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Discomfort during menstrual periods can
range from slightly annoying to agonizing. For many women, cramps,
low back pain, aching legs, a heavy feeling in the abdomen and
pelvis, digestive upsets, diarrhea, headaches, weakness, depression,
and emotional stress can ruin several days each month. Homeopathic
remedies can help soothe these miseries, and often help reduce a
woman’s tendency toward menstrual problems. If discomfort is not
easily relieved, seek the guidance of an experienced homeopath. If
pain or other symptoms seem to be serious, a physician’s
assessment is important.
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this section. See also “Using Homeopathy With Professional
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Belladonna: Symptoms that are very
intense and come and go suddenly, accompanied by a feeling of heat,
often indicate a need for this remedy. The menstrual flow is
typically bright red, profuse, and may have begun too early. Pain
and cramping are worse from jarring and from touch, yet applying
steady pressure often brings relief. Walking or bending over can
make things worse, and sitting may be the most tolerable position. A
woman who needs this remedy may feel restless and flushed, with
pulsing or pounding sensations, and eyes that are sensitive to
Bovista: Women needing this remedy
tend to have problems with puffiness and edema during times of
menstrual stress, and can feel very awkward and clumsy. Pain may be
felt in the pelvic region, often with soreness near the pubic bone.
Menstrual flow increases at night (and may even be absent during the
day). Diarrhea occurring at the time of the menstrual period is a
strong indication for this remedy.
with a history of weak uterine tone and irregular periods may find
some relief in this remedy. Intense discomfort during periods, with
drawing pains in the thighs and legs as well as the pelvic area, are
strong indications. The woman may experience a heavy flow of blood
or other discharge. Stiffness or arthritis, especially in the
finger-joints, may be seen in a person who needs this remedy.
remedy is indicated when the person’s mood and nerves are so
sensitive that pains seem almost unbearable. Anger and irritability
may be extreme (or pain and cramping may come on after the woman has
been angry). The menstrual flow can be heavy, and the blood may look
dark or clotted. Pain often extends from the pelvic area into the
thighs, and may be worse at night. Heating pads or exposure to wind
can aggravate the symptoms. Vigorous walking or moving around in
other ways may help relieve the pain.
Cimicifuga (also called Actaea
Racemosa): Cramping and pain that get worse as the flow
increases, back and neck pain with muscle tension, and sharp pains
like shocks that shoot upward, down the thighs, or across the
pelvis, are all indications for this remedy. The woman is likely to
be nervous, enthusiastic, and talkative by nature, yet feel
pessimistic and fearful when unwell.
remedy is indicated when a woman has cramping or pressing pain in
the pelvic or abdominal region, along with weakness or dizziness.
She may be inclined toward headaches or nausea, and parts of her
body can feel numb or hollow. Feeling worse from standing up or from
any kind of exertion and feeling better from lying down and sleeping
are typical. (Cocculus is often indicated when a person has
not been sleeping well and then feels weak or ill.)
cutting, tearing pains that make the person double over bring this
remedy to mind. Cramping may be felt throughout the pelvic area or
be focused near the ovaries. The woman feels restless from the pain,
but lying down and keeping hard pressure and warmth on the area
improve things. This remedy is often indicated if problems are
worsened by emotional upsets, especially after feeling anger or
Lachesis: Women who have intense
discomfort and tension before the menstrual period begins and feel
much better when the flow is established may benefit from this
remedy. Symptoms include a bearing-down sensation in the pelvis,
flushes of heat, headache, and an inability to tolerate the touch of
clothing around the waist or neck. A person who needs this remedy
may feel “like a pressure cooker”: intense and passionate,
needing an outlet both physically and emotionally.
Lilium tigrinum: Indications
for this remedy include great premenstrual irritability (making
other people “walk on eggs”) and cramping pain with a
bearing-down feeling during periods. The woman may feel as if her
uterus is pushing out, and may need to sit a lot or cross her legs.
She is likely to feel worse from strong emotions or excitement and
be better from fresh air.
Magnesia phosphorica: Painful
cramps and pain in the pelvic region that are relieved by pressure
and warmth often respond to this remedy. Periods may start too
early, often with a dark or stringy discharge, and pain is usually
worse on the right side of the body. The woman is sensitive and
inclined toward “nerve pain”—feeling worse from being cold and
also worse at night.
Nux vomica: This remedy may be
indicated when a woman has irregular menstrual periods with
constricting pains that can extend to the rectum or the area above
the tailbone. The woman tends to be impatient, irritable, and easily
offended. Chilliness and constipation are also common. Mental
strain, anger, physical exertion, stimulants, strong foods, and
alcohol are likely to make things worse. Warmth and rest often help.
or suppressed menstrual flow accompanied by nausea or faintness
suggests the use of this remedy. Getting too warm or being in a
stuffy room make things worse. Cramping pain with a bearing-down
feeling, either with scanty flow or thick, dark, clotted discharge,
can also occur—symptoms that are changeable often point to Pulsatilla.
The woman’s moods are changeable as well, and a desire for
attention and sympathy, along with a sensitive (even tearful)
emotional state are typical. This remedy is indicated during many
conditions involving hormonal changes and is often helpful to girls
who have recently started having periods.
Sepia: Indications for this remedy
include painful, late, or suppressed menstruation, sometimes with a
feeling that the pelvic floor is weak or as if the uterus is
sagging. The woman may feel irritable, dragged out, and sad—losing
interest temporarily in marital and family interactions, wanting to
be left alone. Dampness, perspiring, and doing housework may
aggravate the symptoms. Warmth and exercise, especially dancing,
often brighten the woman’s outlook and restore some energy.
Veratrum album: Menstrual
periods with a very heavy flow and cramping, along with feeling of
exhaustion, chilliness, and even vomiting and diarrhea, are
indications for this remedy. The periods may start too early and go
on too long. Discomfort is often worse at night and also in wet,
cold weather. Warm drinks, exercise, or moving the bowels may make
things worse. Small meals, cold drinks, and wrapping up in warm
clothes or covers will tend to bring relief.
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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