Natural Hormonal Therapy for Osteoporosis. Conventional medicine relies chiefly upon HRT therapy (estrogen and progesterone) to treat osteoporosis .
The synthetic progesterone used is progestin, and it is frequently prescribed along with estrogen to minimize estrogen uterine cancer risk.
Extensive testing at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecolo at Vanderbilt University has shown that natural progesterone, found in wild yams, is both safe and effective in treating osteoporosis, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and menopause (without being accompanied by estrogen).
Other studies have demonstrated the significant benefit of natural progesterone, usually applied as a cream, in increasing bone mass in postmenopausal women. For postmenopausal women, the recommended dosage of natural progesterone cream is one-eighth to one-fourth teaspoon twice a day for the first 21 days of the month, then none for the last 7 days.
Alternate among different smooth skin sites, such as the face, neck, inner arms, abdomen, inner thighs, or soles of the feet. Occasional vaginal spotting may occur with the use of this cream but is usually only temporary.
If it persists, or if you feel estrogen supplementation is necessary for hot flashes or vaginal dryness, consult your physician. Progesterone cream comes in several different brands, and is available in most health food stores. Progesterone also mitigates the detrimental effects of cortisone on bone density.
If this regimen does not relieve other menopausal symptoms such as vaginal dryness or hot flashes, then estrogen can be used in addition. When progesterone levels are adequate, however, a much lower dose of estrogen will be needed. Estrogen replacement therapy for osteoporosis does reduce the incidence of fractures by 50 percent, but it may also increase the risk of some cancers and other health problems, as noted earlier. However, estriol, one of the three naturally occurring forms of estrogen in the body, may actually prevent breast cancer.
Some physicians are now prescribing a combination, called triple estrogen, which contains 80 percent estriol, 10 percent estrone, and 10 percent estradiol. It is usually effective in treating menopausal symptoms and is probably safer than pharmaceutical estrogen preparations.
Another advantage is that while it can be used along with natural progesterone cream, this cream may not be strong enough to prevent the uterine-cancer-promoting effect of pharmaceutical estrogens. Triple estrogen is available by prescription through pharmacists. A holistic physician can usually prescribe a safe and balanced natural hormone regimen for you.
Although both are considered male hormones, the ovaries also produce testosterone and DHEA. Both of these hormones are bone builders and may be deficient in postmenopausal women, especially DHEA. Your physician should test your blood or salivary (more sensitive and accurate) levels and, if low, begin supplementation with the appropriate hormone.
Wild yam, from which natural progesterone is derived, has been the primary herb used in treating osteoporosis. However, when taken orally it is not well absorbed. Black cobosh is the herb most studied that contains estrogen like substances that can protect against bone loss. Dong quai is a Chinese herb that is helpful in maintaining hormonal balance. Herbs that contain calcium are: nettles, parsley, alfalfa, dandelion leaves, kelp, and horsetail.
SvVeight-bearing exercise is a highly essential component of the treatment program. The form of exercise should involve the parts of the body most susceptible to fractures, such as the legs, hips, upper spine, wrists, and arms. Walking, jogging, stair climbing, bicycling, skiing, dancing, and weight training are all beneficial.