Menopause and Homeopathy
Menopause, or the cessation of menstruation is a significant transition in every middle-aged woman’s life. While this is a “normal” physiological event, it is often accompanied by symptoms that feel far from “normal” and are distressing and can include: hot flashes, menstrual irregularity, depression, insomnia, vaginal atrophy, headaches, weight changes, flooding, cramps, acne, digestive distress, irritability, altered libido – just to mention some of the more commonly experienced symptoms.
The good news is that homeopathy has a pharmacopeia full of remedies that can successfully mitigate the symptoms of menopause. Here are a few that can be effective in addressing some of the more egregious symptoms of this transitional event.
LACHESIS: for hot flashes. The woman needing this remedy is likely to be talkative, excitable, full of complaints, and quick to anger. The hot flashes are most common on falling asleep, during the night, and on waking. Other symptoms include congestive headaches, ovarian pains, insomnia and feeling constriction around the throat. All symptoms worse on the left side
SEPIA: woman is usually quite down emotionally, has a dark view of things, and feels indifferent to everyone and everything, often withdrawing from familial connection which makes her feel overwhelmed and overwrought. Sepia women love to dance and exercise. Women needing this remedy often have lax viscera which in menopause can feel like being weighed down. Headaches are common in this remedy, worse for mental work, often with nausea and vomiting. The hot flashes in this remedy are ascending – beginning in the abdomen and rising to the face and head; they are accompanied by perspiration with an offensive odour and a feeling of weakness.
GLONOINE: This remedy is one that I think of for sudden, violent hot flushes that effect the head but not the face. These flushes are accompanied by intense cerebral congestion and heart palpitations in the chest, causing terrible head pain with the intolerance of anything on the head, or any jarring of the body which makes the throbbing pains in the head worse. The entire body feels like it is shocked with pulsating pains. Women needing this remedy find that even a sip of alcohol sets off a surge of intense heat.
CALC CARB: an excellent remedy for excessive perspiration. The woman requiring Calc Carb is likely to suffer from chills on the least exposure to cold, obstinate constipation, and a generalized picture of sluggishness. Excessive perspiration around the head and neck at night, as well as soaking sweats after any exertion can be a good indicator for this remedy. Calc Carb sweat can be sour smelling, and the hot flashes are impossible to disguise as the face turns bright red with the heat.
Thank you Beth Landau-Halpern for this excellent and thorough piece.