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Insomnia and Anxiety Relief During Menopause With Natural Hormone Therapy


Holistic Practitioner Spotlight with Dr. Barbara Gordon-Cohen, an Integrative Physician

We are speaking with Dr. Barbara Gordon-Cohen, D.O., on the topic of Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy.

Tell Us a Story About a Patient Suffering From Anxiety and Insomnia and What Helped

Karen, a 57 year old married female stopped having her period within the year. In that time, she developed severe insomnia and anxiety. Karen sought out the services of a few psychiatrists who prescribed a few different medications for her insomnia. Not only did the drugs not help, but she became more sluggish and gained 25 pounds. She discussed going on hormone replacement with her family practitioner but was advised against it. Unsatisfied with her life, Karen came to me with the intention of stopping her medication and getting back to her original weight.

What was your course of treatment?

Karen’s symptoms surfaced during menopause when her own estrogen and progesterone levels were low. I’ve worked with a number of patients with similar symptoms that were alleviated with natural estrogen (mostly in the form of Estriol from soy) and progesterone (from yam) and completely without side effects.

In a short period of time with natural hormone replacement therapy – natural estrogen and a progesterone lozenge at bedtime,  Karen became symptom free.

Understanding the added value of movement and mindfulness in both weight loss and feeling more peaceful, Karen incorporated a daily 30 minute walk and Chi Gong exercises to relax her nervous system.

Why and When Did You Choose the Holistic Path?

I was a competitive gymnast. As an athlete, I was continually attentive to sustaining excellent health, always interested in eating healthy and living a healthy life style.

When I became a physician, I was frustrated that my conventional medical training could only help a small number of my patients. That led be to seek out other modalities for complete healing that I could incorporate into my practice. I learned more about Osteopathy, Acupuncture, Natural Hormones, Yoga, Breathework, Dr Sarno’s Method, Functional and Integrative Medicine.

What Lessons Have Your Work and Personal Experiences Taught You?

We are very complex. I have come to appreciate that the essence of healing is body, mind and spirit. Each area has to be evaluated to diagnose and treat the patient to get good results and complete healing. The physician must be open-minded and both the patient and doctor must be willing to be team players in the healing process.


Barbara Gordon-Cohen, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician graduated in 1989 from NY College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, NY in Family Medicine.

She is board certified in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and Family Medicine, with a focus on Osteopathy and Integrative Medicine.

Since 1991  Doctor Barbara has dedicated her practice to treating the whole person, focusing on the cause of imbalance rather than treating just symptoms. Doctor Barbara spends time with her patients and is dedicated to the treatment and the healing of the entire patient body, mind and spirit.

Doctor Barbara understands how all the body’s systems are interconnected and how each one affects the others. She focuses special attention on the musculoskeletal system, which reflects and influences the condition of all other body systems. She also focuses on Anti Aging/and natural hormone replacement therapy which she has been practicing since 1992, a pioneer in the field.

Doctor Barbara practices functional medicine and looks at all tests in detail. She acts as an advocate for your health care and is able to diagnose and treat what other doctors have missed. She is an educator for your nutrition diet, and  use of supplements.

Barbara Gordon-Cohen DO
Functional and Integrative Medicine
Barbara Gordon-Cohen, DO
Suffern, NY, USA

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