Hormonal imbalances are one of the most common reasons people see a homeopath. Homeopathic approach is to look at the underlying issue and treat the person holistically – addressing mental, emotional and physical symptoms.
Hormones are chemical messengers of our body and are produced by endocrine glands- adrenals, thyroid, pancreas and ovaries or testes. Hormones, travel through the bloodstream to tissues & organs and control most of our body’s major processes, including metabolism and reproduction.
Sometimes hormones get out of balance. Hormonal imbalances occur when there is too much or too little of a hormone in the bloodstream. Even tiny changes can have serious effects in our whole body and metabolic functions.
In women, hormonal imbalance may happen before or after the periods, during pregnancy, or during menopause. The body may only produce high levels of estrogen, or it may produce high levels of estrogen and low levels of another hormone, such as testosterone or progesterone.
Types of female sex hormones
Oestrogen is the major female hormone. Majority of oestrogen production occurs in the ovaries, but small amounts are produced in the adrenal glands and fat cells. During pregnancy, the placenta also makes oestrogen. Oestrogen needs to be broken down by liver enzymes. A healthily liver is also important in maintaining normal oestrogen levels. Oestrogen levels generally decline during peri menopause.
Xenoestrogens are foreign or synthetic oestrogen, can be found in many sources, pesticide, plastic and car exhaust fumes contribute to high levels of xenoestrogens in our everyday environment. They can mimic the action of estrogen produced in cells and can alter hormonal activity.
Birth control pills contain estrogen and can contribute to oestrogen dominance.
The ovaries produce the female sex hormone progesterone after ovulation. During pregnancy, the placenta also produces some. After the mid-thirties women tend to produce less progesterone as they begin to ovulate less. Prolonged stress can cause increase of a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is directly related to progesterone so if there is a demand for cortisol, then often progesterone will decrease.
Although testosterone is the main sex hormone in males, it is also present in lower amounts in females.
- Maintain a healthy body weight
- Eat nutritious and balanced diet
- Greens and fatty fish in food
- Exercising regularly
- Reduce and manage stress
- Yoga and meditation
- Limit sugar and refined carbohydrates
- Avoid packaged foods
- Reduce exposure to Xeno estrogens-not microwaving foods and drinks in plastics, use natural cleaning products.
How homeopathy can help with hormone imbalance in women
Homeopathy treatment is individualized. There are no specific medicines for oestrogen dominance, low progesterone or Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) in homeopathy.
Homeopathy works in a different way, addressing issues holistically. Hormone imbalance also causes many changes in the emotional plane. Hormones can change our mood and behaviour. There will be some additional stress may also occur due to weight gain, skin problems like acne or facial hair.
Homeopathy treats the person having a hormonal imbalance. Homeopathy addresses both emotional & physical issues. There are many remedies in homeopathy matches with the symptom picture of persons with hormonal imbalance.
For example Sepia – Symptom picture of sepia is too late and scanty, irregular; early and profuse menses with sharp clutching pains. Vagina painful, especially on coition. Headache in terrible shocks during the period , with scanty flow. Hot flushes with palpitation.
These are the symptoms of hormone imbalance but to prescribe Sepia the emotional picture and other physical peculiarities of the person should match. Sepia suited for a woman who is Indifferent to those loved best. She has aversion to her occupation, to family. Irritable; easily offended. Dreads to be alone. Very sad. Weeps when telling symptoms. Miserly. Anxious toward evening; indolent.
We can see many Sepia symptoms in women during perimenopause.
Another example is Pulsatilla- Symptom picture of Pulsatilla is tardy menses. Late, scanty, thick, dark, clotted, changeable, intermittent menses. . Chilliness, nausea, downward pressure, painful, flow intermits. Leucorrhœa acrid, burning, creamy. Pain in back; tired feeling. Diarrhœa during or after menses.
The emotional picture is of a very sensitive person who weeps easily, Likes sympathy. Morbid dread of the opposite sex. Religious melancholy. Given to extremes of pleasure and pain. Highly emotional. Generally Worse, from heat, rich fat food, after eating and better in the open air
There are many remedies matching hormonal imbalance in homeopathy. Homeopathy works by stimulating the healing power. To produce the healing stimuli, the remedy should cover the holistic picture of the person having the hormonal imbalance.
Here are some studies about the suitability of homeopathic remedies in hormone imbalance.
In this study, the homeopathic approach appears to be clinically useful in the management of oestrogen withdrawal symptoms in women with breast cancer whether on or off Tamoxifen and improves mood disturbance. A placebo-controlled trial would be the next stage in this line of inquiry.
The results of this observational study suggest that homeopathic treatment for hot flushes in menopausal women is effective. Further studies including randomized controlled trials should be conducted.
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