To women all over the western world, the word menopause evokes many different feelings. Most will be feelings of dread, fear and uncertainty.
Menopause, technically and simply, is the name given to the date 12 months after a woman’s last period. Just one day. However, the journey to that one day can take many years and can be accompanied by many unpleasant and uncomfortable symptoms; hot flushes, depression, night sweats, vaginal dryness/atrophy, osteoporosis, incontinence and heart disease. With this billed as what awaits women is it any wonder that menopause is feared? The name given to this period of time is peri-menopause.
HRT for menopause is quite controversial, even in the conventional medical world, because of the serious health risks and undesirable "side effects" of taking oestrogen. Its long-term safety and efficacy remain a matter of great concern.
Hot flushes are one of the main issues I am asked to help with in women in perimenopause & menopause. These fiery episodes often occur due to hormonal changes during menopause. The good news is that homeopathy offers remedies that can help alleviate these symptoms by balancing your body's energies. I have compiled a list of remedies which you may find helpful.
Lachesis is a top choice for those experiencing intense hot flushes, especially on the left side of the body. If you feel better when you loosen your clothing and your skin feels hypersensitive, Lachesis may be your best friend. This remedy is known for helping with night sweats and mood swings too.
Sulphur is ideal for women who experience hot flushes that come on suddenly and are often accompanied by a feeling of heat in the head. If you're also prone to skin irritations or have a tendency to feel hot even in cool weather, Sulphur could be your go-to remedy.
Sepia works wonders for those who feel irritable and indifferent to loved ones. If hot flushes are accompanied by exhaustion, vaginal dryness, and a dragging-down sensation in the pelvis, Sepia might just be your best choice.
Belladonna is perfect for intense and sudden hot flushes, especially when your face turns red and you feel a pounding headache. If your hot flushes are accompanied by palpitations and you're sensitive to light and noise, Belladonna can offer relief.
Glonoinum is another remedy to consider if you experience a sudden rush of blood to the head during hot flushes. If you feel as though your head might explode and have throbbing headaches, this remedy can provide relief.
There are other things you can do to reduce/minimise your menopausal symptoms.
Exercise: Adequate exercise is a must for menopausal and post-menopausal women, as it reduces the rate of loss of calcium. Women who exercise less generally develop more osteoporosis.
Food & Diet: Soya foods have been found to contain natural Phyto-oestrogens that are very helpful in menopausal and post-menopausal women. The potential health benefits are the reduction of hot flushes and vaginal dryness, protection against coronary heart disease, osteoporosis and cancer.
The most effective medicine that exists is in the food that you eat. You should strive to eat a balance of good fats, complex carbohydrates and protein. Also, make sure to have plenty of fruits and vegetables at every meal, including breakfast. It’s best to eat three meals a day and two or more snacks in order to keep your blood sugar stable. The most important thing to remember is to reduce carbohydrates especially refined carbohydrates and sugars.
For many women, this period of change offers an opportunity to explore something new. As we move into a new phase with a life’s worth of accumulated knowledge & wisdom it is often the beginning of something new and exciting.
If you didn't see a remedy above to fit your symptoms and would like a chat to see how homeopathy may help you, then book a free curiosity call with me here or, you can download my Menopause Ebook here.
Keep cool ladies