HOMEOPATHY– FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH
CAM therapies such as homeopathy are gaining acceptance in countries across the world, both
among health providers and consumers (1). A majority of patients consulting with CAM practitioners
are women, often seeking help for reproductive health problems, menstrual disorders, menopause, problems during pregnancy and childbirth.
Homeopathy has a long history of successfully treating women and their health problems and is the
preferred healthcare option chosen by a growing number of women. Gentle, fast, non-invasive, non-addictiveandsafe, homeopathy is the perfect option for the treatment of women’s healthcare problems. A number or studies have shown that women make up between 64 and 80 %
of the clientele visiting homeopaths (2).
WHAT HOMEOPATHY HAS TO OFFER AND THE EVIDENCE FOR IT
Homeopathy has the potential to treat a wide range of disorders in women and there is a growing
body of research evidence that appears to support its effectiveness in the following conditions:
menopausal hot flushes, night sweats, headaches, fatigue, anxiety and depression; premenstrual syndrome; menstrual disorders; infertility; andcomplaints during and after pregnancy. Homeopathy is also effective in treating a range of diseases and complaints that are
increasingly common in women, such as fibromyalgia (muscle, tendon and ligament pain, and
fatigue), depression, migraineandtensionheadaches. HOMEOPATHY– A SAFE ALTERNATIVE FOR TREATING YOUR PROBLEMS
It is the clinical experience of thousands of homeopaths over the last two centuries that homeopathy
is comparatively safe even for women in pregnancy and in labour. Research into the safety of
homeopathy has shown that about one in five experience an aggravation of their symptoms for a
short while after treatment, but these effects are mild and transient (3-6). Homeopathy canincrease well-being prior to pregnancy, improve the chances of conception, treatmorning sickness during pregnancy, post-partum bruisingof mother and newborn infant, breast feeding problemsandpostnatal depression (7). A homeopathic remedy acts to help the body to heal itself. HOMEOPATHY EFFECTIVE IN PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME (PMS) Homeopathy is effective in treatingpremenstrual syndrome(PMS)and is helpful in treating hormonal imbalancegenerally. Research has shown that 90 % of women with PMS experience
improvement after homeopathic treatment (P=0.048) (8). Homeopathic treatment also reduced the
number of sick-days and the use of conventional drugs in women suffering from PMS. The trial was
randomised and double-blind placebo controlled.
HOMEOPATHY FOR THE MENOPAUSE
A growing number of women choose homeopathy to treat complaints during menopause. Many of
these women have tried hormone replacement therapy (HRT) but have either experienced too many
side-effects, no effect from the treatment or do not want to continue treatment for other reasons.
The use of alternative therapies for menopause symptoms is common. Women who use them
generally find them to be beneficial. A telephone survey of more than 850 women aged 45 to 65
years showed that 76 % used alternative therapies (9). This included 22 % who used these therapies
to treat their menopause symptoms. As many as 89 % found these therapies to be somewhat or very
Research has shown that80 % of women treated with homeopathic medicine experience significant improvements intheir hot flushes, tiredness/fatigue, sleep problems, headaches and psychological problems (10). HOMEOPATHY IN HOT FLASHES AFTER BREAST CANCER THERAPY
Early menopause may be the result of chemotherapy, radiation or other forms of treatment used in
breast cancer in young women. Hot flashes are the most common complaints in women who have
undergone treatment for breast cancer (11). These complaints can significantly decrease the quality
of life. Commonly used hormone replacement therapy with medicines such as oestrogen is contraindicated in these women, as it increases the risk of recurrence of breast cancer. Homeopathymay serve as analternative in treatment for hot flashes in women suffering from early menopause as a result of conventional treatment of breast cancer (11-15). An overview of
12 studies of menopause-related symptoms showed that CAM therapies such as homeopathy have significantly improved hot flash frequency and severity, mood changes, fatigue and anxiety
(13). Researchers also found that these therapies had few side effects. A survey carried out in a
British homeopathic hospital showed that homeopathy is effective in treating hot flushes in both
women who have reached menopause and women who suffered from breast cancer (14).
Researchers found an effect both in women who were taking hormonal drugs for their breast cancer
and those who where not. Homeopathy reduced symptoms in a trial of women suffering from hot
flashes after having undergone surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatment for breast cancer (15).
These women particularly seemed to experience an improved general health state (quality of life)
even one year after homeopathic treatment. The effect was particularly significant in women who
were not on conventional hormonal drugs. The study was a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-
controlled US study of women who suffered from hot flashes.
HOMEOPATHY IN INFERTILITY
An increasing number of couples experience difficulties in conceiving. This may be due to problems
both with the woman and the man. Both should therefore go through a thorough examination in order
to try to find the cause of their problems. Some causes in women may be hormonal imbalances,
polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, or in men – poor sperm quality. In many cases no
Homeopathy is one of several alternative therapies that are used in treating infertile people.
CAM therapists take a more holistic view of infertility treatment than allopathic health professionals
(16). Homeopathy can help up to 60 % of couples trying to conceive (17). In a trial on fertility disorders researchers found positive effect of a homeopathic prescriptions in 38 out of 67 women (57 %) (18). Positive results were found on inducing pregnancy, as well as a
number of factors that are important to enable pregnancy, including regulating menstruation (both to
induce spontaneous menstruation and shorten the menstrual cycle), regulating hormones (improved
concentration of progesterone in the luteal phase) and earlier ovulation.
Homeopathy can help in endometriosis
Endometriosis is an important cause of infertility. It may also cause painful and/or heavy
menstruation, chronic pain and menstrual disorders. Research has shown that homeopathy is one of a number of alternative therapies that women experience as useful in treating endometriosis (19). Homeopathy improves sperm quality
Infertility can also be caused by difficulties in men, including low sperm numbers and poor quality.
Men with infertility problems also consult with CAM practitioners such as homeopaths (20). A research trial of 45 sub-fertile men showed that homeopathy improved both the number and the quality of sperm (21). Significant changes were found in sperm density, percentage of sperm
with good progressive motility and density of sperm with good propulsive motility. The general health
of the patients also improved significantly. It did not matter whether these men were subject to stress
or had been childless for a long period of time.
FIBROMYALGIA – A COMPLAINT MORE OFTEN FOUND IN WOMEN
Some conditions, such as fibromyalgia, are more typically found in women than in men. Research
has demonstrated the effectiveness of homeopathic treatment for fibromyalgia giving reduced
pain and improved health and quality of life (22, 23).
TIME TO TALK: IDENTIFYING THE IMBALANCE
As well as identifying the homeopathic medicines that will best treat a woman’s condition, a
consultation with a homeopath gives time to talk and explore the sources of the healthcare problems.
Very often the healthcare problems are caused or aggravated by lifestyle factors such as poor diet or
are the result of emotional strains in the family or the work situation. Diet, lack of exercise, sleep
patterns etc. are all factors that need to be explored and corrective changes introduced where
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