how to use maca root

What are the health benefits of Maca powder?

Maca is an herb that has long been used in women’s health to increase energy, boost libido, and eliminate uncomfortable symptoms like hot flashes. Adaptogens are gaining steam in the health and wellness realm, as more and more people are learning how these herbs (many of which have been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years) can bring balance …

Ashwagandha Benefits and Uses

Ashwagandha Benefits and Uses

Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that has become increasingly popular as more people learn about how herbal medicine can support their health. It has myriad possible benefits, from reducing inflammation to promoting a healthy brain. In this article we’re going to break down Ashwagandha benefits and uses. What is Ashwagandha? Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is an adaptogenic nightshade herb. It has …

The HPA Axis and Healing Anxiety

If you’re suffering from anxiety, you are not alone. In fact, anxiety affects 40 million U.S. adults or 18.1% of the total population every year. One of the key causes of chronic anxiety is HPA dysregulation, which is more commonly called “adrenal fatigue.” HPA dysregulation is a condition in which the communication between the brain (hypothalamus and pituitary) and the …

hormone balance

How to Balance Hormones Naturally

What is often treated with a laundry list of prescriptions can simply come down to a hormonal imbalance, which is particularly common in women. Things like hormone-blocking shampoo to prevent hair loss, birth control to “regulate” an irregular period, or anxiety medication for hormone-driven mood symptoms are often offered when really the necessary treatment is to naturally balance your hormones. …

Does the Birth Control Pill Cause Adrenal Fatigue?

“Does the birth control pill cause adrenal fatigue?,” Charlotte, a 31 year old patient at my clinic asked. As a women’s health expert that specializes in helping women with the side effects and long-term consequences associated with the birth control pill, this is a question I hear often. Charlotte, like many other women, had become concerned about what role the …

7 Adaptogenic Herbs to Heal Adrenals Naturally  

“Every little stressor feels like the end for me! I’m screaming at my kids, my husband, and gritting my teeth with co-workers for at least the last 6 months,” Alice shared in her first visit. She was 10 months postpartum with her first baby and holding down a full time job on top of a household! To say she had …

Healing Anxiety with Functional Medicine

Anxiety is common enough that I’d venture to guess you at least know someone who has dealt with it, or maybe still is dealing with it. Or maybe that someone is you and you’re trying to understand if there is any chance of healing your anxiety. Functional medicine may just be that step for you. The conventional perspective on anxiety …

8 Ways to Prevent Holiday Fatigue & Lower Stress

Do you feel like the holidays might get the best of you and your energy? If preventing holiday fatigue is on your mind, I want to let you know you’re not alone.  Many of my patients share that the holidays are the most stressful time of year for them!  Travel, family, late nights, eating out… It’s easy to see why …

Which Hormones Affect Sleep?

Sleep is so important that the Institute of Functional Medicine’s help an annual conference dedicated to it. I attended in  order to help provide you with the most up to date information on sleep to help your hormones. The conferenece reinforced some basic, but crucial information when it comes to hormone balance and, ultimately, our overall health. You see, there’s …