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AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE ON REPRODUCTIVE-HEALTH
Comparing Sex HormonesEach of the main sex hormones has unique biocharacteristics that affect the entire constitution. Based on this analysis, which hormones are dominant in your constitution?
Testosterone - Hot, moist, heavy
Male sex hormone but still needed in women. Anabolic muscle builder, gives umph & vigor. See also Anti-androgen for herbs that reduce testosterone. Testosterone production is stimulated by release of LH and FSH from the pituitary.
Estrogen - Heavy, Moist, Anxiolytic
Female sex hormone. Anabolic muscle builder. See also Anti estrogenic herbs. Cooler than progesterone. Estrogen deficiency (as in menopause) causes a drop in heat / metabolism.
Progesterone - Hot, Dry, Relaxing
Progesterone is a warm, muscle relaxing hormone that maintains and prepares uterine lining for implantation. Elevated during pregnancy and luteal phase of menstrual cycle. It relaxes muscles and especially the pelvic floor to prepare hips for childbirth. This relaxing quality also acts as a vasodilator that can lead to varicose veins. Progesterone raises body temperature - it is essentially metabolic/catabolic but more regulatory. It builds muscle mass. As pregnancy hormones naturally suppress fertility hormones, progesterone tempers/opposes estrogen. It is diuretic.
Oxytocin - Hot, Light, Tense
Stimulates uterine contraction (during labor, postpartum, etc), release of breast milk (let down reflex). Tribal (+bonding to infant, loyal to inner circle, hostile to outsiders / other groups / people with different opinions / cultures / beliefs). Produced by pituitary, stimulated by breastfeeding, ejaculation. Anabolic to muscle and bone, but causes weight loss (catabolic) through reducing food intake, increasing energy expenditure and inducing lipolysis.
Prolactin (galactagogue) - Cold, Heavy, Dry
Causes production of breast milk. Suppresses fertility & menstruation by decreasing estrogen and testosterone (which is why breastfeeding women do not menstruate). Suppresses fat metabolism (leading to weight gain) but also suppresses fat storage (leading to hyperglycemia) so that sugars will be available in milk. Stimulates insulin release. Causes vaginal dryness. As it suppresses reproductive hormones, prolactin is associated with depression, anxiety, and hostility. Hypothyroidism causes higher prolactin levels. See also anti-prolactin herbs.
Estrogen Effects, Dominance, & Deficiency
HERB ACTIONS AFFECTING REPRODUCTIVE-HEALTH
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.