I've been doing a lot of research on an herb called Maca Root that seems to be very helpful for hormonal problems in perimenopausal and menopausal women, including thryoid, weight loss, hot flashes, energy, and more (even insulin resistance!). I came across it while reading a thread on a thyroid/low carb board, then did a lot of googling to find out more. I just placed an order for some, and will post my experiences with it, but wanted to share this info now with you. Here is the part of the initial post that got my attention:
This root is reported to help the whole endocrine system including the thyroid and can rebalance the estrogen dominance that often accompanies hypothyroidism and overweight problems. It has no phytoestrogens, but women are using it to alleviate menopause symptoms with apparently amazing success. The root works on the hypothalmus and pituitary glands to regulate the whole endocrine system, which has a very delicate balancing act to perform. There is no danger of too much hormone or hormone imbalance, because you are not taking a hormone replacement, you are stimulating the body's own natural production of hormones in a natural way. It's safe for men to take too, as it stimulates production of testosterone and has many benefits for them too, which I won't go into because the topic is hypothyroidism.
Here is a link to an article (interview) that will provide good info about Maca Root:
I am currently using natural progesterone cream (started about 3 weeks ago), but I intend to use both products for awhile. My progesterone is almost non-existent right now, and my estrogen is very high, so I am fighting big time estrogen-dominance right now. The Maca Root sounds promising, as it supposedly works to balance the whole endocrine system, which makes much more sense to me than taking hormones (even natural ones). Btw, Maca Root is also a libido-enhancer, and is referred to as an "herbal viagara" for men.
If anyone has any experiences with Maca, I'd love to hear about them.