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When women reach the age of menopause,
hormonal shifts can cause both physical and emotional stress.
Because of the inevitable but sometimes disconcerting signs of
aging, as well as transitions involved with children growing up, a
woman’s life may be undergoing major changes at this time. Mood
swings, depression, hot flashes, cold sweats, and irregular
menstrual cycles—including missed periods and flooding—may all
occur (over months to years) as the woman’s body gradually adapts.
Although these symptoms go away on their own in time, a
correctly-chosen homeopathic remedy often helps to ease them. A
constitutional remedy, and the guidance of an experienced homeopath,
can be reassuring and helpful for both physical and emotional
aspects of menopause.
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of
this section. See also “Using Homeopathy With Professional
Guidance” in What
Belladonna: This remedy can be
useful if flushes of heat during menopause are very sudden and
intense. Pulsation or throbbing may be felt in the head, or any part
of the body. A heavy flow of blood that feels very hot appears with
some periods. Although the woman may be fairly stable emotionally,
short bursts of anger can occur during headaches or in stressful
situations. Migraines, blood pressure fluctuations, and a craving
for lemons or lemonade are often seen when this remedy is needed.
Calcarea carbonica: This remedy may
be helpful to a woman with heavy flooding, night sweats and flushing
(despite a general chilliness), as well as weight gain during
menopause. People who need this remedy are usually responsible and
hard-working, yet somewhat slow or plodding and can be easily
fatigued. Anxiety may be strong, and overwork or stress may lead to
temporary breakdown. Stiff joints or cramps in the legs and feet,
and cravings for eggs and sweets are other indications for Calcarea.
Glonoinum: Women with intense hot
flashes and flushing during menopause, along with feelings of
pulsation or pounding in the head, may find relief with this remedy.
Menstrual flow may start then stop too early, and be followed by a
palpitations, surging sensations, or headaches, accompanied by
irritability and muddled thinking. Problems can be aggravated if the
woman gets too warm or stays in the sun too long, and are often
worse from lying down.
Graphites: A woman who is chilly,
pale, and sluggish—with trouble concentrating, and a tendency
toward weight gain during or after menopause—is likely to respond
to this remedy. Hot flushing and sweats at night are often seen. A
person who needs this remedy may also have a tendency toward skin
problems with oozing cracked eruptions, and be very slow to become
alert when waking in the morning.
Ignatia: Ignatia is often
helpful for emotional ups and downs occurring during menopause. The
woman will be very sensitive, but may try to hide her
feelings—seeming guarded and defensive, moody, or hysterical.
Headaches, muscle spasms, and menstrual cramps can occur, along with
irregular periods. A heavy feeling in the chest, a tendency to sigh
and yawn, and sudden outbursts of tears or laughter are strong
indications for Ignatia.
Lachesis: Intense hot flashes with
red or purplish flushing, palpitations, and feelings of pressure,
congestion, and constriction may indicate a need for this remedy.
Tight clothing around the neck and waist may be impossible to
tolerate. A woman needing Lachesis is often very talkative,
with strong emotions (often including jealousy and suspicion)—a
“pressure-cooker” needing an outlet both physically and
Lilium tigrinum: A woman likely to
respond to this remedy feels hurried, anxious, and very emotional
— with a tendency to fly into rages and make other people “walk
on eggs.” She often has a sensation of tightness in her chest, and
a feeling as if her pelvic organs are pressing out, which can make
her feel a need to sit a lot or cross her legs.
Natrum muriaticum: A woman who
needs this remedy may seem reserved, but has strong emotions that
she keeps inside. She often feels deep grief and may dwell on the
loss of happy times from the past or brood about hurts and
disappointments. During menopause, she can have irregular periods
accompanied by backaches or migraines. A person who needs this
remedy usually craves salt, and feels worse from being in the sun.
Pulsatilla: A person who needs this
remedy is usually soft and emotional, with changeable moods and a
tendency toward tears. Women are very attached to their families and
find it hard to bear the thought of the children growing up and
leaving home. They usually feel deeply insecure about getting older.
A fondness for desserts and butter can often lead to weight
problems. Changeable moods, irregular periods, queasy feelings,
alternating heat and chills, and lack of thirst are common.
Aggravation from stuffy rooms and improvement in open air may
confirm the choice of Pulsatilla.
Sepia: This remedy can be helpful
if a woman’s periods are sometimes late and scanty, but heavy and
flooding at other times. Her pelvic organs can feel weak and
sagging, and she may have a craving for vinegar or sour foods. Women
who need this remedy usually feel dragged-out and weary, with an
irritable detachment regarding family members, and a loss of
interest in daily tasks. Exercise, especially dancing, may brighten
up the woman’s mood and improve her energy.
Staphysagria: A person who needs
this remedy usually seems mild-mannered, shy, and accommodating, but
has many suppressed emotions. Women around the time of menopause may
become depressed, or have outbursts of unaccustomed rage (even
throwing or breaking things). Many people needing Staphysagria
have deferred to a spouse for many years, or have experienced abuse
Sulphur: This remedy is often
helpful for hot flashes and flushing during menopause, when the
woman wakes in the early morning hours and throws the covers off.
She may be very anxious, weep a lot, and worry excessively about her
health. A person needing Sulphur often is mentally active (or
even eccentric), inclined toward messy habits, and usually feels
worse from warmth.
Select the remedy that
most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a
physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C)
should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one
dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue
to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags
significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be
taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and
the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times
an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a
day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be
If no response is seen
within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
For more information, including references, see What
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