The menopause usually takes place around the age of 49, but can occur several years earlier or later, or may be induced to occur prematurely by surgery or chemotherapy, for example. It is a normal event, and can be viewed positively as a liberating opportunity for change, with a chance to pursue new interests and forge a new identity as a mature woman. However, uncomfortable symptoms are common during the menopause, notably so in Western society, where women are often still considered to be of less value within the culture after the end of their child-bearing years.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is frequently prescribed by doctors to help alleviate such symptoms, and works by replacing the hormones oestrogen and progesterone (in synthetic or animal-sourced form) which control the menstrual cycle, and which are naturally produced in smaller quantities until the periods stop. On HRT, therefore, monthly bleeding continues, and it may be argued that popular use of HRT is evidence for the undervaluing of the older woman in our society.
Some women, of course, find that HRT agrees with them, and helps to reduce the unwanted symptoms of the menopause. Some are concerned about the possible long-term effects of taking HRT, while others find that the side-effects are unpleasant. Also, it should not be prescribed if there is a family history of circulatory problems, as there is an increased risk of thrombosis, stroke, high blood pressure and migraines.
Homeopathy is an effective, gentle, and non-toxic form of medicine which is safe for everyone to use. It works by powerfully stimulating the body’s own powers of recovery, and treats each person as an individual, taking into account all your symptoms and concerns, including the emotional aspects of your condition as well as the physical symptoms. In addition, a course of homeopathic treatment can help to boost your general health and sense of well-being, and help your body to cope better with the everyday stresses and strains of life, improving your sleep, appetite and vitality.
Your homeopath will choose a medicine (or remedy) which closely matches your individual symptoms, and there are many remedies which have a strong affinity with female reproductive hormones. Here are two examples: women who might benefit from the remedy Sepia will tend to feel worn out and dragged down, with dragging or bearing down pains. They feel chilly generally, and are better for warmth. The periods may be very heavy and irregular, with exhaustion and possibly fainting, and menopausal symptoms can also include irritability, depression, vaginal dryness and hair loss.
Women who may benefit from Lachesis tend to have an outgoing disposition, and are sensitive, emotional and very talkative. Their menopausal complaints might typically include profuse sweats, hot flushes and insomnia, and they are warm-blooded, so tend to feel worse in warm sultry weather or a warm room.
Menopausal problems respond very well to homeopathic treatment, and homeopaths treat a large number of women at the time of the menopause, with a range of symptoms including hot flushes, night sweats, insomnia, anxiety, depression, mood swings, panic attacks, palpitations and vaginal dryness. The gentle and supportive approach of homeopathy can also help you to regain a healthy balance, and gain more confidence and energy through this important stage of life.
The menopause is a natural process, so it makes sense to approach it as naturally as possible, with good diet, regular exercise and homeopathy. By taking care of your health at this important time of change you will be laying the foundation for good health and well-being into your later years.
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