In order to regulate our biological functions, hormones (chemical signaling agents) play a crucial role. As complex molecules, some of them have antagonistic pairs that have opposite effects.
Since the effects of hormones are still not fully explained, many times it is very difficult to treat hormonal imbalances in the traditional way.
However, people have observed hormones functions for centuries and found that certain herbs have a balancing effect on hormones.
As a result of those observations, it is found that herbs usually have a beneficial effect on the general health and well-being of a person.
The Best 10 Herbs For Balancing Hormones:
Known as milk vetch, astragalus is used in Chinese Medicine for treating a wide variety of health issues, such as heart disease, upper respiratory infections, liver problems, and asthma. Today it is used for its immune stimulating action as well as its anti-aging effect.
Its compound cycloastragenol in this herb activates the enzyme telomerase that protects the DNA of cells during cell division.
It regulates blood pressure and blood sugar levels balances hormones and also, has a protective effect on the beta cells of the pancreas that secretes insulin.
- Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
It is a popular herb in the Indian medicine Ayurveda. The ashwagandha has a balancing effect on the adrenal glands and the thyroid, especially in form of extract.
Ashwagandha improves blood circulation, reduces stress, and prevents premature aging. It has properties of an aphrodisiac, so it is used to treat erectile dysfunction in men, and also, relieves stress. The effects on women are attributed to increased blood flow to the reproductive organs.
Its species name ‘somnifera’ suggests, that it improves sleep. It also rejuvenates cells and is perfect for older people, helping them to regain physical vitality and vigor and improves memory.
- Maca Root (Lepidium meyenii)
It is a plant of the cabbage family is called Peruvian ginseng after its native home. The root of this plant is highly nutritious and used as a vegetable in the Andean cuisine. Its popularity is due to the properties to boost energy and provides strength and stamina to the Inca warriors of old.
The powdered Maca root is used by athletes to increase stamina. This root also has a hormone balancing effect, which provides additional benefits like stress relief. Its hormones confer special benefits to women such as relieving premenstrual syndrome and menopausal symptoms like night sweats and hot flashes.
- American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius)
American ginseng supports the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, helping maintain correct hormonal balance.
American ginseng works by relieving stress and strengthening the immune system. It improves digestion, assimilation of nutrients from the diet, absorption, which goes a long way in building up strength and stamina and improving general health. Its special benefits for male reproductive health is linked with the improvement of the sexual drive and performance.
- Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens)
The berry of it is used in herbal medicine to heal benign prostatic hyperplasia. This herb increases sperm count and reduces chronic fatigue and also it relieves stress and improves immune function as well.
Its balancing effect is shown on the endocrine system as a whole but is particularly known for its beneficial action on both male and female reproductive system.
You can gain the benefits with just 10 to 20 drops of Saw Palmetto Extract in your favorite daily beverage.
- Tribulus (Tribulus Terrestris)
This is known as goat-head and puncture vine because of its spiny seeds. Generally, is considered as an aphrodisiac and the extract of this plant is used in Indian and Chinese medicine systems. It is great for treating male reproductive problems, including low sperm count.
In addition, it stimulates androgen receptors in the brain which results in better utilization of these hormones.
Its component known as Protodioscin may help increase DHEA levels in men, which can help with erectile dysfunction and increase fertility.
- Epimedium (Epimedium spp.)
The other name of it is horny goat weed, which is widely used in Chinese medicine to treat a variety of health problems such as coronary heart disease, osteoporosis, memory loss, hypertension and joint pain.
As an adaptogenic herb, it has various mechanisms of action geared towards improving general health. It is effective for treating irregular periods in women and sexual dysfunction too.
- Chasteberry (Vitex agnus-castus)
This bush has been used for female reproductive health for a centuries. The leaf extract of chasteberry was earlier used to help women remain innocent and dampen libido.
It is an interesting fact that chasteberry extract is found to have the opposite effect, due to differences in concentration.
The extract acts on the pituitary gland in regulating various hormones like estrogen, luteinizing hormone, follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and prolactin. Today is used in treating a host of health issues arising from a hormonal imbalance in women, including cyclical breast pain, premenstrual syndrome, uterine fibroids, polycystic ovary disease and menopausal problems.
- Suma Root (Pfaffia paniculata)
It is a South American native (called Brazilian Ginseng) although it is not related to the true ginseng. The extract of this root is known to normalize endocrine function, increase strength and performance and improve immunity. Suma as its native land is known as a ‘cure all,’ and it is used for treating a large number of ailments.
Another name for Suma is ‘Russian Secret’ because Russian athletes used an ergogenic compound ecdysterone extracted from the Suma plant to increase sports performance. Very important is that it doesn’t have side effects associated with many other anabolic steroids. 
This compound is now used by sportspersons everywhere.
In addition, this herb enhances memory, balances blood sugar levels and stimulates appetite.
- Black Cohosh (Actaea racemosa)
It has been used by Native Americans for treating many conditions associated with female fertility. Studies have shown that it can act like estrogen in the brain, and they may have a similar effect on the reproductive system.
Studies show that many menopausal women find black cohosh highly beneficial in reducing symptoms associated with estrogen insufficiency.