As a homeopath treating many perimenopausal women, hot flushes are one of the symptoms women often mention when they come to see me. These hot flushes can go from mild to being severe and frequent and can be disruptive to daily life.
I have helped many women improve the frequency and intensity of their hot flushes.
How do hormones cause a hot flush?
During menopause there are a lot of changes in the levels of hormones in the body. There is a decrease in oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone.
Hot flushes result from changes in the hormone, oestrogen, in the body. The blood vessels close to the surface of the skin increase to help you lose heat and this lowers the body temperature.
Hot flushes during menopause affect around 75% of women. For some women, hot flushes continue post-menopause.
Some women may be genetically predisposed to suffer from hot flashes, according to a study. This study suggests that women who have gene variants that affect a receptor in the brain regulating oestrogen release are more likely to have hot flashes than women who lack them.
Stress or anxiety can also be a factor in how frequent and severe the hot flushes are. When stressed, the adrenal glands produce cortisol and the production of oestrogen and progesterone are reduced.
What do I do in my initial consultation?
Homeopathy is tailored to each person, and takes into consideration both emotional and physical symptoms.
I like to ask a lot of questions about the menopausal symptoms that you are experiencing including,
How often do you have hot flushes?
How severe are they on a scale of 1-10?
How long do the hot flushes last?
Where do the hot flushes start?
Is there any time that hot flushes are worse?
What tends to trigger the hot flushes off?
Do you experience night sweats, and if so how often and how severe are they?
Are there any other menopausal physical symptoms that you are experiencing?
How are your stress levels on a scale of 1-10?
How do you feel emotionally?
In the follow-up appointments, as well as discussing any changes and going through the questions, I reassess how you are feeling.
Homeopathy treatment for hot flushes
A study concluded that homeopathic treatment for hot flushes in menopausal women is effective. Ninety percent of the women reported the disappearance or lessening of their symptoms. Some of these changes take place within a month of starting homeopathic treatment.
Remedies I use regularly to treat hot flushes and other menopausal symptoms are:
Hot flushes with perspiration
Bearing down sensation on pelvis
Mentally and physically worn out
Depression in menopause
Hot, red skin, flushed face
Hot sweats, sweats mainly on face
Right-sided symptoms, and symptoms come and go quickly
Overactive mind / Excited mental state with restless sleep
Frequent flashes of heat during the day
Heat on top of head
Persistent thoughts / Sleeplessness
5. Calc carb:
Mental or physical jaded state due to overwork
Frequent waking at night
There are many other remedies that I also use for hot flushes and other menopausal symptoms.
My approach is that I also often use homeopathic liver support remedies as the liver works very hard during menopause.
Most people that come to see me want to try the natural approach to managing their menopausal symptoms.
Frequently asked questions about menopausal homeopathic treatment
How long does it take to improve hot flushes and other menopausal symptoms?
This depends on how severe these symptoms are, your stress levels, history of medication, and your lifestyle choices amongst others.
How many sessions are needed?
The first consultation is an assessment where we go through your health history as well as discuss your menopausal symptoms.
We then have follow-up appointments every 4-6 weeks. These follow-on treatments are important to ensure gradual progress.
Can I really go through the menopause naturally without medication?
I want women to know that they have a choice. They do not have to take HRT, if they choose not to. They do not have to take anti-depressants if they choose not to.
I can offer natural, gentle treatment for hot flushes and menopausal symptoms, along with lifestyle advice.
Is homeopathy for you?
Homeopathy is used all over the world for so many health issues, including menopausal symptoms. I would love to speak to you if you think I may be able to help support you during menopause.
I offer a free 30 minute discovery call. During this call, we talk about you, your symptoms, and how they are affecting you. I will ask you some questions to see if homeopathy may be beneficial to you.
I am always happy to hear from you.