Vitex Guide

The Essential Guide to Vitex and the Chaste Tree

Odds are that if you’re struggling with symptoms of hormone imbalance, PMS, PCOS, infertility, endometriosis, irregular periods, missing periods or any other period problem, you’ve heard of vitex. Today, I’ll be talking more about the benefits and potential uses of vitex (also called chasteberry and chaste tree berry). Consider this your guide to understanding if this herb is right for …

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? According to WebMD, “Ashwagandha is a plant. The root and …

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Emotional Side Effects of Birth Control Pills

The emotional side effects of birth control pills have been reported by women since the introduction of the pill in the 1960’s. Anxiety, mood swings, depression, and feelings that something is not quite right are among the many emotional symptoms my patients express after beginning the pill. And they are not alone. Jump on any online forum of women chatting …

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Set an Intention, Not a New Year’s Resolution

Set an intention, not a New Year’s Resolution. In fact, skip the resolution all together! Yes, you read that correct. As we move into the new year there is a lot to reflect on and there is probably a lot you’d like to see change for the better in 2019. This is the day where most people are making resolutions, …

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 …

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Anemia & Menorrhagia: Is Heavy Menstrual Bleeding Making You Anemic?

Nikki was changing a super tampon and pad every one to two hours when she first came to see me. Even these would fail her on her heaviest days. Beyond the bleeding she was struggling with fatigue, anxiety and hair loss. The reality was, her periods had caused her to become anemic and that anemia was causing her to have …

Birth Control and Mood Swings

Can Birth Control Cause Mood Swings? We all know someone who swears that birth control completely wrecked their mood. Whether it was making them feel anxious, depressed or like a crazy, jealous mad woman, there’s no denying there’s a link between birth control and mood swings or mood changes. And maybe you were one of those people. I know I …

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Supplements for PMS

Premenstrual tension syndrome, commonly known as PMS, can be a real drag. Especially when you’re suffering from symptoms like bloating, cramping, mood swings, insomnia, and acne. And it can get in the way of living your fullest life. As a women’s hormone expert who helps women balance their hormones naturally and eliminate unwanted symptoms. To that end, I recommend that all …

Birth Control and Depression – Is there a link?

“Depression, anxiety, and mood swings are symptoms women have reported since the introduction of the pill,” I told Michelle during our initial visit. “Check the package insert of your pill pack and you’ll find depression listed in the side effects,” I said. But Michelle had been told, like so many other women prescribed the pill, ‘birth control and depression were …