What is “dysmenorrhea?”
Dysmenorrhea is the medical diagnostic term for painful menstrual periods. Many people, younger and older, suffer from the occasional painful period. When those are the exception, homeopathy is usually very helpful to offer immediate relief from that particular month’s symptoms. However, when the pain and discomfort are the rule, deeper homeopathic remedies, or longer term follow-up may be necessary. Chronic problems always take longer than acute, by definition, to right themselves, because the body has too many layers that contribute to the symptoms. Each layer must be addressed individually in order to allow for long-term healing that is far more permanent.
Homeopathy can address underlying hormonal imbalances, cleanse the remnants of hormone-influencing drugs that might have been taken previously, and effectively sort out the body’s natural signals that have become confused by them. When this happens, usually relief is permanent.
What about the person who says “my mother had painful periods, as did my grandmother and her mother?” Where there is such an obvious inherited pattern, sequential homeopathy can even address that. Genetically we are all unique, and homeopaths see this uniqueness as the tools of our trade. As we find the unique individual factors, and consider genetic factors, the most effective remedy or remedies will become more easily discerned. As the layers added from birth clear away, then the door is open for use of remedies that actually address the basic illnesses inherited from generations past, which may then finally and totally eliminate the problem.
Homeopathic remedies are natural, chemically minute dilutions of various substances. They act on the body by subtly influencing the energetic message systems that govern the human body. In women, our “female hormones” are easily and mightily influenced by any number of seemingly small factors.
Homeopathy plays directly into that scenario, acting as a subtle, gentle influence that can actually spur the body to balance hormones on its own. Instead of using a heavy-handed replacement therapy, we merely address the symptoms as they present themselves by matching a remedy to them and allowing the body’s natural checks and balances to take over.
The results can be subtle and steady or dramatic and sudden, depending upon how skillfully the practitioner reads the signals, as well as how many layers of previous treatments and medications have to be cleared away to see the real problems underlying it all.
Overall, homeopathy appeals to women because of its intriguing way of naturally and gently working with the body, and because it is very effective with the effects of painful or otherwise difficult menstrual periods.