Hormones, together with neurotransmitters, comprise what is known as the neuroendocrine system. Imbalances in hormones can frequently lead to imbalances in the neurotransmitters and vice versa. Neuroendocrine imbalances have been related to attention/learning issues, sleeping problems, menopausal difficulties, PMS, birth control issues, weight problems, depression, anxiety and libido issues. The doctor may recommend one or more of the following tests based on the symptoms you are experiencing:
Neurotransmitter Testing is often recommended when a patient is struggling with any of the issues mentioned above. Based on the results, the doctor is able to suggest a plan to bring the neurotransmitters back into balance. Testing for certain hormones may also be done at the same time.
Men & Women’s Hormonal Testing is done to determine whether there is a need for hormone replacement and to monitor hormone levels during hormone replacement therapy (HRT). If baseline levels are only slightly out of range the doctor may recommend supplements to support the affected hormonal system in lieu of HRT.
Thyroid and Adrenal Testing via saliva are used to assess your energy metabolism. Thyroid and Adrenal hormones are pivotal for maintaining energy levels and mood . In some cases the actual hormone levels may be normal, but you may have an auto-immune attack on these glands, which can create imbalance in multiple body systems. Heavy metals, the lack of essential minerals, or an impaired digestive system can contribute to thyroid problems. Chronic stress and inflammation can contribute to adrenal imbalance. Once again, having found the imbalance we treat it by proper diet, supplements and the judicious use of prescription hormones.