Using natural medicine to promote female wellbeing..
Homeopathy is widely used for the treatment of female hormonal disturbances including the symptoms of PMS and conditions like endometriosis and ovarian cysts.
For some women, puberty and the onset of menstrual periods can herald a time of extreme monthly discomfort, mood swings and heavy bleeding. There are a variety of homeopathic and natural remedies that can help to regulate the cycle, relieve pain and help with mood swings.
A consultation with a natural health practitioner can also be useful for examining diet and lifestyle and looking at supplements and minerals that may help.
A common Homeopathic remedy for health problems dating back to puberty is Pulsatilla. Pulsatilla Nigricans is made from the meadow anemone, also known as the pasqueflower or windflower. This perennial plant is a member of the buttercup family.
Pulsatilla can be very useful for supporting the wellbeing of young girls during their first menstrual cycles particularly where it is proving to be an unduly painful and/or emotional time. Using natural remedies with young teenagers can be very beneficial and can reduce the possibility of more serious issues down the line if problems are resolved naturally in the early stages.
Pulsatilla can be very helpful treating problematic menstrual symptoms for any age, up to and including menopause. It is also often a useful remedy during pregnancy as it aids in balancing the endocrine system during hormonal change and also supports emotional wellbeing.
Pulsatilla has a strong action on the emotions, the digestive system and sinus’ among other things. It is characterised by changeable symptoms; where pains move from side to side, or come and go. It can treat a wide variety of problems associated with hormonal upheavel and provide balance and calm during times of change.
Sepia is another commonly used homeopathic remedy for hormonal problems. Sepia is classically called ‘the washerwoman’s remedy’ in the old medical textbooks as it was seen as the classic case of a woman worn down by repeated pregnancies, with young children hanging out of her skirts trying to keep up with the relentless housework. The remedy Sepia is characterised by hormonal disturbances with feelings of heaviness, exhaustion and feeling indifferent towards husband and children. It includes lack of libido and symptoms of post-natal depression.
Sepia is a really useful remedy for helping regain hormonal balance in women following pregnancy and childbirth. Most women with young children have at one stage or another felt in a Sepia state of exhaustion. It is also very helpful in assisting with emotional and physical health for women who are juggling home and professional life and struggling to balance the two.
Sepia is also commonly prescribed to help regain hormonal balance for women experiencing menstrual and fertility problems when coming off the contraceptive pill, after using it for many years.
Sepia has an affinity with the liver and therefore has a cleansing action on the whole system, increasing all round energy levels and digestive health.
In addition to these two examples, we have many other specific Homeopathic remedies that work on this area and can be employed to treat deeper, long lasting conditions. Well prescribed Homeopathy in combination with well-indicated supplements, minerals and a healthy diet can be instrumental in overcoming many female health concerns.
An example of a useful supplement is Starflower oil – made from the herb borage, often growing wild in Irish gardens, is one of the most commonly used supplements for aiding reproductive health. It is a rich source of gamma linolenic acid (GLA), an omega 6 fatty acid. GLA has many health benefits for both men and women, including heart function, skin health and vision. In particular, GLA also helps with balancing hormones by regulating the production of prostaglandins thus decreasing inflamatory symptoms like swelling, stiffness and pain.
In her book Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, Dr. Christiane Northrup examines the issue of painful periods and recommends a diet low in dairy products, meat, caffeine and refined carbohydrates. She recommends taking large amounts of essential fatty acids, multi vitamins and magnesium supplements. A diet rich in wholefoods, green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits will promote hormonal balance and good digestive health.
The menstrual period can be experienced as a time for rest, reflection and creativity. Certain traditions embrace this time as an opportunity for women to nurture themselves, rest well, eat comforting food and allow themselves to be looked after instead of running after everyone else.
These days, with hectic school and work schedules many women find it difficult to pay attention to what their body needs during this time and this can also be a source of discomfort and stress.
It is not always possible to take time off, it’s a matter of looking for simple ways to make changes and be kind to yourself, resting a little more or finding ways to connect with nature and yourself, during these days.
For more reading on this subject try these books:
Whole Woman Homeopathy: A Safe, Effective, Natural Alternative to Drugs, Hormones, and Surgery by Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman
Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom by Dr. Christiane Northrup
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Disclaimer: This information is intended as educational information only and is not to be taken as medical advice. It is your responsibility to seek medical help and diagnosis where appropriate. Health care professionals should always be consulted for any health problem or medical concern. Homeopathic remedies for ongoing health concerns must be prescribed by a professional homeopath.
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