This is the third in a four-part series about hormones, celebrating our new-and-revised Deep Dive clinical course, Hormones Demystified. In the first video, I talk about the unexpected, negative effects of oral hormone supplementation on the body. In the second, I answer the question as to why oral progesterone helps with sleep but why other solutions might be more appropriate.
For this week’s video: no conversation about common hormone challenges would be complete without PMS!
In the clinical course, we go into great depth as to true root causes of hormone imbalance – what research shows and what can best be done to address imbalance in each scenario. In this video, however, I want to prioritize supporting your toolbox for Rapid Relief of PMS. Yes, I get it: the functional medicine model doesn’t focus just on triage, symptom relief. But we also can’t ignore the Need for relief! Otherwise, our patients and clients keep popping NSAIDs, coffee, sugar, red wine, and chocolate in an attempt to “get by” with their suffering. In optimizing the *impact* of functional medicine in actually helping people, Rapid Relief is key. It can help to galvanize a patient’s belief in their ability to be well, so that they actual stay around long enough to have you help them with true, upstream root causes of their challenges.
In this video, I give you my top 5 pearls for PMS relief. There are dozens to choose from; these are the ones I find most effective for the average woman wrestling with debilitating PMS. Questions have already been raised about good resources for chastetree berry and what “entry level” B-complex I might recommend in this scenario. Gaia Herb’s Vitex Berry for chastetree berry. For the Bs, Thorne’s Basic B or Pure Encapsulations B-Complex Plus are both excellent choices (note that both offer a good, initial dose of P5P for activated B6).
If you want to gain confidence in educating, inspiring, and empowering your patients and clients to overcome a variety of hormonal challenges, consider registering for our all new Deep Dive clinical course, Hormones Demystified. Or consider our Core 101 Semester program and get access to the full spectrum of myth-busting, truth-simplifying education we share here at the School of Applied Functional Medicine.
I hope this is helpful to you and the patients and clients you generously serve. Your follow-up questions are welcome below.
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