Homeopathic medicines for Andropause:
ADAM is the term called “androgen deficiency of the aging male” (“ADAM”), to more accurately reflect the fact that the loss of testosterone production is gradual and asymptotic (in contrast to the more abrupt change associated with menopause. The “D” is sometimes given as “decline” instead of “deficiency”. In some contexts, the term “partial androgen deficiency in aging males” (“PADAM”) is used instead. Homeopathic medicine especially acts by stimulating the hormone production to stop the early andropause. In fact, the side effects of Homeopathic Treatment are zero while you use the Homeopathic remedy for andropause.
Generally in simple terms called male menopause or andropause. Andropause may be related to the slow but steady reduction of the production of the hormones testosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone in middle-aged men, and the consequences of that reduction. It is also associated with a decrease in Leydig cells. A steady decline in testosterone levels with age (in both men and women) is well documented.
Unlike “menopause“, the word “andropause” is currently not recognized by the World Health Organization and its ICD-10 medical classification. While the words are sometimes used interchangeably, hypogonadism is a deficiency state in which the hormone testosterone goes below the normal range for even an aging male.
The impact of low levels of testosterone leads to the “male climacteric” including loss of libido and potency, nervousness, depression, impaired memory, the inability to concentrate, fatigue, insomnia, hot flushes, and sweating. Heller and Myers found that their subjects had lower than normal levels of testosterone and that symptoms decreased dramatically when patients were given replacement doses of testosterone. Andropause has been observed in association with Alzheimer’s disease. In one study, 98.0% of primary care physicians believed that andropause and osteoporosis risk were related.
External factors that can cause testosterone levels to fall include:
Certain forms of medication, poor diet, excessive alcohol consumption, illness, lack of sleep, lack of sex, stress, or surgery. It can also be a symptom of neuroendocrine dysfunction after a mild traumatic brain injury.
Symptoms caused by a drop in the male hormone testosterone include:
Anger and social withdrawal, irritability, hypersensitivity, anxiety, hot flashes, mood swings, depression, lack of libido, back, and headaches, and insomnia. This drop-in testosterone level is considered to lead in some cases to erectile dysfunction, diabetes, loss of energy and concentration, while andropause does not cause a man’s reproductive system to stop working altogether, many experience bouts of impotence.
The theory is that andropause is caused by a very gradual testosterone deficiency and an increase in sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) that occurs from age 40 onwards. By contrast, women have a more rapid onset of menopause at an average age of 51. Testosterone declines 10% every decade after age 30. However, many clinicians believe that andropause is not a valid concept. Men can continue to reproduce into old age; their reproductive systems do not stop working completely, and therefore they do not exhibit the sudden and dramatic drops in hormone levels characteristic of women undergoing menopause. Other clinicians are of the opinion that andropause is simply synonymous with hypogonadism or low testosterone levels. Nevertheless, some clinician argues that some patient with similar complaints is relieved by Testosterone (T-level) replacement therapy.
The Homeopathic approach of Andropause:
Whatever the argument is going on, whether the new disease existed or not, symptoms have existed in some patients. Homeopathy is an integrative method of treatment, which deals with the individual symptomatic presentation, “treat the patient not the disease” concept, it treats the person.
In Homoeopathy, there is a wide range of medication for loss of libido, depressions, and erectile dysfunctions, along with other symptoms. When the person is treated individually, in the mental, physical, and emotional planes, hormones, which are suppressed or reduced, will start producing normally.
Some of the Homeopathic medicines, which help to treat “ADAM” or Andropause, are the following:
Lycopodium – topmost Homeopathic medicine for the treatment of Andropause in those with high desire and erectile dysfunction:
His psychology is often one of ‘I want to be seen as important and high up in the group’. He is being viewed as a powerful, accomplished is a high value. Any lowering of status is mortifying. Those require this Homeopathic remedy for andropause is critical and domineering as a boss. The threat of younger intelligent aspirants to high positions is difficult. Depression, irritability, and anticipatory anxiety are frequent. Physically they can be spare, sallow with moles and age spots.
Weight loss is evident especially in the upper chest and infraclavicular fossa while the middle is well-padded betraying blood sugar issues. These people are quite chilly yet enjoy the cool air and feel oppressed in a warm stuffy environment. It is a very good Homeopathic remedy for andropause where often performance anxiety with impotence. The genitals may seem cold and there may indeed be atrophy. Where Lycopodium is indicated, expect some digestive issue, commonly a rapid fullness on eating due to flatulence.
Agnus Castus – Another important Homeopathic medicine for andropause in those with depression:
Depression and self-reproach over chances in life that were ‘blown’ and a kind of envy regarding those considered successful. “He sometimes feels as if he was nobody, and would rather be dead than have that feeling; when possessed by that feeling, he has no courage to undertake anything; and when free from it he feels exalted, would like to read like an orator, etc.” [Allen] Boasting about sexual performance, alternating with self-reproach and the feeling he has achieved nothing. Agnus-c. “is especially useful in those advanced in years, who in their youth have carried sexual indulgence to the extreme and who, while physically impotent, are mentally as excitable as in early life”.
Fixed idea of approaching death, not of immediate death, as with Aconite. Easy spraining of joints is often seen in these patients with andropause [ankles]. Straining of muscles and tendons from lifting are attending symptoms. Emission of prostatic fluid during and after stool, during urination, is seen in Agnus patients. Tired and swollen sensation in thighs, towards evening, is the accompanying symptom where this Homeopathic remedy for andropause is highly beneficial. The coldness of the knees and of the external male genitals along with andropause especially need agnus castus for permanent cure.
Selenium – Best Homeopathic medicine for andropause with attending semen ejaculation during stool:
Great dullness, with complete insensibility and indifference to his surroundings. Very forgetful, especially in business, during slumber, however, he remembers all he had forgotten. Oversensitive to drafts cause headaches, pain in limbs, and hot weather causes weakness. The hotter the body is, the weaker he is. Strength rises as sun sinks; loquacity, fond of conversing in the evening. Imagines drafts of air are a special indication. Loss of hair of the whole body also guides us to use this Homeopathic remedy for andropause.[head, eyebrows, whiskers, pubic hair].
Pulsation in all parts of the body, especially the abdomen, after eating; prevents sleep. Erections slow, insufficient, semen emitted too rapidly and with long-continued thrill, weak, ill-humored after an embrace, weakness in loins. Semen thin, without normal odor. Lewd thoughts in those with andropause, however, they are physically impotent, calls for this Homeopathic medicine for andropause. Prostatic juice oozes while sitting, during sleep, when walking and at stool.
Not only the above medicines, but there is also a wide range of Homeopathic medicines are there to treat the andropause. Such as Cantharis, Nux Vomica, Mercurius Solubulis, Phosphorus, Phosphoric acid, Picric acid, and Thuja like many others. Homeopathy asks the totality of symptoms to call for a remedy. Allopathy defines a syndrome with a pointed cause and target. Do we utilize a systems approach or move to the other end of the spectrum towards a reductionist model. Both have a place. As Naturopaths, we are challenged to maintain both views in creative tension to the greatest benefit of the andropause patient.