Application fields of hormones
Salivary hormone examinations are applicable in different fields:
Psychology: Different psychological studies concerning the topic stress and endocrinology have shown that the cortisol in saliva drastically increases when the subjects are exposed to chronic stress. People who suffer from depression, who are in life-threatening situations or in socially disadvantaged groups belong to this section.
Stress research: In stress research the connection between the patients perception of stress and the measurement of stress hormones in saliva is often examined.
The diagnosis of Cushing's syndrome: In addition to 24-hour-urine measurements, the cortisol levels measured in the evenings and mornings serve as a screening instrument to recognize a suspected presence of the Cushing's syndrome.
Sport medicine: How do the hormones change during sports activities? The measuring of hormones before, during and after the competition, or during the regeneration phase is advisable.
Anti-aging medicine: Weight, skin, hair, mood etc. all depend on the interplay of the hormones.
Chronobiology (“The inner clock”): Melatonin and cortisol play an important role in the sleep-wake-rhythm of humans. In the chronobiological research a number of studies use the measurement of melatonin and cortisol in saliva.
Nutritional advice: Is the diet orientated in such a way that the body is able to produce a sufficient amount of hormones? Or is the diet too one-sided causing the body to produce more of certain hormones and less of others, resulting in an imbalance?
Veterinary medicine: For the measurement of hormonal changes in the behavioral research of animals and the fertility research in the veterinary medicine.