Amenorrhoea is the absence of a menstrual period in a woman of reproductive age. Before proceeding to the administration of a homoeopathic treatment, it is important to determine its exact causes. Indeed, if the absence of menstruation is due to pregnancy, breast-feeding, interruption of contraceptive pill-taking, an ovarian tumour, anorexia nervosa or a sport’s intensive practice, the homoeopathic remedies could have no effect whatsoever.
There are two types of amenorrhoea: primary amenorrhoea and secondary amenorrhoea. Amenorrhoea is said to be primary when the patient suffering from the disease is an adolescent girl, aged 14 to 16, who has not yet developed her secondary sex characteristics or when it is a girl older than 16 years old who has not yet experienced menstruation but whose secondary sex characteristics have developed normally. On the other hand, secondary amenorrhoea concerns an adult patient who has not had a menstrual period for over 6 months.
Homoeopathic treatment of primary amenorrhoea can only be prescribed to girls older than 16 and whose clinical exam has not revealed any retardation of puberty. If the patient is clearly suffering from mental deficiency, it is advisable to prescribe her Baryta carbonica. However, if she also suffers from depression and/or anorexia nervosa, the most recommended remedy is Cyclamen. As for Pulsatilla, it is well-suited to hypo-ovarian girls. Graphites is only prescribed in case the menstruation periods are replaced by an oozing cutaneous condition and Natrum Muriaticum 30 CH is only used if the amenorrhoea is caused by stress. Regarding the mode of administration, the patient usually needs to let 5 granules of the recommended treatment melt on the tongue once a day.
Homoeopathy can only treat secondary amenorrhoea if it is due to hyper-folliculins, hypo-folliculins of central origin or insufficient corpora lutea of peripheral origin. Hyper-follucins manifest themselves by a permanent state of the premenstrual syndrome and can be treated with Folliculinum 9, 15 or 30 CH. Hypo-folliculins are very often of mental origin. If they are caused by grief and deception, they can be treated with Ignatia Amara. However, if amenorrhoea occurs after the patient has felt a strong emotion, accompanied by spasms and contractions, Actea Racemosa seems to be the adequate form of treatment. Taking Chamomilla will rather be advised in cases of agitation and instability. Taking Staphysagria is advised in case of unexpressed anger accompanied by cystalgia, while Colocynthis is used in case of abdominal or uterine pain.
To resolve problems resulting from insufficient corpora lutea of peripheral origin, one mainly resorts to Luteinum 4 CH. However, in certain cases, other remedies can serve as substitutes. Thus, if the menstruation cycle is interrupted by a cold bath or a fright, it is better to take a dose of Aconitum Napellus 9 CH the first day, a 15-CH dose the second day and a 30-CH dose the third day.
It is recommended to consult a gynaecologist or general medical practitioner if the absence of a menstrual period is not caused by pregnancy, breast-feeding or menopause. Adolescent girls younger than 16 years old and suffering from primary amenorrhoea should not worry unless a delay in the development of their sex characteristics is observed. Young girls that are older than 16 and who have not yet had a menstrual period should never hesitate to consult a doctor. The same applies to adult women suffering from secondary amenorrhoea. They should consult a doctor to determine what the most appropriate course of treatment is.
Good to know: The homoeopathic treatment of amenorrhoea is especially effective if the disease is of emotional origin since, in that case, the remedies used will also act on the patient’s psyche.