Overall health is very important, and includes the digestive, endocrine, and elimination systems, and status of minerals in the body. Dr. Virender Sodhi has been in practice for more than 30 years and his first line of treatment is with Ayurvedic herbs, nutrition, exercise, yoga, breathing exercises and supplements. If the patient is not getting the desired results, then bioidentical hormones are added. This method has enabled him to use lower doses of bioidentical hormones and follow his motto to use the minimum doses needed for creating balance.
Research on Bio-identical Hormones:
A 2006 literature review concluded that BHRT is “well tolerated, provides symptom relief, and can address many of the health needs as well as the individual preferences of menopausal and peri-menopausal women”. A subsequent review (2009) assessed 200 studies and concluded that there was evidence to suggest bioidentical hormones were safer and more effective than synthetic hormones.
A program aired on January 15th, 2009 on the Oprah Winfrey Show which created great awareness about bioidentical hormones. As the term implies, bioidentical hormones have chemical structure and biological actions identical to hormones naturally produced by the human body. Bioidentical hormones follow the body’s natural metabolic pathways and therefore are utilized by the body more effectively then their synthetic counterparts.
Symptoms of hormonal imbalance may include hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, reduced libido, vaginal dryness, insomnia, memory problems, depression, weight gain, osteoporosis, arteriosclerotic heart disease, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), dysmenorrheal, and fibrocystic breast disease.
Bioidentical hormones used for female hormonal disorders (including menopause, peri-menopause, premenstrual syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome and infertility) are:
- Estrogens (estriol, estradiol)
Similarly in males, they can have andropause due to hormonal deficiency. Symptoms of male Andropause may include lethargy or decreased energy, decreased libido or interest in sex, erectile dysfunction with loss of erections, muscle weakness and aches, inability to sleep, hot flashes, night sweats, depression, infertility and thinning of bones or bone loss. When there is less testosterone available to do its work, the testosterone target-organ response decreases, bringing about many changes.