Women’s Health Night #4,

Hormones with Laura Puckett



We had another great Thursday night of teaching in our Women’s Health series. This week’s topic was Hormones with Laura Puckett!


Here’s just the tip of the iceberg of what we learned:


A substance, usually a peptide or steroid, produced by one tissue and conveyed by the bloodstream to another to effect physiological activity, such as growth or metabolism.


What Hormones Do:

  • Communicate between cells
  • Stimulate growth, development, change, increase, decrease in function
  • Regulate body systems to respond too various internal and external stimuli
  • Control sleep, waking, alertness, mood, concentration, relaxation, pleasure, pain
  • Up or down-regulate immune system function
  • And more…



The expression of the body’s ongoing capacity to adapt to constant changes in the environment, emotions, and internal physiology


Restoration vs. Maintenance

    • Restoring Balance = more restrictive diet, more supplements, incorporate herbs and other therapies like acupuncture, massage
    • Maintaining Balance = Continuation of positive habits, basic supplement regimen, periodic check-ins with your wellness advisor


Lasting change requires patient, persistent application of natural principles that allow the body to relearn what it already knows. Shortcuts only lead to destruction, dependence, and ultimately, failure to realize true healing.


Main Aspects of Hormone Health:

    • Sufficient production
    • Ready activation
    • Efficient usage
    • Proper deactivation
    • Quick elimination

Stress – The Hidden Hormone Killer

  • Your emotional stress = cellular stress
  • Cells under stress express this via chemical messengers
  • Chemical messengers alter hormone expression at the brain, gland, and target tissue
  • Body becomes “locked” into an unhealthy hormone pattern


Laura Puckett was introduced to acupuncture at a young age through her twin sister who was treated by an acupuncturist.  Her sister had many medical problems that western medicine could not solve.  The acupuncture healed her.  Her sister’s recovery prompted Laura to have a serious interest in Chinese Medicine. At the age of 14, Laura decided to make Chinese Medicine her career. Laura attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and finished her undergraduate degree in Professional Studies and her Master’s of Science in Acupuncture at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York. In September 2010, Laura traveled to Guyana, South America on a mission trip. She treated many patients in an orphanage, on boats, and on the beach using acupuncture to help the people with pain, sexual trauma, and emotional distress. The National Certification Committee of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) certified Laura with her Diplomate in Acupuncture. She is a licensed acupuncturist in North Carolina and is certified in Clean Needle Technique. She is also a Certified Splankna Practitioner. After finishing her degree, Laura continued her education under a senior acupuncturists from February 2010 to December 2012. Laura treats patients using Traditional Chinese Medicine, 5 Elements, Japanese Meridian Therapy, 5 Element Function Medicine, Dr. Tan method, and Facial Rejuvenation at her own practice, Lotus Accupuncture.