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It's getting hot in here! Homeopathy for Menopause

Updated: Oct 24, 2023


By: Kirsty Richards DipHomNZ

As a woman, I’ve often heard Menopause referred to as something to be dreaded. Positive menopause stories seemed hard to find - but tales of sleepless nights, vaginal dryness, lack of libido, mood swings, weight gain and drenching sweats are all too common.

Of course, these are very real symptoms and some women do experience some, if not all of those. Some women turn to medications such as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to feel “normal” again, and who would blame them, certainly not me! However, HRT is not suitable for everyone, and there are other options available that don’t have any potential unwanted side effects.

Who Shouldn’t Take Hormone Replacement Therapy?

If you have these conditions, you may want to avoid HRT:

  • Heart, liver, or gallbladder disease

  • Known or suspected pregnancy

  • Breast cancer, endometrial cancer or other cancers that are dependent on hormones

  • undiagnosed vaginal bleeding

  • untreated uterine lining thickening

  • raised risk of thrombosis

  • coronary heart disease, stroke or dementia

  • blood clots in the legs or lungs

  • untreated high blood pressure

What Are the Side Effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy?

As with all medications, HRT comes with side effects. Some of the well known ones include:

  • Breast swelling or tenderness

  • Headaches

  • Mood changes

  • Nausea

  • Vaginal bleeding

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Homeopathically, there are numerous options available to help with the unwanted effects of menopause. But before I get into those, let’s dive into menopause a little deeper and explore this incredible time of transition for women.


Menopause heralds the end of the fertile phase for women. The body is no longer a vessel for new life. But that does not mean the end of life for the woman! Often around menopause, women who have had children are also encountering changes in their physical lives - children growing, perhaps leaving home, or maybe becoming a grandparent.


Relationships with significant others may change. For some women, this time of their lives is a time of tremendous change. The old ties and responsibilities are no longer there, which can lead to some feelings of sadness or grief.


This coupled with the physical changes, can feel overwhelming

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It can be a time of re-discovery for women. They may have put their wants and needs on the back burner, prioritizing children, spouses, careers and family responsibilities, over their own desires. What an incredible time lies ahead!


In today’s society, mid-life is not considered “old.” A woman in her mid years has gained wisdom, experience, a greater sense of what is wanted and what is not, greater courage and insight.

While it is the end of one phase of life - it is the beginning of another.


Homeopathic remedies that can help during Menopause

Listed below are some of the most commonly used remedies to help with Menopausal symptoms. There are many others, and for some women, their constitutional remedy would be most beneficial.


Sulphur


Sulphur is a very “hot” remedy. Women needing Sulphur may experience the following:

  • Intolerant of hot, stuffy conditions and gets rapidly overheated

  • Exhaustion with a constant need to lie down

  • Feet are particularly hot in bed, needs to push them out of the covers

  • Itchy skin worse for becoming heated

  • Weak, shivery, faint feelings occur before a flush

Sepia


Sepia is traditionally known as a “woman’s remedy” with affinities for numerous female complaints including pregnancy, premenstrual issues and menopause.

Women needing Sepia tend to be more irritable and can be averse to partner and loved ones.

Other indications for Sepia include:

  • Low energy with a feeling of gloom/depression

  • Although exhausted, energy levels improve after exercise

  • Symptoms are drooping or sagging in nature such as prolapse

  • May be irritable and snappish

  • Hot flushes with drenching sweats

Pulsatilla


Pulsatilla is another remedy with a strong affinity for female patients. The traditional Pulsatilla

description is of a weepy, plump blonde, but that’s not always accurate. If a woman fits the

overall symptoms and is neither blonde nor plump - then Pulsatilla is worth trying.

  • Changeable symptoms - moods change rapidly and pains shift

  • Alternates between feeling too hot and too cold, hard to get comfortable

  • Gets overheated at night, cannot stand heavy bed covers

  • Night sweats with perspiration and waves of heat

  • Better in cool, fresh air, always has windows open

  • Constant sensation period is imminent

Lachesis

  • Strong dislike of clothing that is tight or constricting, especially around the neck

  • Severe problems with hot flushes, depression and circulatory conditions such as high blood pressure

  • Anxiety and depression on waking

  • During a flush, head may be very hot while hands are feet are cold

  • Fear going to bed

  • Left sided symptoms


Folliculinum


  • Abdominal heaviness/weight gain before cycle

  • Fibroids

  • Heavy periods

  • Restless and hyperactive, they feel worse when resting

  • Extreme sugar cravings

  • Particularly suited for women who have lost themselves, feel downtrodden


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