Salivary hormone testing is a non-invasive and effective way of assessing levels of sex hormones and adrenal hormones in the body. Saliva collection takes place four times in one day. Samples are used to provide an assessment of the cortisol curve of the individual, as well as pooled levels of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and DHEA. As hormones work together in concert it is clinically relevant to look at the levels of all of the above hormones to assess their impact on health and how their individual and relative levels may be determining the degree of weight storage and where that excess weight may be located.
Neurotransmitters are tested via a urine sample taken in the morning. The neurotransmitters that can be assessed in this way are serotonin, dopamine, glutamate, GABA, epinephrine and norepinephrine.
Combining the information gleaned through both hormone and neurotransmitter testing allows your naturopathic doctor to create a treatment plan that is unique and specific to your needs and health goals, that addressed both the imbalance and the possible causes of the imbalance as well. Ask your ND if hormone and/or neurotransmitter testing is appropriate for you.