Monday, 17 October 2011

Help for Menopause Symptoms

As a new study1 puts British women at the top of the list for suffering symptoms of menopause, South West homeopath Paul Black reports that many are turning their backs on Hormone Replacement Therapy and turning to homeopathy for help.

One such woman was Denise (age 55), who had suffered very heavy periods, crushing headaches and debilitating migraines for over 30 years, could not concentrate, lost her appetite and felt nauseous.  She snapped at her partner for no reason and just could not stop herself. This impacted her ability to go out and do things.  After just 4 treatments Denise has, “. . . a general feeling of well-being. My periods have become normal and manageable. My headaches have gone!  I also have far more energy and a real zest for life!”

Homeopathy is a system of medicine which is based on treating the individual with highly diluted substances given in mainly tablet form, which trigger the body’s natural system of healing. Based on the patient’s experience of their symptoms, a homeopath will match them with the most appropriate medicine.

The most common symptoms of menopause are hot flushes, night sweats, headaches and mood swings. Homeopathic treatment has been shown to be effective for hot flushes and sweats, tiredness, anxiety, sleeping difficulties, mood swings and headaches. In a study carried out at an NHS well-woman clinic in Sheffield, 81 per cent of 102 patients reported improvement of these menopause symptoms after homeopathic treatment.2

Paul said: “Studies have shown there are health risks associated with HRT, including an increased risk of of breast cancer, and many women struggling with symptoms are looking for an alternative. In homeopathy, we look at the whole person, taking into account the unique symptoms of each individual, before we decide on a prescription.”

For more information, visit or contact Paul Black on Portishead 01275 339422 or Cowan House, WSM on 01934 643262

Foot Note
Two large studies have demonstrated the dangers of HRT and led to significant changes in the way it is prescribed.

A major US research project involving over 16,000 women looked at the effects of the most commonly used form of HRT – pills known as ‘combined HRT’. In 2002 this trial had to be stopped early because of the health risks to the women involved. The researchers concluded that although this form of HRT gives protection against osteoporosis and bowel cancer, these benefits are outweighed by an increased risk of breast and uterine cancer, heart attack and stroke.3

In 2005 results of the NHS-led ‘Million Women Study’ confirmed the link between breast cancer and combined HRT, with researchers estimating that 20,000 cases of breast cancer over the last decade have been due to HRT use. It was also found that oestrogen-only HRT carries a significant risk of endometrial cancer.4

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