Homeopathy can help during menopause by treating physical and emotional symptoms caused by the drastic changes in a woman’s hormones. While a single symptom may be used as the starting point when choosing a remedy, consider the larger picture (physical, emotional and mental) for better results. Working with a trained homeopathic practitioner is best.
Using homeopathy to treat menopause allows you to avoid the use of hormone replacement therapy. Homeopathic treatment can also be used by women who cannot use hormone replacement therapy, such as women with a history of deep vein thrombosis. You can also use homeopathy as an adjunct to other treatments.
Homeopathic remedies can be used to treat the full range of menopause symptoms and discomforts, including hot flashes and night sweats, insomnia, irritability, vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, anxiety, depression and moodiness. Homeopathic remedies can work quickly and often without side effects.
To choose the correct remedy, a homeopath looks at the entire person, not isolated symptoms. There are some personality types that are strongly associated with certain remedies. For example, the classic Pulsatilla personality is changeable, up one minute and down the next. In menopause, this may manifest as hot flashes that show no particular pattern, and mood swings.
Homeopathic remedies, when chosen correctly, can produce results very quickly, sometimes in less than an hour. Doses can be repeated as needed or directed. Homeopathic medicines may have a cumulative effect, e.g. once a problem has been solved using homeopathy, it may not reoccur.
While homeopathic medicines are safe to use, if you are taking prescription medications or are under a doctor’s care, discuss your use of alternative and complementary medicine with your doctor. Your homeopath may also give you instructions regarding timing of taking your homeopathic remedies so that their actions are not hampered by prescription medications.
Choosing the correct remedy is the key to achieving maximum benefit. While you may wish to try remedies on your own, you will be more likely to be successful working with a trained homeopath.