Menopause is an important milestone in the life of many women. During menopause, usually occurring at around age 50, the body’s reproductive fertility slows down and ultimately ceases: the ovaries stop releasing eggs, female hormones estrogen and progesterone stop bring produced, and menstruation becomes infrequent before stopping all together.
The process is different for every person who experiences it, and while some women may be relieved that their fertile years are over, many others experience unpleasant symptoms due to low estrogen and progesterone levels. These symptoms can include hot flashes, night sweating, loss of libido, mood swings, hair loss, fatigue, insomnia, weight gain, headaches, and mood disorders like anxiety and depression.
Menopause is a natural, inevitable process. Nevertheless, many women prefer to have treatment to manage the symptoms and mitigate any adverse effects on their quality of life. The most common conventional method of treatment the symptoms of menopause is hormone replacement therapy (HRT), in which hormone supplements of estrogen and/or progesterone are given. But for many reasons you might want to seek alternative, homeopathic treatments to replace or compliment HRT.
What are Homeopathic Treatments for Menopause?
The homeopathic approache to the treatment of menopause symptoms will use remedies derived from naturally-occurring substances found in the plant, animal, or mineral kingdoms. The overall approach will also be a holistic one, dedicated to serving the individual as a whole – including mental, physical, and spiritual symptoms – as opposed to simply masking unpleasant physical manifestations.
While common symptoms and conditions after menopause might include:
- Increased risk of hear and cardiovascular disease (from declining estrogen levels)
- Osteoporosis (Bone density decreases after menopause)
- Urinary incontinance (From declining elasticity of tissues)
- Vaginal Dryness
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Weight Gain
- Slowed metabolism
It’s important to note that there’s no “magic bullet” that will take care of every symptom every menopausal person faces. Homeopathic treatment can and will likely involve one or more complimentary treatment options, however many women do find tremendous relief from a well prescribed homeopathic remedy.
That being said, here are some common homeopathic treatments for menopause symptoms:
Sepia officianalis – Made from the ink of the cuttlefish, and commonly referred to simply as “sepia,” this is among the most widely known and used homeopathic remedies for menopause symptoms. Sepia treatment has been reported to help women with symptoms of numerous hormone-related conditions, such as pre-menstrual syndrome, post-partum depression, and those associated with pregnancy. Menopausal women who need this remedy many times feel irritable and worn out. They might be experiencing unusual bleeding during menopause, hot flushes with weakness and perspiration, Aversion to Sex and their family in general.
Actaea racemosa – Also known as “black cohosh,” this herbal remedy has been shown to help women suffering from hot flashes.
Lachesis - Made from the venom of the bushmaster snake, and is many times indicated for women who have Never Been Well Since Menopause. Suffering from Hemorrhoids, hemorrhages, Vertigo, Sudden Cessation of menses, Trembling pulse, headache, flushes of heat, rush of blood to the head, Cold feet, Constriction about the heart
Amyl Nitrite - For women experiencing Climacteric headache, flushes of heat with anxiety and palpitation, maybe accompanied with facial flushing
Veratrum Viride - Specifically indicated in hotflashes with few other accompanying symptoms.
Sanguinaria - Hot flashes are described as a Burning Sensation like hot water. Climactic Disorders with sensation of burning in various parts. Face, palms, soles, stomach
Sulphuric Acid - Indicated for hot flashes followed by perspiration and trembling. They tend to rush and do everything in a hurry, and get irritated by how slow others move. Many times alcohol, and burn out might be part of the picture.
Cimicifuga - is a remedy indicated where there is irritability along with a sensation of sinking at the stomach, pain in vertex. Restlessness, unhappiness….feels sad and grieved. Manytimes neurological issues are present as well.
Other Remedies to Consider:
Graphites, Aurum-mur-nat, Nat Mur, ignatia, platina
Carbo-veg, flouric-acid, pulsatilla, sulphur, Belladonna, opium, phosphorus…
Why Seek Alternatives to Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)?
While HRT has been shown to be very effective for a large percentage of women in treating hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause, many doctors now feel that the risks may outweigh the benefits. This is because HRT has been shown in several studies to increase the risk of some cancers.
For women taking estrogen-only therapy, there has been a demonstrated increase in the likelihood of endometrial cancer (cancer of the uterine lining), which persists even after treatment has ceased.
More commonly prescribed, combined estrogen-progestin replacement therapies have been linked to higher risks for the development of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and in one study severe colorectal cancer.
While the overall risk of developing these cancers even while receiving hormone therapy is slim, some women might choose to avoid these therapies in order to mitigate the risk as much as possible.