Hormone Imbalance & Childhood Ear Infection
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Kim Bentz
Posted on: April 12, 1998

What herbs are best for the treatment of hormone imbalance? I am currently using a progestrone cream and taking fish oil concentrate.

We offer this information for your research and study only. Your health practitioner will advise you of requirements suitable for your current health and medical history.

Hormone balancing may be desired to reduce symptoms of the monthly cycle, when coming off birth control pills or in menopause. Daniel Mowrey, "Proven Herbal Blends" (available at Richters) suggests the following herbal blend to maintain good hormonal health and balance: Black Cohosh root (Cimicifuga racemosa), Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Raspberry leaves (Rubus idaeus), Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata), Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla), Fenugreek (Trigonella Foenum-graecum), Black Haw bark (Viburnum prunifolium), Saw Palmetto berries (Serenoa repens), Squaw vine (Mitchella repens), Wild Yam root (Dioscorea villosa) and Kelp.

Vitex agnus castus (Chaste tree) is another hormone balancing herb. Thomas Bartram, "Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine", (Grace Publishers, Mulberry Court, Stour Road, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 1PS, England), states that it is useful as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy and that it stimulates the production of progesterone.

Please refer to our Q & A entries on hormone replacement and estrogen replacement for further information.

Also what herb is good for the treatment of ear infection in a child of nine years?

Ear infection must be treated by a medical practitioner because of the risk of deafness if inflammation is not resolved quickly. We offer the following information for your research and study.

If ear infections are recurring along with coughs and colds, there is a possibility that a catarrhal buildup is caused by a food allergy. Dairy products and food additives and colourings are often the cause, and their removal from the diet, along with an increase in fresh, raw fruits and vegetables, will often resolve the problem. Soy products can replace the dairy.

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