“I’m going to give a health talk about women’s hormones in a few weeks time,” I remarked to my neighbour as we waited for the bus home. “You’ll need a comfortable armchair to discuss those,” he retorted. No one can exist without these complicated chemicals, not even my amusing neighbour.
As human beings our most complicated functions are controlled by specific glands, which send chemical messengers to activate and control growth, weight, body temperature, sexual and reproductive activity, immunity, energy and stress levels.
It is not uncommon for young women to have problems with irregular or painful menstrual cycles at the beginning of their fertility, the menarche. Older women also suffer when these hormones tail off at the end of their reproductive life during the menopause.
As women we often suffer in silence, accepting that painful periods or night sweats are the norm. Not so! There is so much we can do for ourselves now, through dietary advice, supplements, exercise, and of course… homeopathy, a modality in holistic medicine I’ve been practicing since 1993.
A Safe and Effective Alternative to Conventional Medicine
Homeopathy is practiced today clinically by a wide range of healthcare practitioners including medical doctors, naturopaths, homeopaths, osteopaths, as well as midwives. It is a gentle way of treating illnesses, taking into account the the patient’s unique symptom profile when prescribing a remedy. You may read this article if you want to find out more about homeopathy and the remedies.
Homeopathic medicine offers an effective and safe alternative to standard pain relief and hormonal medication. Over the years I have treated many women of all ages suffering from a variety of problems: period pain, irregular or absent menses, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, infertility, night sweats and associated emotional issues.
For instance, one of my patients, a woman in her late twenties, had a history of uterine fibroids, heavy and intermittent bleeding during and after her menses. These symptoms were causing her increased discomfort, fatigue and started to affect her work. She somehow managed to get through each monthly cycle with increasing doses of painkillers but these did not help with the heavy bleeding or the bloating. She had regular check ups with her gynaecologist regarding her hormone levels, which interestingly were normal.
After several months of treatment trying different homeopathic remedies (Magnesium phosphoricum, Lycopodium, Pulsatilla, Sepia) for the acute pain and for the regulation of periods, her monthly cycle improved so much that she had little pain and no heavy bleeding. As a result she had no need for standard pain relief or further medical intervention. The fibroids did not enlarge, her digestion improved, and she was able to lead a normal life.
Another client in her mid 40’s sought help for her increasingly volatile mood swings. Her menstrual cycle had begun to change early, with the time between her periods lengthening plus experiencing some spotting between them. At the same time she was suffering from intense moments of hot flushes, which were increasing in severity. And on top of all this, she felt that she lost her temper too easily.
The anger was getting out of control resulting in feelings of guilt and failure, made worse she felt, by alcohol. Though not a heavy drinker she acknowledged she was more likely to lose her temper after a night out. I saw a loquacious, open, generally fun loving and optimistic woman whose changing hormones were fuelling her anger and despondency.
Homeopathy came to the rescue. Within a few months of treatment with Homeopathic Lachesis she felt different – the flushes were less frequent and intense, she felt calmer so fewer angry outbursts, plus she had decided to limit drastically the amount of wine she consumed. A few months later she was back to her former self. Periods had returned to normal and life became stable and optimistic once more.
Homeopathy offers an effective and gentle alternative to standard medical treatment for individuals suffering from these types of problem. Homeopathy does not offer one special remedy for all for period pain. However, It does offer a large pharmacology of remedies from which to select the correct remedy for the individual patient.