The Benefits of Black Cohosh for Women

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Balancing Your Hormones Leave a Comment

Black cohosh, a white flowering plant native to eastern North America, was first used in Native American medicine to support women’s health and reproduction, body pain, coughs, colds, fatigue, and weakness. Today black cohosh is one of the most popular women’s health supplements. As research into its efficacy began to grow, scientists began to sort out what it may help …

Cat’s Claw: What Is It and What Are the Benefits?

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Balancing Your Hormones Leave a Comment

Cat’s claw has been used for thousands of years in traditional medicine to support a variety of health conditions. It’s native to South and Central America, where it’s been an essential part of healing and spiritual practices. In more recent years, interest in cat’s claw has grown throughout Europe and North America. It’s often used as an herbal remedy for …

The Best Herbs for Menopause

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Perimenopause/ Menopause Leave a Comment

Entering the season of menopause can bring up so many different emotions for a woman. It’s a time of immense change that can mean a new chapter of freedom and wisdom. Unfortunately, the symptoms associated with menopause can seriously impact how a woman experiences this shift, ranging from bothersome to completely debilitating. Menopause means you’ve not had a menstrual period …

How To Recover From A Hysterectomy

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Balancing Your Hormones Leave a Comment

Your doctor brought up a hysterectomy, and as soon as you left the exam room, the questions started churning. What exactly is a hysterectomy? How long does it take to recover from a hysterectomy? How is a hysterectomy performed? Will I feel the same after I heal? It all feels more than a little overwhelming. In this article, I’m walking …

The Benefits of Calcium D-Glucarate

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Estrogen Dominance Leave a Comment

If you struggle with PMS, painful breasts, or difficult periods, calcium d-glucarate is a supplement you’ll want to know about. Calcium D-glucarate helps the body safely remove excess hormones, supports detoxification, and may be protective against certain cancers. Calcium D-glucarate is a supplemental form of glucaric acid, an important naturally occurring chemical that helps remove toxins and unneeded hormones from …

Saw Palmetto Benefits and Uses

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Balancing Your Hormones Leave a Comment

Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) is an herb that is increasing in popularity for hormonal regulation, specifically for the benefits it may have for high testosterone.  Native to the US, this herb has been traditionally used by Indigenous people who first discovered its benefits centuries ago.  Saw palmetto has anti-androgenic properties, meaning it can help mitigate the negative effect of testosterone …

diindolylmethane DIM supplement benefits

DIM Supplement Benefits For Women

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Balancing Your Hormones, Period Problems, PMS & PMDD Leave a Comment

If you’ve been struggling with PMS symptoms, heavy periods, acne, breast tenderness or symptoms of PCOS or perimenopause then you’ve probably come across a DIM supplement as a solution.  That’s because DIM supports healthy estrogen levels in the body.  What Are DIM Supplements? DIM is short for diindolylmethane, a metabolite of indole-3-carbinol. DIM is a compound that can only be made …

Ovarian Cyst Symptoms And Natural Treatments

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Balancing Your Hormones, Endometriosis, Herbs & Supplements, PCOS Leave a Comment

If you’ve got ovaries that ovulate, it is highly likely that you develop an ovarian cyst at sometime in your fertile years. You may not even notice the ovarian cyst symptoms or it may be very painful depending on the type and size of the cyst. Each ovulatory cycle, an egg matures inside of a follicle. Then the follicle bursts …

What is the Best Treatment for Lichen Sclerosus?

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Autoimmune Disease Leave a Comment

Lichen sclerosus is a chronic skin disease that results in thin, white, wrinkled patches of skin, usually on the genitals. It can be excruciating and incredibly itchy to deal with. While doctors previously believed it was rather rare, in recent years, doctors have suggested it’s more common than initially thought. By some estimates, cases have doubled between 1991 and 2011.  …