You know what it’s like.
It starts with changes to your monthly cycle and then its hot flushes, sweats, disturbed sleep, mood changes, lower libido, dryness and maybe getting a little rounder about the middle.
It’s the M word. Menopause. I almost typed “dreaded M word” but you know menopause is a life stage, rites of passage, a new beginning. Like pregnancy, it’s not an illness: it’s a natural state in women.
I’m not being glib. I know menopause symptoms can be unpleasant, debilitating, stressful and worrying for some. I also know that the transition time varies from woman to woman. I regularly meet women with symptoms in my homeopathic practice and hear their particular experiences.
Homeopathy is a system of medicine, which treats the individual with highly diluted substances to trigger the body’s natural healing. That’s a different model to conventional medicine, which treats symptoms by suppressing them.
Homeopathy is also holistic. That means you are treated as a unique and complete individual. Based on the client’s emotional and physical symptoms, a homeopath matches them with the most appropriate medicine to address those symptoms.
Medicines are usually given in small pill form and they are easy and pleasant to take. They are safe, natural, non addictive and have no harmful side effects.
When HRT is not suitable
Women with menopausal symptoms come to see me because Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is not suitable for them, they simply choose to manage the symptoms naturally or they are worried by conflicting reports on HRT safety. Some reports link HRT to increased risk of breast and uterine cancer, heart attack and stroke (1) and even eostrogen-only HRT has been linked to increased rsiks of endometrial cancer. (2)
A study (3) confirms that British women are at the top of the list in suffering symptoms of menopause and many are turning their backs on HRT and turning to homeopathy for help.
Homeopathy has been shown to be effective for hot flushes and sweats, tiredness, anxiety, sleep disturbances, mood swings and headaches, which are some of the most common symptoms in menopause.
An NHS well-woman clinic in Sheffield carried out a study and found 81 per cent of 102 patients reported improvement of menopausal symptoms after homeopathic treatment. (4)
If you are looking for alternatives to HRT for menopausal symptoms, why not investigate homeopathy?
You could buy books or research and self-prescribe for menopausal symptoms, although for a complex picture of emotional and physical symptoms I think it’s best to consult a homeopath.
If you are looking for a homeopath please find one qualified and registered. I’m registered with The Society of Homeopaths http://www.homeopathy-soh.org/about-homeopathy/find-a-homeopath/ It is the largest registration body for homeopaths in Europe and one of the longest-standing.
Most homeopaths offer free, no obligation chats to help you decide if homeopathy is for you.
I wish you all a wonderful passage into your next new life stage. Stay fabulous and stay healthy!
- Writing Group for the Women’s Health Initiative Investigators. Risks and benefits of estrogen plus progestin in healthy postmenopausal women: principal results from the WHI randomized controlled trial. JAMA, 2002; 288: 321–333
- Million Women Study Collaborators. Endometrial cancer and hormone-replacement therapy in the Million Women Study. Lancet, 2005; 365: 1543-51
- Ward ? T, Scheid V, Tuffrey ? V. Women’s mid-life health experiences in urban UK: an international comparison. Climacteric, 2010; 13 (3): 278-288
1 .Relton C, Weatherley-Jones E. Homeopathy Service in a National Health Service community menopause clinic: audit of clinical outcomes. Menopause Int, 2005; 11(2): 72-3
Kathy Payne is a Registered Homeopath and Natural Fertility Consultant based in Norwich, Norfolk. Her special interests are women’s health and fertility.