Hormonal imbalance is common for women approaching peri-menopause, producing a variety of symptoms ranging from depression and moodiness to hot flashes, vaginal dryness and insomnia. Homeopathy offers remedies that may be helpful in relieving these and other symptoms, when properly chosen to fit the individual case. Homeopathy works by stimulating the person's healing response to a stimulus, allowing the person to heal herself.
Homeopathic Pulsatilla is indicated for women who are mild mannered, sensitive and weep easily during perimenopause, notes The University of California San Diego complimentary medicine website. They tend to whine when unhappy and can be sad and depressed. The woman needing Pulsatilla prefers company, support and companionship. She may be very warm and uncomfortable in warm rooms, especially when experiencing hot flashes. The remedy should be helpful in cases of insomnia or empty nest syndrome, when children leave home -- something that often coincides with a woman's change of life. Pulsatilla is an excellent remedy for all types of hormonal imbalances including those during a woman's menstrual cycle, perimenopause and when she arrives at full menopause.
Cimicifuga is recommended for women who suffer from severe headaches during perimenopause and have changing hormonal cycles, homeopath Dr. William Boericke writes in his book, “Materia Medica and Repertory." The headaches are characterized by right-sided neck pain, which extends to the right shoulder. Cimicifuga may also be helpful for women who feel trapped and disappointed with their lives. It is a perfect remedy for this period of life for many women experiencing extreme hormonal changes. They may express a feeling of being surrounded by dark clouds or constrained in a cage of wires.
Sepia is especially helpful for hormonal imbalances and perimenopause when the woman may be feeling chilly and exhausted, according to Boericke. She may develop an aversion to her family members, especially her children, not wanting to care for them. Sepia helps women overcome these feelings and balance hormones, enabling them to reestablish stability. Some women express the feeling that their insides are falling out and feel a bearing down sensation in their uterus or vagina, which sepia may be able to eliminate. Sepia may also be helpful for hot flashes, vaginal irritation, dryness, and moodiness during the change of life period.
Lachesis is indicated for perimenopausal and menopausal hot flashes and night sweats, according to “Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines." The remedy may relieve occipital headaches that are associated with changing hormones. Women needing lachesis may be extremely loquacious, witty and nasty and complain of body pains that are significantly worse on the left side, such as left ovary discomfort. Lachesis may relieve depression and insomnia relating to hormonal swings.
Most homeopathic remedies are available without a prescription over the counter in health food stores. If you choose to self-treat for perimenopausal symptoms, it is recommended that you purchase a homeopathic first aid book for reference. However, it is always wise to find a homeopathic practitioner who can assess your case and recommend the best remedy for you. Ask the practitioner for guidelines pertaining not only to the choice of remedy, but for proper dosing as well.
- “Materia Medica and Repertory”; William Boericke, M.D.; 1998
- “Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines”; Stephen Cummings, F.N.P. and Dana Ullman; M.P.H. 2004
- “Synoptic Materia Medica“; Frans Vermeulen; 1992