Homeopathy for Morning Sickness and Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG)

December 3, 2012 by  
Filed under Other News, Pregnancy, Womens Health

During pregnancy, complaints including morning sickness can be treated effectively and most importantly safely for both mother and baby. During the first three months of pregnancy all medication should be avoided, this being the most vulnerable time for mother and baby. Herbs, as well as some Vitamins and Minerals, unless specifically recommended and designed for use during pregnancy are also to be avoided. Homeopathy, however can be invaluable during this time.

Morning sickness usually occurs in the first trimester. For Mothers-to-be experiencing extreme nausea and vomiting including Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), a severe form of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy, homeopathic remedies may help with reducing the severity of symptoms. HG is generally described as unrelenting, excessive pregnancy-related nausea and/or vomiting that prevents adequate intake of food and fluids. If severe and/or inadequately treated, it is typically associated with:

  • loss of greater than 5% of pre-pregnancy body weight (usually over 10%)
  • dehydration and production of ketones
  • nutritional deficiencies
  • metabolic imbalances
  • difficulty with daily activities

HG usually extends beyond the first trimester and may resolve by 21 weeks; however, it can last the entire pregnancy in less than half of the women sufferers. Complications of vomiting (e.g. gastric ulcers, esophageal bleeding, malnutrition, etc.) may also contribute to and worsen ongoing nausea.

Homeopathic remedies that have been popular for use with morning sickness include NUX VOMICA and SEPIA. PHOSPHORUS, PULSATILLA,  NATRUM MURIATICUM and ARSENICUM may also be used in homeopathic potency. The best way to get the most fitting remedy, for those self-prescribing rather than getting advice from a qualified homeopath is to select the remedy that covers the general and emotional state that accompanies the physical condition. For instance PHOSPHORUS would be effective for vomiting in pregnancy, when water taken has had time to reach body temperature before the urge to vomit commences. The Mother-to-be benefiting most from PHOSPHORUS would have noticed an increase in their usual thirst and may experience extreme lack of energy and feelings of fear or anxiety. NUX VOMICA would be more useful  for “morning sickness” where there is more retching than vomiting and a noticeable increase in irritability. There may be a sensation of dryness of the mouth accompanied by less thirst, and a bitter, sour or metallic taste in the mouth. SEPIA is indicated for nausea and weakness, and vomiting of bile and food during pregnancy. There may be profuse saliva.

Kits are available form Homeopathic pharmacies and good health food shops and Pharmacies that include remedies specifically for use during pregnancy. Homeopathic remedies are safe for Mother-to-be and Baby and can help relieve unwanted symptoms that accompany pregnancy.

Always consult a professional Homeopath and if symptoms persist consult your G.P.

Guardian Poll on Homeopathy……..Please show your support.

March 20, 2012 by  
Filed under Other News, Seasonal

Guardian Poll – Should homeopathy be banned on the NHS?

Following recent press and radio coverage today and over the weekend, The Guardian are currently running a poll asking if homeopathy should be available on the NHS.
To register your support for homeopathy, please click here and vote.

Breakthrough for scientific understanding of Homeopathy

February 1, 2011 by  
Filed under Headline, Other News

This piece is taken from a recent article published by Dana Ullman, MPH.

Dr. Luc Montagnier, the French virologist who won the Nobel Prize in 2008 for discovering the AIDS virus, supports that homeopathic dilutions, which has always been the most challenging aspect in the acceptance of Homeopathy within the the scientific community, whilst being a fundamental principle of the homeopathic medical system says “the high dilutions (used in homeopathy) are right. High dilutions of something are not nothing. They are water structures which mimic the original molecules.”

Montagnier is making reference to his experimental research that confirms one of the controversial features of homeopathic medicine that uses doses of substances that undergo sequential dilution with vigorous shaking in-between each dilution. Although it is common for modern-day scientists to assume that none of the original molecules remain in solution, Montagnier’s research (and other of many of his colleagues) has verified that electromagnetic signals of the original medicine remains in the water and has dramatic biological effects.

Montagnier’s new research is investigating the electromagnetic waves that he says emanate from the highly diluted DNA of various pathogens. Montagnier asserts, “What we have found is that DNA produces structural changes in water, which persist at very high dilutions, and which lead to resonant electromagnetic signals that we can measure….”

There has also been completely separate and recent research, conducted at the respected Indian Institutes of Technology that has confirmed the presence of “nanoparticles” of the starting materials even at extremely high dilutions. Researchers have demonstrated by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), electron diffraction and chemical analysis by Inductively Coupled Plasma-Atomic Emission Spectroscopy.

Dana Ullman, MPH, is America’s leading spokesperson for homeopathy. Read Dana’s full article Luc Montagnier, Nobel Prize Winner takes Homeopathy seriously here.

Pregnancy

November 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Pregnancy, Womens Health

During pregnancy, complaints including morning sickness can be treated effectively and most importantly safely for both mother and baby. During the first three months of pregnancy all medication should be avoided, this being the most vulnerable time for mother and baby. Herbs, as well as some Vitamins and Minerals, unless specifically recommended and designed for use during pregnancy are also to be avoided. Homeopathy, however can be invaluable during this time.

John Demonte’s Tissue Salt pregnancy program uses the New Era tissue salts to support the gestation process for mother and baby. It was devised to assist mother and child throughout the pregnancy. The program can be joined at any time. This program can help to address deficiencies and help the baby with his or her basic need of mineral salts. 2 tablets of each in 6x potency to be taken 2 -4 times daily.

Month 2 and 6: Ferr Phos., Mag Phos., Calc Fluor.

Month 3 and 7: Nat Mur., Mag Phos., Calc Fluor.

Month 4 and 8: Silica, Nat Mur., Calc Fluor.

Month 5 and 9: Ferr Phos., Silica., Calc Fluor.

Homeopathic Remedies for Morning sickness and Nausea:

Morning sickness usually occurs in the first trimester. For mothers-to-be who have followed advice to eat little and often, have tried taking ginger in every form, tried going on brisk walks and who still experience nausea email Candice at candice@greendaisies.co.uk and request her Pregnancy remedy information for remedies that may help for symptoms associated with pregnancy, and for further guidance the Homeopathic Helpline is available 9am-midnight every day. (Candice is available every Tuesday)

Yoga

The practice of Yoga in preparation for Childbirth is highly recommended. Pregnancy yoga classes can help to calm the mind, focus the energy and breath, and strengthen the body, preparing mind and body for childbirth. Battersea Yoga, London has on-going 12 week pregnancy yoga courses and fantastic resources for the mother-to-be.

Homeopathy for Childbirth

Share greendaisies on facebook

November 8, 2010 by  
Filed under Other News

Greendaisies has added a facebook share button to its website. You can now share health tips and other greendaisies news with your friends on facebook. Simply click the facebook share button at the bottom of any article to post news to your profile.

Movember – Raising Awareness for Men’s Health

November 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Mens Health, Seasonal

Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. The rules are simple, start Movember 1st  clean shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month.  The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men.  Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a moustache for 30 days.

Read more about Movember and joining in to support awareness about men’s health here

‘Flu Season Natural Protection Tips

November 5, 2010 by  
Filed under Seasonal

Now that ‘flu season is upon us, with the change of weather and clocks going back, here are some top Green Daisy tips for keeping healthy this Season.

1. Fortify your immune system: Stress, lack of sleep, poor diet, lack of exercise and unhealthy living, as well as underlying health conditions can all undermine your immune system. Vitamin D3 may be more effective than vaccines at preventing influenza infections because it supports immune system function during the winter when many people become deficient in this essential hormone due to lack of sunlight. The herbal tincture of Echinacea taken regularly is also linked to immune boosting. Nutritionally, garlic is said to be a natural antibiotic. A whole clove of garlic crushed and mixed with honey is said to help the body fight off infection. Early nights and uninterrupted sleep, whenever possible, will allow your body to rest and recover. For those of you living and working in towns, exercise needn’t be reserved for weekends or late night gym sessions. Get on your bike. Cycling to work is a fantastic way to frame a sedentary day at the office with immune, metabolism and general health boosting exercise.

2. Respiratory System protection: For those of you forced into crowded tubes or buses or plane travel with coughing and spluttering commuters a fantastic tip and first line of defence for the respiratory system is the use of Essential oils. Rosemary is an uplifting oil, ideal for the morning commute. Mix a drop or 2 in a teaspoon of almond or olive oil and dab around the nostrils. As long as you can smell the rosemary it will be acting as a antiseptic to any nasty antigens making their way into your respiratory system.  Lavender can be applied if you are after some shut eye, useful for long-haul flights, as it is a calming and sedentary oil. (Do not use Rosemary essential oil during pregnancy and Lavender essential should not be used during the first Trimester of pregnancy)

3. Homeopathic Remedies for ‘Flu symptoms: There is a homeopathic remedy that may help to nip a cold in the bud, if it is taken for the on-set of ‘flu like symptoms. One pillule or tablet can be taken once a hour for 3 hours or stop with improvement. If symptoms develop another remedy will be more suitable,  with remedies indicated that may address the sensation of heaviness; aches and pains in the joints or muscles; high fevers. Repeat a remedy as often as needed as long as it is helping, even every 15 minutes and stop with improvement. The fever is the bodies natural immune response to a virus. A fever is produced by the body to burn off the virus. To force the fever down when it is stable and not at a dangerous level is potentially going against the natural immune response. Homeopathic remedies may support this process and may help to stabilise the fever. Reach for a homeopathic remedy and apply a tepid sponge to the face. For gastric ‘flu symptoms with vomiting and diarrhoea there are homeopathic remedies that may help.

3.Be kind to yourself: Stay in bed, or at least rest as much as possible. Avoid strenuous exercise and keep your fluids up. Broths and Soups are easy on the digestive system, help to keep fluid levels up and Chicken Soup is regarded as a medicine in itself by some. Freshly squeezed lemon in hot water sweetened with honey and a dash of cider vinegar is so much better than any over-the-counter powdered cold remedy, cider vinegar being considered a panacea in some circles. Many people struggle into work heroically with a heavy cold. Don’t. Stay in bed. Your work colleagues will be grateful that they don’t end up catching whatever you’ve brought in and will survive your absence.  Get well soon.


Menopause

November 2, 2010 by  
Filed under Menopause, Womens Health

Homeopathic treatment can provide effective support and is safe to use alongside herbal, nutritional as well as conventional medication for women experiencing pre-menopausal and menopausal symptoms. It is always best to seek individual treatment with a qualified homeopath as the most fitting remedy to treat symptoms associated with the menopause will often differ from woman to woman.

A nutrient rich whole-food diet is recommended. Drinks high in phosphates like cola and other fizzy drinks are best avoided. Limiting smoking and alcohol and caffeine intake is recommended for those with a higher risk of osteoporosis.

Homeopathic remedies for common menopausal symptoms:

Homeopathic remedies may provide relief of many common menopausal symptoms including vaginal dryness; for Metrorrhagia (abnormal bleeding from the uterus) during menopause; for sudden hot flushes, momentary weakness and great tendency to faint; For thinning hair associated with hormonal imbalance. Homeopathic remedies may also to address symptoms of hot flushes during menopause where the head, hands and feet feel hot, with a sensation of faintness in the stomach. There is a remedy that may help with frequent waking at night and a rush of blood to the head, hot, restless hands and for profuse sweat at night; for menopausal flushing with a feeling of pressure in the head especially with throbbing pains. For a sensation of congestion to head instead of menses, and loss of consciousness a homeopathic remedy is also indicated that may provide relief.

Email candice@greendaisies.co.uk and request a copy of the full article Menopause, which provides information on acute remedies for the symptoms mentioned above.

One tablet can be taken as a dose and repeated as needed up to 5 times in one day. The rule of thumb is to stop with improvement. Let symptoms be the guide as to when to take a dose.

Vitamin and Mineral support during menopause:

Taking calcium, magnesium, boron, vitamin D, vitamin C and trace minerals helps towards building strong bones.

Boron is found in fruits, nuts and vegetables and has been found to reduce urinary calcium loss. It also increases serum levels of 17-beta estradiol (which is the most biologically active oestrogen), which has a positive effect on bone health. Boron supplementation significantly elevates oestrongenic activity. The skeletal system is likely to be the primary recipient of boron’s nutritional benefits. (1-9mg per day is the typical supplemental dosage range)

Magnesium deficiency can severely impair hormone balance in women, which contributes to many cases of PMT. Magnesium benefits the adrenal hormones and can help with symptoms associated with stress response. Magnesium is vital in regulating calcium within the bones as well as being essential for the proper function of muscles. Research has found that osteoporotic women have less bone magnesium.

Beta carotene converts into Vitamin A in the body and promotes strong joints. (Found in carrots, squash and dark green leafy vegetables) Vitamin A supports a health intestinal epithelium, allowing optimal absorption of nutrients.

Manganese is recommended for joint health and is essential to the development and maintenance of connective tissue structures in the joints and  bones including cartilage and bone growth and stability.

Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga Racemosa) has been used to alleviate menopausal symptoms by improving vaginal lubrication, reducing depression associated with menopause and hormonal changes, ameliorating headache and hot flushes. The tincture is available from Homeopathic pharmacies, herbal suppliers and health food shops. It also works to thicken the vaginal mucosa, reducing burning pain during urination associated with thinning of the outer urethra.

Dr Schuessler’s tissue salts or biochemic remedies may provide support to the system in cases when there may be a shortage or deficiency in vital mineral substances.

Irregular menstruation, especially if there is a heavy flow and tendency towards anaemia may be treated with one of the Dr Schuessler’s tissue salts, the same homeopathic  remedy is also the tissue salt indicated for osteoporosis.

To prepare for and make the most of the menopausal transition my advice would be to firstly embrace menopause as a natural process rather than as a medical condition or deficiency. In the same way that during the menstrual period of a woman’s life PMT and emotional issues that arise around the time of menstruation may be the body’s way of bringing into the open unresolved emotional issues, anger, grief etc, each woman’s experience of the menopause will vary depending on her life experiences, heredity, diet, self-image, relationship with family, partners and work. To minimise discomfort physically or emotionally, resolving stuck issues and energy through psychotherapy, homeopathy, healing, acupuncture or whichever holistic therapy resonates with the individual will support this transition.

In youth the body and mind is very resilient and recovers quickly. As one ages the importance of good diet and nutritional support increases. In preparation for the menopause dancers would benefit from introducing or increasing the foods that nourish the bones, muscles and hormones and even seeking support from a qualified nutritionist for nutritional advice and guidance.

HRT:

The natural expression of personal power and wisdom available to women during [menopause] is thwarted and frustrated in our culture. This surge of energy is subsequently turned inward on oneself and can result in many unpleasant symptoms such as hot flashes, depression, mood swings, and a general feeling of being lost and unable to find a new and vital identity……Menopause when understood and supported, provides the next level of initiation into personal power for women. As part of the menstrual taboo, which still lives in our culture, the voice of the menopausal woman is feared and denied. She has been made invisible or encouraged to remain forever young through hormone replacement therapy or other medical intervention.” [Tamara Slayton Reclaiming the Menstrual Matrix: Evolving Feminine Wisdom – A workbook Petaluma, CA: Menstrual Health Foundation p.41]

Holistic medical approaches like homeopathy see symptoms as the body’s way of drawing attention to an imbalance within the system. By addressing the underlying issues that manifest as symptoms, including the common symptoms of menopause, health is restored by the body’s own ability to heal itself. In homeopathy the minimum dose of a remedy can stimulate the healing process. The homeopathic consultation itself can unearth underlying issues that also stimulate the healing process.

There are numerous books available to support women through the menopause, and I recommend getting as much information as possible to empower and inform.

Caroline Myss in her book Anatomy of the Spirit – The seven Stages of Power and healing [Bantum Books] suggests that “women are physical examples of the ongoing life pattern of energy becoming matter through pregnancy, labour and delivery. Women’s life cycle expresses a natural progression of sexual energy. For most women, for instance, kundalini, or sexual-spiritual energy, begins to rise naturally around the age of forty. As it rises it activates the chakras through which it passes. Any unfinished business residing in the lower charkas will make itself known during the pre-menopausal and menopausal years…..” Myss sees hot flushes as blocked energy manifesting itself. This may be unused creative energy, creative conflict, limited sexual pleasure or unexpressed sexual energy.

HRT is an individual choice for each woman. I recommend making an informed choice before embarking on any form of medical intervention. There are many approaches including homeopathy, Chinese medicine and acupuncture, cranial sacral therapy, psychotherapy, herbal and nutritional therapy, plus many more all of which provide support for women wishing to try natural approaches to the treatment of menopausal symptoms, if HRT is not desired. Holistic therapy can provide amelioration from the discomfort of menopausal symptoms while the process occurs naturally, supported, rather than suppressed or suspended by HRT.

I recommend the chapter on Menopause in Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom – Creating Physical and Emotional health and Healing by Christiane Northrup MD (Bantum Books). Northrup explores approaches to menopause including HRT in detail.

Bibiography:

Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom – Creating Physical and Emotional health and Healing by Christiane Northrup MD (Bantum Books)

Anatomy of the Spirit – The seven Stages of Power and healing by Caroline Myss [Bantum Books]

Reclaiming the Menstrual Matrix: Evolving Feminine Wisdom – A workbook by Tamara Slayton Petaluma, CA: Menstrual Health Foundation

Minerals Manual – A Solgar Reference Manual

Resources:

Green Daisies Homeopathy: Homeopathic treatment with Candice Joyce RSHom via www.greendaisies.co.uk email: candice@greendaisies.co.uk or via Laban Health and Dance UK practitioners register.

The Society of Homeopaths – The largest professional organisation registering homeopaths in the UK. www.homeopathy-soh.org

Helios Homeopathic Pharmacy for mail order of homeopathic and herbal remedies for menopause

phone mail order: 020 7379 7434 website: www.helios .co.uk or email: orders@helioslondon.com

Homeopathic Secretin

November 2, 2010 by  
Filed under Autism

The following Homeopathic Secretin Information is provided by Ainsworths Homeopathic Pharmacy.

The story of Secretin appears to be gathering pace as more parents respond to the success of Billy Tommey and other children treated with the injection of the pancreatic derivative.

However, the practical difficulties in both obtaining Secretin and having the injection administered are proving the largest barrier to most parents. One suggestion has been put forward that may provide an answer to the current situation. That is to administer a homeopathic preparation of Secretin.

Ainsworths have prepared this and it is now available for those who wish to try it. We would however make the following comments about this approach.

Firstly that there is no guarantee that the remedy will work on every child and Secretin certainly seems to favour the children with so-called leaky-gut symptoms.

We would stress that this has not been tested clinically for use in Autism. This is no different to the conventional Secretin injection. Homoeopathic remedies are by nature less harmful than conventional drugs and side effects are less of an issue compared to the problem of generating any effect in this case.

Secondly the effect may build up slowly rather than very suddenly (with the injection) since the dose is smaller. This would require the daily dosage of pills that are dissolved in the mouth for at least two weeks at a time.

We cannot be sure how much if any help can be obtained by pursuing this direction. We can only make it available for those who want to explore this approach. For those interested a course of 100 pills is available with a suggested dose of one pill twice a day. The cost including postage being £9.50. If pills are problematic drops are available (dose 3 drops twice daily in a drink) at £9.50 for 10ml, or £17 for 30ml. They are available from Ainsworths Homoeopathic Pharmacy, 36 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 8UF. Telephone 020-7935 5330, fax 020-7486 4313. Web: www.ainsworths.com

Update: We have received some feedback from parents using homeopathic secretin for at least two weeks and some beyond ten weeks. All report that their child is more voluble, in some instances this has included speech. In addition small but noticeable behavioural improvements have been observed, and teachers have noticed improvements in interaction with both adults and children. In all cases communication skills have improved to the point where the child has been able to participate in the family more.

These are obviously early reports but we hope that more parents will share their experiences so that we can feedback the extent to which the remedy can help in autism and hyperactivity.

Ainsworths would like to thank SFTAH (Society for the Autistically Handicapped) for their support in this project. Please download the secretin record form on their website www.autismuk.com

Secretin information

The secretin that Ainsworths supply is manufactured from the porcine hormone. In the process it undergoes a series of dilutions which remove all trace of the original starting material. Hence there is no drug content and therefore no side effect to contend with. Its action is to provoke a response in the body by normalising the action of secretin. This is different from the injected hormone which attempts to achieve the same objective by introducing more into the body.

How does it work?

The latest view is that by neutralizing the acidic stomach contents as they pass through the small intestine, secretin allows normal digestion of food to occur. Many symptoms associated with autism appear to be linked to an inability to communicate. This may in part be linked to the large chain peptide molecules that become absorbed inadvertently through a leaky gut. By halting the passage of these molecules at every meal the onslaught is reduced and the child has the opportunity to reverse the communication blocks.

Menopause and the Dancer

October 11, 2010 by  
Filed under Dancers' Health, Menopause

Response to question’s posed by Rachel Holland for her article in Dance UK (November 2010 issue) 

Dancing through the Menopause:

How dancers in general can safeguard themselves against health concerns associated with the menopause and continue to dance healthily, whatever their age.

“How is the menopause likely to affect the dancer and in your experience, what are the health concerns associated with the menopause, and which ones would especially apply to dancers?”

For the dancer, common symptoms associated with menopause will differ in intensity from individual to individual.

The adrenal glands provide vital hormonal support. During menopause if the adrenal glands are depleted, menopausal symptoms can be exacerbated. Emotional stress and anxiety as well as excessive exercise and physical over exertion, injury, chronic pain and insufficient sleep can lead to adrenal dysfunction.

Inability to think straight is sometimes a symptom associated with the menopause. For dancers needing to be on top mentally to remain focused on a performance this may be an issue.

Hot flushes and night sweats, again can interfere with a dancers’ ability to remain focussed during training and performances with lack of sleep causing mental depression and energy depletion.

Menopausal and pre-menopausal women can experience thinning of the outer urethra from lack of oestrogen. This can cause burning pain during urination and discomfort when moving, walking or dancing. This symptom can be mistaken for a urinary tract infection, leading to prescribed antibiotics when they are not required.

Women with a history of amenorrhea (absence of menstruation) especially due to low body fat, seen in dancers and athletes, are at greater risk of osteoporosis. However weight-bearing exercise helps to increase bone density.

“How can dancers safeguard against these?”

Safeguarding against these symptoms and changes to the body is best approached on a variety of levels. When diet, lifestyle and unresolved issues are addressed, and nutritional supplementation and holistic treatment including homeopathy is explored the dancer will be supported through the menopausal transition naturally and will be in more control rather than at the mercy of symptoms.

A nutrient rich whole-food diet is recommended. Drinks high in phosphates like cola and other fizzy drinks are best avoided. Limiting smoking and alcohol and caffeine intake is recommended for those with a higher risk of osteoporosis.

Homeopathic treatment can provide effective support and is safe to use alongside herbal, nutritional as well as conventional medication for women experiencing pre-menopausal and menopausal symptoms. It is always best to seek individual treatment with a qualified homeopath as the most fitting remedy to treat symptoms associated with the menopause will often differ from woman to woman. For female dancers going through the menopause, homeopathic treatment can address emotional as well as physical symptoms that may interfere with performance.

Homeopathic remedies for common menopausal symptoms:

Homeopathic remedies may provide relief of many common menopausal symptoms including vaginal dryness; for Metrorrhagia (abnormal bleeding from the uterus) during menopause; for sudden hot flushes, momentary weakness and great tendency to faint; For thinning hair associated with hormonal imbalance. Homeopathic remedies may also to address symptoms of hot flushes during menopause where the head, hands and feet feel hot, with a sensation of faintness in the stomach. There is a remedy that may help with frequent waking at night and a rush of blood to the head, hot, restless hands and for profuse sweat at night; for menopausal flushing with a feeling of pressure in the head especially with throbbing pains. For a sensation of congestion to head instead of menses, and loss of consciousness a homeopathic remedy is also indicated that may provide relief.

Email candice@greendaisies.co.uk and request a copy of the full article Menopause and the Dancer, which provides information on acute remedies for the symptoms mentioned above.

One tablet can be taken as a dose and repeated as needed up to 5 times in one day. The rule of thumb is to stop with improvement. Let symptoms be the guide as to when to take a dose.

Vitamin and Mineral support during menopause:

Taking calcium, magnesium, boron, vitamin D, vitamin C and trace minerals has been seen to help towards building strong bones. Vital for dancers going through the menopause.

Boron is found in fruits, nuts and vegetables and has been found to reduce urinary calcium loss. It also increases serum levels of 17-beta estradiol (which is the most biologically active oestrogen), which has a positive effect on bone health. Boron supplementation significantly elevates oestrongenic activity. The skeletal system is likely to be the primary recipient of boron’s nutritional benefits. (1-9mg per day is the typical supplemental dosage range)

Magnesium deficiency can severely impair hormone balance in women, which contributes to many cases of PMT. Magnesium benefits the adrenal hormones and can help with symptoms associated with stress response. Magnesium is vital in regulating calcium within the bones as well as being essential for the proper function of muscles. Research has found that osteoporotic women have less bone magnesium.

Beta carotene converts into Vitamin A in the body and promotes strong joints. (Found in carrots, squash and dark green leafy vegetables) Vitamin A supports a health intestinal epithelium, allowing optimal absorption of nutrients.

Manganese is recommended for joint health and is essential to the development and maintenance of connective tissue structures in the joints and  bones including cartilage and bone growth and stability.

Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga Racemosa) has been used to alleviate menopausal symptoms by improving vaginal lubrication, reducing depression associated with menopause and hormonal changes, ameliorating headache and hot flushes. The tincture is available from Homeopathic pharmacies, herbal suppliers and health food shops. It also works to thicken the vaginal mucosa, reducing burning pain during urination associated with thinning of the outer urethra.

Dr Schuessler’s tissue salts or biochemic remedies may provide support to the system in cases when there may be a shortage or deficiency in vital mineral substances.

Irregular menstruation, especially if there is a heavy flow and tendency towards anaemia may be treated with one of the Dr Schuessler’s tissue salts, the same homeopathic  remedy is also the tissue salt indicated for osteoporosis.

“Any advice on how dancers can best prepare for the menopause?”

To prepare for and make the most of the menopausal transition my advice to dancers would be to firstly embrace menopause as a natural process rather than as a medical condition or deficiency. In the same way that during the menstrual period of a woman’s life PMT and emotional issues that arise around the time of menstruation may be the body’s way of bringing into the open unresolved emotional issues, anger, grief etc, each woman’s experience of the menopause will vary depending on her life experiences, heredity, diet, self-image, relationship with family, partners and work. To minimise discomfort physically or emotionally, resolving stuck issues and energy through psychotherapy, homeopathy, healing, acupuncture or whichever holistic therapy resonates with the individual will support this transition.

In youth the body and mind is very resilient and recovers quickly. As one ages the importance of good diet and nutritional support increases. In preparation for the menopause dancers would benefit from introducing or increasing the foods that nourish the bones, muscles and hormones and even seeking support from a qualified nutritionist for nutritional advice and guidance.

“HRT – a good idea or unnecessary, in your opinion?”

The natural expression of personal power and wisdom available to women during [menopause] is thwarted and frustrated in our culture. This surge of energy is subsequently turned inward on oneself and can result in many unpleasant symptoms such as hot flashes, depression, mood swings, and a general feeling of being lost and unable to find a new and vital identity……Menopause when understood and supported, provides the next level of initiation into personal power for women. As part of the menstrual taboo, which still lives in our culture, the voice of the menopausal woman is feared and denied. She has been made invisible or encouraged to remain forever young through hormone replacement therapy or other medical intervention.” [Tamara Slayton Reclaiming the Menstrual Matrix: Evolving Feminine Wisdom – A workbook Petaluma, CA: Menstrual Health Foundation p.41]

Holistic medical approaches like homeopathy see symptoms as the body’s way of drawing attention to an imbalance within the system. By addressing the underlying issues that manifest as symptoms, including the common symptoms of menopause, health is restored by the body’s own ability to heal itself. In homeopathy the minimum dose of a remedy can stimulate the healing process. The homeopathic consultation itself can unearth underlying issues that also stimulate the healing process.

There are numerous books available to support women through the menopause, and I recommend getting as much information as possible to empower and inform.

Caroline Myss in her book Anatomy of the Spirit – The seven Stages of Power and healing [Bantum Books] suggests that “women are physical examples of the ongoing life pattern of energy becoming matter through pregnancy, labour and delivery. Women’s life cycle expresses a natural progression of sexual energy. For most women, for instance, kundalini, or sexual-spiritual energy, begins to rise naturally around the age of forty. As it rises it activates the chakras through which it passes. Any unfinished business residing in the lower charkas will make itself known during the pre-menopausal and menopausal years…..” Myss sees hot flushes as blocked energy manifesting itself. This may be unused creative energy, creative conflict, limited sexual pleasure or unexpressed sexual energy.

HRT is an individual choice for each woman. I recommend making an informed choice before embarking on any form of medical intervention. There are many approaches including homeopathy, Chinese medicine and acupuncture, cranial sacral therapy, psychotherapy, herbal and nutritional therapy, plus many more all of which provide support for women wishing to try natural approaches to the treatment of menopausal symptoms, if HRT is not desired. Holistic therapy can provide amelioration from the discomfort of menopausal symptoms while the process occurs naturally, supported, rather than suppressed or suspended by HRT.

I recommend the chapter on Menopause in Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom – Creating Physical and Emotional health and Healing by Christiane Northrup MD (Bantum Books). Northrup explores approaches to menopause including HRT in detail.

Candice Joyce RSHom is a qualified homeopath with practices in Richmond-Upon-Thames and at Laban Health, Greenwich. She is registered as a homeopathic practitioner with Dance UK. Candice trained as a dancer and physical theatre director and performer before qualifying as a homeopath. Her website www.greendaisies.co.uk provides advice to the dancer and information about booking homeopathic treatment. For those unable to attend a clinic in person due to geographical location or injury, Candice provides an over-the-phone consultation service.


Bibiography:

Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom – Creating Physical and Emotional health and Healing by Christiane Northrup MD (Bantum Books)

Anatomy of the Spirit – The seven Stages of Power and healing by Caroline Myss [Bantum Books]

Reclaiming the Menstrual Matrix: Evolving Feminine Wisdom – A workbook by Tamara Slayton Petaluma, CA: Menstrual Health Foundation

Minerals Manual – A Solgar Reference Manual

Resources:

Green Daisies Homeopathy: Homeopathic treatment with Candice Joyce RSHom via www.greendaisies.co.uk email: candice@greendaisies.co.uk or via Laban Health and Dance UK practitioners register.

The Society of Homeopaths – The largest professional organisation registering homeopaths in the UK. www.homeopathy-soh.org

Helios Homeopathic Pharmacy for mail order of homeopathic and herbal remedies for menopause

phone mail order: 020 7379 7434 website: www.helios .co.uk

email: orders@helioslondon.com

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