Who hasn't had menstrual cramps! Well, alright,
at least half of you. But the other half are going to know what
I'm talking about. Hopefully, you have a home remedy kit, do you?
Go to www.a2zhomeopathy.com (or read this article on Homeopathy
Remedy Kits)and order their 30C Emergency Kit, it contains 50
remedies in a very small case that you can carry with you. Washington
Homeopathics also sells an emergency kit of the same size. In Europe,
check out Helios and Ainsworth's Pharmacy for online orders. Of
course, many other vendors sell emergency kits as well. That being
said, here are your remedies for painful menses:
Belladonna--Throbbing pains, violent pains, worse on the
right side. Sudden onset. Bright red, clotted, hot, profuse bleeding.
Congested/full feeling in uterus. Bearing down sensation. Irritable
with maddening pains. Better lying down, propped up; thirst for
cold water or no thirst at all, desire for lemons or lemonade, worse
motion, worse from being jarred, worse light and noise.
Chamomilla--The mentals will be the guiding symptoms here.
The person may be hypersensitive and intolerant to the pain--very
irritable, easily angered and inconsolable. Intense pains extending
down inner thighs. The blood may be black with large clots with
gushing of bright red blood. The person desires cold drinks, is
worse lying down, better cold applications.
Colocynthis--This one looks a lot like Mag-phos. (see below).
There's a bit more emphasis on the amelioration from hard pressure
with this one. There may be an exaggerated "bending double"
postition; with Mag-phos, the heat is more important than the hard
pressure, though Colocynth likes heat as well. Thirsty. Irritable,
indignant. Anger aggravates.
Lac Caninum--Painful swelling of the breasts before the
period. Flow is in gushes. Pains may alternate from side to side.
Lachesis--PMS-irritable, jealous, depressed, headache, flushes
of heat all ameliorated with the onset of the flow. Severe cramps,
worse from pressure of the clothing, ameliorated with the onset
of the flow. Flow may be black, scanty, lumpy; the less the flow,
the more the pain. Better from open air, cold drinks, talking, worse
from sleep, heat, hot drinks.
Magnesia Phosphorica--This is the main one; if you're not
sure what to do, give Mag-phos. This is the typical picture of a
woman with her period, doubled up with a hot water bottle or heating
pad pressed firmly against her stomach. The flow is dark. She wants
to be nurtured; better hot baths, better pressure, worse lying on
the right side. Thirst for cold drinks.
Nux Vomica--Pain in lower back with constant urging to stool.
Patient may be chilly and very irritable, impatient and angry. Better
rest, lying down, worse pressure--even pressure of clothing. Desire
for fats and spicy foods.
Pulsatilla--The menses are easily suppressed, for instance,
by getting the feet wet or by bathing. Menses are irregular and
the flow is irregular--changeable. The mentals will be a tip off
here. The Pulsatilla person is weepy, changeable, shy, dependent,
wants nurturing, love, attention; she is thirstless; she craves
creamy things--whipped cream, ice cream; she is warm, worse in warm
rooms, better in open air, walking slowly in cool crisp weather.
Sabina--Severe cramps extend from low back to pubis; also,
pain extends from uterus to thighs. Blood is bright red or bright
red mixed with dark clots. Shooting pain up the vagina. Better lying
flat on the back with limbs extended.
Secale--Continuous discharge of watery black blood until
the next period.
Sepia--Weak uterus, bearing down sensation as if all the
organs would fall out, must cross her legs; menses late, scanty,
irregular or early and profuse. Violent stitches upward in the vagina.
Low sex drive. Patient may be angry, tired, chilly, irritable and
over-worked. She may desire sour foods like pickles, but also may
desire chocolate. She may be much improved by exercise, worse from
cold, better warmth.
Veratrum Album--Heavy periods, severe cramps often associated
with diarrhea and vomiting. Chilliness with cold sweat, especially
on the forehead, and weakness/exhaustion, feels faint; may desire
How to take your remedy:
Tap one, two or three 30C pellets into the cap of the remedy bottle
and pop them into your mouth. Allow them to melt.
If subsequent doses are needed, tap a few pellets into a bottle
of water, shake the bottle and take a sip as often as the severity
of the condition seems to warrant. Always remember to shake first.
By putting the remedy in water and shaking before each dose, we
can prevent the problems that might come from overdosing.
How often to take the remedy depends on how much or how little
you're improving since the first dose. If at any time there is a
striking or noticable improvement, there is no reason to keep taking
the remedy unless the improvement stops.
If the improvement is advancing slowly, a general rule is take
the remedy 3 or 4 times a day for 3 days, and stop or take less
often when you are sure you are getting better.
Since there are no real rules about this, the idea is to take the
remedy often enough to ensure a steady improvement, but not so often
that you cause an aggravation. In fact, if at any time you think
you're getting worse, stop the remedy. You may have caused an aggravation,
but, that should wear off quickly and an improvement should follow.
Again, if the improvement slows down or stops, repeat the dose.
In general, if there has been no improvement at all after 3 doses
or 6 hours, try another remedy.
If you are helped by one of these remedies but find that the symptoms
keep coming back every month just the same, you might want to consider
seeing a homeopath for constitutional treatment, which means prescribing
for the whole person, so that you can be free of painful menses
once and for all.