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Some women have very little trouble with
their menstrual cycles, but others face a monthly ordeal. An array
of stressful symptoms—irritability, mood swings, headaches,
bloating, water retention, soreness of the breasts—may occur with
premenstrual syndrome. Periods can be irregular and troubled, with
cramping, menorrhagia (abnormally heavy flow), and various
discomforts. Homeopathic remedies often bring relief. Menstrual
problems that are chronic or severe are best addressed with the
guidance of an experienced practitioner: a constitutional remedy can
help to bring balance to a person’s system on many levels. A woman
with serious symptoms or extremely heavy bleeding should have an
experienced physician’s care. (See also Homeopathic Remedies for Painful
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of
this section. See also “Using Homeopathy With Professional
Guidance” in What
Bovista: Premenstrual problems with
puffiness in the extremities, fluid retention, and a bloated feeling
often indicate a need for this remedy. The woman may feel very
awkward and clumsy, and may constantly be dropping things because of
swollen-feeling hands. Diarrhea occurring around the time of the
menstrual period strongly indicates this remedy.
Calcarea carbonica: PMS with
fatigue, anxiety, and a feeling of being overwhelmed suggest a need
for this remedy. The woman may have problems with water-retention
and weight gain, tender breasts, digestive upsets, and headaches.
Periods often come too early and last too long, sometimes with a
flow of bright red blood. A general feeling of chilliness, with
clammy hands and feet, and cravings for sweets and eggs are other
indications for Calcarea.
Caulophyllum: This remedy is often
helpful to women with a history of irregular periods, difficulty
becoming pregnant, or slow childbirth due to weak muscle tone of the
uterus. Symptoms include discomfort during periods and a heavy flow
of blood or other discharge. Drawing pains may be felt in the pelvic
region, thighs, and legs. Stiffness or arthritis, especially in the
finger-joints, often is seen when this remedy is needed.
Chamomilla: A woman likely to
respond to this remedy is angry, irritable, and hypersensitive to
pain. Cramping may come on, or be intensified, because of emotional
upset. Flow can be very heavy, and the blood may look dark or
clotted. Problems are often worse at night. Heating pads or exposure
to wind may aggravate the symptoms, and motion (such as rocking or
brisk walking) may help to reduce the tension and discomfort.
Cimicifuga (also called Actaea Racemosa):
This remedy can be helpful for irregular and painful periods, with
shooting pains that go down the hips and thighs, or cramps similar
to labor-pains that are felt in the pelvic area. Headache with pain
and stiffness in the neck and back will often occur with PMS. The
woman is likely to be intense and talkative, becoming agitated,
fearful, and depressed before a menstrual period.
Kreosotum: Headache, nausea, and a
heavy flow that makes the genitals and surrounding skin feel
irritated and swollen are indications for this remedy. Kreosotum
is often indicated for women with PMS who feel irritable and
uncomfortable, and have a strong dislike of sexual activity.
Lachesis: Women who need this
remedy are usually intense, with a tremendous need for an outlet,
both physically and mentally. Symptoms of PMS include congestion,
headaches, flushing, surges of heat, and an intense outspoken
irritability—often with strong feelings of suspicion or jealousy.
When the flow arrives, it may be heavy, but brings relief of
tension. Intolerance of restrictive clothing around the waist or
neck is another indication for Lachesis.
Lilium tigrinum: This remedy may be
helpful if a woman is inclined toward rage during PMS, makes other
people “walk on eggs,” and is extremely sensitive and irritable.
Pressure in the rectum and in the pelvic region, with a sensation
that the uterus is pushing out, may make her feel a frequent need to
sit or cross her legs. Emotions and excitement aggravate the
symptoms, and fresh air will often bring relief.
Lycopodium: PMS with a craving for
sweets and a ravenous appetite (sometimes a bulimic tendency)
suggests a need for this remedy. Digestive upsets with abdominal
bloating and flatulence are often seen, with the person feeling
worst in the late afternoon and evening. Menstrual periods may be
delayed, followed by a heavy flow that goes on for extra days. A
woman who needs this remedy often wears a worried look and lacks
self-confidence—although she may be irritable and bossy to pets
and family members. A desire to be alone, but with someone in the
other room, is another indication for Lycopodium.
Natrum muriaticum: A person who
needs this remedy usually seems reserved to others, but is deeply
emotional inside. She may feel extremely sad and lonely, but gets
affronted or angry if others try to console her or sympathize.
Depression, anger over minor things, and a need to be alone to cry
are often seen when Natrum mur is needed. Menstrual problems
can be accompanied by migraines, or a backache that feels better
from lying on something hard or pushing a solid object against the
painful place. A craving for salt, strong thirst, and a tendency to
feel worse from being in the sun are other indications for this
Nux vomica: When a woman with PMS
is extremely impatient, pushy, and intolerant, this remedy may be of
use. Uncomfortable, irregular menstrual periods can be experienced,
often with a nagging urge to move the bowels before the flow begins.
Constipation is common, and constricting pains may extend to the
rectum or tailbone region. Anger, mental strain, physical exertion,
and overindulgence in coffee, alcohol, or food can aggravate the
problems. The woman often feels chilly and improves from warmth and
Pulsatilla: This remedy can be
helpful during many conditions involving hormonal changes and is
often helpful to girls who have recently started having periods. PMS
with irritability, moodiness, and weepiness is typical. Delay or
suppression of the menstrual flow can be accompanied by queasy
feelings, nausea, and faintness. Being too warm or in a stuffy room
makes things worse, and fresh air can bring relief. The timing,
amount, and nature of the menstrual flow are changeable—as are the
woman’s moods—when Pulsatilla is the remedy. The woman
usually is emotional and needy, wanting a lot of attention and
Sepia: A woman who needs this
remedy with PMS feels weary and dragged-out, wanting others
(especially family members) to keep their distance. She often feels
taken for granted and overworked, becoming irritable or sarcastic if
demands are made. Late periods or scanty flow with a feeling that
the pelvic floor is weak, or as if the uterus is sagging, often
indicates a need for Sepia. Dampness and perspiring may
aggravate the symptoms. Warmth and exercise, especially dancing,
often restore some energy and brighten up the her mood.
Veratrum album: Menstrual periods
with very heavy flow and cramping, with a feeling of exhaustion and
icy coldness suggest a need for this remedy. Vomiting and diarrhea
are often seen. Periods may start too early and go on too long. The
woman feels worse at night, from exercise, and from drinking things
that are warm. Cold drinks, small meals, and wrapping up in warm
clothes or covers may help to bring improvement.
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.
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