Homeopathy is Highly Effective for Many Women’s Problems
Homeopathy is dynamite for women! If you are looking for rapid relief from an mastitis that turns nursing into an excruciating ordeal rather than a joy, a morning sickness that makes you wonder why you ever got pregnant, or a searing full-blown bladder infection that makes you seriously consider permanent celibacy- check out homeopathy. You will not find any other type of natural medicine that works so quickly and effectively, tastes like candy, and is remarkably inexpensive. These women’s problems and a number of others can respond beautifully to homeopathic self-care. With clear guidelines about which remedy to prescribe, how to administer it, when to change remedies, and what, if any, complications may arise, the chances of your resolving the problem yourself are good. However, in the case of other women’s conditions that are chronic (longstanding), and more of what we call a constitutional nature, you are unlikely to be able to help yourself and are better off seeking the care of a qualified, experienced homeopath. Much information offered to the public does not make this distinction clear and it is an important one. If you attempt to treat yourself for ongoing problems such as uterine fibroids or years of PMS, you will probably end up being disappointed and may even believe that homeopathy doesn’t work, when all you needed was an expert.
A Successful Self-Care Story
A few years ago I was pleasantly surprised to receive an e-mail message from Slovenia. Having written for the public for nearly twenty years, it is hard to know just who, if anyone, is out there is reading my “words of wisdom.” So this message was very exciting. “I suffered from a bladder infection on my holiday abroad… I happened to by your book, Homeopathic Self-Care in a huge bookshop far away from my country. Looking through your book at the medicines for bladder infections, I immediately identified Staphysagria as the proper one for me. Once I took it, my condition improved considerably, as confirmed by a urine test with my doctor. Because of my first successful self-treatment, my confidence has risen. I hope that your extremely practical guide will soon be translated into Slovene.
(Actually, the book was published in Poland, but not yet Slovenia!) This was an immediate cure that left Katrina inspired and anxious to use homeopathy again.
What is a Chronic Symptom and What is Acute?
The easiest way to understand how likely homeopathic self- care is to work for you for a particular problem is to ask yourself whether it is chronic (has persisted for several months or longer) or is acute (short-lived and occurring now and then). Recurrent acute symptoms, depending on the frequency, are often considered chronic. There is a vast difference between homeopathic treatment of one versus the other. For acute women’s problems such as a bladder infection that you have only experienced three times in your life, there is a good chance you can treat yourself. The odds of success depend on the clarity of your symptoms, your skill in self-prescribing, the severity of the acute illness, the extent and usability of the homeopathic information at your fingertips, and whether you need a more common or relatively rare remedy.
If, on the other hand, you are suffering from uterine fibroids, this is a more complex, longstanding problem and entails taking into account the entire constitutional picture. The process involves a two-hour or so interview, even by most experienced homeopaths. By understanding all of you, this will lead to the prescription of a remedy appropriate to you as an individual. The result, hopefully, will be the prevention of further growth of the fibroid, the relief of any symptoms associated with it, and a significant improvement in any other physical symptoms and balancing you mentally, and emotionally. Not only would you probably not select correct remedy on your own from a five or six remedies listed for fibroids, but you would miss out on a remarkable opportunity to heal all, rather than part, of you.
Women’s Problems That Respond Well to Self-Treatment
When I wrote Whole Woman Homeopathy in 2000, I grappled with the dilemma of how to deal with the self-care versus professional care issue. My solution was to offer detailled information about when and how to treat conditions that women are likely to be very successful treating and to include in a separate section women’s health problems for which a homeopath is needed, along with cases told by the women patients themselves. This seemed like a fair compromise. I do not specifically mention first-aid conditions here, since they do not fall under the category of women’s problems, but I would put them at the top of the list as excellent candidates for effective self-care.
Since the goal of this article is to help you sort out when you can be off and running on your own and when to call out for homeopathic help, there is no space to include specific guidelines for self-prescribing.
- Bladder infections
- Morning sickness
- Complications of Labor and Delivery (in consultation with your birth attendants)
- Postpartum depression (mild).
The following conditions I consider more constitutional than acute, but some women do find they can treat themselves effectively. I recommend asking yourself how severe is the problem, is it mostly physical rather than a deeper mental or emotional problem, and would not getting outside help have any negative repercussions. If a remedy that you know about fits your symptom picture well, you can give it a try. If, however, no remedy fits clearly or if you try several remedies without a positive result, get help from someone with experience.
- Fibrocystic Breasts
- Menstrual Pain
- Hot Flashes
How long you attempt to treat yourself without good results depends. In the case of a rapidly progressive bladder infection, one remedy may be all you are willing to try over the course of a few hours before you bail out and get a prescription for antibiotics. With morning sickness, you may be willing to give it several weeks. Regardless, just because you do not find the right remedy for yourself does not mean that would be true if you sought out the care of a homeopath. There are also many effective natural therapies that can be used in acute illnesses at the same time as remedies, many of which I list in my book.
Women’s Problems That Respond Well to Professional Homeopathic Care
Supposing your women’s problem is more of a chronic nature, what can you do? In this case, I do not recommend your even trying to treat yourself with remedies. Get help. Not only is it like a lottery to select the right remedy out of over two thousand, but it takes training and experience to know how to manage a case. Plus the objectivity that one can never have about herself. This is true even if you are a homeopath yourself. The conditions for which I would recommend finding the right homeopath, rather than tacking the job yourself, are the following:
- Uterine Fibroids
- Eating Disorders
- Genital Warts
- Ovarian Cysts
- Hormonal Depression and Mood Swings
- Cervical Dysplasia
- Urinary Incontinence
- Decreased Libido
These are all conditions that are amenable, to a greater or lesser degree, to homeopathic treatment. Before resorting to surgery or other invasive therapies, by all means investigate the likelihood that homeopathy can help you. Homeopathy can provide gentle, highly effective treatment for many women with these conditions. The more informed you are about the conventional diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment for your condition, whether or not you seek out homeopathic care, the better.
Homeopathy can be an excellent form of medicine for women at any stage of life, from birth through puberty and menarche, reproductive life, pregnancy, menopause, and as a senior. What a joy it is to hear “I feel like myself again” or “I have my life back.” Homeopathy is a wonderful gift and opportunity for healing, whether you do it for yourself or find a homeopath to help you.
Published with Permission of The Townsend Letter for Doctors