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Life for a woman today is definitely challenging! The demands are many – a mother, a sister, a daughter and a wife and working women. Finding the time and energy to fulfill these roles and cope with your own needs can be difficult and can eventually take its toll on your health.
Women face unique health challenges. Their bodies are regulated by rhythmical monthly cycles, which occur with computerised regularity — naturally. It’s, however, not uncommon for subtle deviations of hormones, stress, environmental and dietary factors to upset this rhythmical balance.
To understand the women’s crisis, we have to understand the physical changes and hormonal imbalances and their impact on emotional plane.
PHYSIOLOGY OF WOMEN
Menstruation is the periodic discharge of blood and mucosal tissue (the endometrium) from the uterus and vagina. It starts at menarche at or before sexual maturity (maturation) and ceases at or near menopause (commonly considered the end of a female’s reproductive life). Women typically stop menstruating if they conceive or if they are breastfeeding. When menstruation stops for longer than about 90 days in the absence of pregnancy or breastfeeding, a medical evaluation should occur, as a number of health problems can result in absent menstruation. Menstruation lasts from puberty until menopause among non-pregnant women.
Regular menstruation lasts for a few days, usually 3 to 5 days, but anywhere from 2 to 7 days is considered normal. The average menstrual cycle is 28 days long from the first day of one menstrual period to the first day of the next. A normal menstrual cycle in adult women is between 21 and 35 days. he first experience of a menstrual period occurs after the onset of pubertal growth, and is called menarche. The average age of menarche is around 12–13. Perimenopause is when fertility in a female declines, and menstruation may occur less regularly in the years leading up to the final menstrual period, when a female stops menstruating completely and is no longer fertile. The medical definition of menopause is one year without a period, and typically occurs between the late 40s and early 50s.
There is a wide spectrum of differences between how people may experience menstruation. There are several ways that a person’s menstrual cycle can differ from the norm, any of which should be discussed with a doctor to identify the underlying cause:
Short or extremely light periods
Too-frequent periods (defined as more frequently than every 21 days)
Extremely heavy or long periods (one guideline is soaking a sanitary napkin or tampon every hour or so, or menstruating for longer than 7 days)
Extremely painful periods
Breakthrough bleeding (also called spotting) between periods; normal in many people
Many now argue to describe menstruation in simple terminology, including:
• Cycle regularity (irregular, regular, or absent)
• Frequency of menstruation (frequent, normal, or infrequent)
• Duration of Menstrual flow (prolonged, normal, or shortened)
• Volume of menstrual flow (heavy, normal, or light)
Dysfunctional uterine bleeding is a hormonally caused bleeding abnormality. Dysfunctional uterine bleeding typically occurs in premenopausal women who do not ovulate normally (i.e. are anovulatory). All these bleeding abnormalities need medical attention; they may indicate hormone imbalances, uterine fibroids, or other problems. As pregnant women may bleed, a pregnancy test forms part of the evaluation of abnormal bleeding.
Effects of hormones on menstrual cycle
Throughout the menstrual cycle, you will experience the bodily changes and mood swings and other changes, mainly because of the hormonal changes during the menstruation. This is mainly due to two chemicals called, oestrogen and progesterone.
On day one of your cycle (the first day of your period), there is very little circulating estrogen or progesterone. During days 3-7, your ovaries start to secrete (let out) estrogen, and this tells your period to slow down and stop. Estrogen also tells your ovaries to start maturing a follicle that will develop into an egg at ovulation. That’s how this part of the cycle got its name, the follicular phase. Oestrogen levels continue to rise until around day 14, when the follicle becomes an egg and is released from the ovary (ovulation).
Now the second half of the cycle begins, the luteal phase. Both estrogen and progesterone start to rise during this phase and peak after about 7-10 days. It is during this time that a lot of girls and women start to get symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). After the peak, both estrogen and progesterone fall, triggering your period to begin. This marks the end of one cycle and the beginning of the next one.
Now you know what direct effects these hormones have on your period cycle. Let’s take a look at the other symptoms are caused by these two hormones:
Progesterone affects oestrogen effects
Increased hunger Changes in sleep pattern
Breast tenderness Breast cysts
Fatigue Mood swings
Homeopathic treatment for women’s problems
Homeopathy understands women’s health issues with a women’s perspective — not because it’s mind/body medicine, but because it understands their delicate emotions as gently. Women, perhaps, have a far better emotional quotient than men, though most men wouldn’t agree with it. Homeopathy identifies this element too and incorporates its use in selecting the right medicine for a given illness.
Homeopathy also aims to treat women’s complaints not just in terms of hormones, but by way of a holistic approach that sets right the body’s imbalances from the inside-out. Homeopathic medicines don’t suppress illnesses, or disorders; they also don’t curb emotional issues, but address them for long-term, effective results.
For instance, painful menstruation is a common complaint in women. This includes a dull pain in the lower back, along with abdominal cramps. Homeopathy looks into the possible emotional causes of painful periods, aside from probable “offenders” like pelvic infections, endometriosis (formation of cysts), fibroids, intrauterine devices, or discontinuation of the contraceptive pill.
Homeopathy has more than a handful of medicines for painful periods. It takes into consideration not just the disorder, but also the characteristic presentation of symptoms in each woman — no two women present the same unique symptoms of an ailment, except its name. They are given two different remedies that suit their temperament and individuality. This is, of course, best done in an office consultation with a professional homeopathic physician.
Belladonna, for example, is useful for painful periods, accompanied by headache, or migraine, and extreme fatigue. Chamomilla is effective in menstrual pain presenting with a bad temper, or annoyance. Cimicifuga Racemosa is useful in shooting, cramping pains running across the pelvis and into the thighs. It is most useful in women who have mood swings — from happiness to gloom. Pulsatilla is a handy remedy in painful periods, accompanied by abdominal cramps, irritability, crying spells, and indifference for normal day-to-day activities.
Homeopathy can offer good health to women in all stages of their lives from infancy through old age. It is beneficial for the full range of emotional, mental and physical problems that a woman is likely to experience, and can help her through the transitional and developmental milestones of her life. During the teen years homeopathy can help with the hormonal changes of puberty and primarily it can assist with the emotional upside downs, which frequently occur as little girls make the transition to womanhood. In later life motherhood is so important to women which can be treated with the Homoeopathic treatment so that motherhood remains still for her. Homoeopathy can help with the problems of infertility.
By treating the mother during pregnancy and making her as healthy as she can be, we can insure that the baby will be born healthy and free of inherited diseases. By treating throughout pregnancy, we also assist the mother to go through childbirth safely and joyfully.
The homeopathic healing art is beneficial in helping women overcome the effects of hormonal shocks to the system, which can occur after a difficult birth, abortion, hysterectomy, and the use of birth control pills.
Homoeopathy is very much beneficial to the women who are attaining the menopause and premenopausal symptoms and hormonal imbalances during and after the menopause.
Homeopathy can be used to treat many common physical and emotional symptoms associated with menstrual cycles, hormone imbalances, and pre-menstrual syndrome. Because of its emphasis on treating the whole patient on a physical, mental, and emotional level, it is ideally suited for treating the wide range of possible symptoms associated with the menstrual cycle. Because homeopathic remedies work by stimulating the body’s healing system to regain a sense of balance, problems involving hormonal imbalances respond well to homeopathic treatment.
Homeopathic remedies are completely non-toxic and without side-effects. Hence, they can safely be ingested during pregnancy when other types of medicines cannot be freely prescribed. Further, when the mother is homeopathically treated during pregnancy, the foetus is also being treated. Since treatment is constitutional and not symptomatic, both mother and child will be healthier, ensuring an easier pregnancy and delivery. Ideally, both parents should be treated before the baby is conceived as remedies act very deeply, right down to the genetic level. For example, a woman who has two children with cleft lips will be able to have a third normal child if given the correct homeopathic treatment before conceiving the child.
Regarding post-partum depression, much misery can be alleviated by homeopathic treatment; remedies work quickly and effectively in such cases. Homeopathy offers a safe and effective solution to the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause compared to HRT which has been found to cause many side effects ranging from nausea and varicose veins to strokes and cancer.
Many women suffer from hormonal imbalance. Homeopathy is able to correct this imbalance and bring out the positive aspects of the personality. Further, many women suffer from low self-esteem in our male dominant world. Homeopathic treatment strengthens the life force and enables the woman to have a stronger sense of self. The patient becomes more stable emotionally, more confident and independent. In many cases, there can be a dramatic change for the better.