Amenorrhoea is a condition marked by the absence of periods in women who have achieved puberty or entered adolescence. The absence of periods is considered normal in children, pregnant women, lactating mothers and women who have gone through menopause.

Amenorrhoea is classified into two types, primary and secondary. Primary amenorrhoea is a condition in which the periods have not begun by age 16 even though the female shows normal physical growth and secondary sexual characteristics like breast growth and pubic hair. Secondary amenorrhoea is a condition in which the female does not get her periods for 3 months or more after getting them for at least 6 months after the onset of periods. The most common cause of amenorrhoea is an imbalance in the level of the hormones estrogen and progesterone in the body due to various underlying conditions. Some conditions that can cause amenorrhoea are:

Although the symptoms of amenorrhoea depend on the underlying cause, some commonly experienced symptoms are nausea, headache, excessive facial hair, changes in vision, hair loss, changes in the size of breasts and milky discharge from nipples. Conventionally, amenorrhea treatment depends on the underlying cause and involves lifestyle changes, medication, hormone therapy, and in some cases, surgery.  

Homeopathic treatment is individualised. Physicians consider a person's health (both mental and physical), age and other traits before prescribing a remedy. Many homeopathic medicines are useful in the management of amenorrhoea and its associated symptoms. Some of these include calcarea carbonica, pulsatilla pratensis, polygonum hydropiperoides, kalium carbonicum, graphites, euphrasia officinalis, cimicifuga racemosa and apis mellifica.

  1. Homeopathic Medicines for Amenorrhoea
  2. What are the Lifestyle and Dietary changes needed according to Homeopathy?
  3. How effective is homoepathic treatment for Amenorrhoea?
  4. Side effects and Risks
  5. Takeaway

The following are some of the homeopathic remedies that are used for the management of amenorrhea:

  • Calcarea Carbonica
    Common Name:
    Carbonate of lime
    Symptoms: Carbonate of lime is a useful remedy for the management of amenorrhoea. It helps in the management of the following symptoms:
    • Irritation, itching and burning sensation in the genitals
    • Pain in the ovarian region (lower abdomen) that extends into the limbs
    • Tumours in the uterus
    • Vaginal pain
    • Excessive white or yellow discharge from the vagina
    • Pain in the lower back region

The symptoms worsen in rainy weather, from physical and mental exertion, climbing stairs, and cold in any form. The patient feels better on lying on the painful side and in dry weather.

  • Pulsatilla Pratensis
    Common Name:
    Wind flower
    Symptoms: Pulsatilla pratensis is primarily used in individuals who constantly notice a change in symptoms. It can help manage health issues that first show up at the age of puberty. This remedy also helps manage the following symptoms:
    • Nausea and chilliness
    • Back pain
    • Abdominal pain
    • Tiredness
    • Suppressed periods from wet feet
    • Iron-deficiency anaemia
    • Stitching pain in the head, especially due to overwork

The symptoms worsen in the evening, lying on the painless or left side, consuming fatty meal, and spending time in a warm room. Symptoms get better on consuming cold foods and drinks, spending time in open air, and with cold applications.

  • Polygonum Hydropiperoides
    Common Name:
    Hydropiper
    Symptoms: Hydropiper is primarily used to manage amenorrhoea in young girls. The other symptoms that can be managed using this remedy include:
    • Nausea and griping (crampy, gas-like) pain in the abdomen
    • Sensation as if the hips were pulled together
    • Pain in hips and the lower back on both the sides of the spine
    • Shooting pain in breasts
    • Sensation of tension and weight in the pelvic region
  • Kalium Carbonicum
    Common Name:
    Carbonate of potassium
    Symptoms: Carbonate of potassium is a suitable remedy for pain with and without a stinging sensation. Some other symptoms that can be treated using this medicine are:
    • Abdominal pain
    • Backache
    • Delayed periods in young girls
    • Difficulty in attaining the first menses
    • Too late or scanty menses
    • Soreness of the genitals
    • Vertigo and headache

The symptoms worsen in the morning, at about 3 a.m., after intercourse, after consumption of soup or coffee, in cold climate, and on lying on the painful side. The symptoms get better during the day, on moving about, and in warm weather.

  • Graphites
    Common Name:
    Black lead
    Symptoms: This medicine is useful in individuals with swelling in genitals, anaemia and individuals with a risk of obesity. It can help in the management of the following symptoms:
    • Menses either absent or too late and scanty Read more: Oligomenorrhea causes
    • Nauseous feeling in the abdomen
    • Profuse, white and excoriating discharge from the vagina
    • Swollen breasts
    • Pain in the lower back and weakness
    • Headache in the morning

The symptoms worsen at night and in warm conditions while they improve in the dark.

  • Euphrasia Officinalis
    Common Name:
    Eyebright
    Symptoms: This remedy is primarily used in the management of eye symptoms but can also help in amenorrhoea. Few other symptoms that can be managed using this medicine are:
    • The absence of periods with inflammation of the eyes
    • Bursting headache

The symptoms worsen in the evening and from light and they get better in the dark and on having coffee.

  • Cimicifuga Racemosa
    Common Name:
    Black snake-root
    Symptoms: Cimicifuga racemosa is highly effective for treating the symptoms of the uterus, ovaries and pelvic organs. It is also helpful in the management of the following symptoms:
    • Muscular and cramp-like pain
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • The absence of menses
    • Pain in the lower abdomen that radiates upward and downwards to the thighs
    • Pain in the pelvis that shoots across the hips
    • Intolerance to pain
    • Breast pain
    • Sleeplessness

The abovementioned symptoms worsen in cold weather and in the morning and they get better in warm conditions and after meals.

  • Apis Mellifica
    Common Name:
    The honey-bee
    Symptoms: Apis mellifica is mainly used for treating stinging pains and soreness. It also helps in the management of the following symptoms:
    • Tiredness
    • Inflammation in ovaries, especially the right ovary
    • Ovarian tumours
    • Suppressed menses, especially in young girls
    • Tenderness in the abdomen and uterus
    • Severe pain in the lower abdomen

Touching the painful area, heat in any form and a closed and heated room may aggravate the symptoms. The symptoms may also worsen late in the afternoon and after sleeping. The patient may feel better after bathing with cold water and spending time in open air.

Although homeopathic medicines are effective in the management of amenorrhoea, doctors always advise certain dietary and lifestyle changes in addition to the medicines. These modifications help in removing potential obstacles from the course of action of the homoeopathic treatment being administered, ensuring rapid recovery.

Do's:

  • Eat healthy and nutritious food. Read more: Balanced diet chart
  • Stay in a clean and hygienic environment.
  • Maintain good personal hygiene.
  • Perform regular exercises and maintain a physically active life

Don'ts:

  • Do not include foods and drinks that possess medicinal properties in your daily meals.
  • Do not drink beverages containing caffeine and drinks with a strong odour. Also, avoid perfumes with strong odours.
  • Avoid staying in damp and humid places.
  • Avoid any task that may lead to overexertion of the mind, e.g., emotions like grief and anger.
  • Avoid using excessive spices, salt or sugar in any food items.

Many homeopathic remedies are useful in the management of irregular and absent menses. Homeopathic remedies are holistic in nature and consist of natural products in their potentised form (made powerful through certain processes). The dilution of these medicines is said to make them safe and effective in a wide range of the population. Experts say that homeopathic remedies work by stimulating the person’s innate immunity toward restoring balance in the levels of the hormones, thereby restoring periods.

In a clinical study, a group of women aged 18 to 36 years with oligomenorrhoea (a 35-day gap between each period for three consecutive periods), amenorrhoea (absence of periods for more than 3 months), or polycystic ovary syndrome were prescribed homeopathic remedies along with a healthy diet and physical exercises for 5 days in a week (about half an hour daily). These women were assessed once a month for 6 months. It was found that the women got regular menses at least five times in 6 months. The most commonly prescribed medicines were pulsatilla pratensis, natrum muriaticum, sepia officinalis, calcarea carbonica, lycopodium clavatum, phosphorus, cinchona officinalis, nux vomica and sulphur. The study authors indicated that homeopathy may be useful in the treatment of amenorrhoea.

Homeopathic medicines are made from natural products like herbs, minerals or animal products in diluted form. The extensive dilution of these natural products eliminates the possibility of any adverse events, making them safe for people of all age groups. Although these medicines are safe and effective, consulting a qualified homeopathic physician before initiating therapy is a must to obtain optimum results. Physicians are aware of the constituents of these medicines and prescribe the most suitable potency of a remedy based on the modalities and the physical and mental build-up of an individual.

Amenorrhea or absence of menses may be genetic in nature or due to an underlying health condition. Therefore, you should consult a doctor and initiate therapy at the earliest. Amenorrhea treatment usually depends on the cause of the condition.

Homeopathic medicines are useful in the management of amenorrhoea and its associated symptoms. These remedies are generally free of adverse effects and are prescribed based on the individual's physical and mental traits and the disease condition. Do not take any homeopathic remedy before consulting a qualified physician first.

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