Holistic Remedies for Supporting Hormonal Balance in Women

Written by: Brilliant Staff

Fact checked by: Melissa Mitri, MS, RD

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Hormonal fluctuations throughout life can significantly affect a woman's overall health, leading to changes in menstruation, mood swings, skin problems, and more. 

Women are increasingly seeking holistic alternatives to conventional treatments, and many have found a solution through herbs, supplements, and holistic approaches. 

This article will explore various holistic remedies for hormonal changes in women, focusing on Myo-inositol, folate, berberine, and maca root. It is essential to consult with a healthcare provider before trying these remedies to avoid potential side effects and ensure they're suitable for your needs.


Various medicinal herbs are known to have hormone-balancing properties, providing natural support for hormonal changes throughout life and related symptoms. While scientific research on these remedies is sometimes limited, anecdotal and historical evidence can supply valuable insights.

Chaste Tree Berry (Vitex)

The chaste tree berry (Vitex agnus-castus) has been used for centuries to alleviate hormonal fluctuations that can contribute to premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms. Studies have demonstrated the ability of chaste tree berries to reduce levels of a hormone called prolactin, leading to potential improvements in specific PMS symptoms.

Black Cohosh

Native to North America, black cohosh (Actaea racemosa) has been used to address menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, and mood changes.

Maca Root

Maca (Lepidium meyenii), a root vegetable from the Andes region of Peru, is popular in natural health communities for its hormone-balancing effects. Also known as "Peruvian ginseng," this vegetable is rich in essential nutrients and may help reduce menopause symptoms, improve libido, and increase energy levels.

Dong Quai

Dong quai (Angelica sinensis) is an herb native to China. It has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine to support women's hormonal health. It is commonly employed to alleviate menstrual cramps, periods, and menopause symptoms.

Supplements for Hormonal Balance

Several vitamins and minerals help promote overall hormonal balance and improve various symptoms related to hormonal changes in women.


Myo-inositol is a popular supplement. This sugar alcohol is found in various plant-based foods, such as fruits, legumes, and grains, but can also be taken as a supplement. Myo-inositol plays a crucial role in insulin signaling, helping to maintain healthy insulin resistance.

Research has shown that Myo-inositol may improve hormone levels, menstrual regularity, and egg quality in women and reduce clinical symptoms such as non-cystic acne. It is essential to consult a healthcare professional before using Myo-inositol supplements, particularly if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.


Folate, also known as vitamin B9, is crucial for maintaining overall health, especially during pregnancy. Folate has been shown to influence hormone synthesis and metabolism, which may affect reproductive outcomes. A sufficient folate intake is essential for preventing neural tube defects during pregnancy.

Furthermore, a recent study showed that sufficient folate intake can help maintain a healthy ovulation, suggesting that this nutrient plays an essential role in women's hormonal and reproductive health. 

Food sources rich in folate include leafy greens, legumes, and fortified grains. However, it's crucial to consult a healthcare provider to determine the proper supplementation dosage for you.


Berberine, a bioactive compound found in plants like goldenseal, barberry, and Oregon grape, has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. Recent research suggests that berberine may have potential benefits for women with common hormonal issues.

Studies have shown that berberine may help maintain insulin health already within the normal range, target androgen levels, and aid in regulating menstrual cycles. 

While more research is needed to understand fully how berberine affects hormonal balance, it is a promising naturally derived supplement for improving hormonal health. Keep in mind that long-term use of berberine may be associated with gastrointestinal issues, so it's essential to discuss appropriate dosages with a healthcare professional before use.

Holistic Approaches to Hormonal Balance

In addition to herbs and supplements, several lifestyle changes can help alleviate hormonal fluctuations and improve overall hormonal health.

Stress Management

Stress plays a pivotal role in the disruption of hormone levels. Practicing mindfulness, yoga, or progressive muscle relaxation techniques can reduce cortisol levels (the stress hormone). This, in turn, may improve overall hormonal balance.


A well-rounded diet rich in lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats can potentially help maintain hormonal balance. Consuming whole-based fermented soy products, like tempeh and miso, is believed to provide more health benefits than heavily processed soy products.


Regular physical activity offers numerous health benefits, including the maintenance of a healthy weight, which is vital for hormone regulation. Exercise can also help manage stress levels, positively impacting hormonal balance.


Holistic remedies can potentially serve as effective and less invasive methods of achieving hormonal health. However, it is crucial to prioritize caution and consult a healthcare professional before starting any new treatment. 

Remember that individuals' responses to these options may vary, but with proper guidance and personalization, achieving hormonal balance in women becomes more attainable.


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