HOMOEOPATHY FOR MENOPAUSE
A lot has been talked about Menopause and its vague symptoms and so commonly I am asked , whether Homoeopathy has any remedy for Menopause.!! And the answer is undoubtedly YES !!
As we all know ,
Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when she stops having menstrual periods permanently.
It’s one of the natural stages in a woman’s life in which the body adapts gradually to the changes of ovarian decline. It is not a disease but a natural transition, just like starting the menstrual cycle during puberty. Instead of gearing up for pregnancy and childbirth, the reproductive system is gradually winding down. As we age, the ovaries will produce less and less oestrogen until they produce so little oestrogen that menstruating ceases altogether – usually in the early 50.
It takes place around the age of 50 in most women,but can also occur at the age of 40. At the time of menopause, many changes occur in the body.For some women, this may be an asymptomatic process, but for the majority, symptoms do vary. Symptoms, such as:
- Vaso dilatory -Hot flushes,common in about 75% women
- Profuse sweating
- Mood swings,irritability
- Sleep disturbance.
- Painful intercourse,vaginitis,vaginal dryness.
- Recurrent urinary tract infections
- Hair loss,dry skin
. Over the years, the changes also raise a woman’s risk of serious health problems. These include:
- the bone-thinning disease called osteoporosis
- high cholesterol
- heart disease.
- The most common treatment for menopause is to make up for the body’s reduced production of estrogen. This is done by giving prescription medicines. This approach is known as hormone replacement therapy, or HRT.
HRT for menopause is quite controversial, even in the allopathic medical world, because of the serious health risks and undesirable “side effects” of taking estrogen. Its long-term safety and efficacy remain a matter of great concern. Their own list of concerns includes:
The most common side affects:
- weight gain,
- irritability and, rarely, depression.
- For the first three to six months, vaginal spotting occurs in 30% to 50% of women taking continuous estrogen and progestin.
- the increased risk of developing breast cancer (by 25% and worse in women if there is current cancer or a family history), and
- Uterine cancer by up to eight fold in women with an intact uterus;
- Undiagnosed vaginal bleeding;
- Acute liver disease;
- Gall bladder disease;
- Pancreatic disease;
- blood clots;
- Heart attack.
From a homeopathic perspective it is important to establish the underlying causes of why women are struggling through the menopause with all kinds of distressing symptoms. Some the main causes can be found in the following:
- synthetic oestrogens and progesterone.
Homeopathy along with diet, nutrition and herbs can rebalance the female hormonal system that is profoundly affected by the use of synthetic oestrogens and progesterone (as found in contraceptive pills and HRT).
Homeopathy is the safest treatment before, during, and after menopause because it stimulates the natural hormonal balance without the use of harmful drugs. Constitutional homeopathic treatment is best during the transitional period of menopause in order to balance hormonal levels and cure the many accompanying symptoms. You cannot address the complex of these symptoms as separate from the whole individual; for this reason true classical homeopathic prescribing is highly recommended for the treatment of menopause.
Some of the commonly prescribed Homoeopathic medicines fore menopause are :
LACH, CIMICIFUGA, GRAPHITES , IGNATIA, KALI CARB, PULSTAILLA and many more. Each of these and many other medicines need to be differentiated and then prescribed.
A practically trained homeopath will use a structured, systematic and non-invasive approach which supports the natural self-healing process to rebalance the endocrine system so that symptoms ease and fade away.
Myth: Homoeopathy takes long time to act
Its been about 10 years that I am practising, and still I hear this comment every single day … that Homoeopathy will take long time to show effect….etc
Homeopathy has definitely progressed ,people are more aware than before but some myths still remain…
Homoeopathy can cure the problems from the root cause….that is what it is known for .For eg . a person suffering from recurrent kidney stone… can get relief with water therapy, some medications or even surgery but the recurrence can be solved only by Homoeopathy. We cure the ailment in such a way , that recurrence is prevented…. but to achieve this , it takes some time.
The duration of any homoeopathic treatment depends firstly on the pathology of the disease or the cause of the disease and the duration of the ailmenton . Hence , if it an asthma since 15years, you can expect immediate relief but to cure asthma completely will take a littletime. But relief does not take time !! In cases like cold, fever, loosemotions or pain , the medicines shows results instaneously… in a few minutes. Infact sometimes faster than the conventional line of treatment.
So , don’t be amazed the next time you see the sweet pill helping you instantaneously… pain vainishing in few seconds etc… I can give a example of myself….last couple of days, I use to have severe headache on the left side ,not responding to any treatment and a few magic pills … did it all !! The pain literally disappeared in a few seconds and there I was ready for my daily routine …that too with no side effects and after effects …
That’s the beauty of this amazing science…. Experience it to believe it… it is literally,’ The Magic of these sweet pills’.
YOU NEED LOTS OF IT AND IT IS EASY, BUT DO NOT OVERDO IT!
We have often heard of Vitamin D now a days.. and also know that it is definitely good for bones ..but there are lot many benefits of vitamin D ,apart from it being helpful for the bones. Here are a few of them :
Benefits of Vitamin D
Fifteen facts you probably never knew about vitamin D and sunlight exposure.
Vitamin D prevents osteoporosis, depression, prostate cancer, breast cancer, and even effects diabetes and obesity.
Vitamin D is perhaps the single most underrated nutrient in the world of nutrition. That’s probably because it’s free: your body makes it when sunlight touches your skin.
It is nearly impossible to get adequate amounts of vitamin D from your diet. Sunlight exposure is the only reliable way to generate vitamin D in your own body.
People with dark skin pigmentation may need 20 – 30 times as much exposure to sunlight as fair-skinned people to generate the sam e amount of vitamin D. That’s why prostate cancer is epidemic among black men — it’s a simple, but widespread, sunlight deficiency.
Sufficient levels of vitamin D are crucial for calcium absorption in your intestines. Without sufficient vitamin D, your body cannot absorb calcium, rendering calcium supplements useless.
Having kidney disease or liver damage can greatly impair your body’s ability to activate circulating vitamin D.
Diseases and conditions cause by vitamin D deficiency:
* Osteoporosis is commonly caused by a lack of vitamin D, which greatly impairs calcium absorption.
* Sufficient vitamin D prevents prostate cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, depression, colon cancer and schizophrenia.
* “Rickets” is the name of a bone-wasting disease caused by vitamin D deficiency.
* Vitamin D deficiency may excaberate type 2 diabetes and impair insulin production in the pancreas.
* Obesity impairs vitamin D utilization in the body, meaning obese people need twice as much vitamin D.
* Vitamin D is used around the world to treat Psoriasis.
* Vitamin D deficiency can cause schizophrenia.
* Seasonal Affective Disorder is caused by a melatonin imbalance initiated by lack of exposure to sunlight.
* Chronic vitamin D deficiency is often misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia because its symptoms are so similar: muscle weakness, aches and pains.
* Your risk of developing serious diseases like diabetes and cancer is reduced 50% – 80% through simple, sensible exposure to natural sunlight 2-3 times each week.
* Infants who receive vitamin D supplementation (2000 units daily) have an 80% reduced risk of developing type 1 diabetes over the next twenty years.
So, get the vitamin D levels checked and take supplements or injections if there is a deficiency !
BACH FLOWER REMEDIES
Many of us have heard a bit of flower remedies, but don’t know how exactly it works and for what ailments it can be best given! We also doubt the efficacy of these medicines and wonder whether they actually act! So, as it is only experience that would enforce the belief about its action,let me share a bit of information about these flower remedies!
Invented by Dr. Edward Bach, these are also known as Bach flower remedies. Dr. Bach isolated and classified 38 flowers from which he extracted 38 essences with which he succeeded in healing patients’ ailments while taking into account their individual emotional states. Dr. Bach found that certain flower essences led to self-healing, as they purified the patient of negative elements that adversely affected their health. Though these cannot strictly be classified as ‘medicine, we must bear in mind that these are ‘regulators’ of the human mind. As mind is always altered in every physical and mental disease, these flower remedies are prescribed based on the mood and disposition of the patient.
Some FAQ’s :
- Is it safe to take the remedies alongside other kinds of medicine?
Normally there is no problem with taking Bach remedies alongside other medicines. The active ingredient in a flower remedy is an energy from the plant, not a physical substance, so it will not interfere with the physical action of the other medicine. Nor will the other medicine stop the Bach remedy from working.
These can also be given along with Homoeopathic medicines ,i.e it does not impair the action of Homoeopathic drugs .Unlike Homoeopathy ,wherein there are many number of medicines, these flower remedies are only 38 in number and no potencies of these remedies.
There are absolutely no diet or other restrictions when one takes these remedies. It is not habit forming nor does it have any side effects. Upto 3 to even 6 medicines can be mixed and given together
- Can you take the remedies in tea, coffee and so on?
You can put the remedies in tea, coffee, fizzy drinks etc., and in this respect they are not like homoeopathic remedies.
Putting the drops into a hot drink has the advantage of evaporating the alcohol. We sometimes recommend this method to people who for one reason or another dislike the alcohol content.
- I have heard that if you take a remedy for too long you will experience the negative state of that remedy.
This is not true. The remedies are entirely positive and cannot under any circumstances cause the negative state to appear.
- When does one stop taking the remedies?
When the problem that is being treated has gone. There is no need to continue taking them in case it comes back and of course no need to wean oneself off the remedies gradually, as you have to do with drugs like steroids and beta-blockers. Nor do you need to take a complete course of doses over a specific number of days, as you do with antibiotics.
- Is it always better to select as few remedies as possible?
The normal guideline is to try to use no more than six or seven at a time, since experience has shown that more than this number is not usually necessary if a little thought goes into the selection process. Taking more remedies than are actually needed means that the focus is lost.
Two methods are used to make remedies. Most of the more delicate flowers are prepared using the sun method. This involves floating the flower heads in pure water for three hours, in direct sunlight. Woodier plants, and those that bloom when the sun is weak, are generally prepared by the boiling method – i.e. boiling the flowering parts of the plant for half an hour in pure water.
In both cases once heat has transferred the energy in the flowers to the water, the energised water is mixed with an equal quantity of brandy. This mix is the mother tincture.
Mother tincture is further diluted into brandy (at a ratio of two drops of mother tincture to 30 ml of brandy) to make the stock bottles that you see in the shops.
Nowadays there are many companies making the 38 remedies. Any well-made remedy will work as well as any other. Our advice is to pick a brand you trust.
- Guide to few remedies: Here I share of few of my own experiences in using these flower remedies.
Walnut – useful to help one overcome the difficulty one faces during CHANGE—eg change of place, profession, change of life like puberty ,menopause ,teething troubles in children etc..
Concentration in studies : especially in children to improve their concentration I generally prescribe Scleranthus and Chestnut bud. Chestnut bud especially when children make a lot of silly mistakes again and again.
For Fears – fear of known eg. Fear of darkness,theif,animals etc given Mimulus .But for extreme fear or Terror eg. Terror of bombing ,floods,panic give Rock Rose.
I have given Crab apple with a lot of beneficial effects in many cases of skin infections like pimples, unhealthy skin ,dermatitis .
For a Possesiveness and self love ,Chicory can be given.The Chicory type tends to be possessive of others and would keep them close to her and try to control or direct their lives.’ Think what I have gone through for you, what I have done for you’ would be typical line.
Holly for hatred, anger envy,jealousy and suspicion.
Larch for lack of confidency in self and hence expectation of failure
Star of Bethlehem is a another remedy widely used by me , in after effects of shock –both mental or physical.eg. sudden sad news, frights, sudden unhappiness..
This is just a glimpse of few remedies which have helped me in my practice. Such and many others are there to help the sick individual.For further reference , one can read – Beginner’s Guide Bach Flower Remedies— by Dr.V.Krishnamoorty.