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Prism Blog, Self Care for Trans Health

The Three-Part Recipe for Natural Transitioning

What does natural transition mean?

In contrast to using prescription hormones and/or surgeries, natural transition usually involves some combination of social transition, presentation transition, herbs, acupuncture, and/or nutrition.

Herbs: Herbs are a desired alternative to HRT for many people who wish to experience only mild changes, rather than the more drastic effects of prescription hormones. Herbs alone may cause slight breast growth (feminizing herbs), or slight facial hair growth (masculinizing herbs). They can also be used to reduce hair loss, ease pain from binding and gaffing, and much more.
For most people, herbs aren’t going to change your hormones drastically alone, so someone might choose to start out taking synthetic hormones and, once they’ve achieved the effect they want, use herbs to lower their dose of synthetic hormones or switch to herbs entirely. Herbs can maintain the hormone levels and characteristics you’ve built up with synthetic hormones. This is a good alternative to the sometimes unpleasant side effects of long-term synthetic hormone use.
Herbs are also great at reducing side effects of prescriptions hormones, like hot flashes, acne, hair loss, vaginal dryness, blood pressure imbalance, edema and bloating, and many other effects.

Acupuncture: Acupuncture is most well known for its effects of reducing pain and speeding healing. It is in fact great for reducing chest tightness, back pain, and skin lesions from binding and gaffing, as well as reducing pain and swelling and speeding healing after surgeries. Acupuncture can also be used to reduce the appearance of scars, including keloid scars, improve circulation to reduce the chance of blood clots and edema, and regulate blood pressure. It also soothes anxiety and depression, improves sleep and digestion, and generally aids your overall well-being.

Nutrition: Foods alone won’t cause notable changes, no matter how strict of a diet you follow. However, certain foods do have the ability to change our hormone profiles, most notably those that are estrogenic. By increasing or decreasing estrogenic foods in your diet, as well as by eating a balanced diet aimed at encouraging detox and flushing out of other hormones, nutrition can be an important part of your transition plan.

All information in this blog is for educational uses only. Always consult your doctor before taking any herbs or supplements, or changing or discontinuing your medications.

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