The Endocrine System

Michael Domeny DNP-c, FNP, MS, L.Ac, CD/N,

Licensed Nutritionist, Licensed Acupuncturist

Board certified Herbalist,

Family Nurse Practitioner

     Diseases of endocrine and metabolic systems are characterized by the presence of too much or too little of given substance. Suppression or replacement measures are therefore the primary elements of drug therapy, whereas surgical therapeutic measures are of secondary importance. The main herbal remedies are either substitutive or suppressive in nature. None the less, there are herbal alternatives to conventional therapy and metabolic diseases, for example, for fat metabolism disorders. The herbal drugs used in these indications can be considered an alternative or adjunct to the corresponding synthetic drug.


     Herbal drugs cannot replace insulin or oral hypoglycemic medication, but they can be very useful adjunct. In daily clinical practice it has been repeatedly observed that patients treated with herbal medicine require smaller doses of insulin and oral hypoglycemic.

Disorders of fat metabolism

(High cholesterol and high tryglicerides)

     Fat metabolism disorders are a widespread problem of modern civilization. Because they play a significant role in development of generalized atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis, any attempt to normalize the fat metabolism also implies the prevention of arteriosclerosis.  The causative –pathogenic role of nutrition in fat metabolism disorders is so great that nutrition counseling and special dietary measures  should be focal point of any treatment strategy.  Drug treatment of fat metabolism disorders is justified only if the dietary measures fail to adequately normalize the fat metabolism.

   When justified, herbal medicine can help reduce elevated cholesterol and tryglicerides. This is done primarily through the action of herbs on the liver, bile production and elimination.