The further we travel along a path of increasing health, the sooner we need to properly address the needs of our hormonal system — I’m talking to men as well as women, here. Many of the factors I’ve already presented in the early grades of Heilkunst, as well as a number of factors I’ve yet to present all have a bearing or influence on how our hormonal system is function. This includes many of the nutritional considerations I’ve presented, as well as the need to address the impact of shocks and traumas, including of an emotional nature.
There are any number of specific hormone-based medical conditions which patients wish to correct, such as menstrual or fertility issues in women, or functional issues such as sleep or mood fluctuations in men, and these may take up some of the main focus at the beginning of these patients treatment plans. Aside from any of these overt hormone imbalance symptoms, the underlying health and rhythm of this system are usually suffering to some degree in most people.
When I presented the topics around sleep rhythms (day light versus night time), as well as the impact which sugar has, I made reference to the hormone researcher, T.S. Wiley. She also has extensively used a natural hormone replacement therapy system, as was popularized by Suzanne Somers. We have adapted her concepts into Heilkunst protocols, which have worked very well, particularly with women going through menopause. In conjunction with the other aspects of our treatments, the effect is often quite good.
To better understand how hormones function, from a Heilkunst point-of-view, consider that a “hormone problem” is almost never directly caused at the hormone level, but from something else which has a bearing on them. To put this into the most general context, the timing and rhythm of how all of our hormones are produced and released occurs at the meeting point between our astral and etheric bodies. In other words, hormones function in a healthy way, or not, on the basis of how our inner animal nature interfaces with our inner plant nature. “Fixing” a hormone problem, then, generally means that specific therapeutic attention is needed in terms of an astral body function, and/or an etheric body function.
In my clinical experience, this level of treatment is almost universally needed, at least to some degree, due to the level of stress we experience from different sources (lifestyle, diet, etc.). All of the adjunct therapeutics that we introduce at this stage, to complement the work we do through the patient’s sequential time line, help to rebalance the hormonal system, too.