Work with a functional medicine hormone specialist and find the root cause of your hormone imbalance, enjoy a healthy cycle, and boost your fertility.
Make peace with your hormones with natural hormone imbalance treatment.
The female hormonal system ideally should work like a symphony, with all the complex elements joining in at the right time. However, it is typically the case with women’s hormonal issues that all the components of the system are in place—they just need harmonizing.
I use a combination of Chinese medicine and functional medicine to powerfully, yet gently, help your body regain its natural hormonal harmony.
Women's bodies are amazing!
As women, we have the capacity to create and nourish life. Caught up in the pace of our modern world, it’s easy to forget that we were also born with a natural ability to heal and return to balance.
As a woman, I am passionate about helping women reclaim their natural strength and vitality. One thing I love about traditional Chinese medicine is that for thousands of years, the mind-body-spirit connection has been an indispensable part of diagnosis and treatment.
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Many women have told me how good it feels to be listened to, and for the unique needs of their spirit as well as the physical body to be honored.
Sometimes it can be tough to be a woman. It can feel like our bodies are against us! But it doesn’t have to be this way. It just takes persistence and a willingness to look at our hormones as part of the bigger picture.
It might seem like our bodies are a collection of parts—but everything works together as a whole system. As a functional medicine hormone specialist, I want to give you hope that it is possible to find the root causes of hormonal issues and balance them with holistic methods, and feel amazing in the long run!
In many medical settings, a hormone imbalance treatment will make use of synthetic hormones to regulate the menstrual cycle or to reduce adult acne breakouts (such as birth control pills for PCOS or endometriosis).
You might choose to use synthetic hormones as a reliable method of birth control, but what you may not know is that these hormones are working by shutting down the natural rhythm of your menstrual cycle. In other words, by suppressing ovulation.
In this scenario the underlying cause of the hormonal imbalance is not addressed or repaired this way—only temporarily covered up and put on hold.
The women who will best benefit from a natural hormone imbalance treatment are women who:
- have reproductive issues—PCOS, endometriosis, PMS, menstrual cramps, irregular periods
- want to get off the pill but are worried about symptoms flaring up (such as adult acne or mood swings)
- are trying to conceive naturally or with assisted reproduction techniques (IVF, FET, IUI, egg freezing etc.)
- are delaying motherhood because they are busy working toward career goals, not in a relationship yet, or just not ready to start a family, but who want to prepare.
I have found that Chinese herbal medicine works amazingly well for female hormonal balance. A program for hormonal balance would look like this:
- Individualized treatment that takes the whole person into account,
- Custom herbal formulas, timed for different phases of the menstrual cycle if necessary,
- Dietary and lifestyle recommendations
- Functional medicine testing, as needed:
- adrenal stress test, because stress affects hormonal balance
- GI test, because inflammation in the gut can affect hormonal balance
- functional medicine hormone mapping
It’s a good idea to work on female hormone balance at the first signs that something is not right with your cycle. Make sure you are keeping up with your gynecological appointments for routine care. Be sure to consult your gynecologist first if anything is concerning you to rule out serious health conditions.
Once you have made sure to have your health team in place, you can get to work on hormone imbalance treatment. You shouldn’t have to put up with conditions such as years of painful periods or premenstrual symptoms. Don’t struggle alone with the frustrations and disappointments of infertility. I would love to join you on your health journey. You can be proactive with your health as a woman!
A typical course of treatment with Chinese herbs for reproductive issues is 2-3 months or longer. Conventional medicine with drugs often takes effect faster but with a greater risk of side effects. My patients usually want to get better with natural solutions and are determined to take the time to make lasting changes.
This is not a quick fix, although many of the women that I treat experience benefits right away from taking the herbs, such as better sleep, improved digestion, and feeling more resilient when dealing with stressful situations.
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I am a functional medicine hormone specialist and acupuncturist located in Gainesville, Florida.
I'm currently offering treatments for patients at Bodies in Balance Acupuncture in their Northwest Gainesville clinic.
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I had a wonderful experience with Dorothy, she is friendly, responsive, and very knowledgeable. After trying to get pregnant for over a year and one chemical pregnancy, I started seeing Dorothy to work on my hormones to improve my fertility.
After a few months I was pregnant! I continued seeing Dorothy to support the pregnancy, and recently gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Highly recommend Dorothy for any hormonal or fertility needs!
This review is long overdue. I have been seeing Dorothy for almost a year and a half now and she has helped me with my hormonal issues, mainly PCOS and irregular/painful periods IMMENSELY. Each time I visit I leave feeling like a new person. Dorothy is authentic, knowledgeable and one of the sweetest people you will meet!
She makes herself accessible via text and email for questions/concerns and truly cares about the well being of her patients. This shows not only in her approach but by her dedicated list of clients. Her commitment to staying up-to-date with research and the newest techniques keeps her at the top of her game. If you are looking for a practitioner who will take the time to get to know you and your concerns/symptoms, this place is for you.
Shannon Tracey Donovan
Being Well Medicine LLC
Dorothy S. Wells, AP, DACM
Functional Medicine Specialist