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(See also Amenorrhoea, Dysmenorrhoea, Leucorrhoea, etc.)
Homeopathic Medicines & Treatment for Female
Diseases or Diseases of Women
Pulsatilla is one of the first remedies thought of in affection
peculiar to women. Its essentially feminine disposition of gentleness
timidity, mildness, docility - "excellent thing in woman"
- is most characteristic of the drug; even tearfulness, another
feminine attribute, strongly points to Pulsatilla. Then, too, we
have fickleness, indecision and changeableness, which are certainly
characteristic of Pulsatilla and of some women. On the female organs
Pulsatilla exerts a decide action; first let us note its effect
on menstruation. It has a scanty menstrual flow with severe griping
pains which are very severe at times, so severe that the patient
can hardly bear the pain, it doubles her up. Thus, Pulsatilla, becomes
a useful remedy in dysmenorrhoea. Dark menses which are delayed
and accompanied with this severe menstrual colic and the characteristic
temperament will be the indications; Chamomilla has dark menses
and intolerance of pain, but temperament will distinguish. Aconite
is also a useful remedy in dysmenorrhoea, but the discharge is bright
red, the patient is plethoric and the whole picture indicates the
congestive form which may have a distinct cause back of it, such
as getting the feet wet; while Pulsatilla at the same time is rather
a lymphatic remedy. The menses of Pulsatilla, besides being scanty,
are quite apt to appear too late. There are few combination which
might be mentioned here with profit. Thus we have menses as follows:
Late scanty : Pulsatilla, Conium, Dulcamara, Phosphorous and Sulphur.
Late and profuse : Causticum and Iodine.
Early and scanty : Conium, Natrum muriaticum, Phosphorous and Silicea.
Early and profuse: Ammonium carbonicum, Belladonna Calcarea carbonica
This scantiness of the menses as well as the delay in their appearance
suggest at once the use of Pulsatilla in amenorrhoea, and it is
a very useful remedy, but it must be closely indicated, Where the
menses flow by fits and starts, and when due to wetting of the feet,
it is indicated, as also in delayed first menses in chlorotic girls.
It must be distinguished from Dulcamara, which has menstrual suppression
from getting the feet wet, but the temperament is not that of Pulsatilla.
Then, too, Dulcamara has characteristically an eruption on the face
which precedes menstruation; The leucorrhoea of Pulsatilla is chlorotic
in nature and is apt to accompany the delayed and scanty menstruation;
it is usually thick, creamy or milky, but it may be thin, acrid
and associated with swelling of the uvula. A general distinction
between Pulsatilla and Sepia is that Pulsatilla is worse during
menstruation and Sepia before menstruation.
Sepia is a remedy acting especially on the female organs and is
a most valuable one; it produces in its provings venous congestion,
which accounts for many of its symptoms. The general symptoms in
a case calling for Sepia are of the utmost importance. Thus we have
characteristically the weakness and want of tone, in the whole system,
the yellow complexion, the yellow saddle over the nose, the sunken
dark-ringed eyes, the relief fro violent motion, due probably to
the toning up of the venous system by such, and the amelioration
in the middle of the day. These are all ground characteristics of
the remedy; when they are present the other symptoms will be found
to correspond with the drug most beautifully. The menstruation of
Sepia may be of almost any combination, late and scanty being the
most frequent. They may be early and scanty or early and profuse
- discolorations of the skin attending menstruation are characteristic;
the flow is apt to be dark, the menses are preceded by aching in
the abdomen and by colicky pains. Amenorrhoea in those of distinct
Sepia temperament where there is extreme sensitiveness to all impression.
The leucorrhoea of Sepia is yellow - green in color and somewhat
offensive. It may be milky; it is worse before the menses and is
accompanied by bearing down. On the uterus itself Sepia exerts a
decided action; the uterus is found to be enlarged and the cervix
is indurated. Thus Sepia becomes a useful remedy in displacements,
especially prolapsus or retroversions. There is irritability of
the bladder and leucorrhoea. Dunham praised it highly here. There
is often present a sensation as if the womb were clutched and suddenly
released. Bearing down pains are grandly characteristic of Sepia;
the patient feels as if everything would protrude from the vulva
and this sensation is relieved by sitting with the limbs crossed.
There is also with this a severe lumbo-sacral backache. It has great
dryness of the vulva and vagina; painful to touch. Lilium tigrinum
resembles Sepia closely in bearing down and dragging in the uterine
region; with Lilium the patient has to support the vulva with the
hand; the two drugs are easily differentiated. Though Dr. Dunham
designated Sepia as the remedy par excellence for prolapsus, it
should not be prescribed in a routine way. The symptoms are clear
and on e should always bear in mind (if I may be allowed to borrow
from Du Maurier) the irrepressible Sepianess of the remedy, that
is its characteristics of weakness, sallowness epigastric goneness
and heaviness. On the ovaries Sepia produces some action; it is
useful for chronic ovaritis, with dull, heavy pains and the general
characteristic of the remedy.
#Lilium tigrinum. [Lil-t]
This remedy, as has been seen, resembles Sepia in one particular,
and it has some similarities in others; for instance, it has a similar
leucorrhoea and it is similarly used in displacements; still, as
we shall see, they diverge considerably. Lilium does not have much
effect on menstruation, that is characteristic. The leucorrhoea,
however, is marked, it is watery, yellow or yellowish-brown and
excoriating. The Sepia leucorrhoea is rarely excoriating. Kreosote
is the fist remedy to be thought of in acrid excoriating leucorrhoea.
There is much nervousness and aimless hurrying with the remedy;
the mind and body are weak and patients lack confidence in themselves;
restless weakness is characteristic. Lilium is a remedy especially
useful in uterine symptoms following pregnancy and labor, when the
uterus is heavy, has not regained its normal size nor returned to
is normal position; hence there is present this heavy dragging in
the hypogastric region. Patient seems impelled to stand or to keep
on the go, as sitting or reclining does not relieve this dragging.
There is often present with Lilium urging to urinate and urging
to stool, a rectal, pelvic and vesical tenesmus, and sexual excitement
may also be present. A remedy resembling both Lilium and Sepia in
many of its symptoms is Murex; under this drug sexual excitement
is very marked and there ia sore spot somewhere in the pelvis, or
rather a sensation of one. The symptoms of Lilium are worse in the
afternoon. Sepia is better at that time.
Has some ovarian pains, more severe than under Sepia, especially
of the left side, shooting down anterior and inner aspect of thigh,
and hysterical spasms may be present. An impulsive mental condition
is characteristic. Dr. E. S. Bailey recommends the 30th potency.
Leading up to this remedy we always have the mental symptoms, though
it is not clear why the mental symptoms are more important in the
case of Platinum than with other drugs. The mental symptoms of Platinum
are, however, very characteristic and recall the drug at once whenever
found; the pride, the haughtiness, the self-esteem, and the belittling
of everyone are found accompanying female complaints quite often.
Then, too, remember the strange feelings, in which home objects
seem unfamiliar; also the melancholy. The menstruation of Platinum
is profuse and clotted and occurs too early, with much sensitiveness
about the genital organs. There is constant irritation about the
sexual organs, both internally and externally. There are often present
symptoms of nymphomania. There is always accompanying menstruation
much bearing down in the uterine region. The menses of Chamomilla
are very similar to those of Platinum, the mental symptoms distinguishing.
Platinum is also a remedy for induration and prolapsus of the uterus,
where there is continual pressure i9n the groin and back, with sensitiveness
of the parts to the touch. It is also one of the remedies for painful
coitus, others being Sepia, Belladonna, Kreosote and Apis. On the
ovaries Platinum also has some action. It is useful in ovaritis
with burning pains and numbness of the limbs. Where chronic induration
of the ovaries is suspected Platinum is a remedy.
Has a similar symptoms and seems especially to affect the right
ovary. In both remedies hysterical symptoms are prominent and further
#Cimicifuga racemosa. [Cimic]
A point Cimicifuga should always be remembered- that is, it has
a distinct rheumatic basis, and it will be doubly indicated in those
who are rheumatic. The mental condition of gloom and dejection are
quite sure to be present. There is an irritable weakness about Cimicifuga
and a a mental symptoms of a sensation as if she would go crazy,
and with the uterine symptoms there is much headache. The menstruation
of Cimicifuga is premature and profuse, attended with wandering
pains in the back; in fact, it is one of our good remedies in dysmenorrhoea,
especially rheumatic dysmenorrhoea, with an irritable, sensitive,
bruised uterus and pains flying across the hypogastrium from side
to side. Displacements of the uterus where there are cutting pains
from side to side call for Cimicifuga. Leucorrhoea sometimes finds
its remedy in Cimicifuga when the general symptoms of the remedy
are present-nervousness, neuralgic pains and hyperaesthesia. The
uterus is engorged and the pelvic organs are very sensitive, with
a sensation of weight in the uterus. In the ovaries Cimicifuga produces
sharp pains, which shoot up the sides and are accompanied with a
bearing down sensation. Ovaritis and ovarian neuralgias from rheumatic
metastasis call for this remedy. Facial blemishes, acne, rough skin
in young girls at menstrual period cause mental unrest and nervousness.
Cimicifuga is the remedy for both condition.
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