So you're in the middle of your local supermarket, debating with the angel and the devil on your shoulders as to whether you should go for the muffin or the apple, and suddenly you're the colour of a lobster, dripping in sweat and feeling like being dragged to hell right now would be a welcome and cooling relief. You've just had a hot flush or flash.
They're unarguably the most common symptom of menopause and seem to plague the menopausal years without letting up. They're often accompanied by headaches, weight gain, fierce night sweats and generally feeling like you hate everyone and every thing.
But why why why do we get them?
Here comes the revelation. Experts 'believe' they occur because of the decrease in estrogen. Not so much low estrogen, but the gradual decrease in levels. The word believe is wonderfully ambiguous here. Basically avoiding having to say that the (usually male) boffins in white coats, don't really know. There are a few theories to do with the hypothalamus, where temperature is regulated, but no one really knows for sure.
This really doesn't go any way to helping women when they're on their 3rd pack of tissues, in isle three by the breakfast cereals.
This is where Homeopathy can work wonders. Myself and my colleagues have seen time and time again how women come back for their 2nd or 3rd follow up, with bright smiles of wonder and joy, feeling like they're got their lives back.
Homeopathic Prescribing for Menopause
As always in Homeopathy, there are a few ways of prescribing remedies, but for menopause there are usually 2.
If there are no other issues or symptoms other than menopausal ones, the prescription would be carefully chosen to match the symptoms and treat those by themselves.If there are other issues, that could reach as far back as childhood or even birth, we would treat constitutionally. By finding the remedy best suited to the individual AND their symptoms.
In homeopathy we try to find out as much about the individual as we can. As well as the symptoms they're are experiencing. No two women experience their symptoms in the same way so it's important to listen to and note down their own personal experience.
Normally, as can be applied to any individual, there are usually other imbalances in physical or mental and emotional health. We all seem to carry around our own unique baggage and that baggage can have an affect on how someone experiences their symptoms.
There are any number of remedies that may be suited to someone, but there are six remedies that can be useful if someone wants to self prescribe. It's always preferable to be treated by an experienced Homeopath, but the remedies below may be of some help.
Lachesis is a really useful remedy for menopause and is often useful for women who have felt terrible since the onset of menopause. Some of it's key symptoms are:
Periods every 21 days
Profuse and heavy periods
Usually worse before menses and pains and mood are improved by the flow
Hot flushes/flashes with headaches, palpitations and hot sweats
Headaches especially in the vertex with burning sensations
Some nausea, diarrhea or hemorrhoids
Possible pain in the left ovary with swelling
Possible prolapsed uterus
Asthmatic since menopause
Worse for a short nap
I've also found this remedy to be useful for people who experience intense heat when angry, especially around period time.
Sepia is such a great woman's remedy. It has all sorts of excellent uses. But some of the
menopausal symptoms is may help with are:
Feeling worn out and worn down
Must sit down with crossed legs, with the feeling as if their insides would fall out
So worn out they appear indifferent to loved ones
Feeling as if they need to scream unless they hold on to something
Dullness of mind
Absent minded with no initiative
Vaginal dryness with pain during intercourse
Lack of desire or aversion to sex
Flooding during periods
Sudden hot flushes
Sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach
Better for activity and open air, better for warmth and for eating
Better after a short nap
These ladies may have a sharp tongue and almost enjoy hurting their loved ones. It's not that they don't love their family, they just feel as if they have nothing more to give.
This remedy often complements Sepia. Some of it's symptoms are:
Weakness and debility, especially in the digestive system with a relaxed feeling to the stomach and craving for stimulants
Out of proportion weakness
Hemorrhages of thin black blood vessels
Vaginal and uterine prolapse from weakness
Flushes of heat followed by sweating and trembling all over
Weepiness over the slightest thing
Nightmares before or after periods
Have to hurry everything
Angry and impatient because of things moving slowly
No one can please them
This remedy is just all round wonderful for hormones in general. It's very useful for women who have previously been on the pill. However, its symptoms related to menopause may be:
History of abuse - mental, sexual or physical
Symptoms occur between ovulation and period
May have had a very strict upbringing
Unfocused and feeling spaced out
Lose herself in her relationships
May become addicted to rescuing people
Has become a door-mat
Forgotten who she is. Has no individuality.
Restless, hyperactive and worse at rest
Dizziness and faintness
Puts on weight without over eating - up to 3kg (7lbs) before menses
HUGE food cravings, especially sugar and sweets
Hot flushes/night sweats
Folliculinum helps to restore the woman to herself and re-empower her. It helps with regaining control of life and to stop being used by others.
A typical calc carb woman is responsible, dutiful and hard-working. A pillar of their
community. She may take on too many responsibilities and become overwhelmed by them. She feels like she's going mad and worries others will see it. There's a strong focus on security and lots of anxieties around money and health. When she's ill, there is despair of ever recovering.
Some of the symptoms she may experience are:
Hot flushes with burning sensations in the vertex
Head and neck are wet with perspiration and worse during sleep
Abnormal bleeding and uterine fibroids, sometimes with uterine hemorrhages.
This remedy is often used in the menopause and is for women who are of a mild and generally yielding disposition. She is emotional and easily moved to tears or laughter. She has very changeable moods and can cry at every little thing. She loves to be comforted.
She may also be easily irritated and may feel slighted or has a fear of being slighted. Generally, she feels better in the fresh air and worse in a warm stuffy room and in the evenings.
Some symptoms may be:
Irregular menses - either too early or too late, too scanty or too profuse
Menses may be painful enough to induce vomiting or nausea and bending double helps with the pain.
Bleeding can happen in the day only
Difficulty sleeping because of hot flushes and anxious thoughts
Restless legs at night
This is just a handful of remedies that may help with symptoms and it's always better to see a homeopath to get the correct remedy for you.
But if you do want to self prescribe, I hope this blog helps guide you to a good remedy. If you are self prescribing, I'd recommend using a 30c potency and one dose per day for 3 days.
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