Menopause and Climacteric age related complaints and its management with Homeopathic Medicines.
Women tend to put everyone else’s need first when it comes to health concerns but sometimes the care taker needs a little care herself.
Homeopathy addresses a wide range of womens health issues, most important among them is MENOPAUSE.
WHAT IS MENOPAUSE?
Menopause can be defined as the point in time when menstrual cycles permanently cease due to natural depletion of ovarian oocytes due to aging.
The diagnosis is made retrospectively after the women has missed her periods for 12 consecutive months.
It marks the permanent end of fertility.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF MENOPAUSE
Some women may experience few or no symptoms of menopause while others experience multiple physical and psychological symptoms.
So it is imortant to remember each womens experience is highly individualistic.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS DURING MENOPAUSE
Hot flushes are sudden feeling of heat. Hot flushes are common among women undergoing menopause. They usually last for 30 seconds to several minutes. Hot flushes are usually due to hormonal fluctuations. They experience sweating, palpitation, flushing of face.
Hot flushes start usually few months or years before your period stops and usually continues for several years after your last period.
How can one deal with Hot flushes?
- If u feel flush coming on, spray your face with cold water.
- Keep the room cooler.
- Sip cold or iced drinks.
- Have luke warm shower.
Changes in hormone production affect the mood of women during menopause. They present with feelings of irritability, depression, mood swings.
The decreased production of hormones can affect the thin layer of vaginal wall, may also present with itching around the vulva.
URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS
Lower level of hormones cause changes in the urinary tract, makes them more susceptible to infections.
SKIN AND HAIR CHANGES
Due to reduced level of hormones hair may become dry brittle causing loss of hair.Due to aging there may be dryness of skin and loss of elasticity.
During menopause it might be hard to fall asleep.
It is important to try some relaxation/breathing techniques and excercise which helps the patient to overcome insomnia.
HOMEOPATHIC MANAGEMENT FOR MENOPAUSAL SYNDROME
Although menopause is a naturally occuring phase of life, this doesnt mean that you have to suffer while it lasts.
Homeopathy is a holistic system of medicine that treats the patient on the basis of individualisation where your physical as well as emotional smptoms are equally important.
HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINES THERAPEUTIC INDICATIONS FOR MENOPAUSE
Pulsatilla is most often indicated in menopausal women who are very sensitive, emotionally weak, weeping tendency, mild and yielding. She feels better from reassurance. The hot flushes are worse in warm room and better out in fresh open air. Pulsatilla patient is usually hot and thirstless. History of difficult periods and pre menstrual symptoms.
Sepia is indicated in case of menopause. Patient presents with hot flushes that are associated with weakness increased perspiration, feeling of heat usually ascending upwards. Emotionally sensitive.
Graphitis is indicated in women who are chilly, pale, sluggish. Tendency towards weight gain during or after menopause. Hot flushes and sweats at night are often seen. Tendency towards skin problems with oozing cracked erruptions.
Natrum muriaticum is indicated in women who seem to be very reserved. Has strong emotions which she hides. Indicated in case of hot flushes, irritability, mood swings. Craving for salt. Sun headache.
Lachesis patient typically experiences flushes of heat primarily on falling asleep, throughout night or while waking. The most intense hot flushes happen without any perspiration, dry heat. One of the most common remedies used in hot flushes.
Sulphur is often helpful for hot flushes during menopause. Very anxious.
Weeps and worries about her health.
Ignatia is often helpful for emotional ups and downs occuring during menopause. The women is very sensitive,
Hysterical, moody. She tries to hide her feelings and becomes defensive. Tendency to sigh, outbursts of tears or laughter are strong indications of Ignatia.
Staphysagria women is usually mild, mannered , shy and accomodating and has many suppressed emotions. Women around time of menopause become very depressed or have outbursts of rage.
Calcarea carb is indicated in women with heavy bleeding, night sweats, flushing of face despite general chilliness. Weight gain during menopause.
A women needing this remedy often has hot flushes that are sudden violent and with upward rush of blood to head causing severe headache, palpitations, cannot bear least jar of motion.
SOME USEFUL ADVICE TO BE FOLLWED DURING MENOPAUSE
There are number of ways you can ease the stress of Menopause through self care.
Keep track of when you feel discomfort whether physical or emotional. Practice Yoga or excercise which will help you to reduce the intensity of complaints.
Being kind to yourself is truly important at this point of life. Make some time for yourself, do things which intrests you.
Pay attention to your diet and water intake. Increase intake of fresh veggies and fruits which will help to strenghten your immune system and help to cope with the stress of changes in the body.