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Awareness on Menopause is Lacking

Dr. R. Valavan

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Study 3
A paper published in the Journal of the British Menopause Society concluded that the homoeopathic approach can offer a clinically relevant choice for women with menopausal symptoms and those with breast cancer whether they are taking tamoxifen (an anticancer drug used in hormone therapy to block the effects of estrogen) or not.

Study 4
A review published in The American Journal of Medicine from online databases (PubMed, PsycINFO, Medline) finds homoeopathy significantly improves subjective measures of hot flash frequency and severity, mood, fatigue, and anxiety in uncontrolled, open-label studies

Study 5
Another paper discussing about the menopausal symptoms, and the harmful effects of the HRT, has mentioned that more than 70 homoeopathic remedies and herbs have been used with clinical success in menopausal women. It generally covers the drugs based on similimum and constitution. Not to be confused with the more frequently used specific drugs. Such drugs with indications are given under ‘Frequently used homoeopathic remedies for menopause’.

Study 6
An observational study published in a homoeopathic journal, reports on an investigation of the homoeopathic approach to the management of symptoms of oestrogen withdrawal in women with breast cancer. Fortyfive patients entered the study. The most common presenting symptoms were hot flushes, mood disturbance, joint pain, and fatigue. Other symptoms included sleeplessness, reduced libido, weight gain, cystitis, vaginal dryness and skin eruptions. The active intervention was an individualised homoeopathic medicine. Significant improvements in mean symptom scores were seen over the study period and for the primary end-point ‘the effect on daily living’ scores. Symptoms other than hot flushes such as fatigue and mood disturbance appear to be helped. Significant improvements in anxiety, depression and quality of life were demonstrated over the study period.

Study 7
A very recent observational study, is not only shows the efficacy of homoeopathic treatment, but also provides an idea about the most frequently used remedies. The study objective was to evaluate homoeopathic treatment for hot flushes in menopausal women in terms of prescribed medical treatment, effectiveness and impact on quality of life. This open, multinational prospective, pragmatic and non-comparative observational study included 438 patients. Ninety percent of women reported disappearance or lessening of their symptoms. These changes mostly taking place within 15 days of starting homoeopathic treatment. The most prescribed remedies were Lachesis, Belladonna, Sepia, Sulphur, Sanguinaria and Gloninum, which comprised 58.90% of the total number of prescription.

Frequently used homoeopathic remedies for menopause

Numerous acute symptoms are covered by this remedy, including anxiety and restlessness, burning heat on vertex, flushing of face, headache, insomnia, nervous excitement, profuse perspiration, uterine pain and vertigo.

Cimicifuga racemosa
It is covers pain in the ovarian region, nervousness and depression, arthralgic, myalgic and neuralgic symptoms like pain, irritability and sleep disturbances.

Useful in delayed menses, sudden cessation with congestion to head and climacteric flushing.

Ignatia amara
It is one of the frequently used drugs in menopause for irregularity in menses in terms of flow and consistency. It covers changing moods and psychological sadness, spasmodic pain and sexual frigidity.

It is useful in symptoms like menorrhagia, flushing of face, haemorrhage after coition, intermittent bleeding, etc. Boericke recommends this drug for post-climacteric diseases.

It is indicated for climacteric troubles like palpitation, flushes of heat, headache, fainting, menses too short or feeble and painful.

It is more useful in nervous excitement and palpitation.

This drug is more suitable to mild and gentle ladies. Anxiety, restlessness, burning in palms and soles, headache, insomnia, nervous excitement, palpitation, palpitation associated with flatulence, sinking feeling at the pit of stomach and uterine pains are covered.

Well suited for headaches, offensive menses, corrosive leucorrhoea, soreness of breast, hot flushes, palpitation and tachycardia.

It is covers hot flushes, perspiration and weakness during menopause, bearing down sensation, and patient likes to cross legs or press vulva to support and in painful coitus. It is also useful in leucorrhoea, prolapse of uterus, depression, sleep disturbances and irritability.

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