifold, and they often stem from poor eating habits, irregular sleep patterns, over-(or under-)supplementation of essential minerals, psychosomatic issues like stress, and other emotional/mental/physical/environmental factors.

The trouble is, getting your body back on track usually takes time – as much time as it took to fall off -track, at least!


So what does my endocrine system actually do?

(click the above link above to learn more about your glands, the hormones they produce, and how they function in the body!)


It just takes a little TLC!

Now that we know just how necessary it is to keep our endocrine system in good health - the question is, how? Sometimes, all it takes is a few simple and consistent adjustments to see a positive, long-lasting affect. Here at MMG, we like to think that it just takes a little TLC !

Remember that article about how massage is great for headaches and migraines? We spoke a little bit about the way touch affects the body – particularly your endocrine and neuro-hormonal systems. Massage, in general, helps to release Serotonin and Oxytocin – but combined with acupressure, Reflexology, MLD or TMJ, it can really help to relieve your insomnia, activate your appetite, calm anxiety and soothe the symptoms of depression. Tiffany Field, head of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, writes on the subject:

Touch itself appears to stimulate our bodies to react in very specific ways. The right kind can lower blood pressure, heart rate, and cortisol levels, stimulate the hippocampus (an area of the brain that is central to memory), and drive the release of a host of hormones and neuropeptides that have been linked to positive and uplifting emotions. The physical effects of touch are far-reaching.

(Read further in The New Yorker article, The Power of Touch)

As an added bonus, by working closely with your meridian, lymphatic and endocrine systems, your massage therapist is able to directly improve the quality of your glands and organs, and will often offer expert advise on how to further support or detoxify your body as needed.

Massage is an essential form of physical support, and a wonderful way to help manage, or even heal, an incredible variety of bodily distresses. Now you know how it can help make adjustments to your subtler – but no less important - bodily functions as well!


Self-Care Corner

The Human Energy Clock

TCM is an ancient, holistic tradition encompassing both diagnostic assessment and natural medicine. It is believed that no physical ailment exists in a solitary plane – but reverberates throughout all planes of existence, and manifests in various ways.

Because the tradition is so old, it includes practiced observations for almost every bodily function and state of “dis-ease” you might think of.  Take a look at this Meridian-based clock, for example. It maps out the internal flow of energy from one organ to another, noting the most common emotional reactions during those times, as well as a few of the harmonious activities they are associated with.

I like to consult this clock if I find myself feeling a little off-kilter throughout the day – especially if I find myself waking up in the middle of the night at the same time for days on end! It helps to readjust my approach to physical malcontent by forcing me to think about my body in a “holistic” way, taking into account emotional traumas, mental stressors, and other less tangible needs as forms of “medicine” to help heal (or at least support) those crucial organs or systems.

Try mapping your day around the meridian clock, and see how making a few simple adjustments to your routine can help re-balance your body and lighten your state of mind overall!